The WITS Creative program is the flagship school program for WITS.
- Proven, TEKS-aligned creative writing workshops for K-12 students taught by professional writers (bilingual options available)
- Experiential learning through field trip to cultural or environmental venue (3 class min.)
- Classroom anthology and portfolio for each student
- Student work showcased publicly
WITS workshops give children an opportunity to learn innovative techniques by reading literature, practicing writing in a variety of genres, integrating learning with direct experience through field trips to cultural venues, and sharing their work as published authors. WITS students demonstrate improved reading and writing skills, increased confidence, higher standardized test performance, and enhanced creativity.
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.
WITS has a strong reputation as a collaborative partner, integrating the craft of writing with other disciplines for new and exciting experiences.
- Writing at the Menil— For 26 years, WITS has partnered with the Menil Collection as the educational outreach program for the museum. Using visual art as an inspiration for creative writing, WITS introduces 6,000 students to traditional and contemporary art through a private writing tour, providing a fun, hands-on learning experience for children.
- Environmental Writing — Since 2002, WITS has partnered with the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center to expose students to natural habitats and conservation issues that inspire writing. Writers and naturalists introduce 700 students each year to classroom units on nature writing complemented by a visit to the Arboretum’s 155-acre forest sanctuary. A preliminary evaluation of students who took part in this initiative showed greater use of their sensory language, greater cognitive complexity, and better science scores on standardized tests.