Student displaying poem at Hawthorne SchoolThe Missoula Writing Collaborative administers a variety of programs for children and young adults. In all these programs we give young people the chance to explore their imaginations and discover that their voices matter, that the history of literature is a dialogue through the centuries, and that they belong in that dialogue. We give them personal and cultural literacy, which enlarges their worlds.

Creative writing, and the creative thinking it draws on and inspires, allows young people to rewrite the options and aspirations of their lives to a happier and more successful future.