Inprint Kwame Alexander Reading

Inprint Cool Brains! Series

Inprint invites you to enjoy an afternoon with
celebrated middle-grade author Kwame Alexander. Mr. Alexander will make a
presentation about his new novel 
Rebound, a follow up to his Newbery Medal-winning The Crossover. Music
by Randy Preston will accompany the presentation.
After the
presentation, he will take questions from the audience, followed by a book
sale and signing, giving fans a chance to visit with him. Books will be
available for sale at the event through the series bookseller Blue Willow
As part of the event, a 100 free copies of Rebound will
be given out to families via a drawing, free poems upon request will be available
by the Inprint Poetry Buskers. Popston
will be available for sale.

Apr 22, 2018
3:00 pm
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Novel Writing Workshop

INSTRUCTORCassandra Rose Clarke
TIME: Ten Wednesdays, September 26th; October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, Skip Halloween; November 7th, 14th, 21st, Skip Thanksgiving weekend; December 5th and 12th; 6:00-9:00 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Friday, September 21st: $335 for members, $355 for non-members; After Friday, September 21st $375 for members, $395 for non-members
LOCATIONWritespace at 2000 Edwards #212, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: Intermediate and Advanced
CAP: Limited to 12 Writers

Do you struggle to keep your stories under 6000 words? Have you ever received feedback comments in short story workshops like, “I want more!” or “This feels like the start of something bigger”? Have you reached the point at which you feel ready to immerse yourself in a piece of writing, rather than dole your stories out in bite-sized chunks, but you’re not quite sure how to venture into a longer form?

If so, then this is the workshop for you. We will focus exclusively on writing the novel, studying the particular challenges and expectations that arise when writing long-form fiction. We’ll talk about building structure and juggling subplots. We’ll look at ways to avoid the dreaded “sagging middle.” And we’ll attempt to answer that age-old question: Should I outline or not? In addition, writers will have the opportunity to see either their completed manuscript or an excerpt critiqued, depending on where they are in the process. Writers with no completed novels are welcome, as are writers of all genres.

Sep 26, 2018
6:00 pm
Wednesday Time & Price:
6-9pm, $335-$395
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Beginning Fiction

Four Week Writing Workshop


A blank page can be daunting, and self-doubt can be paralyzing. According to author Stephen Koch, though, “The only way to begin is to begin, and begin right now.” In this four-week class, we’ll take this sentiment to heart. We will begin! Whether you are new to fiction or simply looking for a tune-up, this class will offer ways to kick-start your writing practice. We will read inspiring sample fiction and cover foundational craft elements—plot, character, dialogue, setting, and description. Through a series of writing exercises, we will practice these elements of craft and work toward unlocking our full creative potential. All participants will have the opportunity to present their writing, both shorter and longer pieces, for group critique and discussion. Together, we will fill the blank pages.

TIME: Four Thursdays, June 7th, June 14th, June 21st, June 28th, 6-9 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Saturday, June 2nd: $150 for members, $180 for non-members; After Saturday, June 2nd: $180 for members, $210 for non-members
LOCATION: Writespace at 2000 Edwards #212, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: Beginning and Intermediate
CAP: Limited to 12 Writers

Due Date: Jun 7, 2018
Contact Name: Elizabeth White-Olsen
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Beginning Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense Fiction

INSTRUCTORStephanie Jaye Evans
TIME: Six Tuesdays, September 4th, September 11th, September 18th, September 25th, October 2nd, October 9th, 6-9 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Thursday, August 30th: $200 members, $230 non-members. After Thursday, August 30th: $215 members, $245 non-members
LOCATIONWritespace at 2000 Edwards #212, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: Beginning and Intermediate
CAP: Limited to 12 Writers

In this workshop, we will explore plotting, casting, and developing the stories that keep us up at night. Through examining the work of highly successful published authors, exploring in-class writing exercises, and reviewing and discussing our own manuscripts, we will learn to craft mystery, thriller, and suspense novels that readers can’t put down--and can’t forget once they reach the last page. We will discuss how to flesh out fully realized characters and how to create believable (as opposed to realistic) situations in which to drop those hapless characters, as well as delve into understanding the suspense of mystery and the mystery of suspense. Though it is not necessary to be in the process of writing a mystery to join this workshop, participants who are working on a project will be invited to submit the first 2000 words of their manuscript for review. Please come prepared to engage in discussion, share your writing, ask questions, and get ready to take your mystery, thriller, or suspense story to the next level.

Sep 4, 2018
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Tuesday Time & Price:
6-9pm, $200-$245
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UNO Press Publishing Lab Prize

The University of New Orleans Press is excited to announce that
our fourth annual UNO Press Publishing Lab Prize is now open. We love to champion new writers. The first
winner of the Lab Prize, Margo Littell, published her debut novel with
us, Each Vagabond By Name. Melanie McCabe’s first book of
nonfiction, her memoir His Other Life: Searching for My Father, His
First Wife, and Tennessee Williams
, became our second winner. And this
fall, UNO Press will publish, as the Lab’s most recent winner, Meghan L.
Dowling’s first novel, A Catalogue of Small Pains


The University of New Orleans Press is looking
for full-length fiction manuscripts, either novels or short story collections,
for the fourth annual Publishing Lab Prize. The selected author will receive a
thousand dollar ($1,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish their
winning manuscript with UNO Press. The work does not have to be regionally
focused. There is no word limit. There is no limit on subjects covered.
Submissions are open until August 15. More information, including the
Submittable link, can be found at: 


Due Date: Aug 15, 2018
Contact Name: GK Darby
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Bad Love: A Dark Valentine's Eve Reading and Open Mic


Love is not always roses and chocolates. Sometimes love is dark, sometimes it's a punch in the gut, and sometimes it's just laugh-out-loud ridiculous. This Valentine's Eve, join us for a different kind of Valentine's reading--one that doesn't focus on the happily-ever-afters but that instead lingers on all that is less than perfect in, about, and around the subject of love. We'll feature three special guest readers, Jasminne Mendez, Chelsey Clammer, and Adrienne Perry, and will then open the stage to any and all Houston writers and poets for an open mic session. Bring your fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and everything in-between!

Open mic signup will be on the night of the event, and will be starting at 6.30 pm. Get there early to secure a 5-minute spot on the Bad Love stage.

WHAT TO READ: Anything about bad love, sad love, love gone hilariously wrong, love cynically rejected, love misplaces, love lost. Feel free to interpret the theme widely: it doesn't have to be romantic love--you can talk about family relations gone sour, friends turned enemies, your cat whom you love but who hates you, or the book you tried to love but that sorely disappointed your expectations. We can't wait to see how you interpret the theme!

WHAT NOT TO READ: We will not tolerate readings containing/promoting acts of violence committed in the name of love. We will not tolerate readings that are racist, sexist, ableist, or contain hate speech against any minority groups. We reserve the right to end any reading with material or themes we deem unacceptable for these or other reasons. 

Feb 13, 2018
7:00 pm

Inprint Ann M. Martin Cool Brains! Reading

Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People

The 2017/2018 Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young
presents Newbery Honor Award winner
Ann M. Martin
, author of the popular Baby-sitters Club books, reading from her New York Times bestselling middle grade novel Rain Reign, which raises awareness
about autism and the impact of hurricanes on kids and the pets they love. 
The first 200 families will
receive a free signed copy of
Rain Reign

Ms. Martin will have an
on-stage conversation with Valerie
Koehler from Blue Willow Bookshop and take questions from the audience.
Afterward, Houston Pets Alive! will share dog stories from
Hurricane Harvey, which opened a
shelter and saved more than 1,800 dogs and cats from the storm. The event will
conclude with a book sale and signing giving fans a chance to meet the author.
Bus scholarships are available for student groups by contacting

Ann M. Martin is the beloved author of more than 35 books in the
popular Baby-sitters Club series
. Her other novels for
middle-grade readers, ages 8-12, include 
Ten Rules for Living
with My Sister
Ten Good and
Bad Things About My Life
, and Everything
for a Dog
. She won a Newbery Honor Award for A Corner of
the Universe

Her latest New York Times bestseller Rain Reign is a powerful story about Rose Howard, a
charming and spunky girl on the autism spectrum, the dog she loves, and a
hurricane that changes everything. 
The New York
Times Book Review
“Ann M. Martin, a Newbery Honor winner, offers this affecting, elegantly
burnished middle-grade book about a girl with autism. . . . And yet the book
isn’t actually about autism, or even any coming-of-age theme. It’s about love
and fealty, fear, hope, the release from burdens, and what kids–all kids–need
but often don’t get.” Author Kate DiCamillo calls it “heartbreaking and
heart-mending at the same time.”

Jan 14, 2018
3:00 pm
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Inprint Katherine Paterson Reading

Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People

KATHERINE PATERSON, two-time winner of the Newbery
Medal and the National Book Award, has captivated young readers for over four
decades and is the author of more than 30 books. Her bestselling middle grade
novels, among others, include Bridge
to Terabithia
 and The Great
Gilly Hopkins
. She comes to Houston to share her latest middle grade
novel My Brigadista Year, which
Booklist describes as “a fascinating...portrayal of a turbulent time in history,” and
Kirkus Reviews says, “the themes of literacy, freedom, and community stay
strong. Educational and inspiring.”
On September 26, 1960, Fidel Castro
declared to the United Nations that Cuba would eradicate illiteracy within one
year. More than 100,000 students from the cities volunteered as brigadistas in
the campaign; most of them were 12 to 19 years old and over half were
women. Publishers Weekly writes,
“Paterson’s story is without political agenda, focusing instead on an
improbable (and successful) literacy campaign and how it dramatically expands
the world of one sheltered but determined girl.” Ms. Paterson’s other awards include
the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. A former National Ambassador for Young People’s
Literature, she is well known for her work in promoting literacy in the United
States and internationally, and in 2000 the Library of Congress named her a
Living Legend.

Ms. Paterson will make a lively presentation about her book,
followed by a Q&A with the audience and a book sale and signing. 

Nov 12, 2017
3:00 pm
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Zine Fest Houston 2017


This year the annual Zine Fest Houston event will be at Lawndale
Art Center on Saturday, November 11 from 1-7 PM! Zine Fest Houston 2017
is open to the public free of charge and all ages are welcome. With 100+
vendors and over 1,000 attendees in 2016, the fest continues to grow
apace and 2017 promises to be its biggest year ever.

The theme of this year’s festival is T H E C Y B E R F U T U R E I S N O W !

theme is all about indulging our wildest and most ~aesthetically
robust~ fantasies about our cybernetic future! What does a C Y B E R F U
T U R E look like to you? For those of us who grew up in the 90s, or
spent much of those early consumer PC years immersed in a freshly
created digital universe, we imagined a lush world like the ones in our
coolest screensavers, or that amazing-looking open-world game slash
chatroom we would spend hours in. But what about the DANGERS of
cyberfuture? Will sentient AI rise up and smash the oppressive and
small-minded humans that engineered it? Will we never escape the
all-seeing-eye of targeted advertising until we have to pay-to-play for
ad-free vision?

What do you see when you look into your crystal
ball emoji? C Y B E R U T O P I A, or C Y B E R D Y S T O P I A ? The
future is yours to decide… Now!

Programming during the day
includes “Zine Distros in the Digital Age: Releasing Your Work via
Blockchain” presented by Conner Clifton, a lecture by Houston Anarchist
Black Cross, a live podcast recording with Veer Queer, an all inclusive
LGBTQ+ podcast based out of Houston, TX, and a screening of selected
zine clips as well as a teen zine workshop and animation workshop with
DIY Animation Club.


2:15-3:00 PM "Zine Distros in the Digital Age: Releasing Your Work via Blockchain" presented by Conner Clifton
3:15-4:00 PM Spotlight On: Anarchist Black Cross Houston Chapter
4:15-5:00 PM Screening of Selected Zine Clips
5:15-6:00 PM Live Podcast Recording with Veer Queer

2:30-3:30 PM Teen Zine Workshop with Jasmine Monsegue
4:00-6:00 PM DIY Animation Club Workshop

*All programming will take place on the 3rd Floor at Lawndale Art Center.

Featured food vendors at this year's fest include Moon Rooster Food Truck, Food Music Life Food Truck and Chocolate Wasted Ice Cream Co.!

Fest Houston is a local volunteer-run organization and annual event
dedicated to promoting zines, comics, and other forms of small press,
alternative, underground DIY media and art. It is also a grassroots
attempt to build the local zine, DIY, and alternative media scenes and
form networks with media creators in other areas. ZFH is committed to
providing accessible space to celebrate self-publishing and small
presses, encouraging the distribution of independent art, writing, and
media primarily through the medium of zines. The goal of the event is
for attendees to discover new zines and be inspired to create their own
DIY art and media projects.

For more information, please visit the Zine Fest Houston website at or send an email to

Nov 11, 2017
1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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Inprint Nathan Englander & Nicole Krauss Reading

2017/2018 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series

The 2017/2018 Inprint
Margarett Root Brown Reading Series kicks off with award-winning fiction
writers Nathan Englander & Nicole Krauss.

Nathan Englander’s collection What We Talk about When We Talk
about Anne Frank
 was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize,
won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and was named a New York Times Notable Book and an NPR Best Book
of 2012. Michael Chabon hailed the collection as “certifiable
masterpieces of contemporary short-story art.” Englander’s other works include
the story collection For the Relief of Unbearable
, the novel The Ministry of Special
and the play  The Twenty-Seventh Man.
He will read from his new novel, coming out in September, Dinner at the Center of the Earth, a political
thriller set in the conflicted Israeli-Palestinian


Nicole Krausswhose work
has been translated into more than 35 languages, is, according to The New York Times, “one of America’s most
important novelists.” Her novel Great House was
a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Orange Prize, and The History of Love won the William Saroyan Prize
and France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Ėtranger. About her new novel Forest Dark, coming out in September, Publishers Weekly writes, “Krauss’s elegant,
provocative, and mesmerizing novel is her best yet…. Vivid, intelligent, and
often humorous, this novel is a fascinating tour de force.”

Reading followed by
on-stage interview, book sale, and signing.

Sep 18, 2017
General admission tickets $5 available at
8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
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PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


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