Write On!

About Write On!

Write On! is an after-school creative writing program for 6th to 8th graders sponsored by the Kelly Writers House on the University of Pennsylvania campus. Our weekly sessions partner Penn student coaches with students from Lea Elementary to encourage self-expression and foster mentorship. We aim to create a safe, creative and fun environment for students to share their voices.

What does a Write On! session look like?

Each weekly session begins with a group activity that brings all Penn coaches and Lea students together, such as a performance by an arts group or a creative game. We then split into smaller groups, in which Penn coaches and Lea students work together closely on a collaborative writing activity. Each Lea student is assigned to a specific group, which stays the same throughout the semester. After the small group activity, each Lea student works individually with a Penn coach on their writing. Each session concludes with the opportunity for Lea students to share their work with the entire Write On! community. All students receive snack, prepared by the Kelly Writers House staff.

When does Write On happen?

Write On! takes place on Fridays at the Kelly Writers House, from 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM. Dates vary each semester and will be provided to Lea administration and parents. A group of Write On! coaches walks participating Lea students from Lea to the Writers House after school dismissal.