Writers in the Community is a project that places MFA students as creative writing teachers in public schools, alternative schools, hospitals, corrections facilities, factories, halfway houses, nursing homes, and other locations throughout the Spokane area.
WITC also publishes InRoads, an annual anthology of work collected from all of our various placements throughout the year. MFA candidates have full editorial control of the anthology. WITC employs one Student Director (a second year MFA candidate who gets both tuition remission and a stipend) along with an assistant (a first year candidate who takes internship credits)who usually moves into the Student Director position the following year.
WITC and Willow Springs also partner up to offer a program called Triceratops. Triceratops places pairs of graduate students in third-grade classrooms around Spokane, where they teach poetry for one hour a week, for four consecutive weeks. At the end of the project there is a reading/party, and the third-graders go home with a bound book of their class poems. This is a popular internship opportunity, and one that is growing by the year.
WITC Featured in the Febrary 2014 Edition of Engage Magazine
Engage Magazine, the community engagement magazine of Eastern Washington University, produced a four-page feature on the Writers in the Community program titled “Creative Connection”. A related piece was also posted February 2014 on Eastern 24/7, the University’s daily online news source. The story is beautifully presented, and concludes with three poems penned by third-grade WITC-participants.
Spend Sunday Mornings with the Community Writing Group
Our Community Writing Group meets every other Sunday at Forza Coffee Company in Lincoln Heights Shopping Center from 1 to 3:30, and they are always looking to add more writers to the group. If you want to come write for a couple hours, know some people who would be interested, or teach in the Spokane area and want to invite your students to join in, new faces are most welcome. If you are interested in joining, please contact our Student Director Daniel Mathewson at firstname.lastname@example.org.