Gingerbread House

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I love to make gingerbread houses because I can eat while I work I use gummy bears and M&Ms and lots of sprinkles everywhere Marshmallows make perfect snow and icing keeps it all together except the year when it fell apart By Jazz, 3rd grade

Free Spoken Word Workshops at HPL Smith Library

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  WITS is offering free spoken word workshops for youth ages 13-18 every Wednesday through the Houston Public Library Smith Branch, led by WITS Writer and renowned performance poet Emanuelee “Outspoken” Bean. Time:3:30-5:00PM Dates: December 4, 11, 18 January 8, 15, 22, 29 February 5, 12, 19 Location:  Smith Neighborhood Library 3624 Scott St,  Houston,… Read more »

Snow in Houston

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In Houston snow is very rare When it does snow, I bundle up I drink hot cocoa inside There’s not enough snow to sled or build a snowman But I do go outside and play I run under the snowflakes I watch the sun’s rays twist and blast off while the snow level rises. By… Read more »

Riddle

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What kind of animal… • squawks for food • has rainbow feathers • stares at you with yellow, green, and black eyes • has a white, peach, and black beak • makes a big racket • snaps its sharp beak while eating • makes a big riot • feels smooth on its feathers • scratches… Read more »

Sky

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The sky looks like soup or wallpaper it’s all gray and still and thick All I see are black birds in the trees By Jaxson, 3rd grade

Revision Strategy #2: ThoughtShots

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The idea of the thoughtshot comes from The Reviser’s Toolbox, a great book by Barry Lane. After a student finishes a story, encourage him to find places where he might add thoughtshots.  Barry Lane breaks down thoughtshots into three categories: flash-forwards, flashbacks, and internal monologues. I have found that lessons on flash-forwards and flashbacks go… Read more »

Public Poetry to Feature 4 Houston Writers This Saturday

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The monthly Public Poetry Reading Series will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2 pm at HPL Collier Regional Library. The line-up includes former WITS writer Charlie Scott, as well as James Adams, Darla McBryde, and Dustin Pickering.  As always, a talented WITS student will also be featured. For more information about this FREE event… Read more »

Join Us Tonight at Bar Boheme and Support WITS

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On Thursday, December 5th, 2013, Cultured Cocktails will raise funds for Writers in the Schools with a happy hour at Bar Boheme. WITS will receive 10% of all drinks purchased between 5 – 7 pm.  So come hang out with the WITS Writers and support a great cause!

Yoga Workshop to Benefit WITS

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Yoga Ananda Yoga Shala owner and former WITS artist, Maria Merrill, and WITS Development Associate Gayatri Parikh, are co-teaching a yoga and creative writing workshop for adults on Saturday, December 7th.  50% of the proceeds of this workshop will benefit WITS! Below is all the information you need from the Yoga Ananda Yoga Shala November… Read more »

#GivingTuesday

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Today is #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving back to the community! In whatever way you can, be it your time or talents, support your local non-profits. Click here to help a child learn to read and write!

The Story of WITS at 30

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In commemoration of Writers in the Schools‘ 30th anniversary, Bright Sky Press published Plant a Story, a book celebrating WITS at 30. It contains student writing, testimonials by Houston leaders, and photography documenting the program. Edited by Weezie Mackey, the author of Throwing Like a Girl, the new publication celebrates the achievements of Houston’s #1… Read more »

Monday Morning Courage

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Getting started today is going to take some muscles, like the kind you need to get through a triathlon. Getting started today is going to take some heart, like crawling on your knees to the top of Mt. Everest. Getting started today is going to take a miracle, like a bunch of miracles all tied… Read more »

Like Me

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Sunset shines really bright Yellow and purple Like me Fluffy clouds are Fluffy as my pillow Ocean water moves with waves Shine bright like the sun Looks warm like coffee Pretty like me Big like a city and a basketball Cute like me Sunset shines like the beach Smells good like a roasted turkey On… Read more »

A Major WITS Thank You to John Palmer Art

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Being named the John Palmer Art Charity of the Year 2013 has been a wonderful experience for Writers in the Schools (WITS). The culmination of the year was the auction of John’s painting “Purple Escapism” at the Celebration of Story event for $5,000. Being John’s Charity of the Year is much more than donations (totaling… Read more »

Calling All Rappers: Free Teen Writing Workshops

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WITS offers free writing workshops and poetry slams on the 4th Friday of every month.  If you are between the ages of 13-19, come join us for Meta-Fourth Friday. This month because of the holidays it will be December 20th, held 7:00-9:00 PM at Hope Stone, 1210 West Clay, Suite 26, (the cross street is Van Buren) Houston, TX… Read more »

Outspoken Bean Takes Converse to NYC

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WITS Writer and Meta-Four Houston coach Outspoken Bean will perform his one-man show Converse live in New York on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. The show revolves around spoken word performance, storytelling, and audience participation.  Tickets can be purchased online.

Keel’s New Novel Debuts Nov. 17th

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On Sunday, November 17, 14 Pews will host a celebration of WITS Writer Elizabeth Keel’s new novel, Life After Myth. This event marks the end of Elizabeth’s year long residency with 14 Pews. There will be live music performed by Greg Cote, then a reading from Keel’s new book, then more music with Rom Ryan… Read more »

Red Bird

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In the woods I see a red bird. Tat, tat, tat. A train races by but the bird stays still, like it’s made out of clay. By Cole, 2nd grade

2 Former WITS Writers Rock the Brazos 11/12/13

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Two former WITS writers, Peter Hyland and Jacob White, will read from newly published first books at Brazos Bookstore in Houston on Tuesday, November 12th at 7:00 p.m. Jacob will be reading from his debut collection of short stories, Being Dead in South Carolina, and Peter will introduce his debut poetry collection, Out Loud. Both books will be available to… Read more »