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To engage children in the pleasure and power of reading and writing.
WITS revolutionizes the way reading and writing are taught, nurturing the growth of the imagination and awakening students to the adventures of language.
WITS is in the second year of a three-year strategic plan, developed with a grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance in partnership with more than 100 stakeholders. Under this plan, WITS is guided by the following strategic directions.
Founded in 1983, WITS employs professional writers who teach creative writing to children and teachers in Houston. The WITS program was started by Phillip Lopate of the University of Houston, and Marv Hoffman, former director of Teachers and Writers Collaborative in New York City. Our founders saw an opportunity to capitalize on the rich pool of writing talent in the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program – one of the best in the country – and in the diverse Houston community, and to provide a valuable service to area schools. Today, the organization is led by Executive Director and Writer Robin Reagler, Ph.D. and Board President and former WITS student Michael Pipkin. In 30 years, WITS teaching has become proven model for integrating arts and education in meaningful ways that impact the lives of children.