Our Writers in the Schools (WITS) program brings working writers into high school classrooms to inspire students to immerse themselves in creative writing. WITS writers closely collaborate with classroom teachers and create semester-long inspiring and dynamic curricula that meet the goals for arts learning, while also helping students understand the real-world importance of reading and writing in all aspects of life. WITS writers share their expertise and personal experience of the writing life, helping youth learn to use writing as a form of creative self-expression.

Lan Samantha Chang, Brandy Colbert, Lydia Conklin, Sean Fitzgibbon, Kim Fu, Ayana Gray, Oscar Hokeah, Zain Khalid, GennaRose Nethercott, Megan Kate Nelson, Patrick Oliver, Charly Palmer, Jewel Thomas, Toya Wolfe, and Steve Yarbrough will all visit area schools over the course of this year’s Festival to speak directly with students. Aida Salazar, Anne Simon, and Robin Stevens will participate virtually.

Sponsored by Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP.

Friday, October 21
Thursday, October 27
Friday, October 28