Writers in Schools

The Writers in Schools website is currently under construction. Thank you for your patience while we update our materials! To get involved with WinS or to request our current Fall 2018 Book/Writer Catalogue, please e-mail wins@penfaulkner.org

About Writers in Schools

Dennis LehanePEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools is committed to developing the next generation of readers. Writers in Schools is a literary arts outreach program that brings free copies of contemporary works of literature into DC schools, and arranges for the authors of those works to visit classrooms and discuss literature and the writing life.

PEN/Faulkner provides resources to aid teachers in preparing students for author visits that will be enriching experiences for all involved.

  • Writers in Schools works with public and public charter middle and high schools in all eight wards of the District of Columbia.
  • During the 2016-2017 school year, Writers in Schools arranged over 200 visits, working with 86 educators in 42 schools, donating over 6,000 books, and reaching over 3,500 students.
  • Teachers and writers participate in the program year after year, a testament to their belief in its impact.

Writers in Schools is made possible by the generous support of individual donors, local business and organizations, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH). The mission of CAH is to provide grant funds, programs and educational activities that encourage diverse artistic expressions and learning opportunities, so that all District of Columbia residents and visitors can experience the rich culture of our city.

Working with Writers in Schools

If you’re a DC middle or high school educator interested in working with Writers in Schools, we’d love to hear from you! Please contact us at wins@penfaulkner.org.

What Teachers and Students Say About Writers in Schools

Quite often, the titles available through the PEN/Faulkner program present students with literature of a sort that might never be encountered in a curriculum determined solely by standards. They get to see literature as it happens, rather than as it has happened in history.

– Sam Leonard, Teacher, Washington Latin PCS

You coming to visit us on Friday meant so much to me. I too am a person who wants to become a lawyer and a writer. I have been writing poetry since I could talk. Your story inspired me and made me think of how I could relate to people with my poetry. You also helped me realize that anyone can be more than one thing in life. I didn’t believe in myself until now. Thanks for being my inspiration.

– A student to Yolanda Young, author of On Our Way to Beautiful


WinS in Action

The following video was produced by Stone Soup Films for the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. Many thanks to the filmmakers, participating authors, instructors, and students.