For Teachers and Principals
We are available to travel to your school to talk one-on-one with you or to make a larger presentation to a group of interested teachers and administrators.
We encourage you to bring your children to our annual public events: the fall Book Launch Celebration on October 11th, 2016 and our spring Year-End Readings in May. See our Season 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.
We are currently accepting applications for writers-in-residence. Please read the guidelines below. The next deadline for Writer-in-Residence applications is Monday, August 8th, 2016.
WITS WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE GUIDELINES / 2016 - 2017 SCHOOL YEAR
Writer-in-Residence: Writers in the Schools (WITS), a program of Seattle Arts & Lectures, is looking for creative writers—poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, cartoonists/graphic novelists—who are passionate about teaching the power and pleasure of writing to young people and who are excited to collaborate with public school teachers. This year, WITS has a particular need for writers who can teach narrative at the elementary school level and poetry at the high school level, though spots for writers of other ages and genres are also available. Residency contracts vary but usually 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 September
♦ Attend writer meetings (5-6 over the course of the year)
♦ Attend a residency planning meeting with WITS staff and classroom teacher(s) at the beginning of each residency
♦ Be observed by WITS staff at least twice a year, and participate in one-on-one debrief sessions
♦ 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 in May
♦ 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), or in an intensive 2-week setting—schedules vary by school
♦ Bilingual writers
♦ Writers experienced with diverse populations, English Language Learners, or Special Education students.
♦ Compensation for a full-residency of 84 teaching hours is $6,552 ($78/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
♦ A resume indicating significant teaching and writing experience
♦ 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 would have for a WITS residency, and why these goals feel essential to you
♦ 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.
August 8, 2016 by noon. People of color and bilingual applicants are especially encouraged to apply. Writers selected for interviews will be contacted in mid-to-late August.