The Writing Teachers Collective is a space to bridge the gap between classroom teachers, mentors, and teaching artists.


By sharing best practices, curriculum ideas, and common struggles we can build a better literary community across the borders of Chicago. Every session addresses themes through creative writing and professional development.

The collective is a community organizing tool. We’ve had poets who taught and wanted to teach, teachers who wrote and wanted to use writing in their classroom, administrators who wanted to integrate creative writing into new and burdensome state standards, community arts organizations engaging youth, and some senior students who showed interest in teaching creative writing/spoken word/Hip-Hop poetry to other students.


The first Writing Teachers Collective in 1999 focused on fostering the continued growth of teachers who write and teach poetry. From this space, about 30 people met and shared best practices including workshops and brainstorming which later sparked the idea for Louder Than A Bomb.

Workshops are led by different facilitators; check our calendar for further info


Join us for bimonthly sessions curated for EDUCATORS to come sharpen your tools on arts education, creative writing curriculum and much more. PD credit will soon be offered. Virtual and in–person options at the YCA office available (masks are required in-person). Register, or for further information contact

Saturday July 16, 2022, 11:30a–1:30p CDT

Nué is a Blk queer artist from the far south side of Chicago where they call The Hunnids home. They were deemed Chicago’s 2020 Youth Poet Laureate and have had their work featured on many reputable platforms such as The Aids Foundation Chicago, BBC Radio, and Nike. Their work has also been performed on the stages of Pitchfork’s Music Festival, Windy City Live, Newberry Library, Driehaus museum, Wndr Museum, and Young Chicago Authors’ Louder Than A Bomb poetry festival, which they won in 2020 as an individual. They were a two time participant in the Bomb Squad internship and a current participant of YCA’s Next Gen apprenticeship. Nué’s poetry journeys through self discovery in a coming of age fashion where accountability prohibits them from being centered as a hero in their stories. Their poetry is offered as an invitation to accompany them in interrogating their truths.