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 2019, Project Write took place from July 23 - July 26, and July 30 - August 2. Check back for the 2020 dates!


Project Write activities

Our writing doesn't just happen in the classroom--it happens all over the national park and the city of Philadelphia. Students visit park sites, like Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell Center, Franklin Court, and more, for inspiration for their writing. They also take field trips to the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site and Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site. And the students write, and write, and write. Check out this sample syllabus.


The Project Write Blog

Check out the 2019 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.

Follow Us

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

Last updated: August 5, 2019

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