Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W) seeks to educate the imagination by offering innovative creative writing programs for students and teachers, and by providing a variety of publications and resources to support learning through the literary arts. T&W programs include writing workshops for students, professional development for teachers and educators, managing the NYS Poetry Out Loud competition, and publishing Teachers & Writers Magazine and other resources about the teaching of creative writing. Learn more about T&W at www.twc.org.
Teachers & Writers Collaborative was founded in 1967 by a group of writers and educators who believed that professional writers could make a unique contribution to the teaching of writing and literature. Those responsible for shaping T&W’s program and philosophy in the organization’s early years included June Jordan, Rosellen Brown, Victor Hernández Cruz, Kenneth Koch, Herbert Kohl, Phillip Lopate, Grace Paley, Muriel Rukeyser, Anne Sexton, and Robert Silvers.
Since its founding, T&W has published more than 80 books about teaching writing. T&W writers have brought writing residencies and professional development workshops to 760,000 students and 26,000 teachers in New York City schools. This depth of experience led the National Endowment for the Arts to call T&W the arts education group that is “most familiar with creative writing/literature in primary and secondary schools.”
WHO WE ARE
T&W’s activities include the following:
Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W) provides school-based and after-school writing programs led by professional writers for K-12 students, professional development workshops for teachers and administrators, and writing workshops for young people and adults at community sites and T&W’s Center for Imaginative Writing. During a T&W program, students work closely with a professional writer. The T&W writer exposes students to literary work by diverse classic and contemporary authors, teaching students literary elements and methods for expressing their experiences and ideas in writing. Students experiment with a variety of genres and work through every stage of the writer’s process. Every T&W writer has been trained in the Common Core Learning Standards. T&W has a 45-year history of teaching writing across the content areas, building students’ speaking, listening, and language skills as they make meaningful connections with non-ELA content.
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Poetry Out Loud, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. A school needs only two students to participate in the national program. Individual or groups of teachers, a school club, the entire school or an out-of-school program for high school-aged individuals may participate. Poetry Out Loud (POL) can be a boost in your community and a great addition to your current curriculum or programs. Our websites gives you a Teachers Guide, lesson plans and all the tools you need to get started.
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T&W has published resources about the teaching of creative writing for more nearly 50 years.
With more than 45 titles, our current list of books represents a rich diversity of writers, grade-levels, and genres. Click here to see our complete list of books.
Teachers & Writers Magazine
Along with our catalog of books, Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W) publishes Teachers & Writers Magazine--a resource for teaching the art of writing in kindergarten through college, as well as in non-classroom settings. The online magazine presents a wide range of ideas, approaches, and explorations related to T&W’s mission: “educating the imagination.”
Online resources, including a searchable database of lessons and exercises from the T&W archive, to support your own work.