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March 30th How to Write Your Family’s Stories


INSTRUCTOR: Joyce Boatright
TIME: Saturday, March 30th, 1-4 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, March 25th: $45 for members, $60 for non-members. After Monday, March 25th: $55 for members, $70 for non-members. Become a Writespace member here. Scholarships available here.
LOCATION: Writespace at Silver Street Studios, Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards #208, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL:All Levels
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers

“Once Upon a Time” are four of the most compelling words in the English language. We all love stories, especially stories about family. Sadly, though, if you don’t share the stories and record them, you can lose your family’s story within three generations. This is what happens in most families, but this is a trend worth altering, because gathering family stories is such an enriching and rewarding process.

Do you have family photographs fading in scrapbooks, old letters between your parents, a diamond pendent from your grandmother, trinkets you accumulated from your travels, or other documents that are lying fallow in a closet? These can be seeds for amazing family stories.

Join us as we study how personal letters, family albums, newspaper clippings, and similar artifacts can be used to create a compelling story. We’ll also practice writing scenes and using literary devices to shape our stories.

Participants may bring artifacts and writing projects in progress, but this isn’t a requirement.

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March 26 – Social Event
Speaker TBA

TIME: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 – 6:30 to 8:30 PM
LOCATION: Black Labrador – 4100 Montrose Blvd #8, Houston, TX 77006
PRICE: Free for members.


March 23rd How to Write about Painful Memories


INSTRUCTOR: Sharon C. Jenkins
TIME: Saturday, March 23rd, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, March 18th: $45 for members, $60 for non-members. After Monday, March 18th: $55 for members, $70 for non-members. Become a Writespace member here. Scholarships available here.
LOCATION: Writespace at Silver Street Studios, Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards #208, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL:All Levels
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers

Pain is relevant. No matter how often we try to stuff it in a box, it somehow rears its ugly head again and again. But pain has a deeper purpose when we allow ourselves to learn from it. One of the most therapeutic things we can do is write about pain. Getting the ugliness of life’s mishaps on paper and sharing the events that hurt us deeply may seem like a daunting task. Yet in this age of superheroes, we can put on our capes, pick up our pens, and write about pain. When we do so, we not only change our own lives, we comfort and encourage others who have had similar experiences.

If you’ve wanted to write about painful memories—but at the same time, haven’t wanted to, or haven’t known how to, this workshop is the antidote to the paralysis that can hold us captive. In this workshop we will discover our writer’s kryptonite and learn how to liberate our pens to craft an authentic story that tells the truth about pain and darkness while pointing the way toward the light of lessons learned. Together, arm in arm, we will walk through a seven-step writing journey, easing us from the actual event to sharing the poignant points of the story in an outline format. At the end of this workshop we will capture our riveting stories on paper, enabling us to spread wings that let us leap over our tall buildings of pain in a single bound. Those who would like to share their successes by reading aloud will have the opportunity, but sharing will absolutely be optional and neither expected nor required. Come get in touch with your inner super writing power and learn to write about painful memories faster than a speeding bullet. Together, we will battle the darkness to prove that the pen is indeed mightier than the sword.

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Six Sundays, March 10th – April 14th The Journey of Poetry


INSTRUCTOR: Cindy Childress
TIME: Six Sundays, March 10th, March 17th, March 24th, March 31st, April 7th, April 14th, 3-6 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Tuesday, March 5th: $210 members, $240 non-members. After Tuesday, March 5th: $240 members, $270 non-members. Become a Writespace member here. Scholarships available here.
LOCATION: Writespace at Silver Street Studios, Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards #208, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL:All Levels
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers

Poetry uses language in a way that is not available to us in everyday life. As with a song, a poem can elevate and capture a specific experience—an image, memory, or sensation—and connect people in a powerful way. Whether you are a practiced poet or a total “newbie” who has just wondered what poetry is “about,” this workshop will provide a jump-start to get you into a writing practice. Come join us in a supportive, inspiring workshop environment in which we will explore found poetry, song lyrics, spoken word, and literary poetry from a wide range of contemporary authors. We will also study a broad array of craft techniques, including how to use line breaks, stanzas, and sound to heighten meaning. Writers from marginalized communities (writers of color, writers with disabilities, writers from the queer and LGBT community) are encouraged to attend.

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March 2nd and 9th The Short Story: The First Step to Publishing Your Novel


INSTRUCTOR: K.C. Sinclair
TIME: Two Saturdays, March 2nd and 9th, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, February 25th: $85 for members, $100 for non-members. After Monday, February 25th: $100 for members, $115 for non-members. Become a Writespace member here. Scholarships available here.
LOCATION: Writespace at Silver Street Studios, Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards #208, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: Beginning and Intermediate
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers
Most novelists launch their writing careers by writing and publishing short stories. Often, writers discover their first novel through a short story; the tales of famous novels that began as short stories are ubiquitous. The short story is also the best and most effective training ground for novelists because through crafting short stories, writers can learn the elements of craft fundamental to novel writing while skipping the danger of “getting in over their head” and abandoning a project. This makes sense because before a carpenter builds a house, he learns to build a bench. Before an artist paints a mural, she paints a portrait. The short story is the fiction writer’s most foundational form; as such, it’s the place where most writers who succeed begin.

Short story writers have a head start at becoming successful novelists for a reason: Although short stories contain fewer words, having fewer words to work with means the form requires greater attention to craft than longer forms. Writers of short stories do not have hundreds of pages to develop character, explain backstory, and establish a plot. In short stories, each sentence matters, from the rhythm of its words to the information it provides. Not only can working in the short story form strengthen your writing skills, it can produce powerful art—powerful art that can strengthen a new writer’s confidence and can even lead to a book deal.

In this workshop, we will read and explore outstanding examples of both traditional and experimental short stories. We will read craft articles about the form to determine what will help us succeed, and then, through guided in-class writing exercises, we will launch forth together into the actual writing of short stories and see where the adventure leads us.

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February 28, 2019 Self-Publishing 101: How to Create, Market, and Sell Your Book


INSTRUCTOR: D.L. Young
TIME: Thursday, February 28th, 6-9 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Saturday, February 23rd: $45 for members, $60 for non-members. After Saturday, February 23rd: $55 for members, $70 for non-members. Become a Writespace member here. Scholarships available here.
LOCATION: Writespace at Silver Street Studios, Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards #208, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: All Levels
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers
Have you ever wanted to publish your own book? The publishing world has changed, and now it’s easier than ever for independent authors to self-publish. But how do you get started? How do you find a cover artist or an editor? How do get your title up on Amazon? And how do you get the word out about your book so that you can earn dollars to gain more writing time? In this workshop, Pushcart Prize nominee and 2017 Independent Press Award winner D.L. Young will support you in answering these and other questions to ensure a strong launch on your self-publishing journey.

The topics we’ll cover include:
• Writing software: Word, Scrivener, etc.
• Cover art: Why it’s so important and how to find a good cover artist
• Editors and proofreaders: Why you need them and how to find them
• Book creation logistics: eBook and print book formatting and production, ISBNs, and copyrights
• Publishing platforms: Pros and cons of selling “Amazon exclusive” vs. “going wide”
• Pricing: How to determine your book’s best price in various formats
• Marketing and advertising: Finding readers and reviewers, choosing mailing list providers, purchasing Facebook and Amazon ads, conducting Goodreads Giveaways and live events.

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Feb 26 – Social Event – Speaker TBA

TIME: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 – 6:30 to 8:30 PM
LOCATION: Black Labrador – 4100 Montrose Blvd #8, Houston, TX 77006
PRICE: Free for members.


February 16, 2019 How to Write Amazing Dialogue


INSTRUCTOR: Joshua Dewain Foster
TIME: Saturday, February 16th, 1-4 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, February 11th: $45 for members, $60 for non-members. After Monday, February 11th: $55 for members, $70 for non-members. Become a Writespace member here. Scholarships available here.
LOCATION: Writespace at Silver Street Studios, Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards #208, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: All Levels
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers
Dialogue is vital to any narrative, and the principles of writing it well remain consistent across genres and forms. When dialogue is solid, stories sail right along, but when dialogue stinks, everything sinks. Just what are the essential elements that keep invented conversations flowing? In this workshop novelist Joshua Foster and special guest author BC Olivia will share the fundamentals of crafting believable, engaging dialogue. They will share examples of great dialogue and offer practical techniques and strategies, as well as generative prompts designed to guide participants in beginning to master this challenging but truly enjoyable craft skill. Workshoppers are invited (but not required) to bring their own pages of dialogue for review. All genres and experience levels are welcome.

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February 10, 2019 Make Your Prose Sing


INSTRUCTOR: K.C. Sinclair
TIME: Sunday, February 10th, 3-6 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Tuesday, February 5th: $45 for members, $60 for non-members. After Tuesday, February 5th: $55 for members, $70 for non-members. Become a Writespace member here. Scholarships available here.
LOCATION: Writespace at Silver Street Studios, Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards #208, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: All Levels
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers
Fiction writers spend a lot of time thinking about the content of their writing—the plot, the characters, the setting. However, we were probably drawn to this craft not only through our love of stories, but through our love of language itself. When writing a poem, a poet naturally works with rhythm, rhyme, flow, and alliteration and plays with meaning, metaphor, and structure. These tools enable poets to create pieces beautiful both in content and in language. In this workshop, we will approach our prose with the tools of the poet and with the intent of making our sentences—and our stories—more powerful through the sculpting of the language itself. We will study and explore examples of excellent poetry and prose, write from exercises inspired by what we have learned, and discover together exhilarating new ways we can make our prose sing.

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February 3, 2019 Digging the Well: Building Emotional Content in Our Stories


INSTRUCTOR: Allegra Hyde
TIME: Sunday, February 3rd, 3-6 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Tuesday, January 29th: $45 for members, $60 for non-members. After Tuesday, January 29th: $55 for members, $70 for non-members. Become a Writespace member here. Scholarships available here.
LOCATION: Writespace at Silver Street Studios, Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards #208, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: All Levels
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers
Why is it that our story ideas sing in our imaginations, but then sound flat when we move to the page? Sometimes we can chalk that discrepancy up to the ups and downs of the writing process; it’s just what happens when we move from the kernel of a story to drafting and revision, and eventually it works itself out. At other times, the gap is due to a lack of emotional content. We’ve generated characters, a setting, they’re talking to each other, they even have some problems, but we find that while we’re accruing details, we’re not accruing depth. Building emotional content isn’t about getting all of our characters on a therapist’s couch. It’s about looking at what we’ve written and finding the traces of deep desire, power play, values, and fruitful contradiction within those pages. From there, we find ways to subtly turn those traces into a source of power and purpose in our story. In the class, we’ll do this through exercises, discussion, and by lending a keen eye to our own work.
Note: Please bring 1-2 double-spaced pages of prose you have been struggling with.

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January 26, 2019 Worldbuilding Writing Workshop


INSTRUCTOR: Stephanie Jaye Evans
TIME: Saturday, January 26th, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, January 21st: $45 for members, $60 for non-members. After Monday, January 21st: $55 for members, $70 for non-members. Become a Writespace member here. Scholarships available here.
LOCATION: Writespace at Silver Street Studios, Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards #208, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: All Levels
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers
Nothing keeps a reader turning pages like tension! In this three-hour workshop, we’ll consider how writers can effectively build tension in their writing. Together, we’ll discuss the elements of tension, from cliffhangers to pacing, from character motivation to story stakes. We’ll dissect some high-tension examples from published stories and participate in several writing exercises in order to put these elements to work. Bring a laptop or pen and paper and be prepared to write, share, and try new thing.
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Jan 22 – Social Event – Elizabeth White-Olsen – Achieving Your Writing Goals in 2019

TIME: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 – 6:30 to 8:30 PM
LOCATION: Black Labrador – 4100 Montrose Blvd #8, Houston, TX 77006
PRICE: Free for members.


January 13, 2019 Members Only Memoir and Creative Nonfiction First Page Feedback Session


INSTRUCTOR: Mark Dostert
TIME: Sunday, January 13th, 3-6 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Tuesday, January 8th: $20 for members. After Tuesday, January 8th: $35 for members. Become a Writespace member here. Scholarships available here.
LOCATION: Writespace at Silver Street Studios, Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards #208, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: All Levels
CAP: Limited to 9 Writers

Do you wonder what editors at publishing companies, magazines, and literary journals are thinking when they read the opening page of your memoir or personal essay? What are they looking for? What makes them want to keep reading? If so, join your fellow Writespace members as we learn from each other in this supportive roundtable of first page critiques.

Our three-hour session will explore various craft elements essential to beginning a compelling memoir or personal essay. These lessons will be drawn specifically from our own work, with the exception of the opening page of a published memoir and a published personal essay used as mentor texts. By session’s end, attending writers will attain greater clarity about what questions good writers ask as they work, as well as a clearer sense of what editors and agents look for when they read our submissions. Please bring to workshop eleven printed hard copies of the first page of an aspiring book-length memoir or stand-alone personal essay to share with the group. You will leave with ten copies of your page full of comments, questions, observations, and suggestions.


Jan 9, 2019 – Feb 13, 2019 Start Your Story!


INSTRUCTOR: Cassandra Rose Clarke
TIME: Starts Wednesday, January 9th and ends Wednesday, February 13th. Specific workshop times to be determined solely by participants’ specific schedules and availability
PRICE: Early-Bird until Friday, January 4th: $210 members, $240 non-members. After Friday, January 4th: $240 members, $270 non-members. Become a Writespace member here. Scholarships available here.
LOCATION: ONLINE ONLY. Please note: Instructor will contact participants with online classroom invitation and entry instructions the day the workshop begins.
LEVEL: Beginning and Intermediate
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers
Telling stories has been a part of the human experience for as long as there have been humans, but the experience of formalizing those stories into a work of written fiction can be a daunting process. In this workshop, we’ll examine the basics of good fiction: plot, character, dialogue, and setting. We’ll read and discuss both classic and contemporary short stories, taking them apart to see how they work, and we’ll apply those techniques in a series of fun and inspiring exercises. We’ll also set aside time to talk about the process of getting started: How do you make time to write? How can you find a good critique group? What happens after you’ve finished a story? And at the end of the workshop, students will have the opportunity to have their work—either a short story or a chapter from a novel—critiqued. All genres are welcome, from literary to mystery to science fiction and fantasy!

Note about Writespace’s online workshops: Participants should plan to commit three hours per week to reading, posting, and responding to assignments in the online classroom and one to two hours per week to writing outside the classroom. Online workshops offer built-in flexibility and are ideal for writers with busy schedules, as the times participants visit the classroom are determined solely by their own availability, whether they are available at 3 PM or at 3 AM or at any other times on any other days of the week. Participants will be invited to enter the online classroom and will receive instructions the day the workshop begins.


Jan 8, 2019 Advanced Literary Fiction with ALLEGRA HYDE


TIME: Ten Tuesdays, January 8th, January 15th, January 22nd, January 29th, February 5th, February 12th, February 19th, February 26th, March 5th, March 12th, 6-9 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Thursday, January 3rd: $335 for members, $355 for non-members. After Thursday, January 3rd: $375 for members, $395 for non-members. Become a Writespace member here. Scholarships available here.
LOCATION: Writespace at Silver Street Studios, Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards #208, Houston, TX, 77007 LEVEL: Intermediate and Advanced
CAP: Limited to 12 Writers

Writing and revising a short story can often seem like an arduous task, like building a bridge all alone. But the work gets easier if you have a good team—a group of people you trust, who give good advice, who have lessons to teach whether they know it or not. So, with that in mind, please join me for a no frills, absolutely practical short story workshop. The goal is simply this: for you to leave the course with ONE completed short story, ready for submission for publication. Some people may have a short story they wish to work on, to revise; others may want to start fresh. Both approaches are welcome. Either way, we’re going to dig deep into the short story form and figure out how it works.

This course will be a mix of studying the craft exhibited in fine examples of published short stories and reading/commenting on the short stories of your peers. In each meeting, we will discuss a published short story and then turn to your work to apply lessons, to ask questions, to be cheerleaders—in short, to be the team that’ll help you build that bridge from wanting to be published to being published.
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Email Rebecca at: rlnolen@hotmail.com
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