Education Programs

A Holistic Approach to Literary Education

PEN/Faulkner believes that every child, no matter their background or circumstances, should have access to rich literary opportunities. Right now, America faces a literacy crisis that affects under-resourced schools and students most, one that creates a divide between those who have access and those who don’t. To achieve our goal of empowering the next generation of readers and writers, we donate culturally relevant books to students, connect them with diverse authors, and provide them with writing instruction.

We are currently offering both in-person and virtual programming for Title I schools. DC educators can email our team at to learn more. 

 Learn more about Why Literary Education Matters.

Writers in Schools

Free books and author visits for Title I public and charter schools across DC.


Nuestras Voces

Amplifying Latinx/Hispanic voices through bilingual programming and culturally relevant storytellers and stories.

Writing Workshops

Hands-on writing workshops led by trained, professional writers. 

Writers in Residence

Residencies with experienced writers, developed in partnership with educators.

PEN/Faulkner Education Statistics

We have donated more than 20,000 books to students in the last five years through our education programs.
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Author and happy student
Author and happy student
Author and happy student

86% of students think reading and writing skills will be valuable in their future.

85% of students would like another opportunity to speak to an author.

89% of students think reading helps them understand other people’s lives and perspectives.

100% of students served every year attend Title I or Targeted Assistance schools.

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85% of students can’t wait to tell others about meeting an author.

Author and happy student

97% of educators say their students connected the donated books to their own lives. 

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74% of students want to participate in more literary activities.

Author and happy student

90% of students served every year attend Title I schools.

Your Support Matters

Your support makes our programs possible. Please consider a contribution. Thank you.


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GIVE by Mail

PEN/Faulkner Foundation
6218 Georgia Avenue NW
Unit #1062
Washington, DC 20011

GIVE by phone

(202) 898-9063

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