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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.

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.

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.

WPWP Inquiry/Leadership Group

Title: WPWP Inquiry/Leadership Group
Location: 5131 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Description: Second session of a group focusing on developing teacher inquiry and leadership by reading The Art of Classroom Inquiry, recording burning questions, and collecting artifacts from current teaching situations.
Start Time: 9:00
Date: 2014-12-06
End Time: 12:00

WPWP Holiday Party

Title: WPWP Holiday Party
Location: 120 Parise Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15221
Description: Annual festivities, hosted this year by new WPWP director Laura Roop and her spouse, longtime NWP-connected Richard Koch. Bring hors d’ oeuvres, dessert, or drinks to share.
Start Time: 15:00
Date: 2014-12-13
End Time: 20:00

NCTE Annual Convention

Title: NCTE Annual Convention
Location: Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD
Link out: Click here
Description: Join your NCTE colleagues and friends as we examine the power of story as the landscape within which we map the significance of experience and build towers of knowledge.

Stories saturate our lives, woven so tightly into the fabric of the everyday that it’s easy to overlook their value as a way of knowing the world. They are the glue that creates community and binds us together around common purposes and values.

Gaylord National ResortThe 2014 NCTE Convention will be held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. Sessions will explore the many dimensions of story as the landscape of knowing–story as literary and informational text, story as cross-disciplinary collaborations, story as multiple literacies and genres, story as memory and identity, story as teacher knowledge and research, story as community and culture, story as marginalization, and story as resistance.

The 2014 NCTE Annual Convention is an opportunity to take back the right to tell our stories, to create our own landscapes, and to “talk story” with each other.

Start Date: 2014-11-20
End Date: 2014-11-22