Letters to the Sun

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  Summer Sun The Heat is very hot and scorching, causing drought and sweat. Weeds and caterpillar grass are drooping and then dying. It is so hot! You are playing around and not caring about us! By Olivia Heat Heat, heat it is moist. Sweating, sweating, It makes you hot. By Ryan Dear Sun O… Read more »

Summer Writing Contest: Enter Today!

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Need a summer project? Here is an announcement from Creative Communication, which sponsors writing contests three times a year for K-12 students: “Taylor Swift entered our contest when she was in the 5th grade and her entry was selected as a national Top Ten winner.  If you are a student and have a poem or essay… Read more »

My First Memory of Rain

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When I tasted rain, it tasted like the water we drink when we run a lot on the playground with friends. When I heard the rain, it sounded like coins. It sounded like treasure. When I saw the rain, I saw my reflection. I looked happy. By Jennifer, 2nd grade Photo by Impressions by Lindy… Read more »

Family Writing Workshops

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In partnership with the Asia Society, Writers in the Schools (WITS) will offer two family writing workshops that focus on selections from the Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2013 and Universe is Flux: The Art of Tawara Yūsaku. Join us for a special afternoon of writing inspired by the creativity of Chinese culture, the beauty of the Bangladeshi countryside, and the… Read more »

Calling All Writers!

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Writers in the Schools (WITS) is now hiring part-time writers and educators who can share their passion for creative writing during the 2013-2014 school year. If you are interested, please complete our online application. In addition to the application, we ask that you include a cover letter, résumé with 3 references, and 10-page writing sample. Read more about the position here. Applications are… Read more »

Chillaxin’

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In summer I like chillaxin’ you know, hanging with friends, doing nothing, talking and joking, chillaxin’ in the sun, chillaxin’ in the shade, chillaxin’ in the house, taking it nice and easy like it’s your vacation and you’re making the most of it, a smooth summer day. By Chantel, 7th grade

Minecraft House

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When I build a house in Minecraft, I take my time and do it right. There are glass walls and long hallways, blue beds and rooftop gardens with yellow flowers and green cacti. My library is full of books and I have a ladder that leads to the top of the trees. My sister’s house… Read more »

Surf’s Up

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My dad used to surf big waves and he says it feels like you’re on top of the world, speeding and dipping in the waves. I’m going to learn how to surf just like him, so look out for me and my board in an ocean near you. By Brandon, 3rd grade

Summer Camp ReCap

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Words were flying this June  at the Creative Writing Camp program iin Houston. Here’s a recap of one classroom of 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. Video by WITS teacher Ericca Douglass

Where Words Fly

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  Today nearly 1,200 Houston students are celebrating the amazing stories, poems, essays, autobiographies, and screenplays they have created this summer at Creative Writing Camp. The Summer Creative Writing Workshops are offered by Writers in the Schools in collaboration with Rice University’s School Literacy and Culture Project (SLC). We offer a supportive environment where children engage in writing stories, poetry,… Read more »

When I’m 72

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When I’m 72 years old, there will be medicines that make you feel young, and I’ll be working on new inventions that cure all diseases. I’ll be living in Illinois where my grandmother lives.  It’s usually cold up there, but I’ll have invented a pill you can take that will make you warm.  I’ll be… Read more »

Why I Write in the Summer

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Summertime writing is better than the rest of the year I can write anything I want and there’s no teacher to grade it If I want to write in a tree, I can There are no desks for me Summertime writing is better than the rest of the year I don’t worry about commas and… Read more »

Yo Soy (I Am)

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  Yo soy el continente africano lleno de animales salvajes. Yo soy un iPhone lleno de juegos divertidos. Yo soy la isla de Cuba perdida en el océano Atlántico. Yo soy un coche nuevo que corre hacia el mar. Yo soy un fantasma enojado en una mansion embrujada. Yo soy un gorro en el invierno… Read more »

See

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These coal-colored specs I gaze through at all times Places pressure on my sight to form A diamond cut mind. I find justice is colder than Just. Liberty doesn’t live with me. I turn the corner of no closure To post up on the block of Cold shoulders. To find out I have to walk… Read more »

WITS Students Read Poems on NPR Radio

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Writers in the Schools students shared their stories and poems at the Menil Collection on May 23rd, 2013. The reading was recorded by KUHF’s new public affairs show, Houston Matters, and three young writers were featured on this week. Writers in the Schools provides educational programs for children at the Menil Collection 60 days a… Read more »

Join us Wednesday for Night WrITerS

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Night WrITerS Wednesday, June 19th at 6:00 PM MKT Bar at Phoenicia , 1001 Austin Street, Houston, TX See the listing on CultureMap Sponsored by Momentum Audi and Phoenicia

Meta-Four and the Blue Man Group

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On June 9th, Meta-Four Houston, the spoken word team that will represent Houston at Brave New Voices in August, presented some poetry before the Society for the Performing Arts performance of the Blue Man Group. Meta-Four Houston is a program of Writers in the Schools (WITS).

Summertime

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It’s summertime and that’s when I get to eat watermelon and ice cream. It’s also when my mom makes me eat too much squash and cucumbers. It’s summertime and that’s when I get to go with my family to the beach. It’s also when my mom makes me do workbooks so I don’t “forget” math…. Read more »