Jully 1, 2016 WritersCorps Program Update

Dear WritersCorps Community,

After more than 20 years as a direct service program, WritersCorps has changed to a teaching artist grants program. In March 2016, the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) announced this change in response to its strategic plan. The SFAC convened key stakeholders to consider how best to honor and retain the legacy of WritersCorps; it was critical to us that SFAC uphold and maintain the values that the program has embodied as it evolves into its next iteration.

Building on the incredible legacy of WritersCorps, the new grants strategy will enable the San Francisco Arts Commission to support teaching artists in their work developing the literacy and creative writing skills of young people. The WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence (WCTAIR) grants model provides an exciting opportunity to retain the most important aspects of WritersCorps. Click here for more details about this grant. This new grant will begin in the 2016-2017 academic year.

  • If you have any inquiries regarding the WritersCorps program (1994-2016), please contact Program Associate Gisela Insuaste at gisela.insuaste@sfgov.org.
  • If you have any questions about the WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence (WCTAIR) grant, please contact Program Officer Liz Ozol at liz.ozol@sfgov.org.


The WritersCorps website sfartscommission.org/WC/ will provide an archive of past work by WritersCorps youth, teaching artists, sites, and staff. Please feel free to browse the site; you’ll find links to our past events, programming, videos, audio recordings, and photos. You can also click on the archived social media links below.

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To subscribe to the San Francisco Arts Commission Newsletter and receive updates about the WCTAIR grant, click here.

The WritersCorps program and website is closed. 

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WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence grant

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Dear WritersCorps Community,

WritersCorps changed from a direct service program to a teaching artist grant program. If you want to apply for the WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence (WCTAIR) grant, you will find grant application and guidelines on the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) website.

About the WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence grant

The WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence (WCTAIR) grant is a three year grant, renewed annually, that provides support to individual teaching artists to offer free, long-term, in-depth literacy–focused arts workshops to youth at San Francisco community sites. Sites may include in-school or after-school classes and must include complementary programming with a neighborhood branch of the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL). The communities prioritized by the grant may include, but are not limited to, youth who are low-income, impacted by the justice system, pregnant or parenting teens, and/or English language learners.

The WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence (WCTAIR) grant will support teaching artists with a proven track record of working with the proposed youth population to deliver high quality programming. The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) will provide a multiyear grant award to cultivate a deep collaboration between a literary teaching artist and a community-based organization or school. The SFAC will provide technical assistance and professional development for the teaching artist. These activities will include periodic meetings with the grantee cohort and occasional learning institutes for mutual support and shared learning. The grant prioritizes funding for teaching artists with experience to be effective in the community they propose to serve.

Click here to read more about the WCTAIR grant and download the FY2016-2017 WritersCorps Application & Guidelines.

Click here to read SFAC’s letter to the community about WritersCorps changing from a direct service program to a teaching artist grants program.

For specific questions about the WCTAIR grant, contact Community Investments Program Officer Liz Ozol at liz.ozol@sfgov.org or 415-252-2231.

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White House Award

In 2011, WritersCorps was honored by First Lady Michelle Obama with a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. Learn more about the award and hear the First Lady speak about the importance of arts education.