The Penn Compact in Action

Mighty Penn

According to Kelly Writers House Director Jessica Lowenthal, the art of writing happens best in a community.

For aspiring and accomplished scribes at Penn, their art is practiced in nearly a dozen non-credit reading and writing groups. These Writers House-sponsored clubs allow wordsmiths to hone their skills and receive valuable feedback and constructive criticism about their work. The self-run, self-organized groups span a wide array of genres, from poetry to science fiction, and are open to novices and published writers.

One of the groups is Jabberwocky, which focuses on writing for children. Tracy Byford, the longtime manager of the James G. Kaskey Memorial Garden and Jabberwocky's leader, said its members find the advice useful. "You have to get feedback and criticism," she says. "Another writer is not going to be so shy and will say, 'This doesn't work. "

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