Attention parents! Creative Writing Camp registration is now open – and classes fill up fast! This year we have expanded the locations and dates for our fun, educational summer programs. Classes are taught by professional writers, providing personal encouragement to students as they explore creative writing and storytelling. Visit our Camp Page for more details or view our brochure.
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We are excited to announce that WITS Teacher and Special Programs Manager, Deborah “D.E.E.P.” Mouton, will perform at the We Are Girls Conference, produced by The Girls Empowerment Network.
This event is a multi-city extravaganza designed especially for girls in grades 3-8. This year’s theme is “Tell Your Story,” which fits right into the WITS mission.
We know that Deborah will serve as a powerful role model to these girls who are exploring creative self-expression and empowerment. Go, Deborah!
Join WITS this Friday for the ORBIT Slam.
FREE poetry workshop followed by poetry slam.
No registration required.
Open to ages 13-19.
6:30 – 8 pm at MECA in the 6th Ward,
Address: 1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007.
Hosted by D.E.E.P.
See you Friday night!
Meta-Four Houston will perform at this inspirational event hosted by The Houston Public Library on Friday! This is the write-up from HPL:
The Houston Public Library presents:
The Three Doctors
Hosted by Melanie Lawson with KTRK Channel 13
The Houston Public Library is pleased to present The Three Doctors to over 2,000 youth of the City of Houston.
This is an awesome opportunity for our youth to hear a compelling story about three young boys – much like themselves – who survived the tough inner city streets of Newark, New Jersey and became successful men. It is a story that will inspire and encourage our youth to win at life – no matter the odds.
We would be honored if you would support this important event through the gift of your time by attending The Three Doctors’ Presentation.
Who are The Three Doctors?
Dr. Sampson Davis, Dr. Rameck Hunt, and Dr. George Jenkins, fondly known as The Three Doctors, are extraordinary role models. These three doctors began with a childhood promise to persevere and become successful, prominent men, despite facing barriers growing up in the tough inner-city of Newark, New Jersey. They used positive peer pressure to overcome the many challenges they faced, thus allowing them the opportunity to realize their dream of each becoming a successful physician. Today, The Three Doctors give their time and resources through their Foundation, which stands on the premise that “Our Children Can Not Aspire to Be What They Can Not See.” They passionately share their remarkable story of perseverance to inspire and motivate young people to achieve education and career success through the formation of positive peer and mentor relationships.
Slam Hip-Hop Program by Syrian American poet Mohja Kahf
Thursday, October 1, 2015 | 6 PM
Central Library | 500 McKinney St., 77002
Syrian-American poet Mohja Kahf tackles the stereotypes about Muslims and Arabs and dismantles them with her slamming, lyrical poetry.
Houston’s own Meta-Four slam poet, Rukmini, will open up the show! Come out to support Writers in the Schools (WITS) and witness the power of slam poetry to challenge and educate.
Join us on October 3rd for Buffalo Bayou Park’s Grand Opening!
The WITS slam team Meta-Four will perform several times between 1 and 4 pm, and there will be many other ways for visitors to explore and enjoy interesting sites within the 160-acre park. They will be int the LISTEN section of the festivities.
Buffalo Bayou Park stretches from Shepherd Drive to Sabine Street.
Don”t miss this wonderful outdoors event that includes walking tours, lectures, children’s crafts, recreational opportunities, delicious food, live music, and POETRY!
The day will culminate with an illuminated parade and fireworks show.
This event is FREE and open to the public. See you there!
FREE resume writing workshops for young people, including applicants to the Houston Youth Poet Laureate program. Join us 9/18 or 9/24.
Applying to be the first-ever Youth Poet Laureate? Writers in the Schools and the Houston Public Library have teamed up to offer two free resume writing workshops for youth this fall: Friday, September 18, 5pm at WITS (1523 W Main) and Thursday, September 24, 5pm at the Smith Neighborhood Library (3624 Scott St). Participants will learn skills to help them prepare a resume to support their application. Please visit witshouston.org/poet-
To register please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resume-writing-workshop-tickets-18352707442
5th Annual Houston Arts Partners Conference
The Arts Fuel Innovation
Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 – 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Including HAPpy Hour)
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 – 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonet, Houston, TX 77005
1 Day – $45.00 (Pre-registration); $50.00 (Day of event on a space-available basis)
Both Days – $75.00 (Pre-registration); $80.00 (Day of event on a space-available basis)
James Drew, Fort Bend Independent School District
Craig Hauschildt, DA CAMERA chamber music & jazz
The 2015 conference, The Arts Fuel Innovation, examines the relationship between the arts and vital components of tomorrow’s creative economy: creativity, versatility, collaboration, and innovation. Unearthing critical connections among the arts, arts integration, and success in other core and STEM subjects, these diverse, relevant, rigorous presentations led by teachers and teaching artists draw on exemplary partnerships between schools and Houston’s outstanding arts organizations. With these arts-based tools and ongoing partnerships, teachers are equipped to prepare their students for opportunities and challenges still in the making.
- Nationally recognized speakers advocating for arts education and arts integration
- Presentations on how to create partnerships to bring the arts into your classroom, developed by Houston’s outstanding arts organizations and the amazing schools they work with
- Expert-led panel discussions on education trends, arts and education legislation, and how to fund innovative partnerships
- Opportunities to connect with hundreds of colleagues including educators, administrators, principals, non-profit organizations, artists, community members, business leaders, and industry professionals
- An art-filled environment with live performances
WITS will be represented on two panels in this year’s conference and will have a booth on both days.
100 Thousand Poets for Change fights social injustice by using the arts to create social change. These artists sponsor readings in cities across the world, and this year’s day of international solidarity is September 26, 2015.
Please join 100 Thousand Poets for Change and put Houston on the map! Poet Billie Duncan is organizing city-wide readings, performances, and exhibits, and under John Locke’s guidance, University of Houston-Downtown will host Houston’s 3rd annual kick-off event. Details are as follows:
What: 100 Thousand Poets For Change (Houston’s Kick-Off Event)
Why: To Creatively Speak Against Social Injustice Through the Arts
When: Wednesday, September 23, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: UHD Coffee House
Show up for an exciting evening where voices from across the city speak out against social injustice. See you there!
Over the Labor Day Weekend, Meta-Four Houston will be performing at the National Book Festival in Washington DC. Rukmini and Lily will represent Houston in a poetry slam, and Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States, will be on the panel of judges.Click this link for more information about this featured event which will take place 7:30 PM on Saturday, September 5th.
Join Writers in the Schools for Night WrITerS on Wednesday, August 26th from 6-8 pm, at OKRA Charity Saloon for a free creative writing series for adults. With an interactive workshop led by WITS Writer Emanualee “Outspoken” Bean, Night WrITers is a fun happy hour in support of a creative cause! Cash bar. No charge, donations always appreciated.
Meta-Four Houston will compete in the Slam Bowl in Austin on June 30, 2015. Join us at the Spiderhouse Ballroom (2606 Fruth Street) at 8 pm for some good ole Texas poetry! Cover charge is $10. For more information, click here.
Summer is here, and it’s time to read and reap the rewards! Sign up your child for Houston Public Library’s Summer Reading Program and spend the summer with great books! For more information, see the notice below from our friends at Houston Public Library:
Register! Read! Reap the Rewards!
How to earn books & badges this summer:
REGISTER: Early registration begins May 1, 2015 and continues through August 1, 2015 at any Houston Public Library location during operating hours or remotely from a computer.
READ or listen to books, enter book titles or reading time online and in your Badge Log booklet (be sure to ask your librarian for one). Go to your local Houston Public Library to pick up your prizes at the various book reading levels.
ATTEND hands on workshops, enjoy performances and take part in activities to earn your STEAM MACHINE sticker badges (collect them in your Badge Log booklet)! Participate in at least 5 library programs* and read a minimum of 5 books, to receive a prize pack: Houston Zoo and Houston Rockets ticket vouchers and a Raising Cane’s gift card!**
A Houston Dash game ticket and a certificate 5 books or 5 hours
A Houston Dynamo game ticket and one free book for reading 10 books or 10 hours
Chipotle meal coupon, additional free book and a coupon for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for reading 20 books or 20 hours
Children’s Museum of Houston admission voucher and entry into a Grand Prize drawing to win a new Xbox One console for reading 30 books or more or 30+ hour
Congratulations to all the young WITS Writers chosen to share their work at the Menil Collection Wednesday night. What a marvelous performance!
Saturday, May 16, the Houston Public Library hosts author Jon Scieszka at their Central Branch. This series of events promises great fun for kids and adults alike. Here’s the information from their site:
Books Alive! 6th Annual Children’s Book Celebration
Saturday, May 16, 2015 | 12:15 PM – 3:30 PM
Central Library | 500 McKinney St., 77002
12:15 PM | Program Place – 4th Floor
Main Street Theater young ambassadors present selections from The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales and Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor.
Author Jon Scieszka
12:45 PM | Program Place – 4th Floor
Author talk, book sale and signing!
Musical guest and interactive activities
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Plaza
WITS will sponsor two courses being offered at the 2015 Common Ground Teachers institute that will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. June 26 – July 10. For more information about this innovative institute, click here. Teachers who submit a reservation by
May 31st (extended to June 10th) will be offered a place in one of this summer’s Common Ground seminars. After June 10th, participants will be added on a first-come, first-served basis until each seminar is filled. Please contact Keri Myrick with any questions.
On Tuesday, May 5th, join WITS at IKEA for a free Mother’s Day writing workshop for kids in grades 2-8.
Students ages 7-14 are invited to participate in a FREE writing workshop hosted by Writers in the Schools (WITS) at IKEA Houston. Children are guided by professional authors to unleash their inner writier and go home with an expressive piece. And remember, on Tuesdays, kids eat FREE at IKEA! So bring the kids for an evening of creative fun.