The Mason Writers in the Schools Program is an arts-in-education in-class and after school writing workshop that reaches over 600 Fairfax and Arlington students each year. Our mission is to bring creative writing workshops led by graduate writing students into classrooms where time to think and write creatively has been reduced. We hire graduate students in Mason’s nationally ranked creative writing MFA program to both teach and mentor students in local schools during once-a-week classes, fostering both the love of reading and the craft of writing.
Mason WITS empowers students with the confidence and resources to think and write creatively, understanding that better writers are better readers, and better readers are more likely to think for themselves, perform well on tests, graduate from high school, and succeed in life.
“I began my literary career writing for children and I have found interacting with children about creative writing to be amazingly rewarding and inspirational. When I learnt about the types of programs WITS brings to schools, I was hooked.” – Carol Mitchell, WITS Fellow