On the occasion of National Puppy Day, we thought we’d republish a letter from our Executive Director, Robin Reagler, celebrating all that we love and learn from our pets. It was originally published in the WITS newsletter, A New Leaf, in 2001. My dog Jake is not a great writer, and yet he has managed… Read more »

Are you a 6th, 7th, or 8th grader with a love of words? Sign up now for a free performance poetry workshop with WITS writer Jasminne Mendez at Lone Star College – Kingwood during the Bayou City Book Festival. In this workshop, you’ll learn about the writing and performance process, exploring revision, stage presence, and… Read more »

Do you know a teen between the ages of 13-19 who wants to be a published writer? Check out Word on the Street / La Voz de Los Jovenes: a new online magazine of writing and the arts, created by the youth, for youth. Created, visioned, and led by a core squad of youth of… Read more »

Spring is in the air and so is our new performance workshop for youth ages 13-19! Starting today, we’re hosting a FREE workshop and open mic every first Friday of the month at the new Levy Park Conservancy. Join us from 7 – 8:30 p.m. No registration is required, and walk-ins are welcome. Learn more here. Want updates… Read more »

Congrats to our WITS Digital students from Kashmere High School! Earlier this month, they competed at the HISD Together with Tech conference alongside 44 other student teams. The conference was created by HISD to explore the impact that technology has made in the classroom, specifically through their initiative, PowerUp, which brought a laptop to every… Read more »

Each year, the WITS Alliance heads to a different city to attend the AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) #AWP17 conference, a gathering of around 12,000 professionals. The conference provides an opportunity for writers to find support, discover resources, and build community. The WITS Alliance has a strong presence at the conference. Whether it’s a… Read more »

My heart is the sea brushing on the rocks My heart is an invincible sumo wrestler My heart is Christmas morning over and over My heart is fierce, an unbelievable force It is all true because it is my heart. By Nelson, 3rd grade Originally published Dec 10, 2010.

Do you know a child with a talent for writing? The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is now accepting submissions from young writers and illustrators in Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Anyone who enters will receive a Certificate of Achievement, with Finalists participating in an award ceremony this May. The winning stories will be produced for broadcast… Read more »

Coach calls a time out. As we the team run to coach, the blur in my eyes, barely could hearing what he’s trying to say, trying desperately to see the words come out of his mouth, too embarrassed to say, “Coach, get me off the field. I’m not making a difference.” So then they call… Read more »

Traveling to a new place requires a certain amount of fearlessness. Luckily, WITS Writer Chris Cander thrives on new experiences. So when the Dostyk American International School in Atyrau, Kazakhstan invited her to become a writer-in-residence for a week, and teach creative writing to young expatriates between pre-K and 8th grade, Chris immediately said yes. Chris,… Read more »

Author Janine Joseph; Photo by Jaclyn Heward Janine Joseph, who taught with Writers in the Schools from 2009-2013, will be reading tonight at Houston’s Poison Pen Reading Series at 8:30 p.m. at Poison Girl Cocktail Lounge. She will be reading alongside University of Houston writers, Allegra Hyde and Will Burns. The event is free and… Read more »

Educators! As you know, the Houston Super Bowl is right around the corner. Here’s a unique opportunity for your students to get excited about football and literature. On Friday, January 29th, Inprint Cool Brains! presents Tim Green, author of the New York Times bestseller for middle-schoolers, Football Genius. Tim will be reading from his new book, Left… Read more »

If you’ve ever witnessed a slam poetry performance by our Meta-Four team, a crew of 13-19 year-old WITS students with a desire to be heard, you know that there is a magical quality to the energy they expend on stage. Performance poetry is an opportunity for students to empower themselves, to use their bodies and… Read more »

This Sunday 1/15/17 in over 70 US cities, writers will gather to speak out for equity and justice, as part of a movement called #WritersResist. To represent the Houston community, Houston poets and writers of diverse backgrounds will come together to share messages of peace, democracy, unity, and hope. The diversity of our city, the solidarity… Read more »

When: Saturday, January 21 at 4 PM – 6 PM Who: Danez Smith What: A FREE writing workshop for Houston youth Where: The Pilot on Navigation 5102 Navigation Blvd, Houston, Texas 77011 preceding the Meta-Four Houston Poetry Slam at 7 pm For more information, click here. Brought to you by Writers in the Schools (WITS)

  photo credit: pixabay Oh, snow owls, your beautiful sound from the heavens lets light through the clouds in the sunset. Snow owls, when you rise at the dawn of winter, your wings shimmer from the frosty bits and you fly like a dove. You are as majestic as an eagle, soaring in the salty breeze…. Read more »

My best Christmas was two years ago because somebody my dad knew from work invited us to his apartment to celebrate. When my dad and I got to the apartment, we marveled that it was so pretty. All the decorations were nice because the guy my dad knew from work put a lot of effort into them. Decorations were all over… Read more »

Light the glittering candles Chant the ancient prayers Spin the colorful dreidels Eat the crunchy latkes Sing a holiday song Remember a Jewish miracle Tear open a hundred gifts! By Sam  

Is your teen looking for something to do over winter break? They could be writing original work and submitting to these amazing publishing opportunities. ONE TEEN STORY ONE TEEN STORY is an award-winning quarterly literary magazine that features the work of today’s best teen writers (ages 13 to 19). One Teen Story is looking for stories about… Read more »