Houston Educators, Register Before It’s Too Late!

Posted September 29, 2014 & filed under Event.

Register soon for our exciting Fall Writing Festival for Educators on October 11.  Seats are going quickly.
This event offers an exciting opportunity to work and write with our professional writers and to learn innovative ways to bring writing into your classroom.  You also get TAGT G/T credit and TEA CPE hours!  Please feel free to share this with your colleagues and administrators.
Looking for new innovative ways to reinvigorate your school’s literacy plan? Join Writers in the Schools (WITS) Saturday, October 11th, 8:00am – 3:15pm at Houston Baptist University for the 2014 Fall Writing Festival for Educators and learn how you can teach writing from experience. Tuition is $125 and lunch is included.

The conference is specifically for educators, grades K-12 who want to:

    • Improve their own writing skills
    • Explore new ways of using mentor text
    • Support their students’ writing
    • Experience the WITS method of teaching


Participants will:

  • Attend two workshops
  • Work with professional writers
  • Gain hands-on writing experiences
  • Discuss classroom applications
  • Receive 6 hours of TAGT-approved G/T credit and 6 TEA-approved CPE credit hours

Slams Are Back, Houston!

Posted September 5, 2014 & filed under Contest, Event.


Introducing Orbit Slams!

This year Meta-Four Houston will offer free writing and performance workshops take place every second Friday of the month starting September 12, 2014, at Discovery Green (1500 McKinney 77010)


Every third Friday of the month starting September 19, 2014, at MECA (1900 Kane 77007)

Students ages 13-19 are welcome!


WITS at the Houston Arts Partners Conference 2014

Posted September 4, 2014 & filed under Event, News.

images-1WITS will be presenting several exciting panels at the 2014 Houston Arts Partners Conference. This year’s theme is The Global Classroom: Cultures & Communities.

Come out to hear Nick Rabkin, the Keynote Speaker, who has more than two decades of experience as an advocate for the arts in public education as well as Featured Speaker James Haywood Rolling Jr., Dual Professor of Art Education and Teaching and Leadership in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the School of Education at Syracuse University.

Advance registration is closed, but you can register in person on the day of the conference for $5 more. For more information about the panels and downloadthe schedule of events on September 5th & 6th at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, click here.



Fall Writing Festival for Educators

Posted August 29, 2014 & filed under Event.


WITS Fall Writing Festival for Educators: Teaching Writing from Experience

Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Time: 8:00 am – 3:15 pm
Location: Houston Baptist University
Tuition: $125 per person

The conference is specifically for educators, grades K-12, who want to:

  • Improve their own writing skills
  • Explore creative brainstorming methods
  • Support their students’ writing
  • Experience the WITS method of teaching

Participants will:

  • Attend two workshops
  • Work with professional writers
  • Gain hands-on writing experiences
  • Discuss classroom applications
  • Receive 6 hours of TAGT-approved G/T credit and 6 TEA approved CPE credit hours

To reserve your spot, click here!

Meta-Four Team —> BNV 2014

Posted July 16, 2014 & filed under Event.


Meta-Four Houston is traveling to Brave New Voices 2014 in Philadelphia today. For up-to-the-minute news about their journey, follow @witshouston on twitter, facebook, and instagram. Good luck, Poets!

Speak! Poet on Sunday

Posted July 10, 2014 & filed under Event, WITS People.


Speak!Poet, the new poetry and interview series, hosts its second event Sunday, July 20, 2-3 p.m. at Brazos Bookstore. Featured readers are WITS Writer Dulce “Digh” Veluthukaran, and Jonathan Moody.

After the two poets read, a discussion will follow with the poets about their work. Speak!Poet is moderated by Winston Derden, who co-produces the event with Stephen Gros. The event is free and open to the public.

Meta-Four Vs. Meta-Four

Posted July 7, 2014 & filed under Event.



Join WITS for a Meta-Four Houston poetry slam at 14 Pews on Saturday, July 12, 2014. The event is a free slam poetry competition that is open to the public, featuring four teams vying for bragging rights:

  • Current Meta-Four Houston team
  • Coaches of Meta-Four Houston
  • Space City Slam competitors
  • Students of Slam Camp 2014

This event will begin 3:30 PM at 14 Pews (800 Aurora Street 77009). Donations collected will help send the Meta-Four Houston team to Brave New Voices in Philadelphia (Jul 1620).

Texas Youth Poetry Slam

Posted July 1, 2014 & filed under Contest, Event.

Date: July 5, 2014
Location: MECA, 1900 Kane St. Houston, TX 77007

Mic Check presents the 4th Annual Texas Youth Poetry Slam on July 5, 2014, at MECA arts center in Houston. The top youth poetry slam teams from around the state of Texas will compete for the title of Texas Youth Poetry Slam Champ. Participating teams will include Austin, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Laredo. Watch the competition and participate in the free writing workshops hosted by award winning Texas poets.


12:00PM Lunch
1:00-2:00 Workshops.
2:30 Slam

The Five-Headed Snake

Posted June 30, 2014 & filed under Event.

I see a coiled snake floating in an ocean of milk.
I hear the blowing of the conch.
I touch a pink flower with green leaves.
I taste the snow,
and it feels cold.
I smell flowers under the sea.

Group Poem by children attending a WITS workshop at Asia Society Texas Center.

The art is Lord Vishnu by Manjari Sharma, part of the Transcendent Deities exhibit.

Let the Celebrations Begin!

Posted June 25, 2014 & filed under Event.

Across Houston 1,300 young writers have devoted the first part of their summer to creative writing. In the Creative Writing Camps sponsored by WITS and Rice Literacy, students have brainstormed, written, edited, and revised. On Thursday and Friday it’s show time! These young authors will perform plays and share stories and poems with parents and friends.They might look like ordinary children, but when they take the stage they become pirates, dragons, genies, and princesses. Lights, camera, action!

Writing as Passage to India

Posted June 17, 2014 & filed under Event.

With superheroes and mythology all the rage, the Indian Deity exhibit at the Asia Society is the perfect summer outing for Houston families. On June 21st, Writers in the Schools will offer a writing workshop at Asia Society Texas Center (1370 Southmore Blvd. 77004) focusing on its current exhibition, Transcendent Deities of India: Everyday Occurrence of the Divine. Gayatri Parikh will lead a fun family workshop for all ages.

This event is free for Asia Society members, $5 for nonmembers. Click here for more information.

Paula Poundstone VIP Ticket Auction Benefiting WITS

Posted June 11, 2014 & filed under Event, News, Notebook.

Comedy Portrait Session With Paula Poundstone At The Ice House Comedy Club

WITS is auctioning off 2 pit tickets to the Paula Poundstone comedy show on June 27th plus invitations to the VIP after party! Tickets in the pit section are officially SOLD OUT, and we have the last 2! Proceeds from this sale will help us send our performance poetry team, Meta-Four Houston, to the Brave New Voices International Festival and Competition in Philadelphia this July. Place your bid today!

Southwest Shootout 2014

Posted June 10, 2014 & filed under Event.



Who’s the BEST in the Southwest? Find out June 12-15 in Houston, Texas. Southwest Shootout. Meta-Four Houston will be competing against the big guys. Buy your tickets before they sell out!


Public Poetry This Saturday

Posted June 6, 2014 & filed under Event.


This Saturday Public Poetry presents four poets – Carolyn Adams, Bradley Earle Hoge, Amy King, and Michael D. Snediker – along with talented WITS student, Rohan Gupta.

Birthday Celebration to Benefit Meta-4 Houston

Posted May 20, 2014 & filed under Event.

image Kick off the holiday weekend with some fun that will enable Meta-Four Houston to compete in the International Brave New Voices Festival in Philadelphia in July. Donations in honor of Sara Speer Selber, Carliss Chatman, and Outspoken Bean are welcome. A percentage of sales at Beaver’s will also support this great program. If you are unable to attend, feel free to give to the cause by clicking here!

Meet the Creator of Babymouse!

Posted May 14, 2014 & filed under Event.

14-cbc-contest-anchor The Houston Public Library will host Books Alive! 5th Annual Children’s Book Celebration this Saturday. If you like Babymouse, you can see the play, meet the author and have a lot of fun. Here is the complete write-up from HPL:

Children of all ages are invited to enjoy all the fun and exciting activities scheduled for the Houston Public Library’s Books Alive! 5th Annual Children’s Book Celebration. The Children’s Book Celebration kicks off with a full day of exciting performances, hands-on arts and crafts activities, and special appearances. The highlight of the celebration is the appearance of Jennifer Holm, the author and illustrator of the Babymouse graphic novel series.

12:15 – 2:15 PM | Program Place – 4th Floor Original Babymouse performance by Main Street Theater, followed by author talk and book signing with Jennifer L. Holm! Jennifer L. Holm is a New York Times bestselling children’s author and the recipient of three Newbery Honors for her novels Our Only May AmeliaPenny from Heaven, and Turtle in Paradise. Jennifer collaborates with her brother, Matthew Holm, on the popular Babymouse and Squish series of graphic novels.

1:30 – 4:30 PM | 1st Floor Gallery and Plaza Have fun throughout the day with Anchor Entertainment’s Mobile Flipbook Studio, Balloon Art, Crafts, Popcorn Buffet, Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Discovery Dome, Mad Science of Houston, and CJH BakeLab.

3:30 – 4:15 PM | Plaza Tom’s Fun Band

Saturday, May 17, 2014 | 12:15 PM – 4:30 PM Central Library | 500 McKinney, 77002