Love cries out with joy. Infinity multiplies forever. The Earth gets dizzy from spinning. My friend loves me. All of these ideas make my heart zoom!   by Isabelle, 1st grade

The Texas Teen Book Festival brings nationally known YA authors from across the nation for readings, writing workshops by WITS’ sister program Badgerdog, and even a literary costume contest. Participants in the FREE event will get to meet Renee Watson, Jason Reynolds, Marie Lu, Adam Silvera, Jennifer Mathieu, and many more. WITS student Pearl R…. Read more »

Summer melting into Fall a perfect morning letting the wind wash over you on the porch. Lime Ice reminds you that the sweaty days are over. You enter the realm of cool breezes. Gleeful children run through the streets laughing, returning home to dinner, garden fresh.   by Lila, 5th grade

Meggie with Armoney, age 6, at George R. Brown Convention Center Days after Hurricane Harvey made landfall, WITS Program Manager, Meggie Monahan, volunteered at George R. Brown Convention Center, reading, writing, and playing with children who had been displaced by the storm and floodwaters. Meggie reflects on the power of imagination, the generosity of listening, and… Read more »

Dear WITS Family, Finally the rain has ended in Houston. The storm has affected each of us in some way, even those of us lucky enough to avoid flood waters. After five days of mad precipitation, the deluge transformed into mist and disappeared. That’s when I noticed my Instagram feed was populated with hundreds of… Read more »

This morning, we received a touching gift – a poem written by one of our Writers in the Schools (WITS) students, Eshaan. Eshaan, a 6th grader, crafted this poem during the course of his family’s journey through Harvey, and offers it up to the city of Houston as a way of bringing everyone together with… Read more »

Death is not a tall figure dressed in black. It doesn’t have an intimidating black cloak or a skull for a face, and it doesn’t bear a scythe to kill you. We shouldn’t have to see Death as this monster, this scary, violent, ruthless monster. Maybe if we saw Death in a different light, not… Read more »

Day One The human form communicates with the mouth. Day Two The human form has a very round head. Day Three The human form has body types. Day Four The human form has different types of fun and toys. Day Five Their planet has grass. They have cheeseburgers and fries. They have weird names like… Read more »

  The fire beside her was freshly Lit and crackling. He stood there, Above her sleeping body, Quiet and waiting, Waiting for her to awake from her Peaceful sleep. The last Dose of sunlight shone On her face. Before, he too, Went to sleep for the night, He stood there thinking, Thinking of what chaos… Read more »

  I am going to help the world and make machines that make food for poor people. I am going to do everything that I can to give them money. I will make more money, help schools, help teachers, and help others. I will help insects and animals living on the street, help babies, help… Read more »

At 7 p.m. on Sunday, half an hour before the Meta-Four Houston vs. Houston VIP Send-Off Slam was set to begin, the performance space at Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (MATCH) was already nearly full of families, friends, and fans awaiting an evening of pulse-pounding, breathtaking poetry. The Send-Off Slam, part of a yearly… Read more »

  With younger children, this concrete activity called “Rubber Band Stretching” works well.  Demonstrate how a rubber band starts out small and can be stretched much larger.  Read a simple sentence out loud, and ask for suggestions about how to expand it.  After a student successfully stretches a sentence by adding new words, hand her… Read more »

My name is all the numbers because I don’t have a favorite.   My name is silver because it is shiny and is in Slytherin.   My name loves vegetarian cooking that makes me hungry.   My name is the peaceful sound of the sea and the sound of a stormy sea.   My name… Read more »

I once met a tiny strange martian named Louie. He told me he had a deep temptation to leave his home and escape to the lush green world of sonic lime.

  Houston students can sign up for the summer reading program offered by the Houston Public Library. Reading is always a fun adventure, and through this program you can also win prizes.Registration begins on June 1st, 2017. The program continues until August 1st, 2017. Find out more here.

Empowering youth voices is at the core of our mission at WITS. That’s why we partnered with XQ America and Brave New Voices to bring the Rethink High School campaign to Houston, creating an open forum event where youth from across the city can voice their ideas of what high school can and should be,… Read more »

WITS Communications Strategist Analicia Sotelo will read from her new chapbook, Nonstop Godhead, on Friday 7pm at Brazos Bookstore. She will be joined by WITS Board Member Roberto Tejada and WITS Writer Beth Lyons. Nonstop Godhead recently won a fellowship award from the Poetry Society of America. It was selected by Rigoberto Gonzalez. Sotelo’s first full-length book,… Read more »

Each year, The Menil Collection opens its doors to dozens of WITS classrooms, giving students the opportunity to see an extraordinary collection of visual art that heightens the senses and stretches the imagination. As students take a tour of the museum’s collections, they write poems and stories inspired by the art they see, making connections… Read more »