By Lynne R. Dorfman
The Pennsylvania Writing & Literature Project will take on a new name this fall. Welcome to West Chester Writing Project! We are excited to meet new challenges and new educators in the 2021-2022 school year. We are thrilled to have the continued support of our past teacher leaders and new writing institute graduates! The Writing Project offers many opportunities to grow and learn together, including our Teacher as Writer course this fall with facilitator Dr. Mary Buckelew. Our social justice group meets on the third Saturday of each month. We will meet on August 14th for our virtual writing group. Please join us. New dates for our continuity sessions and writing group will be announced soon. We look forward to reconnecting with you this school year. Please bring a friend to our events. There are many reasons to be part of our community. Here are the top ten reasons for you to stay connected or join us for the first time:
10. To belong to a group of like-minded educators to share the journey with and to imagine,
dream, act, and achieve professional goals together.
9. To be able to receive graduate credit and/or a master’s degree with a concentration in
writing from West Chester State University.
8. To receive our newsletter and be able to contribute to our literary magazine, Around the
Table, and to our blog, write.share.connect.
7. To support teachers across school districts and grade levels to reach their goals and provide
support for activities to improve writing skills for all students in ELA classes and across the
6. To bond with educators at the local and national levels and create lifelong friendships and
5. To be able to participate in monthly virtual and face-to-face discussions and writing sessions
and receive valuable feedback and ongoing support.
4. To be able to participate in Writing Project events such as our speaker series and social
3. To be able to participate in committee work to support literacy endeavors in our
community and across the world.
2. To acquire mentors and confidants as guides and resources to broaden your horizons and
help you achieve your professional goals.
1. To open a dialogue to address positive ways to reinforce actions to embrace
Be sure to visit pawlp.org for information and remember to look for updates about our new website, coming soon!
Lynne R. Dorfman is a 1989 PAWLP fellow and a member of the advisory board. Lynne blogs for write.share.connect throughout the year and enjoys participating in as many Writing Project offerings as possible. Currently, Lynne works as an adjunct professor for Arcadia University and as a co-editor for PAReads: The Journal of Keystone State Literacy Association. She regularly blogs for MiddleWeb and is finishing a book, Welcome to Reading Workshop, with Brenda Krupp for Stenhouse Publishers. Lynne and her husband just acquired a new Corgi puppy, Rosie. She joins their Corgis, Arthur and Merrill, as welcomed additions to their home.