WE LEARN (Women Expanding Literacy Education Action Resource Network)

is a community promoting women’s literacy as a tool that fosters empowerment and equity for women.

Resources & Support


General Writing Tips for Student Writers by Donna Jones (Student Writer)
Finishing Your Work for Publication prepared by WE LEARN for Student Writers & their mentors
♦ Webinars avaialble on YouTube: Ready, Set, Write! Getting Started and Going Deeper
♦ Pre-writing Activites and Lesson Plans. When the Call for Writings are announced, pre-writing activities and lesson plans are made available. PAst activites can be found for each past issue.
Teaching & Learning with Women's Perspectives: A Resource Kit: This Resource Kit is FREE to Current WE LEARN members,  both individuals and organizations. To receive your complete copy, contact and we will email it to you. See the Table of Contents & Introduction


Women’s Perspectives has become a cornerstone project for WE LEARN. Since we started publication in 2006, we have received writings from more than 700 students from across the U.S. and Canada. Many students have sent multiple writings in subsequent years. We’ve published more than 500 writings in 10 different thematic issues.

How the publication supports students
  • Cash awards are provided to students whose for writings have demonstrated outstanding effort.
  • Each student whose writing is published receives a free copy of the journal.
  • All participants receive a Certificate of Participation.
  • In conjunction with the (Net)Working Conference, we sponsor a Student Writing Celebration where the published writers have the opportunity to publicly read their writings on stage.
  • It has become an indispensable opportunity to provide and develop adult learner leadership. Students and alums have found their places as volunteers and leaders on the Women's Perspectives Selection Committee.
How the publication supports teaching & learning
  • Women’s Perspectives encourages student writers and provides a public platform for students to share their writing with a larger audience.
  • Teachers use the publication to encourage student writing. The pre-writing activities offer specific focus to students who feel they have nothing to say or that no one will listen.
  • ·Students have reported that their involvement in Women’s Perspectives has boosted their self-esteem and has made them feel more positive about both written and verbal self-expression.
  • Students talk to and learn from other students when they read these writings. Something always resonates when reading about the experiences of their peers.