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 middle schools. These groups are taught by instructors who come from universities in the Baltimore area and teach 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 Patrice Hutton with the help of an Open Society Institute-Baltimore Community Fellowship.