Meta-Fourth Friday (For Poets Only)

Posted January 29, 2014 & filed under Notebook.

WITS offers writing workshops and poetry slams for young writers between the ages of 13-19. Please join us for Meta-Fourth Friday. Because of the winter weather,it is rescheduled for Friday, January 31st, held 7 -9 PM at Hope Stone, 1210 West Clay, Suite 26, (the cross street is Van Buren) Houston, TX 77019.

This free program will teach you how to write and perform original poetry about issues that are important to you. Share your work in a supportive environment and grow as a writer.wits metafour houston 813

Creative Writing for Teens

Posted August 20, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

m4 kidsWord! is a series of 9 poetry/creative writing workshops provided by Hope Stone and Writers in the Schools (WITS). Students will work with a published WITS writer to explore ideas and get inspired by literature.  As a community of writers, we will workshop these inspirations into polished poems, stories, or memoir.

When: Fridays from 6:30-8:00pm

Where: Hope Stone, 1210 West Clay, Suite 26, Houston, 77019

Ages: 12-16

Cost: $185 for nine workshop sessions

Dates for 9 classes:

September 13, 20
October 4, 11, 18
November 1, 8, 15
December 6

To register, click here.  See you in class!


I Want to Write

Posted June 14, 2012 & filed under Notebook.

Campers in 5th and 6th grade read Margaret Walker’s poem “I Want to Write” as inspiration for thinking about the subjects that they might want to cover during Creative Writing Camp.

Here is a poem that uses anaphora to highlight what kind of writing this camper wants to do:

I want to write

I want to write for my fathers and forefathers

I want to write about war across the universe

I want to write words coated with light

I want to write hope for my people

I want to write

By Ben, 6th grade

Blooms: The Young Writers Reading Series at Discovery Green!

Posted May 1, 2012 & filed under Notebook.

Writers in the Schools (WITS) will celebrate some of Houston’s most talented young artists at its Young Writers Reading, an annual literary event held May 6th, at 3 pm at Discovery Green Park in downtown Houston. The event is free and open to the public.

WITS Young Writers Reading event enriches the lives of students ranging from elementary to high school age by giving them the chance to read the work they have written under the guidance of a professional writer. Each student has been chosen from a juried competition. WITS publishes the best work in a bound anthology called Blooms.

The Young Writers Reading Series began in 1989 as a way to celebrate the achievements of the city’s most gifted young writers.  For more information, visit

You won’t want to miss this wonderful event at Discovery Green!  Arrive early to play with our friends from Playworks Houston.  Please come out on Sunday to support Houston’s youngest poets and writers!

The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers

Posted November 11, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers

The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers recognizes outstanding young poets and is open to high school sophomores and juniors throughout the world. The contest winner receives a full scholarship to the Kenyon Review Young Writers workshop. In addition, the winning poem will be published in The Kenyon Review. The runners up will also see their poems published. 

The contest is named in honor of Patricia Grodd in recognition of her generous support of The Kenyon Review and its programs, as well as her passionate commitment to education and deep love for poetry.

The final judge of the contest is KR poetry editor David Baker.

Submissions will be accepted electronically November 1 through November 30, 2011. The link to the submissions page for the contest will be active from this webpage on November 1, 2011.

Check out the guidelines and ubmit your work to the Patricia Grodd Poetry Contest by visiting the website.

Congratulations Young Writers!

Posted May 2, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

David Avent charms the crowd with his poem, "Going to Cuba." Photo by Yvonne Feece

Seventy-five courageous boys and girls read from their hearts on the Discovery Green main stage  this Sunday, proving to the audience they have what it takes. The Blooms reading of the Houston Young Writers Reading Series, presented by WITS, was the biggest literary celebration of the school year thanks to the principals, teachers, parents, sponsors, and volunteers  in attendance, and most of all, to the children who amazed everyone with their outstanding poems, essays, and stories.

Keynote speaker Karen Walrond shared her personal journey of how she became a writer and encouraged the students to own the statement, “I am a writer,” acknowledging that their pieces had been selected from thousands of entries and published in Blooms. (Read more of Walrond’s powerful speech here.) The students shouted in unison from their seats, “I AM A WRITER!” then individually recited their work with strength and conviction.

Congratulations, winners!

Matilde Acosta
Leen Aldarrab
Daniel Alvarez Fedyaev
Etse Amewolo
Edwin Argueta
David Avent
Alberto Avila
Noble Benjamin, Jr.
John Boland
Emily Bonilla
Daylen Brooks
Abigail Calderon
Genesis Cantu
Jocelyn Cardenas
Priscila Cardoso
Graciela Carrillo
Alex Cope
Kassandra Cortez
Sady Davalos
Teagan Davis
Helena de la Cruz
Leyla Delorme
Bella Deutser
Carlos Escamilla
Mia Fares
Natalia Flores
Josseline Garay
Eleanor Geno
Chris Gonzales
Kingston Griffin
Lesly Guerra
Grace Guerriero
Jordan Hall
Gracie Halperin
Olivia Havre
Rhemi Herron
Anuj Jajoo
Xoloni Johnson
Isabella Krafka
Aamir Lateef
Esther Le
Rachel Lee
Ava Leung
Hugo Lopez
Itzel López
Emely Luna
Sadie Many
Anna Miller
Angelique Montes
Ioana Nechiti
Imnet Petro
Grace Rampaul
Saul Rivera
Estevan Rodriguez
Angel Rosa
Emily Salinas
Jose Sanchez
Jefferson Santos
Julian Santos
Ana Serrano
Smrithi Shibichakravarthy
Kevin Situn
Elizabeth Soriano
Deandrea Stevens
Sarah Swackhamer
Jade Treviño
Truc Trinh
Long Hoang Vu
Bryanna Williams
Julia Zheng
Jose Ramos