PEN/Faulkner is a nonprofit literary organization that promotes a lifelong love of reading and a connection to writing through public events, in-school education, and public promotion of exceptional literary achievement. We annually administer the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, one of the highest honors available to American fiction writers.

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Together We Read with Meg Medina 
Join author Meg Medina and students from other schools for for Together We Read, a multi-school book club that fosters connections and conversations across the greater Washington, DC area. We'll discuss Meg's book MERCI SUÁREZ CHANGES GEARS through activities and dialogue.
Date: 2/27/2020
Time: 12:00 PM 
Duration: 2hous, 30 minutes. 
Content area: English/Literature, World Languages/Global Studies, Diversity
Grades: 4th-6th 
Curriculum Connections: CCSS - English
Capactiy: 30 

for Together We Read

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Writers in Schools - Book Discussion with an Author 
Presented by: PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools

Writers in Schools (WinS) provides FREE books to students in grades 4-12 by connecting educators to books that fit their classroom curriculum; that capture students' interests outside the curriculum; and that expose them to new stories and narratives about people similar and different from them. Our list of more than 100 local, national, and international authors includes writers in multiple genres: fiction, memoir, graphic novel, poetry, short stories, and essays. Beginning in SY 2018-19, we are expanding our list of bilingual Spanish/English books and Latinx writers. Students are expected to read a portion of the book ahead of the writer's classroom visit and prepare questions, and on the day of visit, the author engages with students for a dynamic and engaging conversation; some writers even lead the students through a brief creative writing exercise. The visit culminates with a group author photo and a book signing. For a list of available books/authors, please email

Length of Program: 1 day; Visits can accommodate most class periods and up to 30 students at a time; book clubs; or other school-based sessions. 
Discipline: Literacy/Writing
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts; Foreign Language; History & Geography; Diversity
Grades: 4th - 12th; Adult Education 
Cost: The program and books are FREE to Title I schools in the District of Columbia. Other educators should inquire about availability.

for Writers in Schools - Book Discussion with an Author 

Nuestra Voz
Presented by: PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools

Nuestra Voz es una iniciativa de PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools que ayuda a amplificar las voces y discurso Latinx/Hispanx en las escuelas de DC. Esto lo logramos involucrando a los jóvenes con libros bilingües español/inglés, proveyendo autores que se identifican como Latinx a las escuelas y enfocándonos en discursos Latinx/Hispanx. Las visitas de Nuestra Voz pueden ser en español o bilingüe en inglés y español.

Nuestra Voz is an initiative of PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools that works to help amplify Latinx/Hispanic voices and narratives in DC schools. We do this by engaging youth with bilingual Spanish/English books, bringing Latinx-identified writers into schools, and focusing on Latinx/Hispanic narratives. Nuestra Voz visits may be conducted in Spanish or bilingually, in Spanish and English.
Length of Event: Educators can request as many authors as they want.
Content Area: English/ Literature, Social Studies/History/Geogrphy, World Languages/Global Studies, Diversity
Learning Standards: CCSS - English; CCSS - Social Studies
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Capacity: 30 Students

for Nuestra Voz 

Personal Essay Writing Workshop
Presented by: PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools

In 2-4 sessions, a professional writer takes students through the development of a personal essay--from brainstorming to drafting to revision. Youth writers are encouraged to submit their completed essays to our Youth Essay Contest, which comes with a cash prize and an opportunity to do a public reading with renowned authors.
Length of Event: 2-4 sessions; length of a class period
Content Area: English/ Literature
Learning Standards: CCSS - Writing
Grades: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Capacity: 30 Students

for Personal Essay Writing Workshop 

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