Between the Lines: An International Writing Program

Posted March 28, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

BTL 450x388 2010 Boys writingIf you are a writer between the ages of 16-19, don’t miss out on a opportunity to apply to Between the Lines, a program that brings youth to the University of Iowa for a creating writing program with youth from around the world.

This year features two sessions, one connecting youth from the US with writers from 17 countries in the Near East (June 22-July 6) and the second connecting youth from the US with writers from Russia (July 13-July 27).

Young writers get the chance to be exposed to world literatures and improve their writing skills.  Classes and workshops are taught by prize-winning poets and writers.

To create a vital creative community, all writers live in a dorm on the University of Iowa campus and share in evening cultural activities.

The deadline to apply is April 20th!  Visit the University of Iowa’s Between the Lines website for more information and to see if you or your child qualifies for a full scholarship.

Child Authors

Posted May 11, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

When our daughter turned 4 years old, we signed her up for the Summer Creative Writing Workshops sponsored by Writers in the Schools and Rice University’s School Literacy & Culture Project. Carrie wasn’t really “writing” at all when she started camp, but she was bursting with energy and ideas. By the end of camp, she had amassed, through dictation and scribbling and drawing, a stunning portfolio of stories and poems and illustrations. She announced to anyone who would listen, “I’m a writer.” And she was.

If you have a young child and you’re looking for a wonderful summer literacy experience, please visit our website to sign up for summer writing camp. You may be nurturing the next Hilda Conkling!

Hilda Conkling started writing poetry daily when she was just four years old. Her mother, a teacher at Smith College, began sending Hilda’s poems to magazines and when she was 10, she had one hundred poems collected and published entitled Poems by a Little Girl.

by Marcia Chamberlain, Writers in the Schools

Summer Camp Registration Opens Today!

Posted February 1, 2010 & filed under Notebook.

Registration for our Summer Creative Writing Workshops in now open online. Students grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade can attend this unique three week workshop, now offered at 5 locations in the Houston area. This collaboration between Writers in the Schools and Rice University’s School Literacy and Culture Project has been named “Best Summer Program for Kids” by the Houston Press.
Click here for more information, or if you’re ready to register, click here.

WITS Students Featured in the Houston Chronicle

Posted June 18, 2009 & filed under Notebook.


Students attending the Summer Creative Writing Workshops recently visited The Menil Collection for inspiration.  The Houston Chronicle decided to come along and bear witness to the creative process in action.  Photographer, R. Clayton McKee, caught some tremendous shots of students and their teachers as they discussed and contemplated famous works of art.  Click here to see the slideshow.

The Summer Creative Writing Workshops are a collaboration between Writers in the Schools (WITS) and Rice University’s School Literacy and Culture Project.

Photo Credit: R. Clayton McKee