Each year we teach 1,500+ students to love to write!

The Missoula Writing Collaborative teaches literary competence, critical thinking, cultural awareness, and artistic joy through creative writing. We place writers in school classrooms, after-school programs, youth homes and other venues to show young people the power of words and help them find their voices as writers.

See for yourself in this 7-minute documentary why we love what we do!

We are a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization committed to reaching the underserved members of our society. For questions contact Executive Director Caroline Patterson at missoulawriting@gmail.com.

Do you have a writer in the house?

Words With Wings is an intensive writing summer camp for students entering grades 3-8. Classes take place on the University of Montana campus and participants receive one-on-one attention by professional writers from the Missoula Writing Collaborative. Every student receives their own copy of the 2019 Words With Wings anthology (with their own writing inside!) and the opportunity to read their work at the 2019 Montana Book Festival.

Cost & Dates:

July 8-12 (9AM-12PM): $160

July 8-12 (9AM - 5PM): $265


July 15-19 (9AM-12PM): $160

July 15-19 (9AM - 5PM): $265


Both Weeks: (9AM-12PM): $265

Both Weeks (9AM - 5PM): $475


Two Siblings July 8-12 (9AM-12PM): $265

Two Siblings July 15-19 (9AM-12PM): $475


Two Siblings July 8-12 (9AM-5PM): $475

Two Siblings July 15-19 (9AM-5PM): $475


Morning Camp (9AM - 12PM)

Each morning we'll meet on the University of Montana campus to write, share and play with words. Each students will receive with their own Writing Kit (notebook & pencils) and the opportunity to work closely with a Missoula Writing Collaborative instructors. We'll visit the Montana Museum of Art and Culture to write ekphrastic poetry, take our notebooks outside to write around campus, and have lots of time to explore the world of words together.


The week will culminate with a reading for parents on Friday at 12pm.


Full Day Camp (9AM - 5PM)

Our full day sessions offer an opportunity for students to build on their morning experience. We'll explore the Missoula community and its varied ecosystems by foot and bus. These excursions provide guided opportunities for developing writers to observe and write about the world around them. This year we'll visit and learn about:

  • Historic Fort Missoula 
  • The kitchens at Caffe Dolce for pasta making and gelato
  • The Clark Fork River with the Watershed Education Network
  • How movement can inspire poetry with Turning the Wheel

Students need to pack their own lunch, but snacks will be provided throughout the day. 


About The Missoula Writing Collaborative

Each year we teach over 1,500 kids to love to write. Founded in 1994, we teach literary competence, critical thinking, cultural awareness, and artistic joy through creative writing. We place writers in school classrooms, after-school programs, youth homes and other venues to show young people the power of words and help them find their voices as writers.

This year our online payment system includes a small processing fee. For more information about either of our summer programs or inquiries about scholarships contact Nick Littman, Summer Camp Director, at mwcsummercampdirector@gmail.com.

$10.00 - 265.00
$10.00 - 265.00

Help the Missoula Writing Collaborative keep writing alive in Western Montana schools! 

The Missoula Writing Collaborative teaches literary competence, critical thinking, cultural awareness, and artistic joy through creative writing. We place writers in school classrooms, after-school programs, youth homes and other venues to show young people the power of words and help them find their voices as writers. Your donation will go directly to support our programing and the 1,500+ kids we work with every year

Here's how you can help:

  • $10: We appreciate your support!
  • $50: Help us continue to place local writers in your schools.
  • $100: The cost to print an classroom anthology of student writing. Every student receives their own, free copy!
  • $265: A scholarship to send a young writer to summer camp for a week. Your generous donation will provide: 
    • A week-long class with a professional writer
    • A writing kit (notebook & pencils)
    • Field trips Historic Fort Missoula, the Clark Fork River, Caffe Dolce (for pasta making!), the Missoula Museum of Art and Culture, and more
    • An anthology featuring student writing
    • Lots of snacks

    Individuals and businesses who provide a summer camp scholarship will receive the following:

    • Your name or logo included in our student anthology, plus a copy of the anthology to share with your business or office
    • Posts on our social media accounts recognizing your support
    • A huge shout-out during our end-of-week readings where parents, students, families, and friends will be in attendance, as well as during our student reading at the Montana Book Festival in September 2018 

    We are a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization committed to reaching the underserved members of our society.

Missoula Writing Collaborative