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Wordcrafters is 501(c)(3) is a nonprofit organization that provides writers and readers opportunities to strengthen their craft, deepen their connection with literature, and share their knowledge with each other and with future generations. We are about Craft, Community, Inspiration, and Chocolate!

The Wordcrafters WITS (Writers in the Schools) youth writing program places professional writers in the schools, giving area students an opportunity to engage with working artists, and to learn about writing and the creative process.  Our goal is to empower students to find their voice and understand their voice is powerful. What we see time and again in our WITS program is how important it is to create a space for young writers to share their stories with each other and with the world. 




Jorah LaFleur is a writer/performer who enjoys wearing many different hats. She finds herself on stage as a spoken word poet, event emcee, actor, and interviewer. She has been exploring the delights and terrors of writing and performing for over twenty years.

Jorah is passionate about working with youth as a teaching artist, and is currently serving as a Writer in Residence through the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Wordcrafters in Eugene. She is committed to helping others experience the transformative power of being seen/heard, and to promoting the arts as tools of social change, and community building. 




Teach Write Now is dedicated to providing curriculum that brings a current, and diverse body of reading material into your classroom--both in terms of author identity and style.


Teach Write Now: Intersectional Pedagogy.
"We believe in the power of story telling. Humans are made of stories. The ones we read. The ones we tell ourselves and others. Stories create bridges, connecting between people, subjects, and across time and space. Stories create opportunities for difficult, indispensable conversations. Stories connect us to ourselves, our learning, and to the world around us. Stories help us become better versions of ourselves. And stories are joy--which is the most important thing of all."

~ Leah Velez (Founder)

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