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UCR Students Conduct High School Workshops

“Writers in the Schools” Under Way in Coachella Valley High Schools

Creative writing workshops bring new perspectives to students

(March 6, 2007)

Palm Desert, Calif. ( — “Writers in the Schools (WITS),” an innovative 10-week program of creative writing workshops in which students from the UCR Palm Desert Graduate Center and professional writers work with students in five Coachella Valley high schools is now under way.

The program, which runs from February through April, is for freshmen and seniors at Desert Mirage High School, Coachella Valley High School, La Quinta High School and Palm Desert High School and is given by students in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts program at UCR Palm Desert.

The WITS program offers high school students exposure to a variety of writing disciplines, including poetry, screenwriting, creative nonfiction and fiction. At the end of the program, works created by students will be published in an anthology. Students will also attend a culminating ceremony at UCR Palm Desert in May.

"One of the greatest challenges many teachers face is a disparity in academic achievement and ability in their classrooms,” said Pamela Galvin, program director. “Through creative writing, WITS levels the playing field because every student has a story. WITS teachers are highly skilled in helping students to tell their own stories, and it is in the telling of those stories that they are transformed. Indeed, their perception of themselves and their potential is often greatly changed through this process,” she said.

For more information on “Writers in the Schools” and how to help support the program, contact Ms. Galvin at (760)834-0926 or at


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