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DATE: Tuesday, February 26th 6:30 – 8:30 PM
SPEAKER: Joyce Boatright – Topic: Starting with Memoir
LOCATION: The Black Labrador (4100 Montrose, Houston, 77006)
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DATE: Tuesday, March 26th 6:30 – 8:30 PM
SPEAKER: Adam Hold – Topic: Humor in Writing
LOCATION: The Black Labrador (4100 Montrose, Houston, 77006)
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DATE: Tuesday, April 23rd, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
SPEAKER: Holly Walrath – Topic: Submitting Short Work
LOCATION: The Black Labrador (4100 Montrose, Houston, 77006)
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DATE: Tuesday, May 28th 6:30 – 8:30 PM
SPEAKER: Text Thompson – Topic: The Gift of Place: Making Space for Your Next Extraordinary Breakthrough
LOCATION: The Black Labrador (4100 Montrose, Houston, 77006)
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DATE: Tuesday, June 25th 6:30 – 8:30 PM
SPEAKER: D. L. Young – Topic: Indie Publishing
LOCATION: The Black Labrador (4100 Montrose, Houston, 77006)
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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.

More info on all events here!


March 26 – Social Event
Speaker Adam Holt – Humor in Writing

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.

More info on all events here!


Feb 26 – Social Event – Speaker Joyce Boatright – Starting with Memoir

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.



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.


 


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Email Rebecca at: rlnolen@hotmail.com
Subject Line: Houston Writers House Socials and Events