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 from professional writers from the Missoula Writing Collaborative. Every student receives their own copy of the 2021 Words With Wings anthology (with their own writing inside!) and the opportunity to read their work at the virtual 2021 Montana Book Festival. 

2021 Operating Guidelines: In 2020 we held a smaller version of our summer camp with full COVID-19 operating guidelines in place. This year we are hoping to be back to a full roster of students! We will be actively monitoring the guidance set out by Missoula City-County Health Department and will form our operating guidelines accordingly. Our primary concern in operating are summer camp will always be the health and safety of students and staff.

Cost & Dates
July 12-16 (9AM-12PM): $160
July 12-16 (9AM - 5PM): $265

July 19-23 (9AM-12PM): $160
July 19-23 (9AM - 5PM): $265

Both Weeks: (9AM-12PM): $265
Both Weeks (9AM - 5PM): $475

Two Siblings July 12-16 (9AM-12PM): $265
Two Siblings July 19-23 (9AM-12PM): $265

Two Siblings July 12-16 (9AM-5PM): $475
Two Siblings July 19-23 (9AM-5PM): $475

**Full day and half day scholarships are available as are partial scholarships. We want to try to ensure that any student who loves to write can attend our camp. Please apply for scholarships using the submittable form. They are awarded based on need and the order they are received **


Morning Camp (9AM - 12PM)

Each morning we'll meet on the University of Montana campus to write, share and play with words. Each student 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 an outdoor reading for parents on Friday.


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. 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:

  • The Clark Fork River with the Watershed Education Network
  • Montana's rich history at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
  • How movement can inspire poetry with Turning the Wheel
  • Trees from all over the world at the Arboretum


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

Refund Policy: We are able to give full refunds up to July 2. After this we can give 50% refunds up to the start of camp. Once camp begins we cannot give refunds. 


About The Missoula Writing Collaborative
Each year we teach over 2,000 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 nlittman@missoulawritingcollaborative.org

Intensive fiction and poetry for high school students.

The  Missoula Writing Collaborative is offering one intensive writing workshops this summer. Students will have the opportunity to work with published writer Nicole Gomez  to write flash fiction and poetry. This camp is for anyone with a passion or interest in writing, whether you are just starting or have been penning stories for years.  Each day you'll write, read, and revise your writing. On Wednesday, the two groups will take a day on the town to look for inspiration. An optional reading featuring student work will take place in September 2021.
Cost & Dates:

(July 19-23:): $160

12:30-3:30

University of Montana


*Full and partial scholarships are available. We want to try to ensure that any student who loves to write can attend our camp. Please apply for scholarships using the submittable form. They are awarded based on need and the order they are received **

About The Missoula Writing Collaborative

Each year we teach over 2,000 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.

Email the Programs Director, Nick Littman, nlittman@missoulawritingcollaborative.org with questions or visit Missoulawritingcollaborative.org to learn more about our organization!

$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.

Please fill out the below form to apply for a need-based scholarship for our Words With Wings summer camp. We would like any student who loves to write and wants to attend our camp to have that opportunity. We can award full day, half day and partial scholarships. Please apply early, as scholarships will be awarded as we receive requests.

Best,

Jane McGuire
Programs Director
Missoula Writing Collaborative
jmcguire@missoulawritingcollaborative.org | (805) 441-1852

Missoula Writing Collaborative