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Rocket Groups

Rocket – A Peer Group for the Committed Writer
The Next Step

Writing is a solitary endeavor, and sometimes you just need to talk about writing with another writer. Critique groups are great, but what if you don’t have pages to share? And what about all the other stuff that comes along with a writing business, like marketing and platform-building?

“No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind.” – Napoleon Hill, in Think and Grow Rich, discussing the mastermind concept Houston Writer’s House member Jennifer Pallanich is starting a monthly mastermind intended to help launch our writing careers to the next level.

Rocket will give a group of inner loop fiction writers a chance to:

  • Tap into the experiences, perspectives and skills of others,
  • Create accountability,
  • Actively participate in a mutually supportive network.

Rocket will meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 630-830 pm in The Heights, beginning Tuesday 14 March.

Is Rocket Right for You?

At each two-hour meeting, we will find out what’s going on with each author, offer ways to help each other, share tips and resources, discuss the writing life in general, and set goals for the month ahead. Because of the honest and open communication necessary for such a group to be beneficial to each member, a long-term commitment is vital.

Are You Right for Rocket?

  • Rocket writers respectfully provide sound feedback and advice and gracefully receive similar. Mutually beneficial is the name of the game.
  • Rocket writers know where they want their writing career to go in the next year, three years, and five years. They have a plan of how to get there, along with the burning desire to meet or exceed their goals.
  • Rocket writers are fully committed to the group. This means full participation and perfect attendance.
  • Rocket writers are supportive people who want to help the other group members with their writing careers. When one does well, we all do well in the same way a rising tide floats all boats.
  • Rocket writers are honest, respectful and fully participating. A major benefit of a mastermind group is the brainstorming that happens when one member presents a problem, challenge or decision, and the entire group gets involved with the discussion.
  • Rocket writers bring strengths, experiences, and skills to the group.

The ideal size for Rocket is five members, including the facilitator (that’s J. Pallanich). If you’re interested in joining Rocket, email and describe why you want to join and what you’d bring to the group.

The benefits of writing group masterminds shouldn’t be limited to the inner loop! If you live in the inner loop or Town & Country and are interested in leading a group, contact Rebecca Nolen at

Jennifer Pallanich is a HWH member and co-author of Awakening (Book 1 of Children of the Solstice). She is the Author of Flacks & Hacks: Trade Secrets Journalists Want PR Pros to Know.

Additionally, she is the co-founder of Pair Tree Ink,


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