Announcing the Sharon Rudnicki Writing Center

The Agnes Irwin School, together with the Rudnicki family, are pleased to announce that work will begin this summer on the Sharon Rudnicki Writing Center, given in memory of longtime English Department Chair Sharon Rudnicki.

Mrs. Rudnicki came to Agnes Irwin in the 1993-1994 school year as a long-term substitute and immediately found a home here. Her warmth and love of literature resonated with students who enjoyed gathering in her space — to spark new ideas, and puzzle through the challenges of writing. In that spirit, the Sharon Rudnicki Writing Center will serve as a central hub for writing at AIS that will be open to girls of all ages and will encourage collaboration, foster mutual support, and accommodate learners of varying skill levels and with a range of needs. It will be suitable for both workshop-style writing instruction for groups as well as for one-to-one tutoring, editing, and mentoring. Our student newspaper, The Wick, which Sharon Rudnicki oversaw, will operate out of the space, as will The Lamp and additional student-run magazines and special publications. 

In addition, through the generosity of alumnae and parents of alumnae, AIS will be offering enhanced writing programming out of the Sharon Rudnicki Writing Center throughout the 2020-2021 school year and beyond. We look forward to announcing new initiatives in support of writing instruction at AIS, ranging from guest lecturers and visiting scholars to scholarship opportunities for AIS students interested in pursuing summer writing courses at colleges and universities.

If you have questions, would like to learn more, or are interested in supporting this project in honor of Mrs. Rudnicki, please contact Senior Development Officer Lauren Stabert at

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