Writers in the Schools

We place writers in rural, tribal, and town schools throughout western Montana to show young people the power of words and help them find their voices as writers.

Summer Camp

At Words With Wings Summer Camp, Rattlesnake Writing Workshop, and Cracking the College Essay, young writers explore the world of words.

The Writers' Room

Creative writing classes for adults of all experience levels to hone their writing skills in a genre they’re familiar with or try something new.

 

Missoula Writing Collaborative

What We Do

The Missoula Writing Collaborative teaches literary competence, critical thinking, cultural awareness, and artistic joy through creative writing.

We place writers in rural, tribal, and town schools throughout western Montana to show young people the power of words and help them find their voices as writers.

Each year we teach over 2500 kids to love to write.

Upcoming Events

  • The Art of Writing: 30 year celebration| April 18th
  • Community Hand Up at Dram Shop Central: April 2nd
  • National Poetry Month: April 2024

News & Announcements

A testimonial

From St. Ignatius 5th Grade Teacher, Tim Krantz

Having the MWC come into the class has been an awesome experience for our school. First, we teachers get to sit back, relax, (kinda) and have another voice instruct our students. The students get to have a pro at the art of expression through writing, giving them different topics, styles, conventions (or lack thereof) to express their thoughts through writing. The culmination, a published anthology, to hold and share and look back, to see the past, to lay the tracks of the future for our students, is the priceless value of having the MWC in our schools.

Schools Served each year

Years established

Writers in Residence

Students reached each year

On This Paper

Excerpt by Zach, 8th grade

On this paper can be mythical things

Treasured kings

This world is built from the tip of a pen

The wings of a crow

The falling snow

This shining place

This fantastical love.

Land Acknowlegment

The Missoula Writing Collaborative is located in the Missoula valley, the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Séliš (Salish), Ktunaxa (Kootenai), and QÌispé (upper Kalispel or Pend d’Oreille). Our teaching takes us further afield to the homelands of the Niitsitapi (Blackfeet) and A’aninin (Gros Ventre). We acknowledge the systematic erasure of many Nations from this land and recognize that indigenous people are a vital part of our past, present, and future. Our teachers have been honored to teach creative writing to students in schools on the Flathead Reservation of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes for many years, students who teach us every day.