Seattle Arts & Lectures (SAL)

Writers in the Schools (WITS) Program 


WITS places local, professional writers with teaching experience in year-long creative writing residencies to engage young people in literary arts, and provide them with the tools they need to find their voices and tell their stories. This year, WITS will serve over 5,700 students at K-12 public schools throughout the Puget Sound region and at Seattle Children’s Hospital, with over 40% of WITS students coming from low-income households and/or in extended hospital stays.


The glassybaby White Light Fund is thrilled to support the transformative and healing power of WITS for hospitalized youth in Seattle Children’s Palliative Care Unit and Education Department. This program partners with Seattle Children’s to help young patients use creative writing as a therapeutic tool to deal with the trauma and stress in their lives. The writers work one-on-one with patients in acute care, as well as in small groups at the onsite school. In this photo, Nicholas, a student from Seattle Children’s shares his poem ‘My Ode to an ICU Bed’ at a back to school event.

Thank you Seattle Arts and Lectures and the Writers in the Schools Program for giving children the opportunity and support to tell their stories and to heal through writing.

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