Project Write

Color image of a young woman speaking at a podium with Independence Hall in the background.
Project Write culminates with students following in the footsteps of figures like Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass by reading their work in the shadow of Independence Hall.

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Inspire Me! The Power of Words and Images

Each summer, Independence National Historical Park hosts a group of teens who explore the power of language and images in the place where arguments built a nation.

For two weeks, young writers delve into the past each day, discovering the park sites and stories that are still relevant today. Every day, students end their journey in the present--blogging, tweeting, and using digital images and videos to inspire future generations.

In 2020, Project Write went virtual! Students got a behind-the-scenes view of some of the most iconic sites in American history, including Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. If you are interested in attending the program in Summer 2021, contact the Philadelphia Writing Project at the University of Pennsylvania for enrollment information.


Project Write activities

Most years, our writing doesn't just happen in the classroom--it happens all over the national park and the city of Philadelphia. In 2020, the online experience included virtual field trips to park sites for inspiration for student writing. The program even included a virtual field trip to the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site. And the students wrote, and wrote, and wrote. Check out this sample syllabus from a previous year. The online experience included many of the same themes.


The Project Write Blog

Check out the Project Write blog. Students use the blog to ponder the meaning of big ideas like liberty, equality, community, and power.


Project Write photos

Find 2019 Project Write photos on this album. Project Write photos from previous years are also available online.

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Follow along as we find different ways to share our voices. Follow us on Instagram: @ProjectWriteNPS and #ProjectWrite

Last updated: September 9, 2020

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