Working with teachers to identify texts that feature diverse characters and relevant narratives, PEN/Faulkner's flagship Writers in Schools program connects young people with authors (and their books) for dynamic conversations. Writing Workshops deepen the work as teaching artists help students learn about and practice their own writing through engaging skill-building sessions. In a new long-term residency, students will work directly with an expert writer to develop a sustained relationship and writing project. Together We Read brings authors, and students from different schools, into cross-cultural dialogue about books, while Nuestras Voces offers Latinx- and Hispanic-centric education programs that address systemic diversity challenges. Finally, Literary Conversations bring together the most highly acclaimed writers from all over the country to discuss the urgent issues that surround their work and let literature serve as a springboard for much-needed civil discourse.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 4
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide
Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)
Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Students
Schools They Work In: We work with approximately 60 DC public and public charter schools each year.
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Awards & Recognition
In 2019, PEN/Faulkner won a Literacy Award from the Library of Congress.
PEN/Faulkner’s institutional supporters include the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), Cafritz Foundation, Share Fund, Humanities DC, Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs, Arts Forward Fund, Scottish Rite Foundation, Whitehead Foundation, Nora Roberts Foundation, Find Your Light Foundation, and more.
- Watch Oprah's Speech on Being Named a PEN/Faulkner "Literary Champion"
Tue May 3 2022, Oprah Daily
Oprah celebrated her enduring passion for books and lauded PEN/Faulkner for championing the freedom to read, think, and spread literacy.
- Rabih Alameddine Wins PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
Tue Apr 5 2022, Bloomberg
Rabih Alameddine's "The Wrong End of the Telescope" has won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.
- Oprah Winfrey to Receive Honorary PEN/Faulkner Award
Tue Mar 29 2022, US News
Oprah Winfrey is receiving a literary honor for her championing of so many authors over the past quarter century.
- LeVar Burton Named Inaugural PEN/Faulkner Literary Champion
Tue Feb 2 2021, Publishers Weekly
LeVar Burton, the actor and longtime host of Reading Rainbow, has been named the inaugural PEN/Faulkner Literary Champion.
- Eat, Pray, Love -- and Talk to Fans
Mon Mar 30 2009
On March 27, 2009, PEN/Faulkner hosted a joint reading with the National Cathedral entitled "Divine Sanity: Thoughts on Creative Life," with international bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert. Both the talk, and audience reactions, were incredibly moving.
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