Writers in Residence
Bringing Literary Expression to Life
PEN/Faulkner’s Writers in Residence program serves the dual purpose of supporting DC-based writers and providing a rich, creative experience for DC students. Our resident writers develop a meaningful relationship with a DC classroom, building their capacity as teaching artists and earning support for their work as artists. Educators who participate in the program also develop professionally from their collaborations with resident writers. Students, meanwhile, get access to an intensive literary experience, including collaboration and writing workshops with the resident writer, visits from additional guest authors, and donated books.
How It Works
Who Can Participate?
During the 2022-2023 school year, we have partnered with the DC International School, EL Haynes Public Charter School, and Banneker High School to establish residencies for three writers: Lena Crown, Ofelia Montelongo, and Lisa Lednicer.
If you’re a DC educator interested in working with Writers in Residence, or have questions about our programming please contact us at [email protected].
Our Writers in Residence
Lena Crown is the Writer in Residence with DC International School Public Charter School. She is working with Alexa Arboleda to support students’ narrative writing through memoir, personal essay, and belief statements in the format of the popular “This I Believe” series.
Ofelia Montelongo is the Writer in Residence with EL Haynes Public Charter School. She is working with Topher Kandik on narratives of immigration, borders, and concepts of “home.”
Lisa Lednicer is the Writer in Residence with Banneker High School. She is working with Clare Berke’s Journalism Club to mentor the next generation of journalists.
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