Since 1995, PEN in the Classroom (PITC) has helped thousands of Southern California high school students discover the power of their unique voices by sending professional writers into their classrooms for creative writing residencies. PITC residencies emphasize the importance of language and the transcendent quality of words, while cultivating the tools young writers inherently possess.  Each residency concludes with the publication of a student anthology.  Students also have the opportunity to participate in public readings and submit to our annual PEN in the Classroom Literary Contest.   Response to the program has been overwhelmingly positive, with teachers, students, and writers alike expressing unequivocal support.

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