Happy National Novel Writing Month!

Posted November 1, 2016 & filed under Contest, Event, free Houston event, News, Notebook, Student Writing.


#NaNoWriMo sounds like nonsense, right? But it’s a real thing — November is National Novel Writing Month — and there’s a version of the project retooled especially for young writers and their teachers. You can think of NaNoWriMo as a boot camp to help writers at any level produce a first draft of a novel in 30 days. Participation is free and so much fun. Check out the Young Writers Project.

WITS is Hiring Creative Writing Teachers

Posted July 12, 2010 & filed under Notebook.

Instructor Kent Shaw invites campers to consider a Cy Twombly painting during a Writers In The Schools Summer Camp trip to the Menil Collection. The children used artworks on display as a startin

Photo by Dave Rossman of The Houston Chronicle

Writers in the Schools (WITS) is looking for writers and educators who can teach the joy of creative writing to young people.  Employment is part-time, typically 2-6 hours of teaching, one day a week from September – May.  A yearlong commitment is required.

The pay is $55 per teaching hour.  In addition to teaching, the job duties include preparing lessons, responding to student work, and compiling anthologies of student writing at the end of the school year.

We are looking for writers and educators with teaching or mentoring experience who can convey their passion for the written word in ways that are relevant for Houston-area children.  In particular, we are seeking bilingual writers, but others are encouraged to apply as well.

Visit our website for the full job description.

If you are interested in teaching with WITS, please submit a cover letter, résumé, and 10-page writing sample to [email protected] or mail to:

Jack McBride, Program Manager
1523 West Main
Houston, TX 77006

To be considered for the 2010-2011 school year, applications must be received by August 2, 2010.  Applicants who are selected to teach with WITS must attend mandatory WITS orientation and training on Friday, August 27, and Saturday, August 28, 2010.

Please feel free to e-mail or call 713-523-3877 with any questions.