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 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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Se Fue la HippoWIC Writer-in-Residence Bárbara Renaud González facilitated a memoir workshop with some 8-10 senior citizens beginning last summer through the fall 2012. The result—Se fue la Hippo y Bruno también—a bilingual, bicultural collection of “raucous, unsettling, hemispheric and lovelorn tales, held together with the innocence of the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s, and the awakening of the ’60s.”