WBS empowers the voices of Baltimore City students through in-school, after-school, and summer programming that builds skills in literacy and communication while creating a community of support for young writers.

Today, WBS writing groups operate in four BCPS and one DCPS  Title I middle schools. These groups are taught by instructors from universities in the Baltimore area, who follow our Common Core-aligned curriculum.

WBS continues to serve alumni long after they graduate from middle school. Our robust alumni program includes the JHU Writing Seminars High School program; Black Words Matter; and the Teaching Writing Fellowship.

Since inception, WBS has served more than 600 Baltimore City middle school students through 42 in-school courses, 40 after school writing clubs, and seven multi-day summer programsWBS was founded in 2008 by, with the help of an Open Society Institute Baltimore Community Fellowship.