Please join us this September to help Seattle Arts & Lectures raise $160,000 in support of Writers in the Schools (WITS) and celebrate the people who make WITS possible!

WITS matches talented poets, prose writers, and comic artists with local public schools and Seattle Children’s Hospital for year-long residencies, creatively engaging thousands of K-12 students every year.

WITS writers cultivate spaces where students feel encouraged to embrace their creativity and feel supported in processing their hopes, griefs, and joys through reading and writing.

Even in these pandemic and recovery years, Seattle’s cost of living has continued to rise (and has risen almost 20% in the past decade!). For WITS to succeed, and WITS writers to spark inspiration and share their talents with young writers, WITS writers need to be able to live in our community.

This year, SAL has committed to raising WITS writer fees by 15% so that writers can not only live and work in this city, but they can tend to their own creative practices and thrive as artists. We believe that teaching artists, including WITS writers, are the culture bearers who inspire young people to cultivate the next generations of readers, writers, and dreamers.

Here are several ways you can participate in this year’s fundraiser:

Donate anytime throughout September

During September, we’ll send weekly emails highlighting different aspects of WITS with an invitation to contribute. We’ll share WITS voices from the classroom and beyond, including WITS writers, student poets, classroom teachers, WITS staff and interns, and more!

Ways to Donate:


Send a check to 340 15th Ave E, Ste 301, Seattle WA 98112

Call Mickee Cheung at (206) 621-2230 x25

Become a WITS Champion & rally your friends to support WITS!

To make this fundraiser successful, we need our community’s help! Help us spread the word and rally support by becoming a WITS Champion.

Learn More

Contact Events & Annual Giving Manager Woogee Bae at or (206) 621-2230 x23 to get involved.

Attend our in-person celebration on September 30

On Friday, September 30 at 5:00 p.m., we’ll gather at the Olympic Rooftop Pavilion at Stoneburner to celebrate reaching our $160,000 goal! Enjoy a cocktail reception, highlights of our WITS program, a poetry reading featuring WITS Writers-in-Residence and 2022/23 Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Sah Pham, and an opportunity to make a donation  to close the gap.

Registration will be on a sliding scale from $20-$50. Limited availability.

More details to come!

Share our fundraiser on social media! #WITS2022

Let all your friends know about the 2022 WITS Back-To-School Fundraiser and share all the ways they can show their support.

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Spread the Word

Sponsor the 2022 Back-to-School Fundraiser

As a 2022 Back-to-School Fundraiser sponsor, your company will enjoy visibility with SAL’s nearly 30,000 patrons around the greater Seattle area and beyond. A sponsorship is a unique opportunity to show your support for the literary arts and youth literacy in one of the top literary and most well-read cities in the country, according to multiple national rankings.

For more information about sponsorships, contact Events & Annual Giving Manager Woogee Bae at or (206) 621-2230 x23.

With heartfelt thanks to…

Our 2022 WITS Champions

Virginia Anderson | Candace Barron | Sarah Burns
Melanie Curtice | Debra D. Dahlen | Piper Daugharty
Jim Duncan | Daphne Ming Durham | Kathleen Flenniken
Laura Gamache | Kip Greenthal | Susan Long-Walsh
Kelli Martin | Arlene Naganawa | Eric Gerard Parsons
Meg Richman | Rebecca Staffel | Sheehan Sullivan
Nancy Tollefson | Lisa Howe Verhovek | Nicole Y. Walters
Jennifer Leatherman Wong | Julie Zunker