Summer Camp 2014 Registration Opens January 31st

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Sign up for Creative Writing Camp, sponsored by WITS and Rice University, in locations across Houston. Campers ages K-12 will immerse themselves in fun activities and exercises all focused around building and strengthening their love of reading and writing. Registration begins January 31st. Classes will fill up that day so mark your calendars!

Poetry Reading at Barnes & Noble

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Join us in celebrating WITS writer Carmen Jacobsen, who will read from her first book of poems, Saudade, on Tuesday, January 28th, at 7:30 PM! 4th Tuesday Poetry Reading Series Presents: Carmen Erna Jacobsen Jan 28, 2014 at 7:30 PM Webster Barnes & Noble, 1029 W. Bay Area Blvd. at I-45 See press release below… Read more »

Yoga and Writing Workshop on Jan. 25th

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WITS Development Associate, Gayatri Parikh, is leading a yoga/writing workshop this weekend. Here is her invitation: Houston Friends – I’m teaching a yoga and creative writing workshop with the amazing Maria Merrill on Sat. 1/25 at Yoga Ananda Yoga Shala. It’s going to be so much fun – we will play with words and movement! There will be… Read more »

Working on Your Dreams

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Drop your homework, and pick up your dreams. Put away the bills, and spread out your arms. Go outside and feel the wind while looking at the leaves as though they are saying, “Bring it on.” I always visualize the light. Stop working and focus on living your dreams. If you don’t know what your… Read more »

Holding It Together

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It’s January and that’s not a good month for me My family always struggles in January Bills pile up, we usually have to change apartments My brother needs a jacket, my mom has got the flu It’s January and that’s not a good month for me I have a hard time going back to school… Read more »

Poet Nick Flynn at the Asia Society Texas Center

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Nick Flynn, who will speak on a WITS panel at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Seattle this year, will be in Houston on Saturday, January 11, 2014, to read his poetry at the Asia Society in Houston, 1370 Southmore Boulevard, at 7:30 PM. He will collaborate with Musiqa in a piece… Read more »

Azul (Blue)

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Azul, que bailas en el cielo Azul, las cachapas de Venezuela Azul, como “Mary” Alas de un pájaro Azul, el pelaje Azul Que te oigo En el mar Azul Como si ves el bien En un Dios Azul Te veo Como amor ~ Blue, you are dancing in the sky. Blue, the cachapas of Venezuela… Read more »

Goodbye

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We always said goodbye to a lot of things Like the tree has to say goodbye to its leaves for the winter which precedes the spring. As such I miss you very much and shall never replace you with anyone, because you always will be in my heart. I would like you always to be… Read more »

Walk in the Woods

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This is where to go when you need to think or not to think Find the woods to find yourself strolling under a canopy of starlight the smell of pine needles in the air a rustle over there in the bushes a sky like a blanket of blue just keep walking until you forget all… Read more »

Houston, Meet R. J. Palacio

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Meet the author! New Date: Ms. Palacio was originally scheduled to appear in September 2013 but had to reschedule due to illness. Sunday January 12, 2014 3 pm (doors open at 2:30 pm) Johnston Middle School 10410 Manhattan Drive Click here for map Free Inprint invites everyone to enjoy an afternoon with bestselling children’s author R…. Read more »

Night WrITers: Save the Date!

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Are you a closet poet or a lover of the written word? Join Writers in the Schools for Night WrITers, a quarterly series of writing and wine. With youth performance poetry by Meta-Four Houston and a writing workshop with a WITS writer, Night WrITers is a fun happy hour in support of a creative cause!… Read more »

Can Writing Matter? Creative Writing as Calling and Craft

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Writers in the Schools (WITS) will be presenting three workshops at the Second Annual HBU Writers’ Conference. See information below from the HBU website to register for this inspirational event! Can Writing Matter? Creative Writing as Calling and Craft January 31 and February 1, 2014 Houston Baptist University Come join former Chairman of the National… Read more »

The Cradle

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  I’d like to think of you as an ugly dark Secret, even though you are a beauty My frail bony arm says I’m frantic and melancholy But I’m not My young ones turn their face, hoping not Bear the same image I gaze upon you But there are four of us and one of… Read more »

Blessings from Me to You

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May your sycamore tree grow hands. May the sun heat your heart. May your legs swing like a carnival. May your house never be blue. May the rain kiss your eyelids. May starfish protect your dreams. May music blossom into flowers. May icicles hang like angels. May you smell like white lace. May you find… Read more »

Going to my Grandparents’ House

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Going into my grandparents’ house, seeing the flower bed worked on and the peach trees watered, the greetings of loved ones. Walking into a house of smells, smells of different food being prepared and the language unknown to me but still beautiful, the bowl of fresh beans. Walking outside to the dogs full of joy,… Read more »

Silver

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You are the feeling of the moon’s soft beams that light up the starry night. You are the sliver of silver arrow as it shoots through the trees during the night, strung from a hunter’s bow. You are the silvery pearl forming slowly inside a hard oyster’s shell. The soft, sweet sound of the viper’s… Read more »

5 Great Winter Poems by Students

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Winter presents us with its own version of beauty. Here are 5 student poems that capture that essence particularly well. 1. Breath of Life by Mary Therese, 3rd grade 2. Climb Up the Mountain by Michelle, 3rd grade 3. My Tree, Snowy by Cassandra, 3rd grade 4. Snow in Houston by Adam, 3rd grade 5. In Houston… Read more »

Once Upon a Time

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Once upon a time the world was dark and sad. People wept. They walked with their shoulders slumped over, like they were carrying heavy weights. Everything was dreary, gray, depressed. Then a single feather floated down from the sky. A girl looked up and noticed the feather blowing in the wind, and she began to… Read more »