Summer Writing Programs

Summer 2020 Registration for AMPLIFIED, our program for teens, is now open!
Read more about this year’s program and REGISTER HERE. 

PEN/Faulkner’s Summer Writing Programs bring no-cost summer literacy programming to students around the District of Columbia. 

With interactive writing and reading activities, author visits, and free books, our Summer Writing Programs are an opportunity for students entering grades 3-12 to continue their storytelling journey during the summer months.

Past youth participants in PEN/Faulkner summer programming have been in conversation with Nicole Chung, author of the memoir All You Can Ever Know; Pulitzer Prize finalist Jenn Abelson and youth writer Chessy Prout for their book I Have a Right To; Tiffany D. Jackson, author of the YA novels Monday’s Not Coming and Allegedly; Latinx poets Robert L. Girón, Consuelo Hernández, and Glayds Ilarregui for their book Knocking on the Door of the White House; and journalist Christine Grimaldi.

Schools and community programs interested in becoming a summer partner should email


AMPLIFIED is an intensive creative writing camp just for teens, hosted at our offices in the Shaw neighborhood of DC. Over 9 days, teens will practice the art of writing and explore themes of social justice in a supportive environment through a variety of writing activities, discussions with authors, field trips, and craft discussions. Registration for 2020 is now open!

Nuestra Voz at Sacred Heart School brings together elementary and middle school students for eight days of hands-on literacy and writing exploration through language (Spanish/English), identity, and personal narratives.

Writers in Schools at Horizons Greater Washington
celebrates books and storytelling. Participants receive a donated copy of the writer’s book, then have the experience of meeting the writer, making books and literacy come alive. 


Summer 2019 Partners and Programs

Our summer 2019 partners were Horizons Greater Washington, Sacred Heart School, and Washington Latin Public Charter School. More about these programs are below.


Through our Nuestra Voz program, we helped to amplify Latinx/Hispanic voices and narratives by engaging young people with bilingual Spanish/English books, bringing Latinx-identified writers into conversations with students, and focusing on Latinx/Hispanic narratives. Our ongoing partnership with Horizons Greater Washington brings a dynamic group of youth writers to middle school students in an exchange of personal stories about immigration, identity, and belonging.

A través de nuestra programa de Nuestra Voz, nosotros ayudamos a amplificar voces y discursos Latinx/Hispanx involucrando a los jóvenes con libros bilingües español/inglés, proveyendo autores que se identifican como Latinx en conversación con estudiantes y enfocándonos en discursos Latinx/Hispanx. Nuestra colaboración con Horizons Great Washington lleva un grupo dinámico de autores jóvenes de escuela intermedia en un intercambio de historias personales sobre inmigración, identidad y sentimiento de pertenencia.


At Sacred Heart School, youth in grades 6-8 participated in four days of hands-on writing activities to shake loose their personal stories and open up their creativity. Students will also read and discuss Mia García’s novel The Resolutions, about love, heartbreak, and the changing dynamics of friendship all while exploring their own Latinx identities through storytelling.

En la Escuela del Sagrado Corazón, jóvenes de 6-8 grados nos acompañan durante cuatro días intensos y creativos de actividades de escritura sobre sus historias personales. Los estudiantes también leerán y discutirán The Resolutions por Mia García, una historia de amor, sufrimiento y dinámicas de la amistad al explorar sus identidades Latinx.

AMPLIFIED – FOR TEENS – Registration for 2020 is now open!

In summer 2019, partnered with Washington Latin PCS to read about and discuss topics around American identity (and who gets to define this identity), poverty, and the process of taking a literal or metaphorical journey. By building on modern texts and bringing contemporary authors into the classroom, students will explore their own identities and journeys, as well as their relationship to class in our city, to develop a unique creative project all their own.