WITS partners with public high schools in Multnomah County to provide semester-long creative writing residencies taught by local professional writers.
Writers plan and teach their residencies alongside classroom teachers. Each residency is unique, tailored to support, deepen, and extend existing curriculum, and to contribute to student achievement in reading and writing.
Students learn from and develop relationships with working writers who model the writing life: the passion, discipline and skill necessary to write professionally.
Residencies culminate in public readings at cafes and bookstores (check our calendar of events for upcoming readings or visit our blog for coverage of previous readings) and students are encouraged to submit their writing to the WITS anthology and digital chapbooks.
To inquire about partnering with WITS on a residency at your school, please contact Mary Rechner, Director of Youth Programs, via email or call 503-227-2583 x109.
Students gained new vocabulary, sentence structures, and strategies for using examples to generate their own ideas. They are more specific and willing to employ sensory details.” Amy Ambrosio, teacher, Roosevelt High School