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.

THE WRITERS’ ROOM--ALL DAY INTENSIVE
Writing Workshops Saturday, November 2, 2019
A day of writing to benefit the Missoula Writing Collaborative!
Join the Missoula Writing Collaborative on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019, for an all-day writing workshop. If you've wanted to dive in and challenge yourself in one genre, these workshops are for you! There will be 3 different classes offered. OPI Credit Available.


Time:  9 am – 3 pm (with a 1 hour lunch)

Location: TBA
 

  •  Cracking the Silence: Memoir Writing/ / Susanna Sonnenberg: We will use generative prompts to ease into and open up difficult subjects; to explore the limits we impose on ourselves and those imposed by others.  This class is suitable for all levels, whether the student is interested in starting a short piece or already has a manuscript. No submission is required beforehand.  Participants will be expected to share and to give feedback to their fellow writers. 
  • Shape-shifting: Inhabiting the Many Shapes of Fiction/ /Dana Fitz Gale:  This one-day workshop will explore questions of tension, voice, dialogue, and character in novels and stories, using Jerome Stern’s classic book, “Making Shapely Fiction” to guide our discussion. Read examples from well-known writers and hone your own skills through in-class writing exercises. You will have opportunities to share your own work if you so choose, but this will be optional.
  • Reimagining Environmental Writing/ / Emily Withnall: Nature writing and environmental writing are often narrowly conceived as fly fishing or backpacking celebrations, or journalistic advocacy about an aspect of the climate crisis. In this generative workshop, however, we will flip traditional understandings of environmental writing by reading work that pushes the traditional boundaries of the genre. The readings will serve to help us redefine and reimagine environmental writing. With these new definitions in mind, we will then dive into our own writing. 


 COST:
 $70 students
 $85 general public
OPI credit available for teachers!

Questions? Contact Nick Littman, Programs Director, nlittman@missoulawritingcollaborative.org or (415) 847-5402

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.


All proceeds support Writing Collaborative programming. Payment processing fee incorporated into online registration cost.
 

$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