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Scholastic Writing Awards – Pittsburgh Region 2017

Congratulations to this year’s Scholastic winners! To see if your piece won an award, please visit this page. If your name and piece are listed but you did not receive an email from with information about the Awards Ceremony, please notify us by emailing with the subject line “Awards Ceremony Information Request”.

For those who did not win this year, please know that your writing was appreciated, and please continue to write. We would love to see more of your writing next year for the 2018 competition.

Westmoreland Workshops: Writing with Influence

WPWP teacher-leader Val Piccini will be leading two cohorts of practitioners, grades 3-8 through Writing with Influence, August 1-3, and 4-5, 2016 at the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit. The subtitle of the workshop is as follows: Maneuvering Across the Landscape of PA Core Writing–Narrative, Information, and Opinion/Argument Utilizing Mentor Texts.  For more information, go to

Valerie Piccini currently works as a certified reading specialist in the Franklin Regional School District.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Duquesne University and her Master’s degree in Reading with Disabilities from Wilmington University.  Valerie has also studied with Lucy Calkins at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University, New York City.

Scholastic Writing Awards – Pittsburgh Region 2016

Thanks to all who participated in the Pittsburgh Regional Scholastic Writing Awards! This year the Pittsburgh region received over 400 entries, spanning ten different genres of writing.  The judges were very impressed with the volume and quality of the submissions.

The 2016 winners can be viewed here.

Pittsburgh Regional Scholastic Writing Awards will be distributed at the Regional Writing Awards Ceremony on Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 2-4PM at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium on the University of Pittsburgh campus.

2016 Summer Institute for Teachers–Application Available

Interested in joining a national network of education innovators?  Or know a friend who would love to be involved in the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project? Check out the 2016 Western Pennsylvania Writing Project Summer Institute for Teachers.  Here is the brochure:


Here is the application form:

SIT 2016 application

For more information, talk to a WPWP teacher-consultant, or e-mail Laura Roop at

Scholastic Writing Awards: Deadline, December 18, 2015

Don’t forget to encourage your students to enter the Scholastic Writing Awards!  Students, please enter your best work!

Here is a link to information about deadlines and entry requirements for the Pittsburgh region:

Here is the link to the home page for Scholastic Art and Writing Awards:

Here is a poster with information about preparing and submitting entries:




WPWP Holiday Party 2015

The Western Pennsylvania Writing Project will hold its annual Holiday Party on Saturday, December 12, from 4:00-8:00 p.m.  The event will be held at 120 Parise Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15221, at the home of Laura Roop and Richard Koch.  Feel free to bring a treat to share.  There will be Drew’s chicken and lasagna, salad, beer, wine, soft drinks, and Laura’s chocolate raspberry cheesecake.

Just Desserts: A WPWP Continuity Event

Title: Just Desserts: A WPWP Continuity Event
Location: Home of Laura Roop and Richard Koch 120 Parise Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15221
Description: Join WPWP Fellows to celebrate recent accomplishments, hear about exciting endeavors, and indulge in a delicious dessert potluck. Please bring a dessert to pass. Beverages and treats will be provided.

R.S.V.P. to Cj Coleman by June 4th
Start Time: 18:00:00
Date: 2015-06-08
End Time: 20:00:00

Hear Me 101 Presents a Screening: Framing Forward

Title: Hear Me 101 Presents a Screening: Framing Forward
Location: Pittsburgh Filmmakers Melwood Screening Room 477 Melwood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Description: A presentation and panel of short films from students who want to inspire change. Featuring student work from McKeesport Area Technology Center, Steel Valley High School, Clariton High School. Admission is free. Hors d’œuvres, light refreshments, and music provided.
Start Time: 18:00:00
Date: 2015-05-14

2015 Winter Young Writers Institute

Registration for the 2015 Winter Young Writers Institute is now open!

Access the Grades 4-8 application here.

Access the Grades 9-12 application here.

2014 WPWP Continuity Event

Title: 2014 WPWP Continuity Event
Location: 5131 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Description: Opportunity for teacher-consultants who participated in the 2014 Summer Institute for Teachers to gather, reflect on their writing, inquiry, and leadership, and figure out next steps. Anthologies developed this summer to be distributed.
Start Time: 9:00
Date: 2014-11-01
End Time: 12:00