From The Missoula Writing Collaborative

PABLO — The Missoula Writing Collaborative is pleased to present a reading of original works of poetry by fourth and fifth graders in the Flathead Valley. This fall, classrooms in Arlee, St. Ignatius, Pablo, Ronan, and Dixon participated in 12 week creative writing workshops led by poets Caroline Keys and Tommy D’Addario.During each one-hour session, children read well-known works of poetry, write their own poetry, and are able to share their work aloud with the class. Each writing residency offered by the Missoula Writing Collaborative culminates in a public reading, where students are able to share their poetry with teachers, classmates, and loved ones. These writing residencies were supported by a 2019 $15,000 National Endowment for the Arts Art Works Grant. 

MWC invites you to join us in celebrating student writing from across the Flathead Valley on November 19, 2019, at the Johnny Arlee/ Victor Charlo Theater at Salish Kootenai College on from 5:30-7pm. Students will be joined by poet and elder Victor Charlo, who will also share his poetry aloud alongside of the young writers. The MWC is excited to partner this year with Aspen Decker, who will be translating student poems from English to Salish. This event will open with a potluck for all community members. 

The mission of the Missoula Writing Collaborative, created in 1994, is to teach literary competence, critical thinking, cultural awareness, and artistic joy through creative writing. “As children learn to tell to tell their stories through poetry, they learn about the power and potential of language,” says Executive Director Caroline Patterson. The collaborative has served approximately 42,000 children in 31 schools in western Montana, ranging from one-room schoolhouses to multi-grade elementary schools, middle schools and high schools. 

For more information on the Missoula Writing Collaborative, see our video at or call at (406) 546-7280.


  • Occurred Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

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