Nature all around Birds chirping, flowers growing Colors singing songs by Jiho   Blazing hot weather Sun rays flashing down on us Summer is now here by Hadi   In Autumn leaves fall, And you breathe the cool crisp air Then, our school begins by Alexandria   Winter, a cold beast Yet, gentle as… Read more »

                When times are tough, pick up a pencil and write down your feelings and dreams. When times are tough, believe that things will get better. When times are tough, pick some flowers to give to a friend. When times are tough, play with a puppy, and you’ll… Read more »

She’s half boxer, half French bulldog She’s cuddly She makes me laugh Her head is soft Her eyes are like dark chocolate She barks too much But I love her more than gold by Jocelyn, age 6

by WITS Intern, Danielle Resh “What are you doing?” I ask a fourth grade student splayed across the floor, eyebrows furrowed in concentration as she studies her paper. The classroom hums with the sound of scratching pencils. Children buzz around writing stations, focused on their work. “These are haiku blocks,” she says, opening her hand… Read more »

              Toss glitter in the sea. Get a mermaid tail of any color. Loosen your hair so it can get curly. Stir pink on your dress. Gather pink and white pearls to make a mermaid city. Use seashells for some pets. Get some rocks for a house. If I… Read more »

by WITS Intern, Danielle Resh Two second graders bounce their handmade puppets around, transforming the slick hall of the cafeteria where students gather for pickup into their own little stage. To my left, a girl bends over her journal, furiously scribbling as she is called to head home. In front of me, a camper gestures… Read more »

Yellow looks like the sun shining in the sky. Yellow sounds like a yellow bird cheeping. I can smell yellow dandelions when they have their petals. I can touch yellow banana peels. I taste a yellow icing cupcake. If yellow were a person, he would lie under the sun. By Drake, Memorial Drive Elementary

The tree is blowing its hair in the air It has more than one arm, it has legs and hair It doesn’t like to be cut down The tree likes animals to hibernate inside it The tree doesn’t like to be alone He loves the animals The tree is warm in the sun By Addison,… Read more »

Join WITS on Saturday, July 9th, 2 pm as the Meta-Four Houston team gives their FREE farewell performance at the Live Oaks Meeting House on 26th Street in the Heights before jetting off to Washington, D.C. to perform at the Brave New Voices International Festival. Meta-Four Houston recently won first place in the state of Texas. Come check out these talented poets!… Read more »

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) Graphic Design Research Initiative (GDRI) and Writers in the Schools (WITS) recently collaborated on a special project that featured WITS students and University of Houston graphic design students.  The GDRI students turned the children’s poems into graphic designs, using inspiration from various fields, including concrete poetry, expressive typography, and Dadaism. The… Read more »

The mast shakes. The sail is taut and motionless. As the wind howls, people yell. I’m hit in the face with icy sea water. People go down and get back up. I look over the edge of the ship and see something tap. I look up and hope to god I’m not the only one… Read more »

The Texas Book Festival is holding its 16th annual Fiction Writing Contest for teens.The theme of the contest is “Note to Self.” Entries are due by July 1st, 2016. For more information, click here.  

The Houston Public Library is hosting its 1st Teen Writing Contest! Here’s how it’s described on their site: Channel your imagination into an original short story or poem for a chance to win some amazing prizes. Subjects for your short story or poem are limited only by your imagination. Entries will be judged on originality, use of… Read more »

Captain, take me on a ride to a place so wonderful as I hear the horn honk hard. It feels like a day when you’re eating your favorite dish for dinner. The water vibrating through the boat as we drive through the Seven Seas. No matter how long it takes, I want to go to… Read more »

Join us on Thursday, July 7th at Brazos Bookstore from 6-8pm for the Soapbox Non-Fiction slam hosted by the WITS Youth Advisory Council. Students ages 13-19 are invited to bring their best non-fiction story (under 5 minutes) on the theme of growing up. There are a total of 15 spots available on a first come first served… Read more »

Bring a book Write a story Live a life Travel around the world Explore the forests Swim the seas Fly the skies Try new things Collect rare treasures Create new things Sketch a new world Ride a dragon Climb a mountain Walk on a cloud Swing through treetops Help your family Comfort your friends Be… Read more »

This Saturday, June 18th, the Meta-Four Houston students will have the honor of recording their poetry at the world famous SugarHill Studios in Houston, Texas. SugarHill has generously donated their time and expertise to give our students the experience of a lifetime! Some other famous names that have have recorded at SugarHill (maybe you’ve heard of… Read more »

Join us Friday, June 10th at 6:30pm for a special performance by WITS’ Meta-Four Houston team at Barnes & Noble First Colony’s B-Fest Teen Book Festival. This special performance will be followed by Trivia Blast at 7pm, created by Penguin Teen and Random House’s First In Line, who will send one winner in every store advance reader’s… Read more »

WITS has partnered with the University of Houston-Downtown’s GDRI (Graphic Design Research Initiative) program to turn WITS students’ poetry into visual works of art! These works are on display now in the tunnel below Houston’s Downtown City Hall. This traveling visual poetry exhibition uses techniques from fields that include concrete poetry, expressive typography, and visual literature,… Read more »

Someone brought me a branch Little tiny bugs work inside like ants I felt happy when I got it So many ideas of what to build Someone brought me a branch by Sa’nia, 1st grade