In Our Own Words workshops

In Our Own Words workshops

In-School Residencies - In Our Own Words

This program sends professional writers into selected urban schools to lead writing workshops for students in grades seven through twelve.  The program helps students tap into their real experiences to use as the basis of their creative work, and teaches them that writing can be empowering.

The program coordinator is Judith Towse Roberts, MA English Education, MA Counseling and Guidance.

Major funding for In Our Own Words is provided by the Francis Family Foundation and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Request a School Program


Are you interested in having a creative writer come to your school to lead a workshop?  We can tailor classes to fit most needs.  Our workshops typically begin with students reading and discussing a work by a classic or contemporary author, and then using it as a jumping-off point for their own work.  Students work through every stage of the writer’s process, from drafting through revision and presentation.

The fee for this service is $100 per contact hour, with a minimum of two hours required. Classes can be customized to any length and genre.

If you are interested in offering a workshop to your class, please contact Rhiannon Ross at rross (at)