After an awesome orientation, this year’s writers-in-residence are ready to go! Five of them are brand new to WITS (and are hard at work getting oriented in this photo).

The attendees walked into p:ear on a crisp September day, looking much as their students will on the first day of school: armed with nervous-yet-excited smiles, knitted scarves, and notebooks of lined paper waiting to be filled. Each writer brought a unique perspective and specialty to the U-shaped table, but all have the same goal—to inspire students. (Check out everyone’s bios to browse this year’s wealth of talent.)

“We’re arsonists,” said Mark Pomeroy. “With the numbing climate of test-score pressure, kids welcome some fire.”

As the afternoon sun lit up the soaring space with a soft glow, writers shared lesson plan ideas, tips for teaching, and even took a turn at being students. Amy Minato opened a bag of lost-and-found items, including a watch and a tie-dye sock, and asked everyone to write about them. For a moment, between the rumbles of passing buses and MAX trains, nothing but the soft taps of pens scribbling across paper could be heard. To any lover of words, it sounded like music.

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