For Teachers and Administrators
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 September 28, 2015 and our spring Year-End Readings, May 25 & 26. 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 Friday, August 7, 2015.
WITS WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE GUIDELINES / 2015 - 2016 SCHOOL YEAR
♦ 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)
♦ 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
♦ 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)
♦ Writers experienced with diverse populations, English Language Learners, or Special Education students.
♦ 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
August 7, 2015 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.