Are you a writer seeking a community of creative thinkers? Do you feel most inspired surrounded by natural beauty? Come explore your craft, meet with other writers, participate in writing workshops and relax in the beautiful Pacific Northwest at Summer Fishtrap 2013. Summer Fishtrap is a week-long gathering of writers held at Wallowa Lake, Oregon [...]
Show:tell the Workshop for Teen Writers is a nine day writing seminar for student writers between the ages of 14 and 18 hosted by the Department of English and Literature at Marylhurst University. Within a diverse community of learners, students receive college level instruction in creative writing and contemporary arts, as well as developing skills [...]
At WITS, we are always looking to inform young writers about publishing opportunities. One such opportunity is the Rising Star Creative Writing Competition sponsored by The Nature of Words, a literature based non-profit serving central Oregon. The Nature of Words states as its mission: “to strengthen and support the literary arts and humanities in Oregon [...]
On December 16th, Literary Arts and the Portland Arts & Lectures community welcomed Barbara Kingsolver to speak at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in the second installment of the 2012-2013 lecture series. The evening opened with Lauren Steele, pictured above, a sophomore at Jefferson High School Middle College for Advanced [...]
Honoring Our Rivers is currently accepting submissions for their 2013 edition of their student anthology. A project of The Willamette Partnership, Honoring Our Rivers aims to engage the creative and reflective intellectual capacities of Oregon residents, particularly its youth, to promote and nurture respect for the Watersheds of Oregon. To do this, HOR publishes an [...]
At last week’s WITS Orientation for the 2012–13 school year, 6 new and 8 returning writers got together with Program Director Mary Rechner, Program Coordinator Mel Wells and other Literary Arts staff to discuss strategies and stories about the WITS program. Food and drink from the nearby Elephant’s Delicatessen was served. The friendly atmosphere and [...]
We’re happy to report that the Writers in the Schools Summit was a great day of presentations, discussion, and collaboration on literary arts education across Oregon. The Summit is a way for literary organizations with arts education programs to share their resources and experience with each other. This year’s participating organizations included Columbia Gorge Arts [...]
In a first for the WITS program, Grant High School had two consecutive nights of end-of-residency readings at Broadway Books. WITS placed two writers-in-residence (Ismet Prcic and Alexis Nelson) at Grant to teach in five 9th grade classes, and the teachers taught the remaining 9th graders who didn’t have a WITS writer in their classroom. [...]
Thanks to all who came to Talking Drum Books last week for Jefferson High School’s end-of-residency reading! The students shared some great pieces, and we’re always glad to see parents, siblings, and friends coming and supporting the courageous readers.
Congrats to all the students who read their work at BiPartisan cafe last Thursday night! The space was packed to standing-room-only with friends, parents, siblings, teachers, WITS writers, and the students courageous enough to share their writing. We’re looking forward to receiving submissions for the WITS anthology!