The ability to express oneself clearly and persuasively in writing is
fundamental for success across all academic disciplines, and throughout
one's personal and professional life.
The Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing (CPCW) brings together all of Penn's writing programs, entities, and projects to form a collaborative whole. The Center presents writing courses, workshops and a reading circle. In addition, it offers students an opportunity to perform their writing or to become involved as a tutor, mentor or editorial apprentice.
The Creative Writing Program offers workshops in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, journalistic writing, screenwriting and playwriting. It also offers minors in Creative Writing and Journalistic Writing; publishes a literary journal highlighting the work of students, faculty and eminent alumni writers; and provides qualified English majors the opportunity to earn honors in English by submitting a creative thesis. Throughout the year, the program invites visiting writers to Penn for readings and talks and sponsors a University-wide writing contest each spring.
The Kelly Writers House is a historic house on Penn's campus that serves as a center for writers from Penn and the Philadelphia region at large. Each semester the Writers House hosts approximately 150 public programs and projects: poetry readings, film screenings, seminars, art exhibits and musical performances. Each week about 500 people work, write and collaborate in its many rooms and in the "Arts Cafe." Writers House also has a strong virtual presence through live interactive webcasts and dozens of listservs, web magazines and email discussion groups.
Language Direct is a program of the Penn Language Center that offers peer tutoring for students who want to improve their competence in a variety of languages. Visit the website to see which languages are currently offered. The program offers both online help and drop-in tutoring services