Calling all Houston youth poets, rappers, and MCs. The Space City Slam Series 2015 is about to begin. Join us on Feb. 20th, 2015, at MECA Houston, where the words will fly! Why? Because you are the VOICE of HOUSTON. Click here for the complete 2015 schedule.
The Space City Slam Series 2015 will include ten preliminary slams, two semifinals, and the grand slam final across Houston between February and April. At the end of these poetry competitions, we will be left with six young poets who will represent Houston at Brave New Voices International Festival in July. Young people ages 13-19 are eligible, and all events are free.
Reading for Peace
Date: January 31, 2015
Time: 2-3 pm
Location: The Gregory School Library, 1300 Victor Street, Houston, Texas 77019
Join us for inspired performances by WITS students. You will hear pieces that respond to the works in the exhibit, Organized Love: Ideas on Non-Violence, exploring the relevance of Gandhi and nonviolence to today’s world. This program is co-sponsored by the Houston Public Library and WITS and will take place at the African American Library at Gregory School.
This Saturday, January 31st, is Museum Experience Day! Join WITS for free museum tours at the Menil Collection at 12 and 12:30 PM for a fun 30 minute workshop. For more information, click here.
Join Writers in the Schools for Night WrITerS on Wednesday, January 21st from 6-8 pm, for a free creative writing series for writers and writing hopefuls. With a dynamic youth performance poetry by Meta-Four Houston and an interactive workshop led by a WITS writer, Night WrITers is a fun happy hour in support of a creative cause!
A special thanks to Chef Monica Pope and Sparrow Bar + Cookshop for generously providing appetizers! Cash bar. No charge, donations appreciated.
Orbit Slam at Discovery Green
Time: 6 – 7:30 pm
Location: 1500 McKinney Houston Texas 77010
Join Writers in the Schools (WITS) on Friday, January 9 for the ORBIT Slam. Free poetry workshop followed by poetry slam. No registration required. Open to students ages 13-19. Workshop and slam 6 – 7:30 pm at Discovery Green. FREE!
FREE Workshop at IKEA Date: December 16th, 2014 Time: 5:30pm Location: 7810 Katy Freeway Houston, TX 77024 WITS and IKEA Houston have partnered to bring you FREE student writing workshops this fall! Join us Tuesday, December 16th, 5:30 PM at Ikea Houston in the upstairs cafeteria for an exciting writing workshop open to students grades 2-8. Come early because on Tuesdays kids eat FREE at IKEA!
Join WITS this Friday, December 12th, for the ORBIT Slam with super-special guest, Pages Matam!. Pages is an award-winning artist, writer, and performance coach who has coached his youth team to #1 at Brave New Voices and his adult team to #1 at the National Poetry Slam. WITS will host a free youth poetry workshop followed by poetry slam. No registration required. Open to ages 13-19. 6:00 – 7:30 pm at Discovery Green Park (1500 McKinney 77010).
Saturday, DEC 6th at 2 PM
The Public Poetry reading series will be held at Central Branch,of the Houston Public Library located downtown. This event will feature poets James Houlihan, Amy King, Michael D. Snediker, and Regina Vigil.
This month’s special WITS student will be 1st grader Rhea Rybka Brennan.
It’s NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month — and this year nearly 400,000 people will try their hand at writing a 50,000 word story. The project has had striking success in recent years:
Over 250 NaNoWriMo novels have been traditionally published. They include Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Hugh Howey’s Wool, Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Jason Hough’s The Darwin Elevator, and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder.See a full list of our published authors.
There’s also a special kids version of the program that is modified for young authors.
The next Meta-Four Houston event will be the Orbit Slam on Friday, November 21st, 6 pm at MECA.
Meta-Four Houston offers free writing and performance workshops every second Friday of the month at Discovery Green (1500 McKinney 77010)
Every third Friday of the month at MECA (1900 Kane 77007)
Students ages 13-19 are welcome! It’s FREE.
Give back this season by treating yourself to a night of fashion and glamorous styling, just in time for the holidays! Elaine Turner in Rice Village will host a #GivingTuesday shopping event on Tuesday, December 2, 6-8pm, with 20% of proceeds benefiting WITS. Enjoy complimentary sweets, sips, and snacks as you shop Elaine Turner’s fabulous collection of jewelry, shoes, handbags and more. Email us at [email protected] to RSVP. See you there!
WHAT IS #GIVINGTUESDAY? We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.
Join WITS this Friday for the ORBIT Slam. Free poetry workshop followed by poetry slam. No registration required. Open to ages 13-19. 6:00 – 7:30 pm at Discovery Green Park (1500 McKinney 77010).
A Celebration of Story :: Where Words Fly
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 6pm
The Junior League of Houston | 1811 Briar Oaks Ln, Houston, TX 77027
Honoring Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson, Houston Public Library
Chaired by Bryn K. Larsen
Only one week left! Discover the WITS magic and join us in transforming the art of literacy at our annual Celebration of Story benefit and silent auction. This event is almost sold out, so reserve your seat today!
Click Here to Purchase Tickets
Public Poetry will offer up local talent at the Downtown Houston Public Library this Saturday at 2pm on the 4th floor. Representing WITS will be Matthew Buchanan, a student at Lamar High School.
Gulf Coast Literary Journal will host Ligatures this Thursday. Special guests include Ilya Kaminsky, Clarissa Tossin, Autumn Knight, and Jennifer Scappettone. Find out more about this unique literary event here.
October 30 2014
2310 Elgin St.
Houston, TX 77004
The schedule for the Houston Poetry Fest has been announced, and it features a number of WITS writers, past, present, and future! The list includes:
Find out more about the 2014 festivities here.
Former WITS writer Laura Long will launch Houston Poetry Fest this week. Come out for a reading of her work on Thursday, October 9th, at 5:30 PM or Friday, October 10th, at 7:30 pm at the University of Houston-Downtown.
Join us for Night WrITerS
A Different Kind of Happy Hour
Wednesday, October 8 at 6:00pm
Sparrow Bar + Cookshop in Houston, Texas
With support from Chef Monica Pope