Do your kids love to write? Do they like to make big goals and get lots of support meeting them? Then, sign up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)!
Here is a message from NaNoWriMo about what to expect. Go to their National Novel Writing Month website to sign up and find out more! Writing begins November 1st.
What is NaNoWriMo?
National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It’s a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to complete an entire novel in just 30 days. For one month, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create!
That means participants begin writing November 1 and must finish by midnight, November 30. The word-count goal for our adult program is 50,000 words, but the Young Writers Program (YWP) allows 17-and-under participants to set reasonable, yet challenging, individual word-count goals.
In 2014, over 300,000 adults participated through our main site, and nearly 90,000 young writers and educators participated through the YWP.
Go to YaNoWriMo website to ask questions and sign up today!
Meta-Four Houston was well represented at TedX Houston 2015. Our coach and coordinator Outspoken Bean emceed the final session of the day-long event, and Meta-Four student Lily Bowman performed her poem “Monsters,” inspired by the classic children’s book by Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are.
Chop, chop says my dad
when he wants me to hurry up
Snap, snap says my sister
when she is being annoying
Blah, blah says my brother
who thinks he knows it all
Kiss, kiss says my mom
when she puts me to bed
By Loretta, 3rd Grade
The first Cool Brains reading of the season will be this Sunday at 3pm. Come hear Stephan Pastis, the author behind the hilarious Timmy Failure. This FREE event will be held at Johnston Middle School. For more information about this event, click here.
Night WrITerS at Sparrow Bar + Cookshop
Date: October 14, 2015
Join Writers in the Schools for Night WrITerS on Wednesday, October 14th from 6-8 pm, for a creative happy hour of words and friends. With an interactive workshop led by WITS Writer OutSpoken Bean, Night WrITerS allows you to meet people and have fun writing. All are welcome. A special thanks to Chef Monica Pope and Sparrow Bar + Cookshop for generously providing appetizers!
Cash bar. No charge, donations always appreciated.
WITS Project Coordinator Deborah “D.E.E.P.” Mouton will compete in a national poetry slam in Washington DC this weekend. Over 70 of the nation’s best poets will compete for the title of 2015 Individual World Poetry Champion, and DEEP will represent Houston. You can help her collect the rest of her expenses by clicking here. Or cheer for her via social media at @LiveLifeDEEP.
Mama always says I’m her sunshine
I am cheerful and bright
I am all about the light
My soul lets out a shine
I make the world feel fine
Mama always says I’m her sunshine
By Katelyn, 3rd Grade
Meta-Four Houston was invited to participate in the National Book Festival 2015 in Washington DC over the Labor Day weekend. Team members Rukmini and Lily attended the Library of Congress Gala, met Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States, and performed to an audience of 1,000. Here are some photos from their trip.
Join us on October 3rd for Buffalo Bayou Park’s Grand Opening!
The WITS slam team Meta-Four will perform several times between 1 and 4 pm, and there will be many other ways for visitors to explore and enjoy interesting sites within the 160-acre park. They will be int the LISTEN section of the festivities.
Buffalo Bayou Park stretches from Shepherd Drive to Sabine Street.
Don”t miss this wonderful outdoors event that includes walking tours, lectures, children’s crafts, recreational opportunities, delicious food, live music, and POETRY!
The day will culminate with an illuminated parade and fireworks show.
This event is FREE and open to the public. See you there!
100 Thousand Poets for Change fights social injustice by using the arts to create social change. These artists sponsor readings in cities across the world, and this year’s day of international solidarity is September 26, 2015.
Please join 100 Thousand Poets for Change and put Houston on the map! Poet Billie Duncan is organizing city-wide readings, performances, and exhibits, and under John Locke’s guidance, University of Houston-Downtown will host Houston’s 3rd annual kick-off event. Details are as follows:
What: 100 Thousand Poets For Change (Houston’s Kick-Off Event)
Why: To Creatively Speak Against Social Injustice Through the Arts
When: Wednesday, September 23, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: UHD Coffee House
Show up for an exciting evening where voices from across the city speak out against social injustice. See you there!
Calling all young Houston poets! Whether you’re a page poet, a stage poet, a language poet or bard, you can apply for the honor of Houston Youth Poet Laureate. The position comes with performance opportunities galore, a tablet PC, and even a book deal! All details are available on the Writers in the Schools (WITS) website.
Join Writers in the Schools for Night WrITerS on Wednesday, August 26th from 6-8 pm, at OKRA Charity Saloon for a free creative writing series for adults. With an interactive workshop led by WITS Writer Emanualee “Outspoken” Bean, Night WrITers is a fun happy hour in support of a creative cause! Cash bar. No charge, donations always appreciated.
Location: 924 Congress Houston, TX 77002
Converse is an outspoken and comedic interactive theatrical experience based on the life of Emanuellee “Outspoken” Bean, WITS Project Coordinator and Coach of the Meta-Four Houston slam poetry team.
The show is free and will be held on September 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 8:00 p.m. at Dean’s Downtown 316 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002. Come out and converse with Bean!
On the other side of the earth
do kids eat different foods
and play different games?
Do they take a bus to school?
Do they listen to rap music?
Are their parents strict like mine?
Do they ever go to bed hungry?
Do they ever hear gunshots?
It would be fun to go to the other
side of the earth and play soccer.
By Robert, 4th Grade
Tuesdays twist, turn, tumble
like testy tennis balls.
So, take hold of Tuesday like the
tough, terrible titan that you are.
By Josue, 5th Grade
I wear my hair in a braid so it
stays out of my way
My mom’s hair is black like the night
and it goes way down her back
My dad’s hair is short like beavers
cut it with their teeth
My brother’s hair sticks straight up
By Katrina, 3rd Grade
I want big muscles like my mom’s
She is so strong
I want a kind heart like my dad’s
He is so nice
By Stuart, 2nd Grade