Writers in Communities

The Writers in Communities (WIC) program sends published, professional writers into schools, institutions, and other community settings to work alongside students of all ages and abilities. While in residence, the writers and their students create dynamic creative writing projects that challenge, celebrate, inspire and enlighten. Our innovative programs have been recognized by The New York Times and San Antonio Express-News, among others.

WIC training 2016

WIC Pow-wow 2016

 
 

Grateful for the opportunity to work with Robert J. Cavazos this summer, who was presented with a paid internship from TheArtsFund. Robert will be working with our Writers in Communities program this summer.
ArtsFund internship

 

Read more about their book Blanket of Stars.
Palo Alto Elementary Kindred Elementary

 
 

 

I can’t write a poem.Pirate-cartoon-web

I’ve never even tried, and when I was thinking,

I’m pretty sure I almost died.

The way it almost happened was because I was woozy,

I’m really really tired and droopy.

I never felt like this, it’s super weird, and for some reason

there is this pirate with a really long beard.

He keeps saying, “Hardy, har, har!”

So I tried to chase him away with a roar, roar, ROAR!

This poem is getting on my last nerve.

I can’t even write because there are no lines so my words go curve.

I really can’t do this, it’s too hard, and my arm

got cut by a glass shard.

My arm is starting to bleed, it’s getting all over my paper!

Grrr! It hurts so bad!

My teacher gave me a band-aid, then all of a sudden,

when I closed my eyes with stress, I saw a mermaid.

Writing a poem is really difficult,

but I had imagination & an idea in a jolt!

Now I get it, I know how to do it;

all the things I talked about showed me how to write a poem

and I learned to poet.

Those are the reasons, until now, I couldn’t learn to poet.

From the anthology, A Blanket of Stars (2016).

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