Writers in the Schools (WITS)
A Creative Writing Enrichment Program for the Las Cruces Public Schools through La Sociedad and the Creative Writing Program at New Mexico State University
Through this program La Sociedad and the Creative Writing Program at NMSU are funded to send MFA students in Fiction and Poetry into local school classrooms for ten hours a semester to provide an enrichment program. The goal of the program is to encourage both an appreciation and application of creative writing that gives students the opportunity to discuss, interpret and express themselves through poetry and fiction writing exercises. While lessons are geared towards aspects of creative writing, MFA students may be able to develop lessons that incorporate the themes already present in the class and will be willing to work with teachers to adapt lessons which fit the needs of the class. This is an incredible program which provides valuable experiences both for the students and the writers.
This project is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowmentfor the Arts.