Writers in the Schools (WITS) inspires public high school students to write, revise, edit, publish, and perform their own creative writing.
WITS programming reinforces the real world importance of reading and writing in all professions, is designed to meet state and national standards for the arts and language arts, and helps schools reach their goals of teaching writing across the disciplines.
WITS is tailored to support, deepen, and extend existing curriculum, and to contribute to student achievement in reading and writing.
WITS Serves High School Students
WITS currently serves public high schools and alternative high school programs throughout Multnomah County. In 2012/2013, the program served more than 3,400 students with a variety of literary opportunities, including:
- Semester-long writing workshops in high school classrooms
- One-day visits by local and world-famous authors
- Mentorships for students to work one-on-one with writers
- Books for classrooms and school libraries
- Public student readings at local bookstores and cafés
- Publication of student work in annual print and digital anthologies
- Transportation, books, and tickets for school groups to attend Portland Arts & Lectures and Special Events
- Verselandia! high school poetry slam
- Mentoring to help students with college and scholarship application essays
WITS Annual Report
Last year WITS served more than 3,400 Portland high school students by teaching writing, extending literary experiences beyond the classroom, publishing student work, and coordinating student readings throughout the city. Read more about the work of Writers in the Schools and about WITS sponsors and evaluations in our annual report (or you can download the WITS report here).