For Teachers

Welcome to the section of this website that focuses on the work of our teaching artists. Whether you’re a teaching artist yourself, a classroom teacher, a community program director, a parent, a young poet, or someone simply curious about the work of sharing writing with young people, please explore the information we’ve gathered here.

WritersCorps teaching artists are independent at their sites, and are also part of a group that meets often. Trainings and meetings allow our teachers to support — and share with — each other. Click on Training to find out more about the history of the field by former WritersCorps training coordinator, Judith Tannenbaum.

Our teachers create their own lessons and curricula, and there are many opportunities to share these with each other. To see some of these lessons, some of them taken from our book “Jump Write In!,” please click on Lessons.

Many of our teaching artists write memoirs at the end of the program year. To read some of these, please click on Memoirs.

Update about WritersCorps.: March 31, 2016

WritersCorps is changing from a direct service program to a teaching artist grant program. If you want to apply for the FY2016-2017 WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence (WCTAIR) grant, please click here.

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 FY2015-2016 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.

Applications are due via email to by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 23, 2016.

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

Jump Write In!


At last, a collection of lesson plans created by WritersCorps, now available from Jossey-Bass. Jump Write In! represents more than 10 years of creative writing exercises developed by our teachers with great model poems by WritersCorps youth.

See the Table of Contents
Read a sample chapter: Icebreakers and Opening Games
Buy it now: WritersCorps Store


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