Fiction

2019 Comic Indie Con

Houston's Independent Comic Convention

This is Houston's premier Independent Comics Convention,  where we feature some of Texas's most creative underground indie artists and writers under one roof.

We'll have panel discussions from the creators themselves to teach the tricks of the trade for those wanting to break into the industry. interactive games, and opportunities. We will also feature independent: boardgames, crafts, artwork, and self-published books!

Come one come all, and enjoy food music, and the rich imagination that Houston has to offer.

When:
Nov 2, 2019
Cost:
$5.00 per person. Kids 5 and under are FREE
Time:
10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes

Crafting Unconventional Narratives

Not content with traditional ways of telling a story? Hoping to resist cliche? Looking for novel ways to write a novel? Whether it’s stream of consciousness, point of view, shifts in time, or experimenting with language and form, creating an original narrative isn’t easy. We’ll look at novels that have succeeded in creating powerful narratives through unique and idiosyncratic writing styles. We’ll focus on what makes an unconventional narrative work, concentrating on the chances the author took and how they paid off.

From William Faulkner to Virginia Woolf, Toni Morrison to Eimear McBride, some of the most powerful novels ever written were created by defying traditional forms of the novel and creating a work of singular style. Together, we’ll discover ways of bringing vibrant narratives to our own writing.

Due Date: Jun 29, 2019
Contact Name: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Phone: (713) 487-5603
Fee: Early-Bird until Tuesday, June 25th: $45 for members, $60 for non-members. After June 25th: $55 for members, $70 for non-members.
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Writing Concrete Details: A Hands-On Workshop

Feeling stuck on an existing project? Would you love to write more but don’t know where to begin? In this workshop, we will explore writing exercises inspired by one or more of the five senses: taste, scent, touch, sight, and sound. We’ll experiment with writing prompts based on fragrance, as well as visual and auditory prompts, to generate ideas for both new and ongoing projects. We’ll also explore how the senses are deeply linked with memory—for example, how scent can bring us back to a specific place, moment, or feeling—and how writing with the five senses helps us create concrete details that engage readers. Writers of all levels are welcome. All you need to bring is a willingness to enjoy your writing experience and your favorite writing tools (paper and pen or laptop).


Due Date: Jun 28, 2019
Contact Name: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Phone: (713) 487-5603
Fee: Early-Bird until Monday, June 24th: $45 for members, $60 for non-members. After Monday, June 24th: $55 for members, $70 for non-members.
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Fix Your Story with Point of View

Point of view is one of the most important choices an author can make because it impacts how readers see and respond to the story. If a story doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, often the problem lies in point of view. Perhaps we aren’t telling the right character’s story. Or we are telling the right character’s story, but we aren’t telling her story from the right point of view. A small shift in point of view can completely change the feel of a story!

When the story is told (before or after events), why it is told, and whodoes the telling are all powerful decisions each writer must make. It’s easy to give attention to the more glamorous aspects of craft such as character arcs, plot, and tension, but profound discoveries await those willing to explore point of view. To help free up our stories, we’ll read and analyze examples of point of view in successful novels and then apply our newfound knowledge to our own writing.

All levels of experience are welcome in this hands-on workshop. Come prepared to write, revise, and experiment. Please bring the first three to five pages of a novel or short story you’re working on, as well as a laptop or a notepad and pen or pencil.

Due Date: Jun 22, 2019
Contact Name: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Phone: (713) 487-5603
Fee: Early-Bird until Tuesday, June 18th: $45 for members, $60 for non-members. After Tuesday, June 18th: $55 for members, $70 for non-members.
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The Guide to Greaseless Self-Promotion

“Yeah, writing is great, but I’ll tell you what I really love: constantly shilling my book to a crowd of indifferent strangers!”

Said no writer, ever.

Self promotion may be an unavoidable task for the modern writer, but it doesn’t have to be an unbearable chore. If you’re disappointed, burned out, or just wondering where to start, this workshop is for you. Starting with an in-depth inventory of your natural passions, we'll work through a series of cutting edge marketing tools to help you discover the ones that suit you best. Come find your audience, harness your talents, and rekindle your enthusiasm—one step at a time.

Due Date: Jun 21, 2019
Contact Name: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Phone: (713) 487-5603
Fee: Early-Bird until Monday, June 17th: $45 for members, $60 for non-members. After Monday, June 17th: $55 for members, $70 for non-members.
FreshArts.org is a free, user-managed website. Posts and comments submitted on FreshArts.org do not necessarily serve as an endorsement or reflect the views of FreshArts or its staff.

The Guide to Greaseless Self-Promotion

“Yeah, writing is great, but I’ll tell you what I really love: constantly shilling my book to a crowd of indifferent strangers!”

Said no writer, ever.

Self promotion may be an unavoidable task for the modern writer, but it doesn’t have to be an unbearable chore. If you’re disappointed, burned out, or just wondering where to start, this workshop is for you. Starting with an in-depth inventory of your natural passions, we'll work through a series of cutting edge marketing tools to help you discover the ones that suit you best. Come find your audience, harness your talents, and rekindle your enthusiasm—one step at a time.

Due Date: Jun 21, 2019
Contact Name: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Phone: (713) 487-5603
Fee: Early-Bird until Monday, June 17th: $45 for members, $60 for non-members. After Monday, June 17th: $55 for members, $70 for non-members.
FreshArts.org is a free, user-managed website. Posts and comments submitted on FreshArts.org do not necessarily serve as an endorsement or reflect the views of FreshArts or its staff.

Character Arcs and Architecture

A protagonist should be likeable, they say—but what if you want to explore the darker side of human nature? And characters should allegedly grow and undergo a significant change in the course of the story—but how does that apply when you're writing a twenty-book series? And what if the story you're telling really does need half a dozen point-of-view characters?

If you've been struggling to find the balance between writing rules and writing reality, have no fear. In this hands-on, high-energy interactive workshop, we'll drill down past the standard dos and don'ts. Come explore the logic underlying common rules of characterization, discover how and when to bend those rules, and map out a plan that satisfies your vision and your readers. Bring your fictional friends and all your burning questions!

Due Date: Jun 21, 2019
Contact Name: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Phone: (713) 487-5603
Fee: Early-Bird until Monday, June 17th: $45 for members, $60 for non-members. After Monday, June 17th: $55 for members, $70 for non-members.
FreshArts.org is a free, user-managed website. Posts and comments submitted on FreshArts.org do not necessarily serve as an endorsement or reflect the views of FreshArts or its staff.

Women’s Voices Matter

What do women’s voices bring to the fabric of our society? Are their voices different from men's? And if there is a difference, is it now more relevant than ever?

This six-week workshop provides a safe space for women-identifying people of all ages to tell their stories and examine their journeys as individuals, as women, and as members of a larger world. By reading other women's work, we will explore themes that lead us to examine the bones of our lives. Such examination can help us to become more aware of the path our one “wild and precious life” is taking and to celebrate that path through our own writing. Our texts will be Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own,” which explores the importance of women’s voices, and Gail Caldwell’s Let’s Take the Long Way Home, which celebrates the power of women’s friendships.

Due Date: May 20, 2019
Contact Name: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Phone: (713) 487-5603
Fee: Early-Bird until Thursday, May 16th: $210 members, $240 non-members. After Thursday, May 16th: $240 members, $270 non-members.
FreshArts.org is a free, user-managed website. Posts and comments submitted on FreshArts.org do not necessarily serve as an endorsement or reflect the views of FreshArts or its staff.

Crafting Surprising Scenes

Are your scenes flat? What does “flat” even mean? For that matter, what exactly constitutes a scene? What’s one supposed to do?

This workshop will delve into all these questions and more. Starting with examples that twist, build tension, defy expectation, and propel readers forward, we’ll dissect the many different elements at work in some high-octane scenes. We’ll focus on turning points, the setup and payoff, emotional dynamics, character choice, and the ways in which narrative and craft elements affect each of these aspects. Eventually you’ll have an idea of what exactly a scene is meant to accomplish—and how to accomplish it. You’ll then be guided through a series of exercises to help you explore and apply what you’ve just learned to your own work. You’re encouraged to bring a brief scene that’s been giving you trouble for review and practice. All genres and experience levels are more than welcome.

Due Date: May 18, 2019
Contact Name: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Phone: (713) 487-5603
Fee: Early-Bird until Tuesday, May 14th: $45 for members, $60 for non-members.
FreshArts.org is a free, user-managed website. Posts and comments submitted on FreshArts.org do not necessarily serve as an endorsement or reflect the views of FreshArts or its staff.


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