The Writers in the Schools (WITS) program provides creative writing opportunities and instruction to Lane County students. Through National Author Visits, No-School Creative Camps, Summer Creative Writing Camps, and the Young Writers Fiction Contest, students have the opportunity to learn their craft and engage with other writers.
In 2015-2016, Wordcrafters launched the WITS Writers Residency Series, placing professional writers in two classrooms at Thurston High School and in the Phoenix Program at John Serbu Youth Campus.
These residencies give students the opportunity to work alongside a professional writer over the course of five to eight-weeks as part of their school day. Students get to explore creative writing with a focus on the whole writing process, from composition through drafting, revising, polishing, and finally public performance and publication; creating a bridge to stronger writing and stronger academic performance across the curriculum. Studying alongside a professional writer gives students the opportunity to see what professional writing looks like up close. It also helps students to find their voice and empowers them to tell their stories.
Poet Carter McKenzie visited two classrooms at Thurston High School for an intensive study of poetry and poetic forms.
WITS Coordinator and writer Sallie Vandagrift led three residencies at the Phoenix Program at the the John Serbu Youth Campus. She was assisted by graduate students in the Master of Fine Arts program for creative writing at University of Oregon.
Contact our WITS Coordinator, Sallie Vandagrift, to schedule a writer residency or workshop, and for more information – email@example.com.
WITS is made possible through support from the Meyer Memorial Trust, Eugene Metro Rotary Club, and Luminare Press.