Info for Educators

Educators who want to participate in Writers in Schools should get in touch with our team to review our current list of available authors and books for high school, middle school, and elementary school, as well our our list of Latinx/Hispanic and bilingual authors.

Our programmatic approach is holistic. Our student survey data shows that our program has the most meaning for students not when they receive the book, but when they meet the writer. It goes beyond only the text to the personalization of the written word and expression.

With this in mind, please note our educator participation guidelines:

  • Students who meet the writer at the visit should be the same students who received a copy of the book weeks earlier.
  • Educators should request books only for the students who will attend the writer’s visit. The books are theirs to keep and should not be shared with any other classrooms.
  • We automatically add two books to every order — one for the educator, and one for the classroom or library. Additional staff copies cannot be provided through Writers in Schools.
  • Classroom visits are capped at 30 students maximum. Exceptions, including combined classes or large auditorium-style events, are made on a case-by-case basis.
  • In many cases, we can provide multiple classroom visits in one day for the same author, or provide different authors, on the same or different day, so all students in a particular grade can experience our programming. 
  • Requests should be made at least 4 weeks in advance of your preferred dates. Our calendar fills quickly in the months of December, February, May, and June.
  • Our programming is 100% free to Title schools in the District of Columbia. Non-Title I schools can participate for a nominal program fee. DC-area private schools should contact us for more information.