Events and Announcements

Coming Up:

February 2019 Youth Club Meeting

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2019 iWRITE Contest is NOW OPEN for Submissions!

The iWRITE Contest is open for submissions from children in grades 3-12 (including short stories, poetry, and cover art)! 

The iWRITE Literacy Non-Profit Organization offers students in the 3rd-12th grades the opportunity to submit short stories, poetry and art work to our annual publishing contest called, I Write Short Stories by Kids for Kids. Each year we pick 65 winners to be published in our anthology and invited to our big annual book signing celebration in Houston, Texas.

This is a great opportunity for children to see their work professionally published and available at bookstores and online at Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com. Being published at a young age is great for future resumes and applications! All profits made from the sale of I Write books are used at the organization to run our programs and get free I Write Anthologies into the hands of students at title one schools.

Join our team of published kids and be sure to submit your online applications by May 31st. First round submissions are accepted Spring 2018 through May 31st. Finalists will be named September 1st. Our 65 Winners will be announced on our website and published in the next anthology, released in the wintertime. All winners will receive one complimentary copy of the anthology and tickets to the book signing celebration. 

Editor’s Choice Winners receive both special recognition at our annual luncheon and the opportunity to read their published work during the event. To be eligible for Editor’s Choice, students must incorporate the theme of International Fiction in their submission. Submissions must be fictional and students can connect the theme with their story elements (setting, character, plot, etc.). For authenticity purposes, we recommend students research the culture/country that they are including in their poem/story. The submission must meet the initial contest requirements and be able to deliver a meaningful message. The submission must also be able to motivate or move the audience. Stories and poem are not limited to this year’s theme for publication. The theme is only required to be eligible for Editor’s Choice.

Again, stories and poems are not required to incorporate the theme to win and be published in the anthology. However, we highly encourage you to include some aspect of the theme in your story and/or poem.
Here are the rules of the contest!

Refer to this link to submit and learn more!

Alex Zhang’s New Book

Our Youth Club Member, Alex Zhang, has a work-in-progress book! Release: 2019! We are looking forward to traveling through dimensions while reading this enrapturing sci-fi fantasy story!


Past Events

January 2019 Youth Club Meeting

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Literacy in a Bag Kickoff!

Literacy in the Bag is an annual book drive and community outreach program driven to foster and promote literacy in Houston’s children and adults. They promote literacy and learning in Houston by providing books and other literary resources to under-served schools and communities. Come out and support! It’s a lot of book-sorting fun!

November Youth Club Meeting!


 

2018 iWrite By Kids for Kids Luncheon and Book Signing

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October 2018 Youth Club Meeting: Guest Speaker Actress Shelley Calene-Black

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Shelly Calene-Black is an accomplished voice actress who has provided voices for a number of English language versions of Japanese anime films and television series. She has worked for Funimation, ADV Films and Sentai Filmworks. Meet the Anime Queen at this iWrite Youth Club Meeting!


Family Literacy Night at Belmont: Making it Better 

October 18, 2018 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Please join us at Making it Better’s Family Literacy Night to help bring educational activites to those who truly need it. As an iWRITE Volunteer, you will be guiding students through our writing worksheets and sharing our organization’s opportunities.

Venue:
Belmont Place Apartments
10500 Valley Forge Drive
Houston, TX 77042 United States

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September 2018 Youth Club Meeting: Welcome Back!

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Welcome back youth club members! If you are new to the organization and in the sixth to twelfth grades, please consider joining the YC and RSVP by emailing youthclub@iwrite.org


Bob Livingston’s CD Release Party Benefiting IWrite

June 30, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

2845 Westchester Cir

Pearland, TX 77584

Pearland House Concerts is pleased to announce our June show featuring Bob Livingston and benefiting iWrite Literacy Organization. As always dinner, iced tea, and water are provided, BYOB.

For more details about this night of country songs, click here.

To learn more about Bob, click here

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Summer Camps Galore! 2018

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The iWRITE Literacy Organization is providing exciting summer camps in both the Greater Houston area and Galveston. These fun camps will introduce professional concepts that will enhance students’ writing skills and give them a chance to become a published author! Check out our 2018 Summer Camps down below.

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Creative Writing Camp with “i” The Guy – Pearland (June 25 – 29) 

iWRITE Literacy Organization founder and children’s author, Melissa Williams, will be holding a 5-day Creative Writing and Illustration Camp at Epiphany Lutheran Church. Each day our campers will receive creative writing instruction combined with exciting character development exercises and even an illustration lesson from, illustrator, Ryan Shaw. All campers will have a chance to enter their story for publication in the I Write Short Stories by Kids for Kids writing contest presented by iWRITE!

For questions: please email nicole@iwrite.org


Historical Fiction Writing Camp – The Bryan Museum

iWRITE is partnering with the Byran Museum to host History Camp at The Bryan Museum: Writing Your Way to High Adventure! This 5-day camp will give students the opportunity to experience hands-on inspiration from the Wild West and Texas History. Each day our campers will receive creative writing instruction from iWRITE founder and children’s author, Melissa Williams, combined with exciting activities from the museum’s history experts used to create their own fictional short stories! Campers will even a chance to enter their story for publication in our I Write Short Stories by Kids for the Kids Writing Contest. To register, please click the links below.

  • Camp 1 (July 9 – 13) Register here!
  • Camp 2 (July 23 – 27) Register here!

If you are interested in sponsoring a child for camp, please see this link.


YOUTH CLUB MEETINGS 2017-2018


Unique Giving Opportunity

For a limited amount of time, you will have the opportunity to buy a limited edition shirt from the iWRITE Literacy Organization. Our parent organization partnered with a unique site called, Bonfire to host a shirt fundraiser. Every shirt sold will help us and iWRITE provide an interactive writing workbook for a low-income student. Buy yours before March 28th!
 

Literacy in The Bag 

Supported by our literacy partners, this exciting event will continue to foster and promote literacy in Houston’s children and adults. On Saturday, December 2nd, homes in the Heights and Spring Branch area will receive a book donation bag. Please drop your new or gently used books in the bag and place them on your porch the following weekend. Our team of volunteers will pick up books between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Heights and Spring Branch area on Saturday, December 9th. Children’s books will be distributed to Title I elementary and middle schools. Adult books will be donated to The Friends of the Houston Public Library to give back to the community.

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Braeburn Elementary Supply Drive!

In the wake of Harvey, the HISD schools that we work with have reached out to us for more support. One quick way to help is to donate or share to our Harvey Relief Fund. This fund will help provide basic necessities, school supplies, “i” The Guy Writer’s Journals and psychological support to students and teachers. 

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A Turtle-Filled Book Launch!

At the iWrite founder, Melissa Williams Murphy’s book launch of her third and final book in the Turtle Town series, The Golden Boy.  Enjoyed a crisp, cool morning with hot chocolate and delicious sugar cookies at Melissa Williams’ book launch of Turtle 🐢 Town’s third and final book. Here’s the Youth Club historian, Eshaan Mani’s review of her latest book: https://thebooksensei.wordpress.com/2017/12/21/turtle-town-the-golden-boy-by-melissa-williams/