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 hires working writers who are also excellent teachers of writing. By providing ongoing support and professional development to our WIC instructors, we build a strong sense of teamwork among WIC faculty—encouraging them to share their challenges, discoveries and best practices. We also provide them with the opportunity to study with nationally known writers such as Denise Chavez, Barbara Jane Reyes, Laura Kasischke, Robert Flynn and others. The end result is that WIC workshops are always of high artistic quality, making them highly effective at promoting a lifelong engagement with reading and writing.

Download the WIC brochure

WIC training 2016

WIC Pow-wow 2016


teapotfrom the iron on my side and water spout

in my yard.

I am from the garage that couldn’t shut my pain.

from the heat of my oven that burned.

I am from the rose of the earth that’s rooted and

grounded with possibilities.

The aloe in my vera that brushed me wildly

in my dreams.



We gladly bring the voices of Ella Austin Community Center’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes to the literary stage.


ascendI rose out of sadness, anger, and why.


I rose like a growing inner being.


I rose like the loaf, a new life.


I rose from not needing a safe place

and inside me was a brand new life

I had longed for a very long time.


Inside of me there was fear

that I did not know how to do this

until I saw the air blow the leaf away.

It was dry but it still had life.


Inside of me there is a free spirit

that will be as bright at the sun—

or my own true color.


From the WIC anthology Like a Phoenix (2008)

Photo courtesy of Bassi Baba