Wildcat Writers

Foster creative and critical literacies and engage in meaningful community-based action beyond the classroom.

About Wildcat Writers

Wildcat Writers is a network of high school and college writing teachers and students who collaborate to foster creative and critical literacies and engage in meaningful community-based action beyond the classroom. As the 2017 recipient of the UA's Peter Likins Inclusive Excellence Award, our organization constructs college access pathways for underrepresented students and nurtures the development of a social-justice oriented, national movement for high school-college partnership programs.

Program Curriculum

Wildcat Writers pairs UA Writing Program composition sections with English Language Arts classes in local high schools. A majority of the classes will be paired with English 102/108 or 109 courses, while some will be paired with ENGL 307 (Business Writing) or ENGL 308 (Technical Writing).

Recent highlights include:

  • Collaboratively written graphic novels

  • TEDx events

  • Participatory action research on educational inequality

  • Panel discussion on local issues

  • Literacy night at high school

  • Podcasts

  • Poetry slams

  • Trip to the Biosphere

For Instructors

Together, you and your partner instructor will design assignments that fit with the goals of both teachers. There is a lot of freedom in the partnership—some pairs collaborate extensively, having their students read and exchange ideas on the same texts or co-author writing assignments. Others connect the classes more loosely, having students write periodic emails to one another or exchange work for feedback. You will be paired with your partner teacher in October, leaving plenty of time to design units that work for both of you before the students begin interacting with one another in the spring semester.

Thinking about participating in Wildcat Writers? This program can offer:

High School Teachers

  • An insider's look into what is taught in first-year college composition, so you can better prepare your students

  • An opportunity for your students to build relationships with college students, ask questions about college life, and visit campus

  • The chance to collaborate professionally with a college writing teacher

College Instructors

  • An insider's look into what is taught in high school English classes, so you can better respond to your students' prior knowledge

  • An opportunity for your students to respond to real-world rhetorical situations and build relationships with high school students

  • The chance to collaborate professionally with a high school writing teacher

  • Experience in academic outreach and service-learning pedagogies

Contact Us

For more information about the program, contact Stephanie Troutman, our program's UA Faculty Coordinator. Or contact Adele Leon, our program's Graduate Coordinator.