R198. Development of Community-Based Creative Writing Programs in the Inland Northwest

Room 400, Washington State Convention Center, Level 4
Thursday, February 27, 2014
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


In recent years, panelists have created community writing programs for female veterans, children, cancer survivors, prison inmates, and the public. They will discuss how to start and organize a writing program, how to prepare course offerings and partner with local organizations, businesses, or universities. They will also examine the interconnections among their programs, the populations they serve, the philosophies that motivate their decisions, and how they plan to develop their programs.



Tami Haaland is the author of When We Wake in the Night. She is a graduate of Bennington Writing Seminars and a professor at MSU Billings. She teaches at Montana Women’s Prison and coordinates a writing-in-the-schools program for Arts Without Boundaries. She is Montana’s poet laureate.

Danell Jones’s poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in various publications. Winner of the Jovanovich prize for poetry, she was a finalist for the Breadloaf Poetry Prize and the PEN/Nelson Algren in Fiction. She is the author of The Virginia Woolf Writers’ Workshop.

Dave Caserio, recipient of a Fellowship in Poetry award from the New York State Foundation of the Arts and a member of the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau, conducts writing workshops for cancer survivors and produces multi-media poetry events. His CD of poetry is Wisdom For A Dance In The Street.

Amelia M. McDanel is an MFA candidate at Antioch University Los Angeles. She teaches poetry to children and facilitates a writing group for veteran women. A six-year veteran of the US Navy, she is also the Commander of American Legion Post 117 in Billings, Montana.

Ashley K. Warren graduated from the Stonecoast MFA Program and writes fiction and poetry. She won first prize for fiction in Concordia College’s Annual Literary Contest. She teaches creative writing at Montana State University Billings.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Washington State Convention Center