Community Arts Partner

Participant Details

Community Arts Partner Name
Seattle Arts & Lectures
Partner Type
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Individual Bio or
Organizational Statement
Seattle Arts and Lectures' WITS Writers-in-Residence provide a professional writer to inspire a vibrant culture around writing for both students and teachers. Through working with professional, published creative writers, students are empowered to tell their own stories and given new tools to do so. By weaving the residencies into the school day, the program reaches students who might never elect to attend an after-school program in creative writing. We believe in bringing a racial equity lens to our work to increase literary arts access and opportunities for students throughout the city to be part of a collective conversation, fueled by a shared commitment and love for words. Through WITS, students become authors of their own lives.


  • Inspire students to engage in the writing process, build writing skills, and increase self-confidence
  • Invigorate the teaching of writing by providing teachers with innovative lessons and literature, fresh techniques, and the time and encouragement to join their students in writing.
  • Promote self-expression and build positive learning communities
  • Connect young writers throughout the Puget Sounds to the wider literary culture of our region

Contact Information

First Name
Last Name
340 15th Ave E.
Address 2
Suite 301
206-621-2230 x 13

Grade Levels Preferred

Grade Levels Preferred
K-2, 3rd - 5th, 6th - 8th, 9th - 12th

Artistic Disciplines

Our cadre of 27 Writers and Residence span a wide variety of genres, from poetry, prose fiction, screenwriting, comics, spoken word, and more. If you have interest in a specific genre, email
Literary Art or Spoken Word/Performance Poetry


Previous School Partnerships
Other Trainings or Certifications
Sample Lesson Description: Student / Classroom Residencies
Sample Workshop Description: Teacher Professional Development

Areas of Experience and Expertise

Approved Professional Development Provider
Approved Classroom Residency Provider
Experience with English Language Learners
Experience with Students in Special Education

Lesson Plan

Integrated Art
Cultural Art

Teaching Approach

Teaching Philosophy + Approach
Writers in the Schools works with each school to design a residency that meets that school’s particular learning outcomes, curriculum needs, and schedule. In a typical residency, the WITS Writer-in-Residence teaches three or four classes of students once or twice a week for an entire semester. Providing students with sustained, sequential learning allows them to engage with the full arc of the writing process: brainstorming, pre-writing, drafting, revising, publishing, and performing. Each WITS Writer-in-Residence designs lesson plans based upon the curriculum, goals, and standards of the classroom teacher. Writers are responsible for preparing and teaching the lessons, commenting on student work, and planning a culminating project such as a reading or publication. Teachers are responsible for assisting the writer with overall planning, an understanding of the school’s culture, and classroom management; teachers are invited and encouraged to participate fully in, and learn from, the lessons. We are committed to designing our creative teaching within larger learning benchmarks such as the Essential Academic Learning Requirements, Grade Level Expectations, the Writers’ Workshop, and state assessments, such as the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL).
Curriculum Integration Possibilities
Special Skills and Areas of Expertise
Testimonials from Schools




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