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November 2 & 3, 2018 – Historical Fiction Fall Event with America Best Selling Author Robert Hicks, author of “Widow of the South” and “Orphan Mother” – Register Today!


  • Tue
    23
    Jan
    2018
    6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Black Labrador, 4100 Montrose, Houston, TX 77006

    Tuesday Social 

    Guest Speaker:  Shelley K. Wall - Shelley will talk about pitching and query letters.

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  • Tue
    27
    Feb
    2018
    6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Black Labrador, 4100 Montrose, Houston, TX 77006

    Tuesday Social 

    Julie Grob

    Guest Speaker:  Leigh Owen and Julie Grob, coordinator for instruction, at UH libraries will present about the Rare Books Collections.  Leigh will give her perspective about why she believes the collections are so important to writers in our community, and Julie will share information about the department’s holdings, and how they’re used.

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  • Sat
    10
    Mar
    2018
    9:00 AM - 4:30 PMSouthwestern Presbyterian Church - 6033 S. Rice Ave., Bellaire, TX

    March 10, 2018 Robert Dugoni presents:  How to Write a Bestseller

    Date:  March 10, 2018
    Time:  9:00 am to 4:30 pm
    Registration begins at 8:30 am
    Location:  Southwest Presbyterian Church - 6033 S. Rice Ave., Bellaire, TX 77401

    Costs:  Members $120 - Non-Members $150 - Includes box lunch from Jason's Deli

    Calling all serious writers from beginner to expert - Ramp up your writing skills with this riveting workshop presented by award winning author Robert Dugoni.  This full day seminar will include:

    Creating Plots for Page Turners – I and II
    Creating memorable Characters
    Keep them up All Night

    Robert Dugoni is the critically acclaimed New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Best Selling Author of The Tracy Crosswhite series, My Sister’s Grave, Her Final Breath, In the Clearing, and The Trapped Girl. and Close to Home. The Crosswhite Series has sold more than 2,500,000 books worldwide and My Sister’s Grave has been optioned for television series development. His literary novel, The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell will be released April 24, 2018.  He is also the author of the best-selling David Sloane series, The Jury Master, Wrongful Death, Bodily Harm Murder One and The Conviction, and the stand-alone novels The 7th Canon and  The Cyanide Canary, A Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and several short stories.  He is the recipient of the Nancy Pearl Award for Fiction, and the Friends of Mystery Spotted Owl Award for best novel in the Pacific Northwest. He is a two-time finalist for the International Thriller Writers award for best novel, and a finalist for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for best novel. His David Sloane novels have twice been nominated for the Harper Lee Award for legal fiction. His books are sold world-wide in more than 25 countries and have been translated into more than two dozen languages including French, German, Italian and Spanish. Visit his website at www.robertdugoni.com, and follow him on twitter @robertdugoni and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorRobertDugoni


    How to Write a Bestseller with Robert Dugoni



  • Tue
    27
    Mar
    2018
    6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Black Labrador, 4100 Montrose, Houston, TX 77006

    Tuesday Social 

    Guest Speaker:  Apple Gidley

    black-labradorLocation: Black Labrador, 4100 Montrose, Houston, TX 77006

    A Touch of Spice with Six Honest Serving Men

    Research / ReSearch
    Rudyard Kipling’s poem is the very essence of research - the What, Why, When, How, Where and Who - for any kind of writing, particularly historical fiction. It is the writer’s responsibility to research the facts then drop them into a story in an engaging manner that does not hector the reader. Finding those facts, then cross-checking them, can be a labyrinthian task.

    Gidley will discuss her research into the Caribbean of the 1800s, how that information was massaged into a story, and how research can in fact change the trajectory of a story. She will encourage, through a short writing exercise, the use of ‘spice’ in writing - advice given by her first publisher.

    Apple Gidley is the published author of two books, many articles, and writes a regular blog, A Broad View on whatever takes her fancy.

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  • Sat
    21
    Apr
    2018
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm5325 Katy Frwy, Suite 2, Houston, TX 77007

    Pamela Fagan Hutchins presents:

    Colonel Mustard in the Conference Room With His Pants Down: Workplace Investigations

    Real-life workplace investigator and mystery author Pamela Fagan Hutchins shares how art imitates life as she takes readers and writers on a guided tour of workplace investigations, comparing them to criminal investigations, and explaining how she incorporates what she knows into her award-winning books. You’ll laugh until your sides hurt and shake your head in disbelief at the bad behavior people engage in on the job, and get a glimpse into a field you probably didn’t even know existed.

    Date:   April 21, 2018
    Time:  1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Location:  5325 Katy Frwy, Suite 2, Houston, TX 77007

    Costs - Pamela Fagan Hutchins Members $50 - Non-Members $75 - includes lunch


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  • Tue
    24
    Apr
    2018
    6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Black Labrador, 4100 Montrose, Houston, TX 77006

    Tuesday Social 

    Ray Depew

    Guest Speaker:  RD Vincent

    black-labradorLocation: Black Labrador, 4100 Montrose, Houston, TX 77006

    RD Vincent, author of the Donbridge Series (a series of family folktales) will speak about how historically people don't preserve family history.

     

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  • Sat
    12
    May
    2018
    9:00 am - 4:30 pmSouthwest Presbyterian Church 6033 S Rice Ave Bellaire, TX 77401

    Kimberly Morris

    Morning Session: by Kimberly Morris

    What is Story? 

    Kimberly Morris is an author, speaker, & custom publishing director. she has authored more than 60 books for children and young adults, many of them under a pen name, for popular series including Disney Fairies, Animorphs, Freshman Dorm and Sweet Valley. She has also written short stories for the Muppets, Muppet Babies, and Fraggle Rock characters, and animated television scripts for ThunderCats, SilverHawks, TigerSharks and MiniMonsters. As a custom publishing director, she has produced small and large-scale collaborative writing projects for HISD (Houston Independent School District) and Child Advocates, Inc. (Houston CASA) involving as many as 300 adult and student participants.

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    Marianne Dyson

    Afternoon Session: by Marianne Dyson- (Back by Popular Demand)

    How to Publish a Book 

    Description: What options do authors have now to publish their work? What's the difference between traditional, academic/educational, and self publishing? Do you need an agent? What are the terms of a typical contract, and how can you avoid being scammed? What are the upfront costs? What goes into a proposal? How long does it take to publish a book? What are authors expected to do in terms of marketing?

    Date:  May 12, 2018
    Time:  9:00 am to 4:30 pm
    Registration begins at 9:00 am
    Location:  Southwest Presbyterian Church - 6033 S. Rice Ave., Bellaire, TX 77401

    Costs:  This Event is Full - another date is being considered for a repeat.

    1/2 Day Session only - $60 Members - Non-Members $75
    All Day Session Discount - Members $100 - Non-Members $130 - Includes box lunch from Jason's Deli with full day registration only


    Learn from the Experts Series



  • Tue
    22
    May
    2018
    6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Black Labrador, 4100 Montrose, Houston, TX 77006

    Tuesday Social 

    Editor Amy

    Guest Speaker:  Amy Megill, Editor Amy

    black-labradorLocation: Black Labrador, 4100 Montrose, Houston, TX 77006

    Editor Amy will present:  Preparing to Work with and Later Working with an Editor

     

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  • Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018
    9:30 am - noon6033 S. Rice Ave, Bellaire, TX 

     

    "Winging it - Making your story take flight" - An Aviation Field Trip to Ellington Field

    Presented by Mike Ely, Airline Transport Pilot, Flight Instructor, Champion Air Racer, Published Author, and Linda Street-Ely, Airline Transport Pilot, Champion Air Racer, Published Author.

    Whether there is an airplane scene in your novel or you're just interested in learning more about flying, don't miss this opportunity!
    Tour and learn detailed information aboard several different airplanes.
    Talk through scenes with Professional Aviators.
     
    When:  June 16, 2018
    Registration Time:  9:30 am
    Meeting Location:  Southwest Presbyterian Church at 6033 S. Rice Ave, Bellaire, TX 
    Enjoy morning and coffee and pastries prior to departure.
    Departure Time:  10:00 am
    We will carpool to Ellington Field. 
     
    Members:  $20 
    Non-members: $35
    (non-refundable)
    Aviation Field Trip is another Houston Writers House "Learning from the Experts" series.

    Aviation Field Trip to Ellington Field



  • Tue
    26
    Jun
    2018
    6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Black Labrador, 4100 Montrose, Houston, TX 77006

    Tuesday Social 

     

    Guest Speaker:  Jody Townsley Morse

    black-labradorLocation: Black Labrador, 4100 Montrose, Houston, TX 77006

    Jody will present:  "Writer's Lifting Each Other Up By Using Social Media"

     

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  • 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.1199 Fish Creek Thoroughfare, Montgomery, TX 77316

    Tuesday Social 

    This month HWH will conduct two separate social events - we will have the usual event at the Black Labrador in Houston and, for our members that live north of Houston and are unable to attend the Houston socials, we have added a social event at the Woodforest Grille in Montgomery, TX.

    Two Guest Speakers:  Sandy Lawrence with PerceptivePR - Sandy will discussing Marketing.

    Lee Steiner with Domestic Papers: Domestic Papers mixes my lifelong love of books, papers and antique ephemera into a unique and fun 'mash-up' of Vintage Vibe handmade books I'm thrilled to share with you!

    Location: 1199 Fish Creek ThoroughfareMontgomeryTX 77316

     

     

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  • Tue
    24
    Jul
    2018
    6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.1199 Fish Creek Thoroughfare, Montgomery, TX 77316

    Tuesday Social 

    This month HWH will conduct two separate social events - we will have the usual event at the Black Labrador in Houston and, for our members that live north of Houston and are unable to attend the Houston socials, we have added a social event at the Woodforest Grille in Montgomery, TX.

    Guest Speaker:  Jody Townsley Morse

    Jody will present:  "Writer's Lifting Each Other Up By Using Social Media"

    Location: 1199 Fish Creek ThoroughfareMontgomeryTX 77316

     

     

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  • 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Black Labrador, 4100 Montrose, Houston, TX 77006

    Tuesday Social 

     

    Guest Speaker:  Kathleen Bossart - Photographer

    black-labradorLocation: Black Labrador, 4100 Montrose, Houston, TX 77006

    At this social event, Kathleen Bossart will be taking professional photos for anyone interested.

    Details of shoot:  30 photos with a choice of two edited for $34.00.

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  • Tue
    28
    Aug
    2018
    6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Black Labrador, 4100 Montrose, Houston, TX 77006

    Tuesday Social 

    Guest Speaker:  Jennifer Pallanich - Jennifer will talk about collaborative writing.

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  • Tue
    25
    Sep
    2018
    6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Black Labrador, 4100 Montrose, Houston, TX 77006

    Tuesday Social 

    Guest Speaker: To be announced

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  • Fri
    02
    Nov
    2018
    Sat
    03
    Nov
    2018
    times varySouthwest Presbyterian Church - 6033 S. Rice Ave., Bellaire, TX 77401

    Friday November 2, 2018

    We are currently working on our Meet and Mingle: Dinner with the Authors.  Stay tuned for for more information.

    Saturday November 3, 2018

    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Robert Hicks

    Registration begins Saturday at 8:30 AM

    Saturday Morning Keynote Speaker - 9:am - 10:00 am - Robert Hicks, author of "Widow of the South" and "Orphan Mother"

    Robert Hicks is the author of The New York Times Bestseller The Widow of the South and has played a major role in preserving the historic Carnton mansion, a focal point in the Battle of Franklin which occurred on November 30, 1864. Nashville Lifestyles Magazine recently named Robert as the #2 in the top 100 Reasons to Love Nashville, describing him as Nashville's "Master of Ceremonies".

    Working both as a music publisher and in artist management in both country and rock music, my interests remain broad and varied. A partner in BB King's Blues Clubs (www.bbkingbluesclub.com) in Nashville, Memphis and Los Angeles, I serve as 'Curator of Vibe' of the corporation.

    A lifelong collector, I was the first Tennessean to be listed among Arts & Antiquities' Top 100 Collectors in America - my collection focuses on Outsider Art, Tennessean, and Southern Material Culture. I served as co-curator (with Ben Caldwell and Mark Scala) on the exhibition, Ar of Tennessee, at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville. The exhibition was a seven year endeavor from conception at my kitchen table to its opening, September 2003. I was co-editor of the exhibition's award-winning catalog, Art of Tennessee (UT Press, 2003).

    In the field of historic preservation, I've served on the Boards of Historic Carnton Plantation (www.Carnton.org), the Tennessee State Museum, The Williamson County Historical Society, and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (www.oldsalem.org/about/mesda.htm). In December 1997, after a third term as president of the Carnton board, and in light of my years of service to Carnton, I was named by board resolution: "the driving force in the restoration and preservation of Historic Carnton Plantation."

    For the past two years,I've headed up Franklin's Charge: A Vision and Campaign for the Preservation of Historic Open Space (www.franklinscharge.com) in the fight to secure and preserve both battlefield and other historic open space in Williamson County. Franklin's Charge has taken on the massive mission of saving what remains of the eastern flank of the battlefield at Franklin - the largest remaining undeveloped fragment of the battlefield - and turning it into a public battlefield park which will eventually run from the Lotz and Carter Houses (www.carter-house.org) to Ft. Granger and Carnton Plantation, with significant holdings around Breezy and Winstead Hills. (www.civilwarinteractive.com)

    Saturday Morning - Session I - 10:15 am - 11:30 am

    Robert Hicks - topic to be announced

    Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

    will be provided

    Saturday Afternoon Session II - 12:35 pm - 1:50 pm

    Sandra Worth

    Sandra Worth - Sandra will present, "Writing Historical Fiction"

    Sandra Worth is the author of six books chronicling the demise of the Plantagenet dynasty in England and the rise of the Tudors. Five of her novels are the recipients of awards and prizes.Sandra holds an honours B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Toronto and lectures on the Wars of the Roses, the subject of her novels

    Sandra signed a two book deal with the Penguin Group (USA) in 2007, and a new book deal in 2009 for Pale Rose of England: A Novel of the Tudors. Foreign rights have been sold to six countries.

    For additional information visit the website contact page. See also Berkley-Jove Authors and Penguin Books. Or read the Pittsburgh Examiner article.

    Saturday Afternoon Session III -  2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

    Presenter and topic to be announced

    Saturday Conclusion - Historical Fiction Panel - 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    Moderators and Panelists:

    Robert Hicks

    Sandra Worth

    Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail

    Janet Shawgo

    Janet Oakley

    SATURDAY - MEMBERS $150 - NON-MEMBERS $175 - INCLUDES THANKSGIVING LUNCH

     

    Friday scheduling is underway.  We're close to confirming our final presenters for Saturday.

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    Historical Fall Conference