Children’s Book about Poet E.E. Cummings Chosen as One of Best Books of 2015

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Congratulations to poet Matthew Burgess, who read on our WITS panel at AWP in Minneapolis. His delightful children’s book Enormous Smallness chronicles the life of poet, painter, and playwright  E.E. Cummings. Brain Pickings named Burgess’s book, illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo, as one of the 15 best children’s books of 2015. Very exciting! Check out… Read more »


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Be brave. You will find your way using long strides. You will fill your cracks with gold. Swallow darkness like lemonade and savor its twisted flavor. Scramble into the unknown. You can’t help but smile. Your heart will beat its fractured tune and one speck of dust will fall from your tattered suitcase of regrets. You… Read more »

Young Authors Wanting to Publish

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Winter break is a great time to revise and edit your creative work. If you want a wider audience, you might consider submitting your best work for publication. New Pages has a resource guide for young authors that include journals that publish youth and contests also. Check it out!    

Deadline Approaches for the Scholastic Writing Awards

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The prestigious Scholastic Writing Awards are given locally and nationally across the nation. Deadlines vary by region but are approaching quickly. For students in the Houston area, click here for more information For Information on the program in all areas, click here.

Book Launch on December 11th – Untameable City

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Mutablis Press is celebrating a new anthology of poems about the nature of Houston. The book, edited by Sandi Stromberg, is called Untameable City. Current WITS writers Maryann Gremillion and Sara Cooper are published in it, as well as former WITSers Sarah Cortez, Robin Davidson, Dede Fox, Angélique Jamail, Rebecca Spears, and Randall Watson. The book launch… Read more »

Art Auction to Benifit WITS Kids

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Five artists have donated their artwork to WITS, and it’s up for bid on ebay for one more week. Consider a bid that will provide WITS for young students in the Houston area. Every child deserves the opportunity to become an avid reader and a powerful writer.

Nicola Parente Opening on Friday

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Join us at Nicola Parente’s artist reception this Friday! We are so excited that Nicola, a longtime WITS supporter and collaborator, will be showing his spectacular paintings in a one-man show.  Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Houston, TX  is hosting an opening for WITS Artist Nicola Parente on Friday, December 4th at 6 pm. This solo show,… Read more »

Giving Thanks Can Give YOU a Lift

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  This week in Edutopia, Owen Griffith explains how writing about gratitude can produce a host of different positive outcomes. Griffith recommends the regular practice of listing what we’re thankful for. He says, “Gratitude seems to work like a muscle, and the physical action of writing a gratitude list helps develop ‘gratitude muscles.’” The benefits from… Read more »

SLAM Camp with WITS this Winter

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During the winter break WITS will offer a SLAM Camp for students in grades 5-8. Join us in the Heights Dec. 28-30th for fun with writing and performing. Register here or learn more about it.

D.E.E.P. to Perform at We Are Girls Conference

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We are excited to announce that WITS Teacher and Special Programs Manager, Deborah “D.E.E.P.” Mouton, will perform at the We Are Girls Conference, produced by The Girls Empowerment Network. This event is a  multi-city extravaganza designed especially for girls in grades 3-8. This year’s theme is “Tell Your Story,” which fits right into the WITS… Read more »

Free Orbit Slam at Discovery Green on Friday, the 13th

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Free writing and performance workshops take place every second Friday of the month at Discovery Green (1500 McKinney St.) from 6:30-8pm. Students ages 13-19 are welcome. No registration is required! No experience is necessary! Join us this Friday, the 13th for a fun and inspirational evening. Date: November 13, 2015 Time: 6:30-8pm Location: 1500 McKinney St.    

Meta-Four on Nov. 6th at MECA

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Join WITS this Friday for the ORBIT Slam. FREE poetry workshop followed by poetry slam. No registration required. Open to ages 13-19. 6:30 – 8 pm at MECA in the 6th Ward, Address: 1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007. Hosted by D.E.E.P. See you Friday night!

Meta-Four Houston Performs at The Three Doctors

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  Meta-Four Houston will perform at this inspirational event hosted by The Houston Public Library on Friday! This is the write-up from HPL: The Houston Public Library presents: The Three Doctors Hosted by Melanie Lawson with KTRK Channel 13 The Houston Public Library is pleased to present The Three Doctors to over 2,000 youth of… Read more »

Wake Up

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Open those big black eyes and plop those feet on the floor I know it’s dark outside I know you’re tired But it’s Monday and here you are again So wake up and live like there won’t be a Tuesday. Today is the big day. By Salome, 6th Grade

Paid Fellowships for Young Writers

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Are you a Meta-Four Houston – Youth Speaks – Brave New Voices alum looking to grow professionally and artistically? We have an exciting opportunity just for you! Apply today for a #FutureCorps Fellowship. Fellows will serve as full time salaried staff supporting their host organization in advancing its mission and capacity to create safe spaces… Read more »

Sign Up for NaNoWriMo 2016

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Do your kids love to write? Do they like to make big goals and get lots of support meeting them? Then, sign up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)! Here is a message from NaNoWriMo about what to expect. Go to their National Novel Writing Month website to sign up and find out more! Writing begins… Read more »

Here Comes the Rain

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Dun dun dun here it comes splitter splat fast and fat here it comes drippity drat dun dun dun By Sofia, 2nd Grade      

Meta-Four at TedX Houston 2015

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Meta-Four Houston was well represented at TedX Houston 2015. Our coach and coordinator Outspoken Bean emceed the final session of the day-long event, and Meta-Four student Lily Bowman performed her poem “Monsters,” inspired by the classic children’s book by Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are.