Summer Camp 2014 Registration Opens January 31st

Posted January 27, 2014 & filed under Notebook.


Sign up for Creative Writing Camp, sponsored by WITS and Rice University, in locations across Houston. Campers ages K-12 will immerse themselves in fun activities and exercises all focused around building and strengthening their love of reading and writing. Registration begins January 31st. Classes will fill up that day so mark your calendars!

WITS at TEDx Houston on Saturday

Posted October 10, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

423717_10150734727980763_1061110835_nWITS students from the 2013 Meta-Four team and WITS writer Outspoken Bean will be presenters at TEDx Houston 2013 at Rice University on Saturday. Former WITS writers Rick Brennan, Sarah Cortez, and Sehba Sarwar will also be speaking at this event to be held at Rice University. For more information, visit TEDx Houston on Facebook.

Drop into the Rabbit Hole

Posted October 7, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

9195524.91.pngDon’t miss the production of Rabbit Hole, directed by WITS writer Rob Kimbro, 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through October 12th at Rice University, 6100 Main. For information, call 713-348-7529 or visit

Rob Kimbro, a WITS writer, is a graduate of Rice University.  Rob has worked with young writers in the Alley Theatre’s Houston Young Playwrights Exchange (HYPE) and McCarter Theatre’s YouthInk! Program.  He was also one of the founders of the Madison Young Playwrights Festival in Madison, Wisconsin.  Rob’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Odd and the Frost Giants premiered at Stages Repertory Theatre in 2011. Currently, he is directing the Rice Players production of Rabbit Hole by playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize.

Scenes from Summer Camp

Posted June 21, 2012 & filed under Notebook.

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The Creative Writing Camp is at the half-way point.  Field trips this year are to Rice University, the Menil Collection, and Glassell School/Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Here are a few snapshots by WITS Writer Nancy Pearson.

Calling Houston Young Writers

Posted May 9, 2012 & filed under Notebook.

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Summer is coming.  Have you made your plans? There are still spaces available in the Writers in the Schools (WITS) Program.

Who: Middle and High school students

What: Summer writing workshops

Where: Bellaire High School

When: June 11-29, 9 am -12 noon

Why: Because you have a story to tell

How: Click here to sign up today

In the Creative Writing Camp, you explore different literary genres (poetry, fiction, essay, drama) with friends. You learn about craft and revision in one-on-one conferences with published authors. Through multi-disciplinary projects combining text and art (such as painting, sculpture, or music), you will also find new ways to address a particular audience. At the end of the three weeks, you will publish your best work in an anthology and celebrate!

  • Write your own poems and stories, real or imaginary.
  • Compose an essay or a manifesto.
  • Perform your play.
  • Discuss your revisions with published writers.
  • Spend your Fridays on the Rice University campus.
  • Gather material and gain the skills to write a great essay for college applications.
  • Visit a real publisher.
  • Publish your work in an anthology.
  • Make friends with other writers.

Click here to find out more from a Rice News story. This summer program is sponsored by Writers in the Schools (WITS) and Rice University’s School Literacy and Culture Project.

Space is very limited. Click here to enroll.

College Students: Become a WITS Intern

Posted March 8, 2012 & filed under Notebook.

Summer 2012 Internships

College students, if you are interested in:

  • creative writing
  • K-12 education
  • early childhood education
  • arts education
  • community service
then we have some good news for you.

Writers in the Schools is recruiting one full-time and several part-time interns to serve as summer workshop assistants. Interns will work in a variety of areas, gaining experience in creative writing instruction, early childhood education, non-profit administration, and arts education.

Each summer Writers in the Schools and the School Literacy and Culture Project (Rice University) sponsor the Creative Writing Camp. Nearly 1,000 children in grades K-12 participate in the workshops, which provide a supportive environment where children write stories, poetry, essays, and plays. Children are divided into small groups by age, and they get to work with teachers as well as writers. The low teacher-student ratio ensures individual attention.

Teaching Assistant Internship (part-time, June 1 – 29, 2012)

Adolescent Literary Arts Curriculum Intern (full-time, June 1 – July 26, 2012)

Deadline to Apply = April 13, 2012

Summer Camp Registration Begins Today

Posted February 1, 2012 & filed under Notebook.

Registration for the 2012 Summer Creative Writing Workshops is now open. Our program, named the Best Summer Program for Kids by the Houston Press, is produced through a collaboration between WITS and Rice University. This year we will have locations conveniently located throughout Houston. Click here to register online.

2012 January Early Literacy Conference

Posted January 9, 2012 & filed under Notebook.

Every summer Writers in the Schools (WITS) partners with Rice School Literacy and Culture Project (SLC) to host Summer Creative Writing Workshops across the city of Houston.  We are pleased to let you know about their January Early Literacy Conference, which takes place this Saturday, January 14th, at Rice University.  If you value creativity in the classroom, then you won’t want to miss this!

Here is a blurb from their website:

A 2010 IBM survey of international business leaders cited creativity as the most important skill in today’s economy. How does this finding impact the real world of schools, teachers, and students? Join the School Literacy and Culture Project of Rice University’s Center for Education for our 13th annual half-day early literacy conference as we focus on practical ideas for supporting creative thinking and problem-solving in the classroom.

Dr. Patsy Cooper (SLC’s Founding Director), Associate Professor of Education at Queens College, City University of New York, and Karen Capo (SLC’s current Director) will deliver the opening address. Karen will set the stage by asking the question, What is Creativity and Why Does It Matter? Patsy will provide our first perspective, The Very Practical Role of Imagination in Early Literacy.  This year we will offer two featured breakout sessions. We are pleased to welcome Anthony Brandt, Associate Professor of Composition at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, who will inspire all educators with his session, Why Young Minds Need Art.  Also,Patsy Cooper will reprise her popular keynote from last year, Let’s Try It Again: A Positive Approach to Helping Young Children Recover from Their Missteps and Misbehavior.

Other breakout sessions for teachers of toddlers through second grades, led by School Literacy and Culture Project (SLC) staff and guests, will include several on SLC’s renowned language/literacy based storytelling curriculum for first time attendees as well as a variety of other sessions addressing special interests such as toddler literacy, bilingual concerns, integrated curriculum, and creative writing for the school-age child. Details will be available in mid-December on this web page.

Attendance is limited, so please register early! For the past few years, the conference has filled quickly.

Summer Camp Registration Begins Today

Posted February 1, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

Registration for the 2011 Summer Creative Writing Workshops is open today. Our program, named the Best Summer Program for Kids by the Houston Press, is produced through a 20-year collaboration between WITS and Rice University. This year we’ve expanded to six locations conveniently located throughout Greater Houston. Click here to register online or view our website for more information.