2016 Winter Slam Camp
Winter Slam Camp is back! Join WITS for this 3 day Slam Poetry and Spoken Word writing camp, Tuesday, December 20th through Thursday, December 22nd from 10am to 2pm at the WITS Meeting House.
Winter Slam Camp is the place for young writers, 5th-8th grade, who are looking to develop their creative voice. Students will transform their written work into poetry slam pieces under the guidance of WITS’ internationally-ranked slam poetry coaches.
Dive into the writing and performance process and explore revision techniques, stage presence, and poetry slam methods/appreciation. Camp will conclude with a poetry slam showcase for family and friends.
Winter Slam Camp :: December 20th-22rd | 10am-2pm
WITS Meeting House :: 1519 W. Main St, Houston, TX 77006
Congratulations Youth Writing Competition Winners!
This year’s winner is Fareena Arefeen! She comes from The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Her poem “For My Father// For My Father’s Son” will be featured in our zine, and she will receive a special prize package crafted by this year’s Youth Advisory Council and sponsored by Brazos Book Store. We also want to recognize our two honorable mentions, Iris Ayala and Eka Savajol, for their outstanding poems. Congratulations to Fareena, Iris, and Eka, and thank you to all of you who applied!
Meta-Four Houston Youth Slam Team
#1 youth poetry slam team in Texas!
Meta-Four is the face of the youth poetry slam scene, representing Houston to the world at the international Brave New Voices festival. Each year hundreds of teens from across Houston come together at the Space City Slam Series, vying for a spot on the Meta-Four team. This opportunity transforms lives, builds community, elevates writing, and takes the voices of youth to powerful heights. Check them out at TEDxHouston, TEDxYouth, and on our YouTube channel.
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- Space City Slam Series— Are you a poet or rapper? Compete this January in our preliminary poetry slams that are free, accessible, and open to youth ages 13-19. Poets share 1-2 poems in a supportive slam competition, judged on writing, originality, and delivery. Winners advance to semifinals with the top poets heading to the Space City Grand Slam on stage at Discovery Green, where the Meta-Four Houston team is born. Past team members have gone on to receive college scholarships, internships, and to become creative forces in the Houston poetry scene.
Youth Advisory Council
Youth Advisory Council (YAC) creates a space for young literary minds to come together and develop as community leaders, with student led initiative as the young people take the driver seat in their communities. In its first year, YAC launched “The Flood Zone,” Zine, a summer writing competition, and WITS’ first Story Slam. All of these projects were created, designed and produced by members of YAC. WITS provides an avenue, you decide what you’re building on that street. This school year the youth will continue to drive the future of what they want to see available for themselves and their peers.
Interested in joining the 2017 Youth Advisory Council?
WITS is now accepting applications! If you are a youth age 13-19 and you want to be a leader in the Houston literary movement, apply today! Applications are due Thursday, December 1st.
Youth Poetry Sessions
Free writing and performance workshop series Friday nights at 6:30pm for youth ages 13-19. If you’re looking to hone your skills, meet other young writers and work with professional performance poets- come by our Youth Poetry Sessions.