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You can discover much more about what we do and how you can participate by exploring our yearbooks. And please feel free to stop by and look around! You are most welcome.

For current students

Danny and SamThere are many ways for you to plug in to our community and to deepen your intellectual engagement with the writing arts. Our couches are available for studying and occasional naps. Coffee in the kitchen fuels many late-night discussions. We host open-mic nights, writing workshops, reading groups, community writing projects, and all kinds of free programming. Look around and find your thing or join our Planning Committee and become a writing activist. And please stop by and see us! We'd be delighted to talk to you about ways you can get involved.

get involved

Gabe CraneSteve McLaughlin (right) with Kenny GoldsmithYumeko KawanoMatt Abbess

take a class

creative writing classes

Check out the creative writing classes you can take through Penn's Creative Writing program. Many of these courses meet in the Writers House. Max Apple is famous for his fiction workshops and his coffee breaks in the Writers House Kitchen. Paul Hendrickson’s long-form journalism courses have been described as intense and transformative. Many classes, such as Greg Djanikian’s poetry workshop, celebrate their achievements each semester with end of year readings in our Arts Cafe.

critical writing classes

Penn undergraduates across all four schools fulfill their writing requirement through seminars offered by the Critical Writing Program. Several Critical Writing courses take place right here in the Writers House, including the Peer Tutor training course, led by Critical Writing Director Val Ross.

Fellows Seminar

Imagine yourself chatting about contemporary poetry with John Ashbery. Eating dinner and exchanging anecdotes with David Sedaris. Hanging out on the green couch with Jamaica Kincaid. Our Writers House Fellows Seminar, led by Kelly Professor and Writers House Faculty Director Al Filreis, makes it possible for Penn students to have sustained and substantive contact with authors of great accomplishment in an informal atmosphere. In the Fellows Seminar, students study the work of three visiting Fellows and then participate in intense two-day visits. Check out past syllabi here for more detail about the class. If you’d like to take the Fellows Seminar, email Fellows Coordinator Jamie-Lee Josselyn to find out how to apply.

get help with your writing

Penn's Writing Center offers appointments and walk-in hours for writing help. Meetings at 3808 Walnut Street are available by appointment with drop-in hours during the evening Sunday-Thursday.


prizes & awards

Are you paddling down the Mississippi? Investigating neurotheology or the "Ghost Army" of WWII? Hoping to start a magazine or invite your favorite author to Penn? Hoping for some funding to finance your radical idea? Along with the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing and the School of Arts and Sciences, we offer several prizes and awards designed to encourage and support your creativity.

mentorships, internships, & apprenticeships

The Writers House and the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing are committed to pairing talented student writers with mentors in all fields of writing. The Alumni Mentors program pairs Penn students with volunteer alumni mentors who can provide informal professional guidance for students interested in writing-related careers. RealArts is a summer internship project designed to help some of Penn's most creative students make connections in arts-related businesses such as Rolling Stone and MTV Networks. CPCW writing apprenticeships match talented students with faculty members, for in-depth involvement with current writing projects. The Writers House, with help from CURF, offers two summer internships, so that students can learn about Arts Administration from the inside.

Hub members Adrienne Mishkin, Jill Ivey, Theresa Leo, Alexis Nguyen