We’re happy to report that the Writers in the Schools Summit was a great day of presentations, discussion, and collaboration on literary arts education across Oregon. The Summit is a way for literary organizations with arts education programs to share their resources and experience with each other. This year’s participating organizations included Columbia Gorge Arts in Education, KC Grants, The Nature of Words, Oregon State University’s MFA program, Portland Art Museum, Salem Art Association, Saturday Academy, Wordstock, Write Around Portland, and Writers in the Schools, a program of Literary Arts.
For the first time since the initial summit in 2008, the day-long event was held in Portland, at Literary Arts’ new center at 925 SW Washington. (Different organizations host the Summit around the state each year.) Twenty-four people participated on topics including utilizing volunteers; program development and funding; social media, how and why; best practices of a WITS writer-in-residence; and hiring, training, and supporting teaching artists.
Lunch was just a quick jaunt across the street to square-block-plus of delicious food carts, with such beautiful weather that everyone could eat outside and enjoy the sun. All in all, it was a productive, inspiring day and we want to thank everyone who came and participated! We look forward to seeing you again next year!