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Scroll down for more information on the September 21 and 22, 2018 HWH 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.

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

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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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  • Fri
    21
    Sep
    2018
    Sat
    22
    Sep
    2018
    times varySouthwest Presbyterian Church - 6033 S. Rice Ave., Bellaire, TX 77401

    SEPTEMBER 21 AND 22, 2018

    FRIDAY WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

    Friday, September 21, 2018 - 3:45 PM to 8:00 PM - includes dinner
    Registration begins Friday at 3:00 PM

    FRIDAY, Sept 21, 2018 - Afternoon Sessions

    FIRST SPEAKER TO BE ANNOUNCED - 3:45 PM - 5:45 PM

    THE LOUIS EPSTEIN DINNER SHOW - THE HISTORY OF COMEDY - 6:00 PM TO 8:00 PM

    LOUIS EPSTEIN

    Louis Epstein began his career as a multi-award winning national and international actor, writer, and comedy performer. As an agent he ushered in a new form of entertainment called “interactive.” This concept has led to the creation of team building games, D.J’s, bands, and variety performers that get into and involve the audience, create exciting participation, and unique improvisational moments that only a fresh and personalized show can give.

    Louis started Best Entertainers in 1981 and stepped away to form his own management company. He has managed Michael Davis, one of the leaders of the new vaudeville movement and a number of other national and international stars. Louis continues to broker national entertainment for Best Entertainers and is an advocate for interactive entertainment nationwide.

    SATURDAY WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

    Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM - includes lunch
    Registration begins Saturday at 8:30 AM

    Saturday, Sept 22, 2018 - Morning Keynote and Session

    Keynote Speaker - 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 Afternoon Session - Danielle Hampson from THE AUTHORS SHOW

    Danielle Hampson

    New Media Book Marketing in the 21st Century

    New technologies continue to evolve at a fast pace making it increasingly difficult for authors to keep up with them and acquire a thorough understanding of how these new tools can be utilized to enhance the exposure of their work to the book buying public.  Danielle Hampson, a podcasting pioneer in the publishing industry explains the "Who, What, Why, Where, When and How" of incorporating audio & video in your 21st century book marketing strategy and utilizing social media effectively. And she does in plain and simple English!

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    1. A clear understanding of the value of incorporating audio/video in your book marketing strategy;
    2. Learn to present your work to traditional & online media show producers in a professional manner;
    3. Avoid common interview mistakes.

    A podcasting pioneer in the publishing industry, Danielle Hampson created “The Authors Show” many years before Internet streaming radio & TV and podcasting became popular.  Now in its 13th year of podcasting, the show has processed over 4000 authors from around the world, and currently has 3 hosts to meet the interview requests.

    Danielle is an accomplished talk show personality and a public speaker on several topics, including “New Media Book Marketing in the 21st Century”.  She has conducted many workshops at conferences organized by various organizations, including the Florida Authors & Publishers Association, Readers Favorite, the Phoenix Writers Club, the Phoenix Writers Network, Scottsdale Society of Women Writers, SIAS International University in China where she also received a Leadership Award in 2017, the AZ Department of Education and the Girls Scouts. Previously, as an International Business & Marketing Consultant speaking several languages, she traveled the world assisting small and large U.S. & foreign corporations establish their markets on both sides of the Atlantic and the Pacific.  As the founder & facilitator of a business networking organization with multiple chapters across various states, she has helped thousands of entrepreneurs develop and improved their business networking skills, and for several years she served on the Advisory Business Education Council of the Arizona Department of Education.  She volunteers as Director of Media Relations for World Academy for the Future of Women, an advanced leadership program to accelerate women’s leadership worldwide , and she has created “Give A Book Get A Smile”, a literacy initiative that brings books to those challenged with reading skills and access to books.   Ms. Hampson is the President & CEO of KDResources, Inc.

    CONCLUSION - HISTORICAL FICTION PANEL

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