Creative Writing

Writers in Action

Fall 2014

Writers in Action (WIA) enables MFA candidates to become agents of social change with a creative-writing focused arts-in-education program that connects MFA students with public schools and community-based organizations (CBOs) in Wilmington. MFA students work with students ages 7-18 in a classroom-style setting and create their own curricula tailored to the needs of their students. MFA students work in tandem with community members to create a rooted, solidified cultural community that empowers residents to channel their voices into art, and their art into action.
WIA teachers teach semester-long courses and work in a single classroom within one of the participating Wilmington Schools or CBOs. The courses include lessons in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, in addition to subjects left out of the traditional writing class, such as: the graphic novel, playwriting, or web-based writing. WIA instructors follow a project-based learning approach where students see their ideas come to fruition.