Education Programs

PEN/Faulkner’s education programming offers dynamic experiences for young people to experience the personalization of the literary expression through enriching conversations with professional writers, writing workshops, and book donations. During the 2018-19 school year, we donated 5,128 books to 3,892 students in 254 classroom visits with 110 different professional, award-winning, and notable writers! 

We currently serve educators and students in grades 3-12, plus non-traditional learning communities at the DC Jail and adult learning centers.

Our core programming includes:

  • Writers in Schools  Author visits and book donations to every student in your classroom or book club
  • Nuestras Voces  Author visits with bilingual texts and authors; authors who identify as Latinx/Hispanic
  • Together We Read A multi-school book club with snacks, activities, and discussion
  • Writing Workshops  Personal essay writing workshops in schools led by professional writers
  • Writing Contest  Essay writing contest for students in grades 8-11 with a $100 prize to the winners
  • Curriculum Support  Multimedia and literary extension activities to help your students contextualize and connect with the material in innovative ways, created in partnership with The George Washington University
  • Summer Writing Programs   Intensive writing-based summer programming for DC-area youth

If you’re a DC educator interested in working with Writers in Schools, or if you have questions about our programming, we’d love to hear from you! Please contact us at to learn more or to request our current list of writers available to visit your school.