Online: Writers in the Schools (WITS) Workshop

Online: Writers in the Schools (WITS) Workshop

Saturdays, May 9, 2020 to May 30, 2020

Writers in the Schools (WITS) leads Houston’s free, weekly drop-in creative writing workshop for kids. Now the classes are moving online! Join professional writers in exploring poetry and storytelling in a fun and supportive environment. This workshop is designed for students grades 2nd+ who have a basic proficiency in reading and writing.

James Hershberger is an award-winning writer, comedian, musician, slam poet, and actor. He graduated with honors from Texas Tech University with degrees in Creative Writing and Political Science. He has performed live all over the U.S. as well as in Europe and Asia. James is a volunteer teacher of a weekly creative writing workshop for the homeless.

Young Writers Workshop is funded in part by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

May 9. 10:30-11:30 am
Registration: May 9th Youth Writers Workshop Registration
Objects are a key part of many stories, from a discovered treasure map that leads adventurers on a quest, to a genie's lamp or a golden ticket in a chocolate bar. Even our own household possessions are often attached to great stories from both our families and ourselves. After reading the mentor text "Henri's Hats" by Mike Wu, student writers are invited to use a possession they own, or wish they did, to inspire creative work based around tangible objects.

May 16. 10:30-11:30 am
Registration: May 16th Young Writers Workshop Registration
Creative work often comes from viewing an idea in a new and exciting way. One of the best examples of this is the shadow art by Belgian filmmaker Vincent Bal. Student writers view his shadow art and discuss how he utilizes shadows to see something within his own imagination. They are then invited to create their own shadow art. After they have completed an art piece, they are asked to write a story, poem, or personal reflection inspired by it.

May 23. 10:30-11:30 am
Registration: May 23rd Young Writers Workshop Registration
Idioms and old sayings are found throughout the conversations people have everyday. But what if these strange phrases were to be treated literally? After reading the mentor text "Catch My Breath" by Paul Briggs student writers are asked to brainstorm a list of idioms. Then they are invited to select the one that they feel they can create the most creative work from and compose a story, poem, song, etc. that derives from taking an idiom literally.

May 30. 10:30-11:30 am
Registration: May 30th Young Writers Workshop Registration
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