R.J. Palacio to Visit Houston Fans

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Sunday September 29, 2013 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. J. Palacio. Ms. Palacio will make a presentation about her book Wonder (for ages 8 and up). After her presentation she will take… Read more »

Grandma

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My grandma plays with me She lives in a house I love her very much She wears glasses and Has black hair By Ryan, age 4

It’s Friday Night!

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Get outta my way. It’s Friday and I’m going home, if these cars will cooperate. Get outta my way. It’s been a loooong week and I need to find my front door. Friday is my night so take two steps back. I’ll be hanging with my friends and forgetting this week. Get outta my way…. Read more »

In My Backyard

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In my backyard branches play music like flutes the grass sways and dances rocks play hide-and-seek leaves race in the wind and the dirt just sleeps. By Lillian, 2nd grade

Sign up for the WITS Fall Writing Festival 2013

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WITS Fall Writing Festival for Educators: Teaching Writing from Experience This conference is presented by Writers in the Schools (WITS). The keynote speaker will be Andrea White. The conference is specifically: For educators, grades 3-12 who want to: Improve their own writing skills Explore creative brainstorming methods Support their students’ writing Experience the WITS method… Read more »

Night Writers Ride Again – Wednesday at Sparrow

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Night WrITerS Are you a closet poet or a lover of the written word? Join Writers in the Schools for Night WrITers on Wednesday night. 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! The next Night WrITerS will be held at Sparrow Bar +… Read more »

Flowering Cactus of Thoughts

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I am the solid air beneath you I am the girl alone in the world I am the fire that freezes tears I am the warrior who brings peace I am the quiet cry of fierceness I am the puzzle of infinite puzzles There is so much you do not know about me I am… Read more »

Rattle Wants to Hear Your Voice

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“There’s not a bad poet in first grade. None of them are anything but fresh and original … they don’t know how to avoid being original.” —Sharon Olds, from Rattle #17 Rattle published an issue in 1998 of children’s poems, which is now out of print.  This year the editors want to begin an annual tradition… Read more »

Public Poetry Reading at The Carriage House

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Public Poetry is back again with a stellar line-up of poets. Join us on Saturday, September 7th, at 2 PM for our Summer Series reading at the historic Clayton Library, The Carriage House, 5300 Caroline, 77004. As always, a WITS student will kick off the event with an original poem. You won’t want to miss… Read more »

Bowl of Rice

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It’s what I eat when I’m happy when my whole family is together and everyone is talking at once. It’s what I eat when I’m sad when I can’t get my mind off my problems at school. It’s what my ancestors ate and what I’ll make for my children. It’s like the shoes I wear or… Read more »

Poetry Poker: A Moonlit Season (collaborative poem)

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Listen to the shimmering dream season Clash, storm, fire, compose, Forget, break and burn, leap and smile Whisper to myself, wishing life was gold and not sour The heart of the sea possesses a deep vast roar. A spring season frolic, hidden in a storm Whispers to the twisted, swaying, gleaming mountain The shimmering smoke… Read more »

Thank you, John Palmer Art!

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Thank you to everyone who joined us for the John Palmer Art Charity of the Year event honoring Writers in the Schools. What an inspirational evening, filled with beautiful poetry and artwork. WITS is grateful to John Palmer art for their support and generously selecting our organization to be the John Palmer Art Charity of… Read more »

This Could Be Troublesome

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When you’ve procrastinated on a big project and instead of pouring your heart into finishing it, you can’t seem to lift a finger When you’re babysitting a kid who swallows a penny and you should be calling the parents but you’re frozen to the carpet When you thought you’d get chosen for a team but… Read more »

Jeepers Creepers

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I see a plane on the loose. Is that my foot in a noose? This day is getting stranger. Is my shadow in danger? Man, can you feel this vibe? Today is not a smooth ride. Some craziness in the air. Is this some kind of dare? Jeepers creepers. By Justin, 7th grade

Free Slam Poetry Workshops for Teens

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If you are between the ages of 13-19, come join us for Meta-Fourth Fridays, held Fridays from 7:00-9:00 PM at Hope Stone, 1210 West Clay, Suite 26, Houston, TX 77019. Bring a friend or come solo and meet some new friends. These free workshops will teach you how to write and perform original poetry about issues that are… Read more »

Thoughts about Rain

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When it rains, I close my eyes. I see all the colors it makes! I listen to it tap my window. But what if I didn’t have a house? I’d be outside in the pouring rain! It might be fun at first to run and spin in the rain. I’d feel it in my hair… Read more »

Creative Writing for Teens

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Word! is a series of 9 poetry/creative writing workshops provided by Hope Stone and Writers in the Schools (WITS). Students will work with a published WITS writer to explore ideas and get inspired by literature.  As a community of writers, we will workshop these inspirations into polished poems, stories, or memoir. When: Fridays from 6:30-8:00pm Where:… Read more »