To be a writing coach you do not need to be a professional writer or a trained educator. The most important qualifications are that you believe that writing well is an essential skill and can engage with young people in a positive manner.
We work at the request of the classroom teacher during the regular class periods. Scheduling is flexible. You commit to only two periods at a time—one for first drafts and one for second drafts.
We require that all coaches attend one 3-hour training before beginning to coach. We provide on-going coaching support throughout the school year.
Coaches must also pass a criminal background check, and depending on the school, register with the school district as a volunteer. Details will be provided at the training.
If you would like to volunteer to be a writing coach, please fill out the registration form below.
Fall 2019 trainings for new volunteers:
- Wednesday, Sept. 18, 6-9pm, Florence-Carlton H.S., Florence
- Monday, Sept. 30th, 6-9pm, UM Language Arts Bldg., Rm. 235, Missoula
- Monday, Dec. 2nd, 6-9pm, Corvallis H.S., Corvallis
- Whitefish/Columbia Falls training, tba