Writers in the Schools (WITS) Houston and our awesome sister programs from across the nation will be attending #AWP16 the AWP Conference in Los Angeles later this week. If you have ever thought that your city, town, or community could use a program like WITS, we hope you will join us in LA for some… Read more »

Well, I’ve had a rotten day, but let’s look on the bright side. I can still chew gum and look cool on my skateboard and pet my dogs. By Jeremy, 4th Grade

If I could write a poem anywhere it would be on my tongue so the words were always moving in my mouth If I could write a poem anywhere it would be on the clouds so that people would look up into the sky more If I could write a poem anywhere it would be on a leaf so my… Read more »

Writers in the Schools is offering… WITS Digital Summer Camp @ Briarmeadow Charter School   Game Camp (Grades 3-6) combines creative writing with game-based technologies, bridging the writing process with that of game design. Students will become creators versus consumers of media as they use their poems and stories as the foundation for designing original games… Read more »

Sister Cities International is hosting its annual Young Artists and Authors Showcase! Writers ages 13-18 (as of May 1, 2016) may submit prose work (not to exceed 500 words) and poems (not to exceed 200 words) by March 31. Houston winners will be submitted for national consideration in May! For more information and entry rules… Read more »

Meta-Four Houston at Los Trompos | Discovery Green Date: March 11, 2016 Time: 6:30-8pm Location: 1500 McKinney St. Join us Friday, March 11th, 6pm for a special Orbit Slam event at the Los Trompos installation at Discovery Green. There will be a DJ, performances by Meta-Four Houston and special guest Desiree Dallagiacomo taking place inside Los Trompos… Read more »

Writers in the Schools is looking for enthusiastic college students to join our team of interns this summer. These exciting and rewarding positions will work alongside writers and teachers to get youth excited about writing. Internships begin June 1st, 2016. Both full-time and part-time positions are available. Applicants must be enrolled in a college or university… Read more »

Young writers can enter the Kelly Peace Poetry Contest with no fee. The deadline for entering is April 30, 2016. Here’s some basic information about the 2016 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards. Find out more on their website.   The Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards is an annual series of awards to encourage… Read more »

                  Love Poem for a Tree (Inspired by Pablo Neruda) By Ms. Siegel’s Class In the morning your branches wave in the wind. My eyes hunt for your beauty–you’re something no one has ever noticed. I cherish your gorgeous trunk that reaches to the clouds. I adore… Read more »

A memory is something that is precious as gold. It looks fuzzy as a dog. When I look at it now, it reminds me of when me and my sister slept together under the blanket. When I see it, I feel like I fall asleep really quickly. It reminds me of the first time I… Read more »

Congrats to WITS writer Jasminne Mendez for the publication of her new poem “Frijochuelas” in La Galeria Magazine. You can read it HERE. Jasminne also has a creative non-fiction piece, “El Corte,” that was selected as honorable mention for the Barry Lopez Non Fiction Award through Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts. It will be… Read more »

When I wake up in a mood, not feeling the love, then I got to bring it from within, like a famous basketball player. I put on blinders to all the negativity and just smile at the world. Then I do my thing.   By Jermaine, 6th Grade

Here are two writing contests for young people with spring deadlines:   Ayn Rand Institute Anthem Essay Contest: Open to 8th, 9th and 10th grade students worlwide.  Submit an essay between 600-1200 words around the suggested topics listed on the website.  (1) First prize: $2,000; (5) second prizes: $500, (10) Third Prizes: $200, (45) Finalist… Read more »

  Can you believe we are more than halfway through the 2015-2016 school year? It’s been a great year filled with many new developments for our programs, including an exciting WITS Performance project with one of our favorite school partners. On January 26th, we were thrilled to celebrate Ms. Blackmon’s 6th grade students at T.H. Rogers’… Read more »

Attention parents! Creative Writing Camp registration is now open – and classes fill up fast! This year we have expanded the locations and dates for our fun, educational summer programs. Classes are taught by professional writers, providing personal encouragement to students as they explore creative writing and storytelling. Visit our Camp Page for more details or view our brochure.

Here I love you in the place I am staying Here I love you with my heart burning like a volcano Ice freezy oceans, and joy wandering while I stay in front of this breezy place, far away from you, and the dragon in my heart rises Your “yes” saying could save me It could… Read more »

It’s that time of year again! Get out your pencils and fire up the imagination. The Houston Public Media PBS KIDS Writers Contest is accepting original entries from children in grades K-3 until March 22, 2016. Please visit the website for eligibility rules and additional information. Last year’s winning stories are posted for inspiration on the… Read more »