For Teachers and Principals
We encourage you to bring your child/ren to our annual public events: the fall Book Launch Celebration and our spring Year-End Reading. See our WITS News page for more information.
For Community Members
You can support WITS:
♦ With supplies and donations of all kinds: composition books, pocket folders, art supplies, treats for our writer meetings, pizza and cupcakes and drinks for our author celebrations, goodies for the gift bags that honor our young writers, audio/visual services, spaces for writer meetings, in-kind printing. The list goes on!
♦ With your good word. Tell your friends who are teachers, who are parents, who are writers, who work at newspapers and magazines, who are supporters of the literary arts, who are supporters of education about WITS. Tell them you support this program and that you’d like them to support it, too, in whatever way they can.
♦ With your attendance at our events. Your ticket to a SAL event helps support the education programs.
♦ With your monetary gift. A donation to WITS helps keep the program going and going strong.
WITS WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE GUIDELINES / 2013 - 2014 SCHOOL YEAR
Writer-in-Residence: Writers in the Schools (WITS), a program of Seattle Arts & Lectures, hires creative writers—poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, cartoonists/graphic novelists, and playwrights—who are passionate about teaching the power and pleasure of writing to young people and who are excited to collaborate with public school teachers. Employment is part-time. Residency contracts vary, but typically extend for nine months from October to June. A school-year commitment is typically required.
♦ Prepare and circulate to teachers and WITS staff a syllabus incorporating reading selections and writing prompts, taking into account your classroom teacher's desired learning outcomes and curriculum
♦ Guide students to write through exciting and innovative creative writing lessons.
♦ Provide weekly written feedback to your students on their writing
♦ Attend a day-long writer retreat in October
♦ Attend writer meetings (5-6 over the course of the year)
♦ Collect excellent student work and permissions throughout the year and submit it to WITS staff on deadline for displays, online and print publication, etc.
♦ Coordinate end-of-semester/trimester culminating events for your classes
♦ Choose and prepare students to read at the annual student readings
♦ Reflect on and evaluate your residency through a formal essay
♦ Contribute to the WITS blog
♦ Complete an annual self-evaluation and review with WITS staff
♦ Significant publications and/or performances
♦ One to two years of teaching or mentoring experience with elementary, middle, or high school students
♦ Interest in collaborating with public school teachers
♦ Excellent written and oral communication skills
♦ Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail
♦ Availability to teach the same day every week throughout the academic year (October through June)
♦ Bilingual writers
♦ Writers experienced with hospital patients, English Language Learners, Native populations, or Special Education students.
♦ Compensation for a full-residency of 84 teaching hours is $6,500 ($77/teaching hour; to be paid in monthly installments). Partial or greater residencies are scaled accordingly.
♦ Free tickets to Seattle Arts & Lectures events, as available
♦ Professional development training and inspiring colleagues
How to Apply
♦ Cover letter
♦ Teaching and artistic resume
♦ Names, phone numbers, and email addresses for three references, at least one of whom should be familiar with your teaching
♦ Three- to five-page creative writing sample in the genre you most like to teach
♦ One page describing three specific writing goals you might have for a residency and two specific teaching exercises/lesson plans you would use to help students achieve those goals. Please identify if the exercises are intended for elementary, middle, or high school students.