Community Writing Projects

The Writers House hosts on-site creative writing projects, organizes book drives, and works hard to connect with Philadelphia communities through writing. Interested in helping out and generating ideas? Contact our Student Outreach Coordinator, Camara Brown or Community Partnerships Developer Rachel Zolf with your questions and ideas, and check out the projects below.



WriteOn!

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


Writing A Life

Writing a Life is a monthly creative writing workshop held at KWH for people with cancer diagnoses. Students could be involved as scribes for patients who have trouble physically writing or who need help working one-on-one on a writing project outside of the monthly workshop. Contact Community Partnerships Developer Rachel Zolf for more information.

TRANS AND GENDER NON-CONFORMING YOUTH WORKSHOP

We host a monthly creative writing workshop for trans and gender non-conforming youth (ages 14–22), which is facilitated by trans and gender non-conforming writers from Philadelphia and beyond. Contact Rachel Zolf or Camara Brown if you are trans or gender non-conforming and would like to participate in the group or help develop this program.

FreeWrite Prison Writing Group

We are piloting a weekly creative writing group for women at the Federal Detention Center in downtown Philadelphia. Contact Camara Brown or Rachel Zolf if you are interested in projects related to writing with incarcerated people.

CONTACT US WITH YOUR IDEAS

If you have a great new idea for a writing outreach project we could do at KWH, please don’t hesitate to contact Student Outreach Coordinator Camara Brown or Community Partnerships Developer Rachel Zolf to discuss.

OTHER WRITING OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES IN PHILADELPHIA

KWH community members also volunteer with several Philadelphia non-profit agencies devoted to writing, literacy and art education that would welcome your ideas and energy. If you know of a writing outreach opportunity in Philadelphia that you don’t see here, feel free to contact Camara Brown to let us know – and contact us anytime if you have any questions.

MIGHTY WRITERS

Mighty Writers offers free programming to teach Philadelphia’s students to “think and write with clarity.” Students participate in short and long-term writing classes, college and essay preparation, and writing mentorships. College student volunteers can be writing tutors, writing mentors or workshop leaders for K-12 students. Email Khalia Robinson at Mighty Writers West or hello@mightywriters.org.

PHILADELPHIA FUTURES

Philadelphia Futures is a nonprofit organization that provides Philadelphia’s low-income, first generation-to-college students with the tools, resources, and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college. You can get involved by becoming a summer intern, reading buddy, or weekly tutor. Contact Mary Del Savio, Director of Academics & Programming.

THE PETEY GREENE PROGRAM AT PENN

The Petey Greene Program supports students enrolled in education programs in prisons, jails, through one-on-one tutoring. Petey Greene partners with Penn to recruit, train, and coordinate volunteers. Tutors commit to weekly sessions of supporting students in a variety of subjects and from the pre-GED to GED and high-school level. For more information, contact Sandie Knuth.

SPELLS WRITING LAB

Spells Writing Lab offers literacy programs for K-12 students, including classroom visits focused on creative writing and revision, after-school programs, weekend writing workshops, and a summer day camp. All their programs are free, and many incorporate other artistic disciplines such as music, film, or the visual arts to inspire young writers. Contact volunteer@phillyspells.org for information on volunteering.

ART SANCTUARY

Art Sanctuary is a community-based organization and gallery that focuses on art and outreach in the black community in Philadelphia. Founded by writer and Penn professor Lorene Cary, Art Sanctuary is dedicated to bringing Philadelphians together through the unique community-building power of black art. They provide different opportunities to volunteer, from helping with school art projects to working in the gallery or for the Celebration of Black Arts Festival. See http://artsanctuary.org/content/donate-your-time-volunteer or email info@artsanctuary.org.

MENTOR FOR PHILLY

Mentor for Philly connects Philadelphia high school students with college student mentors, who help them develop the “social know-how” skills necessary to succeed in the college application process and, ultimately, college itself. For volunteer mentorship opportunities contact LaToya Tufts at latoya@mentorforphilly.org or Oscar Wang at Oscar@mentorforphilly.org.

ARTWELL

ArtWell supports young people through multidisciplinary arts education and creative reflection to discover their strengths, face complex challenges, and awaken their dreams. Art Well’s longest running program, We the Poets, helps students build literacy, communication, and self-expression skills, and fosters a love of learning through poetry. ArtWell also has a youth poetry slam team. Email: info@theArtWell.org or fill out the online volunteer interest form.

THE MURAL ARTS PROGRAM

If you are artistically inclined, you may be interested in Philadelphia’s renowned Mural Arts Program, which supports community building through public art and restorative justice. See http://www.muralarts.org/get-involved for opportunities. Email info@muralarts.org.