To educate the imagination by offering innovative creative writing programs for students and teachers and by providing a variety of publications and resources to support learning through the literary arts.
About the Organization:
Founded by a group of writers and educators who believed that professional writers could make a unique contribution to the teaching of writing and literature, Teachers & Writers Collaborative has published more than eighty books about the teaching of writing, while its writer-in-residence programs and professional development workshops have benefited more than 760,000 students and 26,000 teachers in New York City schools. Those responsible for shaping the organization's program and philosophy in the early years include June Jordan, Rosellen Brown, Victor Hernández Cruz, Kenneth Koch, Herbert Kohl, Phillip Lopate, Grace Paley, Muriel Rukeyser, Anne Sexton, and Robert Silvers.
Teachers & Writers Collaborative provides school-based and afterschool writing programs for K-12 students led by professional writers, professional development workshops for teachers and administrators, and other writing workshops for youth and adults at community sites and T&W's Center for Imaginative Writing. The organization publishes Teachers & Writers Magazine Online, a quarterly journal featuring interviews, essays, exercises for the writing classroom, explorations of the writing life, and how-to pieces on teaching the work of particular writers, genres, and forms. The organization's publication catalog includes titles on writing poetry, fiction, and other genres, as well as related topics. In addition, writers and educators can share best practices, lesson plans, exercises, and insights about teaching writing through the site's new Digital Resource Center.
Visitors to the site can read samples of student writing from TWC programs; explore resources, including the T&W book list, or browse a list of links to organizations with information about writers-in-the-schools programs in their city, state, province, or country. The Digital Resource Center can be searched for articles and lesson plans by category, source, and keyword. Visitors to the site can also subscribe to Teachers & Writers Magazine Online, read the T&W blog, or support the organization by making a donation, becoming a member, and/or volunteering.
Teachers & Writers Collaborative is supported by individuals, foundations, corporations, and government entities.