You Are

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  You are the face of wisdom, and the stairs to clouds. You are history not discovered. Also, you are the heaven              light. I am grass in wind, I am a bird                     climbing a tree. You             are          not          the bird falling, but I am. You are not the fish, no never could you                         be the… Read more »

Underneath

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Underneath my leather blazer is my dark purple buttoned down shirt Underneath my purple buttoned down shirt is my grey and red shirt Underneath my gray and red shirt is my caramel skin Underneath my caramel skin are my strong muscles Underneath my strong muscles are my strong, thin bones Underneath my strong, thin bones… Read more »

Deseos | Wishes

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Ve, nieve mía, y a mi mamá desea lluvia en el cielo, una corona de cristal, una perla de agua, una casa de anillos, una maravillosa vida en su corazón y un poema en la hoja. Aquí soñaré para siempre y mis ojos buscarán. Aquí está el verano, aquí las flores. Esta es la tierra… Read more »

Dance

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  The puppies glide across the land of song All of them pearling and swirling and whirling for the existence of music is a trance the extraordinary cells of the song are unstoppable the curiosity continuing is enough and the waves of music rage on like a clock waiting to strike upon the end as… Read more »

Zoom

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  Love cries out with joy. Infinity multiplies forever. The Earth gets dizzy from spinning. My friend loves me. All of these ideas make my heart zoom! By Isabelle, 1st grade Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 by MacKenzie, WITS Youth Advisory Council Student. The background music is “High-Speed Racing” by… Read more »

My Mind

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  My mind explodes with anger. My mind shatters like glass. My mind cries for help. My mind crumbles into bits. My mind burns like lava. My mind gallops like a horse. My mind mesmerizes everything. My mind juggles the air. My mind dives into a black hole. My mind turns into ash. My mind… Read more »

2018 Fresh Ink Fiction Contest

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Open to young Texas writers, from rising 7th grade through rising 12th grade! Free to apply. Deadline to submit is May 18, 2018. Hosted by the Texas Book Festival (TBF), the Fresh Ink Fiction Contest encourages middle and high school Texas students to submit a piece of original fiction, no more than 2,000 words in… Read more »

Strange Place

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  As vast sunbirds burn, Mother Violin maps her lines. The bizarre, dramatic, air-dive changes my life, as design eyes paint vivid pictures in my mind. What a strange world. What a strange world. Invisible toes skip, and waves follow them, too. Hair waltz, snow waltz, Strange. Breathtaking, fuzzy animals hike. They hug, and kiss,… Read more »

Deeply Rooted

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I am seed I am small, but powerful I am born of fire & water of desert & ocean of la tierra de los Aztecas y la jungla de Veraguas Of parents with humble beginnings to give me a beginning better than theirs I am a tree trunk foundation My foundation is divine, residing in… Read more »

2018 Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program

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A perfect opportunity for high school students to work one-on-one with a professional writer! Deadline to apply is May 1st. Now in its sixth year, The Adroit Journal’s Summer Mentorship Program is an entirely free and online program that pairs experienced writers with high school and secondary students (as of the current academic year) interested… Read more »

Mother’s Life

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Lizards skitter around my feet A bee sings its song and sips from a sunflower Gravel crunches under my sandals Flowers of all colors flutter through the air Grass tickles my ankles Twigs snap as I stroll Mud begins to coat the rubber of my shoes Even dead logs are swimming with life Hammocks sway… Read more »

WITS Alliance Goes to Tampa

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Each year, the WITS Alliance travels to a different city to highlight the importance of creative writing in the classroom and in civic life at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference, a gathering of over 12,000 literary professionals. From March 7 – 10, the WITS Alliance sponsored six panels, one meeting, and… Read more »

Spring Break with WITS

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This Spring Break, join WITS as we offer fun and innovative programming throughout the week!   Writing Workshops at Spring Break at Discovery Green Monday, March 12 – Thursday, March 15 | 2pm-3pm HPL Express Free   Writing Workshop at Let’s Be Friends Monday, March 12 | 10am-12pm Holocaust Museum Free with admission   WITS… Read more »

The Standard is You: Lessons from World-Renowned Writer Chinaka Hodge

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On Saturday, February 3rd, students from around the Greater Houston area streamed into Queensbury Theatre to learn from poet, playwright, and screenwriter, Chinaka Hodge, during a free youth workshop hosted by Writers in the Schools and Meta-Four Houston. The author of three books, including the 2016 collection of poetry, Dated Emcees, Chinaka’s poems, editorials, interviews… Read more »

Spend Saturday mornings with WITS at Discovery Green!

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With fun and interactive writing activities to spark the imagination, the Young Writers Workshop helps children develop their language and creativity skills. Each workshop features two WITS writers. Each participant receives one-on-one interaction and feedback. Held Saturdays at the Houston Public Library Express location at Discovery Green from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM, the workshop… Read more »

Texas Studio: Elizabeth Keel

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    Congratulations to Writers in the Schools writer, Elizabeth Keel, for her feature in Arts & Culture Magazine. She talks acting, directing, grad school and why she loves teaching with WITS!   “Nobody’s worried about grades. Instead, we give the kids the time they need to interact with language and build their confidence. It is… Read more »

Fire

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I am fire in the wind. One little spark can ignite the entire world. The air crisp and smokey, the fire big and beautiful. I am that wildfire, spreading like gossip in teen girls’ hands. My ways of life are dangerous; I lunge from tree to tree, It takes 1,000,000 people to slow down my… Read more »

Writing The City :: Workshop for Educators

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Writing the City Buffalo Bayou: Nature and Nurture February 10 & 24, 2018 | 9am-12pm | $100/ participant >> Register Today <<   WITS is excited to offer a new writing workshop series for K-12 educators. Join us for our two-part writing on location adventure. In this writing workshop for educators, participants will write on location… Read more »

The Shelter of Imagination

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Meggie with Armoney, age 6, at George R. Brown Convention Center Days after Hurricane Harvey made landfall, WITS Program Manager, Meggie Monahan, volunteered at George R. Brown Convention Center, reading, writing, and playing with children who had been displaced by the storm and floodwaters. Meggie reflects on the power of imagination, the generosity of listening, and… Read more »