Help Build a Bridge with Brooklyn Poets

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Poet and former WITS Writer Jason Koo recently founded a new nonprofit organization called Brooklyn Poets. They are fundraising to launch  a new website called The Bridge which will link student poets with mentors. Check out their IndieGoGo campaign which goes until Nov. 22nd. It is a project that could strengthen the community of poetry.

Revision Strategy #1: Clouds

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Revision is not easy. Even for the professionals among us, revision can be tricky. And teaching revision to young writer can be a real doozy! At WITS we practice stealth revision. That means that we break complex process of revision into parts and introduce those parts one by one. Here’s one example. Clouds After a… Read more »

Mid Main Block Party to Benefit Inprint

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On Thursday a portion of the proceeds from the Mid Main Block Party will benefit our pals at Inprint. Support literary Houston and have some fun. The event begins at 5 pm on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013.  For more information, click here.

Saturday

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It’s sunrise. The alarm sings. Birds chirping with somber joy. Time ticks with the echoes of a lovely voice, my mother rehearsing church hymns of melancholy. The sweet scent of the old bakery makes my stomach churn. My dad on the phone, laughing with mockery, watching TV and enjoying family. Tick-tock it’s 9 p.m., time… Read more »

Changing Seasons

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In spring, I will color the world light blue. The sun will rise up. The birds will sing a song And people will dance all day long. Dogs will bark And the day will pass in front of me. In winter, I will color the world white. Snow will fall. We will jump up and… Read more »

If You’ve Always Wanted to Write a Novel, This Post is For You

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If you’ve always wanted to write a novel, gather your WITS this week. NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month begins on Friday, Nov. 1st. WordPress Blogger Cheri Rowlands breaks it down for us: Who: You — whether you’re a seasoned novelist, novice writer, wannabe author, or a blogger up for a challenge. What: A project in which… Read more »

Problems

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I’ve got problems with Halloween I can’t ever decide what I want to be I mean, I want to be Spiderman AND a cowboy AND a buffalo AND SpongeBob. My brain is fried and I haven’t even started eating candy yet. By Thomas, 3rd grade

Meet 2013 Newbery Medal Winner!

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Don’t miss this free Inprint event with 2013 Newbery Medal Winner Katherine Applegate!  This is part of Inprint’s exciting Cool Brains! Reading Series for Young People. See their announcement below for more information. Meet the author KATHERINE APPLEGATE 2013 Newbery Medal Winner Sunday, October 27, 2013  3 pm (doors open 2:15 pm) Johnston Middle School, 10140 Manhattan   FREE!  For… Read more »

Student Writing and Art Contests

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Fall 2013 Writing Contests Essay: October 31, 2013 Poetry: December 5, 2013 The deadline for the Creative Communication essay contest has been extended to October 31, 2013, for the essay contest.  The deadline is December 5, 2013 for the poetry contest. Entries may be submitted online at the Creative Communication website or by mail. Each student in grades K-12 may submit… Read more »

Houston, Get Ready for SLAB

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The first Houston SLAB Parade + Family Festival will be held Sunday afternoon, October 20th.  The SLAB Parade will take place from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. on Griggs and Calhoun and will feature 50 Houston-area SLAB vehicles as well as customized bicycles.  On the Festival Stage 3 – 6 pm will be performances by WITS… Read more »

The Heart and Soul of Arts in Medicine

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Don’t be deceived by Carol Herron. She is the one you may hardly notice at the big event, the one setting up the chairs or ushering children to their seats or disappearing to find scissors or a microphone. At any arts-related event at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers, Carol will be working the corners… Read more »

Dragon Breath

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When I get up in the morning I have dragon breath I breathe red, orange and green smoke My breath smells like rotten eggs or wet paws I run to the bathroom to brush my teeth but my sister’s in there. Oh, well, no one will notice. By Jack, 3rd grade

WITS at TEDx Houston on Saturday

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WITS students from the 2013 Meta-Four team and WITS writer Outspoken Bean will be presenters at TEDx Houston 2013 at Rice University on Saturday. Former WITS writers Rick Brennan, Sarah Cortez, and Sehba Sarwar will also be speaking at this event to be held at Rice University. For more information, visit TEDx Houston on Facebook.

A Letter from the Editor at The Bunk Room

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Get your students noticed in a big way!   Make sure all the principals, reading specialists and teachers know. We publish The Bunk Room, a magazine written entirely by kids throughout the world. Since 2008, kids all over the country and across the globe have enjoyed the opportunity to have their voices heard in our magazine, both… Read more »

Chicken Noodle Soup

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Slurp. Down it goes. Noodles sliding down my throat. Chunks of chicken, little carrots, a bit of celery. Brown broth. Hot, so hot on a cold night. By Dinorah, 4th grade

Drop into the Rabbit Hole

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Don’t miss the production of Rabbit Hole, directed by WITS writer Rob Kimbro, 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through October 12th at Rice University, 6100 Main. For information, call 713-348-7529 or visit players.blogs.rice.edu. Rob Kimbro, a WITS writer, is a graduate of Rice University.  Rob has worked with young writers in the Alley Theatre’s Houston… Read more »

October

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October is the time of year when you get to eat pumpkin cream cheese pick up acorns that the squirrels missed think about your Halloween costume watch the leaves change wear slippers. By Fiona, 2nd grade

Open the Door Writing Contest

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The Texan-French Alliance for the Arts invites Houstonians to participate in a citywide public art project, OPEN THE DOOR.  Writers are encouraged to interpret the following question in a creative, broad way: How do we open the door to another culture, to a new phase in our life, to someone, to a dream, even when… Read more »

Forest Orchestra

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The tie-dyed fall leaves flutter down from the towering tree like butterflies. They softly float to rest on the untouched snow. Meanwhile a gorgeous red robin sings. Her mate must be catching worms for the family. The wind is howling. The water is stirring. The crickets are chirping along. Just listen and you’ll hear… The… Read more »

When I Think of You

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When I think of you my face tingles my feet tremble the world turns red and bursts into lights When I think of you trains stop cars honk and my eyes open like envelopes By Lily, 7th grade