Sign Up for NaNoWriMo 2016

Posted October 26, 2015 & filed under Notebook.

logoDo 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!

Here Comes the Rain

Posted October 23, 2015 & filed under Notebook, Poem.

statue-5998_1920Dun dun dun

here it comes

splitter splat

fast and fat

here it comes

drippity drat

dun dun dun

By Sofia, 2nd Grade




Meta-Four at TedX Houston 2015

Posted October 20, 2015 & filed under Notebook.

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

Posted October 19, 2015 & filed under Notebook, Poem.

small-child-945784_1920Chop, 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

Meet the Man Behind Timmy Failure

Posted October 14, 2015 & filed under Notebook.

cool brains reading sunday

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 Back at Sparrow – Wednesday

Posted October 12, 2015 & filed under Notebook.

night writers


Night WrITerS at Sparrow Bar + Cookshop
Date: October 14, 2015
Time: 6-8pm

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.

DEEP to Represent Houston

Posted October 5, 2015 & filed under Notebook, WITS People.

6135074_fb_1443213487.0842_fundsWITS 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.


Posted October 2, 2015 & filed under Notebook.

summerfield-336672_1280Mama 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


National Book Festival 2015

Posted September 17, 2015 & filed under Notebook.

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.

Meta-Four to Perform at Buffalo Bayou Park’s Grand Opening

Posted September 16, 2015 & filed under Event, free Houston event, Notebook.

Join us on unnamedOctober 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 at University of Houston-Downtown

Posted September 4, 2015 & filed under Event, free Houston event, Notebook.


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!


Night WrITerS Rides Again 8/26/15

Posted August 22, 2015 & filed under Event, free Houston event, Notebook.

P7300453Join 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.

Date: August 26, 2015
Time: 6-8pm
Location: 924 Congress Houston, TX 77002

Experience “Converse” With Our Own Outspoken Bean!

Posted August 21, 2015 & filed under free Houston event, Notebook, WITS People.

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

Posted August 19, 2015 & filed under Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

football-390945_1280On 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



Hair Hair Everywhere

Posted August 12, 2015 & filed under Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.


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

like knives

By Katrina, 3rd Grade

My Poem

Posted August 6, 2015 & filed under Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

beach-323454_1280I 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