Each summer, Philadelphia Young Playwrights reads plays submitted by high school, middle school, and elementary school students from across the Greater Philadelphia region.
Then, we respond to each student with one page of personalized, constructive feedback that we send to them in the mail.
For some students, like Pulitzer Prize-winning PYP alum Quiara Alegria Hudes, it's a life-changing moment of affirmation.
Who does all that reading & writing?
The Literary Committee! More than 70 artists, staff, students, and others are assigned a group of plays. They read them and write one page responses to each playwrights.
How do they know what to write?
PYP provides all Literary Committee Members with a packet of information including a rubric to guide their process, questions to consider while reading student plays, and sample responses.
What is the process like for a Literary Committee member?
Good question! Let's ask a LitComm member.
High school intern Tiara has the scoop.
Quiara speaks about her activism work in the video. What is the specific project she's talking about?
Emancipated Stories, a collection of writing and art for individuals experiencing incarceration, was created by Quiara and her cousin, Sean Ortiz, who is currently serving time in a federal correction facility.
We want to hear from you!
Quiara is one of tens of thousands of students who have received feedback from us over the course of 30 years.
Did you write a play and receive feedback? Tell us about it!
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