Writers in Communities

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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 Juan Felipe Herrera, Denise Chavez, 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.

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8522901355_96c1bdf450_mHer love pursued, like the dampness of

the morning dew.

She often questioned, but I’d never bother

nor reckon,

but brought more spark and reason to be pursued.

The gloss in her eyes shined bright, much

like the start and the moon.

My touch would raise her temptations—

she was never hesitant against it.

To contemplate of such difficult task, was

like finding love but not making it last.

These words here, these words here that you hear

tonight, are spoken by heart and written down

by mind. (more…)


WIC kids write letters to their future selves—read them all here: Dear Me Letters from WIC Kids


Dear Letters—WIC


2169760673_bc0bb174d9_mI’ve seen day after day

I’ve been tossed around

But yet I still have faith

I get left in the dark

Sometimes not to be found

I’m not worth much

But I still have a smile

Get thrown on the ground

Get lost in a crowd

Lonely in the world

I’m a penny and I’m proud.


From the WIC anthology Words Across the Wire (2013)

Photo Courtesy of Quinn Dombrowski