Woodlawn Writers Corps

The Woodlawn Writers Corps is a collective of nearly 700 elementary, middle, and high school students at Oliver Elementary, Avondale Elementary, Putnam Middle School, and Woodlawn High School. The students in the Corps meet weekly throughout the school year for curriculum-aligned creative writing workshops, during which we explore how poetry and language intersect with history, science, math and the arts. The writing workshops are designed to be challenging and fun, with the main goal of strengthening the students’ writing skills, intensifying their intellectual habits and giving them the creative tools they need to explore and document their worlds. 

At the end of each year of the Woodlawn Writers Corps, the Desert Island Supply Co. publishes a book of student poems and hosts a book launch for students, families, and school staff at our Woodlawn headquarters. All students get published, and all students receive a copy of the anthology. Proceeds from book sales go toward sustaining the Woodlawn Writers Corps.

Order the 2019 anthology, OK SHADOWS
Order the 2018 anthology, PALE SUMMER
Order the 2017 anthology, JELLYFISH IN DISGUISE


The Desert Island Supply Co. offers free after-school workshops, for ages 7-18, in our creative writing space in Woodlawn. Classes run from 4:00-5:30pm, but students may arrive anytime after 3pm to read, write, or get help with homework from our volunteers. Participation in after-school programs requires student registration.

DISCO After-School offers the following programs for the 2019 Fall Semester:



Wednesday: Comic Club
Hang out with other graphic novel lovers, talk about your favorite books, share tips on drawing characters, and learn from professional comic book artists and writers. Comic Club will explore how writers tell their own stories through comics, graphic novels, and other creative ways. Club members will receive a journal for developing their art and writing habits. Ages 7-14.

Thursday: Creative Writing Club
A blank page can be a bit like a desert island: lonely, dry, frustrating. Learn how to fill the page with adventure and excitement at this workshop designed for children ages 7 to 14. Students will be led through fun yet challenging creative writing workshops that pull inspiration from many different disciplines. Workshops combine poetry and narrative with visual art, science, mythology, and much more!

DISCO follows the Birmingham City Schools calendar and closings. Check out our calendar for a list of workshop start dates and holidays.