Writers in the Schools (WITS)

Writers in the Schools (WITS)


Tonight's the Night. Come celebrate poetry with former WITS ED Robin Reagler on Zoom.

Register for the virtual book launch Here:
Brazos Bookstore is sponsoring this celebration of INTO THE THE (Backlash Press) with special guests (and former WITS Writers) Tonya Foster and Tim Liu. It is free but you must register in advance. Time is 7 pm Central. I hope you can join us!
friends: would you like to spend the summer in gorgeous Door County, WI? Write On, Door County is seeking two interns. Apply here:
The deadline for the free-to-enter creative writing contest for high school writers is coming up--Jan 15, 2021! Win t-shirts, $$$, or an ipad for yourself AND your high school writing teacher.

Again, it's free to submit, and there are three categories to enter (literary stories, genres stories, and creative nonfiction).

Details here.
Richard Wilcocks, Secretary of Leeds Peace Poetry writes:

We would be very grateful if you could help publicise our latest (biannual) competition, which is open to everyone, regardless of borders.

Submissions invited from adults and children for the Leeds Peace Poetry 2020 Competition. Theme is 'The Impact of Water'. Closing date 1 April. Details on the website at
This free-to-enter contest for high school writers is still open until Jan 25. Win an ipad, $$$, and more.

The Houston Choral Society presents "The Poet Sings" on October 6th! We are featuring outstanding poets such as William Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Sara Teasdale, and more. Come and explore with us the intimate connection between poetry and music, featuring music by Randall Thompson, Gwyneth Walker, Z. Randall Stroope, Benjamin Britten, and others. As a member of the Writers in the Schools organization, HBU English Professor Dr. Matt Boyleston will present a pre-concert lecture at 7:00pm. There will be a reception following the concert.
When will the 2018 Fresh Ink Fiction Contest winners be announced?
Interested in a summer camp for your child?

Spotlight Camp is a student-led camp hosted by Carnegie Vanguard Theatre Company. Your child will join an award winning thespian troupe in the development, rehearsal and performance of a world premiere written by campers.

Campers will write their own ten minute plays and learn all of the aspects to story and performance in theatre.

Want more information: http://carnegietheatre.com/spotlight-camp/
Sending many thanks to WITS student VIRGINIA FAIRFIELD and her creative writing teacher for Virginia's wonderful poem "Swimming Music" which appears in HOUSTON'S FAVORITE POEMS on pages 202-203. She performed her poem as part of Thursday night's reading at Brazos Bookstore. What a powerful presence this young woman has! Thank you, Writers in the Schools, for allowing us to share poems by WITS writers in the anthology!

Writting is the Key to life

Operating as usual



Happy New Year from Writers in the Schools!!! We hope that you bring in the new year with lots of joy and a conquering spirit!!


What are your plans for the new year? #2023


Tomorrow is January 1st, 2023!

The new year comes with many possibilities and opportunities, you have to believe you have the ability to make them a reality!


2 days away!!!

What are you looking forward to the most come January 2023?


The countdown begins we are just 3 days away from the new year!

Whatever your cause, there's a group in Houston lending a hand. You can too. [Editorial] 12/29/2022

Whatever your cause, there's a group in Houston lending a hand. You can too. [Editorial]

Big shoutout to the Houston Chronicle for featuring us in their “Tis the season for giving. Consider these Houston nonprofits” Editorial!(WITS) has worked hand-in-hand with educators and professional writers to teach students the craft of writing.

Whatever your cause, there's a group in Houston lending a hand. You can too. [Editorial] Whether supporting gay and trans youth, the arts in schools, people experiencing homelessness, refugees, these Houston nonprofits and charities are good options for giving.


What's on your ?


We are so glad to have Outspoken Bean on our team!!!

Emanuelee Bean, also known as “Outspoken Bean,” was the first poet to perform on Houston Ballet’s main stage with their production “Play.” He has been commissioned to write and perform a national campaign on diversity for Pabst Blue Ribbon and VICE, while creating and producing his own festival, Plus Fest: The Everything Plus Poetry Festival. Born in New Jersey and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Outspoken Bean serves as Houston’s poet laureate through 2023. In 2022, Bean received an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship.

Photos from Writers in the Schools (WITS)'s post 12/24/2022

Don't forget, today is the last day to register for our 2022 Winter Camp Intensive and our scholarship opportunity!

To register, visit witshouston.org/wci


Our WITS team wants to wish you a Happy Holiday Season!!


“To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears.” —Octavio Paz


Thanks to the generosity of our friends and partners at Project Row Houses , Writers in the Schools is able to offer a scholarship for our upcoming Winter Intensive. This scholarship has been created to give IBPOC students a chance to engage with WITS programming at no cost to the student or their family.

The WITS Winter Intensive 2022 will take place Dec. 28-30, 2022 at the Inprint House at 1520 W. Main St. Winter Intensive is open to middle and high school students ages 13-19, who are interested in working on developing a portfolio of work alongside accomplished Houston writers.

A link to the scholarship application can be found on the WITS Website.

To register click here >>> witshouston.org/wci


Rashaad Newsom is an ambitious leader who resolves complex problems with creative solutions. He received his MBA from Texas Southern University and his Bachelor's degree in Public Relations Management from Clark Atlanta University. He has more than 15 years of work experience in various fields. He's gained essential skills in accounting policy/ procedure, communications, project/ program management, and relationship building.


This is your sign, to get your student registered! You don't want to miss this Winter Camp Writing Intensive. Hear from your host Out Spoken Bean!

Click here to register >>> witshouston.org/wci


Congratulations to Ariana Lee for winning Young Arts 2023 Writing Award for Spoken Word.

Winners are chosen for their caliber of artistic achievement by esteemed discipline-specific panels of artists through a rigorous blind adjudication process.

Check her out https://youngarts.org/winners


Are You Registered? You don't want to miss out on this opportunity for your student to further develop their portfolio and have access to phenomenal mentorship. You still have time to register!

Click here to register your student >> witshouston.org/wci

Date Time:
December 28th - 30th
9am - 2pm

1414 Sul Ross, Houston, TX 77006 or
join via zoom

Current Houston Poet Laureate
Outspoken Bean
WITS Writer - Aris Kian Brown


Madeleine Gaudin: Program Associate - UofH Fellow

Madeleine Gaudin is a writer, editor, and educator originally from Austin, Texas. Madeleine comes to WITS with a background in elementary education, having served as a Teach for America Corps Member in Detroit Public Schools Community District. She has received training and specialization in English and literacy intervention. Through that work, she has developed a passion for the role of creative expression in equitable education. Madeleine has a BA in English and Film Studies from the University of Michigan and is a current MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Houston.


You still have time to register!! This year’s Winter Camp Intensive for 8th-12th grade students is going to be amazing! You will get to learn from the talented Houston Poet Laureate Outspoken Bean and writer Aris Kian Brown! Spaces are limited so register today.

Register at witshouston.org/wci


"As I write, I create myself again and again." -

Writing is powerful in that it allows for the discovery and definition of one's own story.


One rule of – Don't judge the first draft. The first draft should be about getting all your great ideas written down. Don't let your inner editor hold you back so early in the process.


Writing an Autobiography is a way for someone to share and understand their life journey. What would you title your autobiography and why?


Today is National Write a Letter Day! In the age of smartphones and laptops, it is rare to find time to sit and write a handwritten letter. If you were to write someone a letter who would it be and why?


As a writer, you should get in the habit of carrying a or creating a notes file on your phone. Inspiration can come at any moment! down everything that comes to mind so you won't forget.


Raie Crawford (she/her/they/them) is a Wiley College Alumna from Houston, Texas. As a two-time Houston VIP Slam Champion and 2017-2018 Houston Performance Poet of the Year, Raie is ranked among the top 20 among the Women of the World Poetry Slam and top 25 within the rankings of the Individual World Poetry Slam. In 2018 she released her first book “In Between |Space|” which captures the journey and movement of black bodies in today’s society.

A 2021 graduate of Rice University’s Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership, Raie continues to deepen her roots in youth development centering an equity lens to the work she does in our communities. Holding several certifications in Diversity and Inclusion as well as art equity practices, Raie values making sure those who have been pushed into the margins are heard so that they can truly be served.


Join us for a night of celebration!

Over the past 40 years WITS has been on a journey to inspire students to use their writing and voices to promote change in the educational and communal sphere. Working in schools, hospitals, community centers and more, our stories are inked onto the pages of the City of Houston and beyond.

On this journey we as an organization have learned what it means to truly be leaders and advocates of the literary arts. We have unearthed and challenged our past as we eagerly wait for our story to continue to unfold. Alongside our funders, partners, writing community, teachers, and students we continue to write our story with the same passion and joy seen in each of our classrooms. As we continue this odyssey, we welcome you to join our story.


We're hiring!!!

Please visit witshouston.org/jobs/wits-writers if you are interested in applying.


We strive to make a difference in our community! Hear from Tina Angelo, our Acting Managing Director of Programming.


There are so many reasons to consider joining the Giving Village! Here’s one!


A message from our Director of Fundraising, Christina Mackey!

Thank you to everyone who has given today. Your gift makes all the difference.

Become apart of our giving village: https://bit.ly/3gJj9b0


Hear a message from Outspoken Bean!

We appreciate all your support, please click the link if you would like to become apart of our giving village https://bit.ly/3gJj9b0


Today is the day!

Your gift will automatically initiate access to our programming for a student who needs us the most! Please use this direct link ( https://bit.ly/3gJj9b0 ) to easily donate to WITS, and become a beloved member of our community, forever!
Thanks to our donor village, we will always commit to engaging children in the joy and power of reading and writing.

Photos from Writers in the Schools (WITS)'s post 11/29/2022

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Join us tomorrow in the global initiative to transform the world!

is a time to support the organizations that are supporting your communities.

Here at WITS we are revolutionizing the way reading and writing are taught---nurturing the growth of the imagination and awakening students to the adventures of language.

Please use the link ( bit.ly/3gJj9b0 ) to join our donor village!


Is your student interested in creating a portfolio of work for future literacy projects? Do they have a passion for mentorship that centers writers' craft? Are they interested in support in their desire to apply to be the next Houston Youth Poet Laureate? Writers in the Schools is thrilled to offer a winter intensive that focuses on middle school and high school students. We will be offering in person and online spots for students who would like to engage in 3 days of intentional and impactful writing through the winter break.

Apply at witshouston.org/wci


We would love for everyone to meet Tina Angelo. Tina has been with us for a while, but she is now serving as Acting Managing Director of Programs! We are so glad to have Tina on our team!


Join our friends at Inprint Monday, October 10th for a fabulous reading from New York Times bestseller Maggie O'Farrell! For $5 tickets and more info, visit inprint.org.


Writers in the Schools is excited to bring back its monthly YOUTH OPEN MIC SERIES!!!!

The second Free Verse event will be held at Gulf Coast Cosmos Comicbook Co. !

Come out and share your work.

Location: 2306 Stuart St, Houston, TX 77004

Day: Saturday, October 8

Time: 6PM - 8:30PM CT

Ages: 13-19



Join our friends at Inprint October 3rd for a fabulous reading from New York Times bestseller Javier Zamora! For $5 tickets and more info, visit inprint.org.

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