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WITS Performance encourages self-expression and literacy among Houston’s youth through creative writing and performance. Professional poets work with students during the school day and after school, helping youth explore and express their truths through writing and performance workshops. At the end of each class, students take part in culminating performances and poetry slams.

  • Creative writing instruction paired with performances
  • Leadership development and civic engagement
  • Option for school to host tournament
  • Performance opportunities in city-wide slams

WITS Performance workshops give students opportunities to learn innovative techniques by reading literature, practicing writing in a variety of genres, integrating learning with performances, and sharing their work through interactive poetry slams and competitions.

WITS school programs focus on the writing process and address key objectives in language arts, including original voice, inventive word choice, sentence fluency, and clear organization. WITS programs allow students to develop relationships with professional writers while receiving intensive instruction and time to practice and master new techniques. WITS writers build skills in reading and analysis, expose students to multi-cultural literature, and emphasize the importance of revision.

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Youth Development for Teens

Many WITS Performances students compete in city-wide poetry slams or take on leadership roles in the youth literary scene, including our Youth Poet Laureate program, Youth Advisory Council, and Meta-Four Houston, the #1 youth slam team in Texas. After participating with WITS Performance, some of our students have gone on to receive college scholarships, internships, and to become creative forces in the Houston poetry scene, including performing at TEDxHoustonTEDxYouth, and the Library of Congress.

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