We Are Built Gray

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photo courtesy of pixabay.com   We are built gray today. Gray as the night sky. Many hard times face your dreams. But keep moving forward, don’t let your spirit down. Times may face you when you want to give up. You feel like you’re in a cell. But keep your spirit high, never let it down. Move ahead, accomplish,… Read more »

Dark Meadow

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photo courtesy of pixabay.com She was in the dark meadow, She saw a beautiful big brown wolf with shiney, silky fur. She saw its shining brown eyes as they twinkled in the moonlight. She neared it from the corner of the beautiful meadow. She saw its eyes full of worry when she neared it by… Read more »

Advice from a Butterfly

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photo courtesy of pixabay.com   Fly free. Flap your wings free. Be content with your natural beauty. Remember your place among all living things. Enjoy the view! Dance in the breezes Be colorful. Shine! By Jennifer, 3rd Grade Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Andrew, a WITS Youth… Read more »

Young Authors Writing Contest

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Sister Cities International is hosting its annual Young Artists and Authors Showcase! Writers ages 13-18 (as of May 1, 2016) may submit prose work (not to exceed 500 words) and poems (not to exceed 200 words) by March 31. Houston winners will be submitted for national consideration in May! For more information and entry rules… Read more »

Work for WITS | Summer Internships

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Writers in the Schools is looking for enthusiastic college students to join our team of interns this summer. These exciting and rewarding positions will work alongside writers and teachers to get youth excited about writing. Internships begin June 1st, 2016. Both full-time and part-time positions are available. Applicants must be enrolled in a college or university… Read more »

Camp Registration Now Open!

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Attention parents! Creative Writing Camp registration is now open – and classes fill up fast! This year we have expanded the locations and dates for our fun, educational summer programs. Classes are taught by professional writers, providing personal encouragement to students as they explore creative writing and storytelling. Visit our Camp Page for more details or view our brochure.

Experience “Converse” With Our Own Outspoken Bean!

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Converse is an outspoken and comedic interactive theatrical experience based on the life of Emanuellee “Outspoken” Bean, WITS Project Coordinator and Coach of the Meta-Four Houston slam poetry team. The show is free and will be held on September 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 8:00 p.m. at Dean’s Downtown 316 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002. Come out… Read more »

A Meta-Four Life

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This past week I have heard more poems and sweated in more shirts than most do in a lifetime. I experienced five full days of love, community, and a lot of sun, while assisting the Meta-Four Houston Poetry Slam Team at Brave New Voices (BNV) 2015 in the hot city of Atlanta, Georgia. What exactly… Read more »

Summer at WITS: Lessons Learned

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In 2013, I began my freshman year at Rice University and had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wanted to study history and do something positive for the world, but did not need frequent reminders from my Mechanical Engineering-focused friends to know that the job market is weak for… Read more »

FREE Workshop at IKEA Houston

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WITS will be at IKEA Houston TODAY from 2-3 pm for a FREE student writing workshop. Children are guided by professional authors to unleash their inner writer and go home with an expressive piece. And remember, on Tuesdays, kids eat FREE at IKEA! So bring the kids for an afternoon of creative fun. See you… Read more »

Thank You for Supporting Party 4 Poetry

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Thank you for supporting WITS’s Meta-Four Houston team at the Party 4 Poetry. We had an amazing time celebrating student writing and the birthdays of Carliss, Bean, and Sara! With your help the event and live auction raised over $5000. These funds will be used to send the Meta-Four students to Brave New Voices International… Read more »

Farewell National Poetry Month

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This April, Writers in the Schools celebrated National Poetry Month and the power of the imagination, reaching 2.3 million people in Houston and beyond! Student words were spread through H-E-B markets, read each day on KPFT 90.1, and showcased during readings, workshops, and poetry slams around town. At the Space City Grand Slam, we selected… Read more »

Future Traveler

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  I’m the brightest parrot flying in the jungle. I’m the sugar in the coffee, maybe the salt to the sour salad. I’m the moon that glistens in the dark; he’s like the sun to the sunset. We are the peak of a cold mountain. You are the skyscraper to the breeze; I’m the greatest… Read more »

What am I?

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  I am in the center of a galaxy. I am a circle or a sphere. I am black. Light cannot escape from me. Flying objects get sucked into me. It is very silent where I live.   What am I? A black hole!   By Kavin, 1st grade   Click the link above to… Read more »

A Story to Tell

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  My eyes have a story to tell. I was born in a place that freezes the ground. Life was beautiful before the war. Now I am devastated. I feel like the world has come to an end. There is no house, there is no food. I beg for money. I am scared of dying… Read more »

Mist of the Night

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  In the mist of the night, I zoned to sleep. An antelope, very fleet, at tremendous speed crashed through my body into my heart to ram and break or carry away those bad things breaking my heart.   It runs away then comes back like a magnet pulling and pushing. The antelope travels up… Read more »

Ode to Ink

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  Crushed from the black rock captured in a bottle of dark gold like gunpowder in musket on paper black as night wandering in the shadows like a spider waiting for its prey captured in its web ink like armour drip by drip on my paper captured in a bottle   By Charlie, 4th grade… Read more »