Space City Slam Series 2015 Begins Feb. 20th

Posted February 4, 2015 & filed under Event, Notebook.

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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.

Poetry for Peace – Saturday 2 pm

Posted January 30, 2015 & filed under Event.


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.

WITS + Menil = Museum Day Extraordinaire

Posted January 28, 2015 & filed under Event.


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.

WITS Writers To Read at Rudyard’s

Posted January 21, 2015 & filed under Event, WITS People.

katiecondon2Join us Friday, January 23rd, at Rudyard’s British Pub (2010 Waugh Drive) at 7 PM to clap and cheer for WITS writers Katie Condon and Carlos Hernandez who will join J.S.A. Lowe on stage as part of the Gulf Coast Reading Series.


University of Houston’s Gulf Coast Journal hosts this reading series to introduce up-and-coming authors to new audiences. To learn more about the Gulf Coast journal, please visit

Night WrITerS – January 21st at Sparrow

Posted January 15, 2015 & filed under Event.



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 Returns – Friday, Jan. 9th

Posted January 7, 2015 & filed under Event.


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Orbit Slam at Discovery Green

Date: January 9, 2015
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 WITS Workshop at IKEA

Posted December 15, 2014 & filed under Event.

IMG_7495 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!

Orbit Poetry Slam with Pages Matam!

Posted December 8, 2014 & filed under Contest, Event.




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).

Public Poetry This Saturday

Posted December 4, 2014 & filed under Event.

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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 National Novel Writing Month 2014

Posted November 20, 2014 & filed under Contest, Event, Fiction.


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.


Slam with Us – Friday, November 21st

Posted November 19, 2014 & filed under Event, Poem.


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.

#GivingTuesday Elaine Turner Shopping Event

Posted November 12, 2014 & filed under Event.

12.02.14 Writers in the Schools Invite

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.

WITS Gala Only a Week Away

Posted October 29, 2014 & filed under Event.


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 Returns Downtown on Nov. 1st

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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 Event Ligatures This Week

Posted October 27, 2014 & filed under Event.


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
Eldorado Ballroom
2310 Elgin St.
Houston, TX 77004
7 pm