Chris Cander at Brazos Book Store

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Mark your calendars today for next Thursday’s reading by WITS writer Chris Cander at Brazos Book Store (2421 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX, 77005). Her fiction book 11 Stories explores the life of Roscoe Jones, a trumpet prodigy who loses a finger in the elevator of the apartment building where he lives as a child and goes on… Read more »

One with the Mystery

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I am one with mystery As I watch my outer self Walk onward to the Smallest white flower by The trees as the water Drips from the tip of the Leaves you will see a circle Of light in the forest And find an inner calm of Peace and breathe in truth. I understand how… Read more »

Giraffe

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At the zoo I saw a giraffe. He was as tall as a building. I wanted to slide down his neck. By Lucas, age 3

Cousins

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Playing with cousins is always more fun! We might fight but we also tell jokes and play tag and eat tamales together. My cousins are like lots and lots of marbles. We live here and in Mexico and in Florida. We are everywhere! Even when I’m grown  up, we will still be friends. By Belen,… Read more »

Houston Poet Laureate Hosts Free August Writing Workshops

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Houston Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Zepeda will offer a series of free poetry workshops at the Houston Public Library Central Branch starting on August 7th. Here is a description of the weekly sessions from the HPL site: Houston’s first Poet Laureate, Gwendolyn Zepeda, will conduct a series of two-hour workshops for poetry beginners ages 13 and… Read more »

Crossroads/After Images

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Join our friends at The Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX  77002, for a wonderful performance on August 10th at 7:30 PM. The Jr. Conservatory will do a warm-up piece, followed by a longer piece by the Sr. Conservatory.

5 Poems by Kids Using Descriptive Writing

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Description is one of the tools that writers use to create memorable imagery. Here are 5 examples of student writing that use description to make beautiful poetry: Listen to Who I Am  The River’s Heart Action Poem Let Sunrise Come Reading Inside

Children’s Poetry Day

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If you live in Chicago, please take your kids to Children’s Poetry Day on Saturday, August 3rd!  Below is a press release from The Poetry Foundation about the activities that will happen on this day!  If you don’t live in Chicago, please visit The Poetry Foundation website for many inspirational resources. Inaugurate your own Poetry… Read more »

Last Chance to See Meta-Four Houston!

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The Writers in the Schools Meta-Four Houston Team is performing in one last poetry slam, Veterans versus Newbies, before heading off to the Brave New Voices international competition in Chicago. Our team is the Texas Youth Poetry Slam 2013 State Champs!  Come see them this Saturday, August 3, 2013, at the Alley Theatre–Neuhuas Stage, 615… Read more »

Word Around Town Poetry Marathon

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From our friends at WAT: “The Word Around Town (WAT) tour is an annual week-long poetry marathon held in Houston at different venues each night of the week.  The marathon goes from  Sunday, August 4th until Saturday, August 10th.  That is seven days, seven shows, and seven different venues! The mission of the WAT tour… Read more »

Ode to Peaches

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Ooooooohhhh I love a nice, soft peach orangish, yellowish like a sunset juicy as a piece of sugary gum (the kind I ate before braces) Yeah, I love a nice, soft peach feels round like a softball a little furry like it’s alive I collect those tough pits inside full of creases and lines wise… Read more »

Meta-Four Wins 2013 Texas Youth Poetry Slam

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Breaking news!  Breaking news! Meta-Four, a spoken word program for teens at Writers in the Schools (WITS), WON the 2013 Texas Youth Poetry Slam. This event was held at Studio 12 in The Commons at Texas A&M University, July 27-28th.  Youth from across Texas competed in the Haiku Slam, Individual Slam, and Team Slam. The… Read more »

Getting Published for Kids

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As WITS well knows, there are plenty of awesome student writers. But how do you know which magazines and journals will publish the essays, stories, and poems of young writers? Here are a few ideas: Launch Pad Magazine publishes stories, art, and poetry by young people aged 6-14. For students aged 13-18 definitely check out the… Read more »

I Am A Hero

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My head races, darts, zooms, and soars through races. I chop, punch, and pound so that I can be endless in karate. My soul shines bright, never faints, and burns like all of the stars while I am dueling in Yu-gi-oh and battling in Pokemon. I kick, twist, toss, and throw to be a hero… Read more »

Test Day

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It was test day. I stepped into my ballet room.  I was so scared.  My stomach felt queasy, and my legs were stiff like pencils.  It was time to do the splits. I stretched and pulled.  My heart was talking to me, saying, “I’m terrified!” It was beating so fast I thought it would burst. I… Read more »

Houston Poetry Slam: Youth Versus Adults!

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Come out and support Meta-Four, a spoken-word program of WITS youth, as they engage in a battle of words with the Houston V.I.P. team. Where: The Artery, 5401 Jackson, Houston, TX. When: Thursday, July 25th. Doors open at 7:30 PM, and the POETRY SLAM begins at 8 PM. Minimum donation of $7. Hosts are Robyn… Read more »

My Goodbye Poem

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I say goodbye to my first country To Ethiopia I wish I could see you again I say goodbye to my Grandmother When I was living in Ethiopia I say goodbye to my Aunt. I say goodbye to my Uncle. I say goodbye to my cousin. When I say goodbye to My Grandmother I cry… Read more »

Get a Jump on Summer Writing

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As it gets hot this summer, your kids will be looking for cool indoor projects. Send them to StoryJumper, a website where they can create their own picture books in 7 simple steps.

My Sister

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My sister’s head is like a balloon It floats around full of ideas My sister’s hands are like spiders that make webs wherever she goes My sister’s eyes are like candy that make you want to cry with happiness My sister’s heart is gold and I love her By Cadyn, 4th grade