Bring a Writer-in-Residence to your school or center!

T&W partners with New York City schools and community-based organizations to offer dynamic common core-aligned creative writing programs led by professional writers. Our programs inspire the imagination and foster self-expression, communication, and a life-long love of literature.

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“Teachers & Writers Collaborative is an excitement delivery service that supports the school's goals.”  -- Martin Skoble, Poet-in-residence, St. Ann's School


T&W follows the safety mandates of the city, state and federal governments.  As a NYC Dept. of Education Vendor, our policy follows the NYC COVID-Safe Requirement.


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During a T&W writing program, students come to think of themselves as writers. Most T&W workshops begin with students reading and discussing the work of contemporary and classic writers. Through these activities, students learn literary elements and techniques that they are then asked to use in their own creative writing—guided by a writing prompt assigned by the T&W writer. At the end of most T&W programs, students work with the writer to revise their work, which T&W publishes in an anthology. Programs culminate with a publishing party/reading where students share their work.

T&W can customize a writing program for students and adults, both in and out of school settings, and also provides professional development workshops for educators.

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Some of the workshops we offer include:

  • Poetry, fiction, playwriting, storytelling, video game narrative, journalism

  • College Application Essay for high school

  • College Access for middle school

  • Author visits

  • After school book clubs highlighting diverse writers, BLM themes, and more

  • Social Emotional Learning Writing Workshops, such as Poetry for Processing

The proof is in the writing!

Below are links to anthologies created in T&W writer residency programs that reflect student writing with depth and richness of detail.

We are an NYC DOE Contract Vendor

Teachers & Writers Collaborative has a Multi Task Award Contract (MTAC) with the NYC Department of Education for Student Support Services.

The cost of a T&W program may be covered by a DOE contract, other school funds (such as PTA funding), funding from T&W grants, or any combination of the three.  We will work with you to determine a fee based on your needs and budget.

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“I saw creativity in my students that I myself was not able to draw out.” ~ Celeste Smith, middle school teacher

“The program exceeded our expectations. The students were so excited when the writer came, and I was extremely impressed with the quality of my students’ work.”

~ Ms. Carucci, high school teacher

“The impact of this program was enormous.  Working with a professional writer helped students whose work was a level 3 or 4 reach a level 8.  By partnering with Teachers & Writers Collaborative, our students wrote better essays, faster.”

~Jennifer Russo, College Counselor

“The students are lucky to have experiences with authentic writers who can influence their craft. Many of them raved about your lessons, and the teachers were also empowered seeing and discussing new ideas they can infuse in their own classes.”

~ Ingrid Joseph, Principal, IA, Intermediate School 392

“The writer connected her activities to the Common Core Standards by having students plan and revise their writing. She also had students share their writing with a partner or the whole class to support speaking, listening, and discussion skills which is a great part of the CCLS."

~ Fallon Markovic, elementary teacher

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