Mentoring and tutoring projects

The Writers House hosts on-site tutoring projects, organizes book drives, and works hard to connect our community with volunteer opportunities. Do you have questions about volunteering? Want to hear about new outreach developments at KWH? Interested in helping out and generating ideas? Email our Outreach Coordinator, Kate Herzlin with your questions and ideas, and check out the projects below.


WriteOn! is a children's literacy program generously supported by Brian and Jerilyn Perman. We work with the Lea Elementary school and the Penn Alexander school to bring Penn students and West Philadelphia youth together in a meaningful way. For more information, contact

Alumni Mentors

The Alumni Mentors Program pairs Penn students with volunteer alumni mentors who work as novelists, editors, publishers, literary agents, screenplay writers for film and television, poets, playwrights, feature writers, humanities teachers in public and private schools, journalists, administrators of arts organizations, university professors, freelance writers, spoken-word performers, arts activists, cartoonists, and in many other capacities.

Other Volunteering Opportunities

Consider becoming a writing workshop leader or after school mentor for Spells Writing Center or Mighty Writers. Both are local non-profit organizations aimed at empowering Philadelphia elementary, middle, and high school students through creative writing. Neither requires a regular time commitment and both are very flexible. Our KWH liaison with these organizations is Kate Herzlin.

Special Events

The KWH regularly hosts book and supply drives, spelling bees, and other special events to benefit local non-profit programs and our community members volunteer for various literacy projects. If you are interested in working with us or have ideas, please contact Kate Herzlin.

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