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  • 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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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
    23
    Oct
    2018
    6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Black Labrador, 4100 Montrose, Houston, TX 77006

    Tuesday Social 

    Guest Speaker: Sandy Lawrence (PerceptivePR) and Aimee Ravichandran - The Matriarch and the Millennial discuss Marketing

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  • Fri
    02
    Nov
    2018
    Sat
    03
    Nov
    2018
    times varyBuffalo Soldiers National Museum, 3816 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77004

    November 2 & 3, 2018

    Featuring New York Times Best Selling Author, Robert Hicks

    Other Speakers Include

    Henry B. Crawford ~ Curt Locklear ~ Caroline Leech ~ Capt Paul Matthews ~ Retired Sgt Maj James Williams

    The venue and the speakers for this event are of interest to any and all of us that enjoy history, especially history with a human touch. We encourage everyone to look at the event, and if strikes your interest to attend. You will not be disappointed!

    Member and Non-members registration for the same price. Seating is limited!!  Sign up today!

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    Pre-Event Dinner Friday November 2, 2018

    4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Captain Paul Matthews Presentation and Tour followed by a Meet and Mingle: Dinner with the Guests and Authors.

    Captain Paul Matthews

    4:30 pm - Friday Registration begins - Friday Only $75 Members & Non-members.

    5:00 pm - 5:45 pm Friday Evening with Captain Paul Matthews - Founder and Chairman of the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum  - Captain Matthews will conduct a detailed tour of the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum followed by dinner with the guest and authors.

    Paul J. Matthews is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum.  He is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University and a former captain in the U.S. Army’s Medical Service Corp. He received a Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Combat Medical Badge in the Republic of Vietnam in 1969 and then went on to become executive business manager and director of military affairs for Merck & Co., Inc. During his career at Merck, Matthews pursed his interest in the exploits of the Buffalo Soldiers. Thirty years later, Matthews kept telling Barbara, his wife of forty years, that he had enough artifacts to start a museum. His donations make up 60 percent of the collection in the only museum in America to chronicle the entire African American military experience, from the Revolutionary War to the Persian Gulf War. The museum also recognizes the military contributions of African American women, such as Harriet Tubman. More than 90,000 visitors have enjoyed the museum’s interactive tours and reenactments of historic Black characters. Learn more about Paul J. Matthews 

    6:00 pm - Curt Locklear presents "Soldiers, Loves, and Songs of the Civil War" - This presentation includes performance of songs of the era on banjo and guitar.

    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Dinner with banjo music by Curt Locklear

    Learn more about Curt Locklear

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    Saturday November 3, 2018

    8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Robert Hicks

    8:30 am - Saturday Registration begins - Saturday Only $135 Members & Non-members.

    9:00 am - 10:00 am - Saturday Morning Keynote Speaker - Robert Hicks Keynote Topic: How Myth and Fiction can save Civilization.

    Robert Hicks is the author of The New York Times Bestseller "The Widow of the South" and "Orphan Mother," " 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".  "Orphan Mother" trailer

    Learn more about Robert Hicks

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

    Caroline Leech will present: World-building is not just for Fantasy: How to make Historical Settings Come Alive in your Writing

    Session Description: Every writer knows that fantasy authors work hard to build imaginary worlds in the minds of their readers, but what about us historical storytellers? The worlds we describe may be just as alien to our 21st century readers as their space-ships and elf-palaces, even if we base our settings on very real times and places. Have your pen and paper ready for Caroline’s interactive session on how to bring your historical settings alive for your readers.

    Caroline Leech is the author of two young adult novels, WAIT FOR ME (2017) and IN ANOTHER TIME (2018), both set in her native Scotland during World War Two and both published by Harper Teen/Harper Collins. She is currently working on her next pair of novels set in an earlier but equally volatile period of British history. She regularly gives schools workshops around Houston, is on the advisory board of Inprint, and is an active member of Houston SCBWI.

    Learn more about Caroline Leech at https://www.facebook.com/carolineleech/

    Lunch 11:15 am - 12:00 pm

    Henry B. Crawford

    12:10 pm - 2:10 pm (with 10 min break) - Saturday Afternoon Session with Henry B. Crawford: Texas Hide Hunters:  Materials, Methods and Mooar

    This power-point session will take an in-depth look at the technology and methodology that brought down the buffalo on the West Texas plains in the 1870s.  Mr. Crawford will discuss buffalo hunting, including the varieties of guns and ammunition used as well as skinning, meat and hide preparation and transportation to markets.  He will then focus on a West Texas treasure in the collections of the Museum of Texas Tech University - buffalo hunter John Wesley Mooar's Sharps rifle.

    Henry B. Crawford is a Research Associate and the retired Curator of History at the Museum of Texas Tech University.  Prior to his most recent curatorial position he served as Museum Registrar at the Texas Tech Museum and at the Milwaukee Public Museum.  He holds an M.A. in American History/Museum Studies from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and museum training certificates from the Smithsonian Institution and the Texas Historical Commission Winedale program. He is currently the Model Railroad Exhibit curator at the Science Spectrum Museum in Lubbock, TX.

    Learn more about Henry B. Crawford

     

    2:20 pm  - 3:35 pm - Saturday Afternoon Session

    Robert Hicks will present: Marrying Truth and Fiction:  The Hard Work behind Historical Fiction

     

    Learn more about Robert Hicks

     

    Retired Sgt Major James Williams

     3:45 pm - 4:25 pm - Saturday Afternoon  - Retired Sgt. Maj. James Williams: The Oldest Buffalo Soldier

    Sgt. Maj. Williams was born in Texas and served for 21 years, including in the Korean War from 1950-54 and four tours in Vietnam. When he joined at the age of 15 in 1950, he could not eat, sleep, or participate in the same activities as white soldiers and endured not only the physical challenges of the military experience but the mental ones.

    Learn more about Sgt. Maj. James Williams

    ~Historical Fiction Panel with Guests ~

    Historical Fiction Panel - 4:25 pm - 5:00 pm

    Moderators and Panelists:

    Henry B. Crawford, Robert Hicks, Sgt Major James Williams, Caroline Leech, Curt Locklear

    ~ Saturday Conclusion ~

    Tour the Buffalo Soldier Museum at your leisure

    A Brief History of the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

    The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum (BSNM), a non-profit 501(c)(3) institution, was founded in 2001 by Vietnam veteran, Captain Paul J. Matthews.  Major Charles Williams, United States Army Retired, serves as the Museum's Chief Docent.  BSNM is the only museum dedicated primarily to preserving the legacy and honor of the African-American soldier in defense of the United States of America from the Revolutionary War to present. The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is a proud member of the Houston Museum District and the Midtown Cultural Arts District. The museum is also a proud member of the Greater Houston Conventions and Visitors BureauGreater Houston Partnership and the Better Business Bureau.

    PLEASE NOTE EVENT LOCATION:  Buffalo Soldiers National Museum ~ 3816 Caroline St, 3rd Floor, Houston, TX 77004

    Registration includes "Meet the Guests and Authors" dinner on Friday night, lunch on Saturday plus admission to tour the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum.

    FRIDAY only -  INCLUDES DINNER - $50    

    SATURDAY only - INCLUDES LUNCH - $135     


    Historical Fall Conference



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

    Tuesday Social 

    Guest Speaker: MaryAnn Faremouth will present "Slay the Dragon Within"

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  • Tue
    18
    Dec
    2018
    6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Black Labrador, 4100 Montrose, Houston, TX 77006

    Tuesday Social - moved up one week due to holiday

    Guest Speaker: To be announced

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