Fiction

Zine Fest Houston 2018


This year the annual Zine Fest Houston event will be at Lawndale
Art Center on Saturday, November 17 from 12-6 PM! Zine Fest Houston 2018
is open to the public free of charge and all ages are welcome.

The theme of this year’s festival is WRESTLING!

2018 PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE*

PROJECT SPACE
12:30-2:00
PM Screening of "Lady Wrestler: The Amazing, Untold Story of
African-American Women in the Ring" by Chris Bournea (82 minutes)
2:00-3:00 PM Mockingbird Network Recording
3:00-4:00 PM Comedy and Agony: A History of Wrestling and Humor with Tex Lonestar of Doomsday Wrestling
4:00-5:00
PM Latinx Zinesters in Texas: A Reading & Discussion Featuring
Reyes Ramirez, Claudia Delfina Cardona and Yeiry Guevara, Moderated by S Rodriguez
5:00-6:00 PM Jennifer Mathieu: From Riot Grrrl to YA Author: How Zines Changed My Life and Birthed a Book!

CLASSROOM SPACE
1:00-3:00 PM Youth Zine-making Workshop
3:00-4:30 PM Détournement: Content Re-routing in Comics with Christopher Sperandio

OUTDOOR FRONT LAWN
4:05-4:20 PM Doomsday Wrestling Grudge Match

*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, Somos Semillas Vegan Kitchen, and Poodle Floss Cotton Candy!

SAFER SPACES POLICY
Zine
Fest Houston is FREE TO ALL, but please be aware that the festival has a
zero tolerance policy for sexism, racism, classism, homophobia,
transphobia, ableism, ageism, or any other forms of discrimination and
abuse taken against members of our community such as theft of money or
property, physical, verbal, or mental abuse, sexual harassment,
inappropriate/unwelcome comments and behaviors, disruptive or
disrespectful behavior, and causing a participant or attendee to feel
distressed or unsafe. We encourage everyone participating and attending
to help us hold the festival up to the standard we have set, and to
advise festival organizers if any issues arise in this regard during
ZFH. Thank you!

ABOUT ZINE FEST HOUSTON
Zine Fest Houston
(ZFH) is an annual, all-ages festival dedicated to promoting zines
(self-published magazines), mini-comics, and other forms of small press,
alternative and underground DIY media and art.

Admission is
always free and low cost table space is made available for creators,
writers, and artists involved in the creation, publication,
distribution, or promotion of alternative DIY media.

ZFH is the
sole event in Houston that specifically provides a platform for emerging
and established regional and national zine makers in the DIY community
to exchange new work and create meaningful relationships that lead to
productive collaboration.

For more information, please visit the Zine Fest Houston website at www.zinefesthouston.org or send an email to info@zinefesthouston.org.

When:
Nov 17, 2018
The Zine Fest Houston after party will be after the festival on Saturday, November 17th at Axelrad (1517 Alabama, Houston, TX 77004) starting at 7:30PM.
Cost:
Free
Time:
12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Saturday Time & Price:
FREE

Inprint Jonathan Lethem & Gary Shteyngart Reading

2018/2019 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series

Inprint presents an evening
with blockbuster novelists Jonathan
Lethem and Gary Shteyngart
as part of the 2018-2019 Inprint
Margarett Root Brown Reading Series
. Both Lethem and
Shteyngart will read from their new
novels
, The Feral Detective and Lake Success, respectively. After
the reading, Lethem and Shteyngart will join novelist and UH Honors Program
faculty member Robert Cremins for a conversation on-stage, followed by a book sale and signing at which
audience members can meet the author.

JONATHAN
LETHEM, a MacArthur “genius” fellow, has been called “one of America’s greatest
storytellers” by the Washington Post
and “one of our most inventive, stylish and sensuous writers” by Entertainment Weekly. Lethem’s novels
include Motherless Brooklyn, winner
of the National Book Critics Circle Award; The
Fortress of Solitude
, a New York
Times
bestseller; and Chronic City,
a New York Times Best Book of the
Year. He is also the author of several story collections and nonfiction books,
including The Ecstasy of Influence, a
New York Times Notable Book and
finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He comes to Houston to
read from his 11th novel The Feral
Detective
—his first post-modern take on the detective story since Motherless Brooklyn—which follows an
unlikely pair as they navigate the enclaves of desert-dwelling vagabonds to
find a missing girl. According to Colson Whitehead, “The Feral Detective investigates our haunted America in all its
contemporary guises — at the edge of the city, beyond the blank desert, in the
apartment next door. It’s a nimble and uncanny performance, brimming with
Lethem’s trademark verve and wit.” Dana Spiotta calls the book “wild, urgent,
and very funny.” Warner Brothers has acquired the film rights to both of these
novels; Motherless Brooklyn is
scheduled for release in 2019 starring Bruce Willis and Edward Norton.

GARY
SHTEYNGART has been hailed by The New
York Times
as “one of his generation’s most original and exhilarating
writers.” His debut novel The Russian Debutante’s
Handbook
won the Stephen Crane Award and the National Jewish Book Award for
Fiction. His other novels include Absurdistan—named
one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The
New York Times Book Review
and a best book of the year by Time, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago
Tribune
, and elsewhere—and Super Sad
True Love Story
, winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. His New York Times bestselling memoir Little Failure was a finalist for the
National Book Critics Circle Award. Born in Leningrad in 1972, Shteyngart’s
work has been translated into 29 languages. Elizabeth Gilbert writes, about his
new novel Lake Success, from which he
will read, “This is a novel that seems to have been created in real time,
reflecting with perfect comedy and horrible tragedy exactly what America feels
like right this minute…. The novel is stupendous.” Maureen Corrigan, on NPR, says, “Throughout his career,
Shteyngart has proven himself a cheeky comic daredevil, but never more so than
in this novel…. An artistic tour de force.”

When:
Nov 12, 2018
Cost:
Tickets $5 general admission, free rush tickets for students and senior citizens at the door
Time:
7:30 pm
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Inprint Cool Brains! Jason Reynolds Reading

2018/2019 Inprint Cool Brains! Series

The 2018/2019 Inprint Cool Brains!
Series
presents an afternoon with kids’ lit rockstar Jason Reynolds, sharing his new middle grade novel Lu, book 4 in his New York Times bestselling Track
series
. Inprint will give away a free
signed copy of Lu to the first 100
families
. Admission is free and
open to the public. After a presentation,
Reynolds will take questions from the
audience
. The event will conclude with a book signing, giving fans a chance to meet the author. The Inprint Poetry Buskers will be onsite
to write free poems upon request for event attendees. Blue Willow Bookshop will be selling copies of Lu at the event.

Finding it
hard to find books that reflected his life, Jason Reynolds did not read his
first book, cover to cover, until the age of 17. Committed to “not write boring
books,” Reynolds is now an award-winning author of several middle grade and
young adult books which have become instant New
York Times
bestsellers. He is a 2018 Newbery Award Honoree amd a Printz
Award Honoree for his novel in verse Long
Way Down
. His novel Miles Morales: Spider Man focuses
on the Marvel Comics’ Afro-Puerto Rican teen character. As Brave As You won the 2016 Kirkus Prize, the 2017 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding
Literary Work for Youth/Teen, the 2017 Schneider Family Book Award, and
the 2017 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book distinction. His young adult
poetry book For Every One was released
this year and is based on his performance at the Kennedy Center for the
unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. His other major books include
When I Was
the Greatest
, Boy
in the Black Suit
, and All American Boys (co-written with
Brendan Kiely). 

 He comes to Houston to
celebrate the publication of the fourth book in his bestselling Track series, Lu. The Track series follows characters
of an elite track team, with each novel in the series focusing on the
challenges of a particular character. The first book in the series, Ghost, was a finalist for the National
Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Patina
and Sunny followed, each receiving
rave reviews and becoming New York Times
bestsellers. School Library Journal,
in a starred review, calls Lu “pure
gold” and Booklist, also in a starred
review, says “Reynolds wraps up his powerful
series with a surprising ending, all while scattering rewarding details about Ghost, Patina, and Sunny to let the reader truly revel in this multidimensional world
as it comes to a close.”

When:
Nov 4, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
3:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
General Categories: 

Worldbuilding Writing Workshop

In fiction, setting can be as important of a character as the people. And in speculative fiction, that character often needs to be built from the ground—and history, and culture, and physics—up.

In fiction, setting can be as important of a character as the people. And in speculative fiction, that character often needs to be built from the ground—and history, and culture, and physics—up. In this workshop, we’ll be tackling worldbuilding. What issues arise when you set a story in a world that’s not our own? How can we build worlds as complex and lived-in as the real one? How can we avoid creating the same fantastical world that’s been created a thousand times before? We’ll attempt to answer these questions and more through writing exercises and class discussion. This workshop is designed to have you step forward carrying the seeds of a brand new world.

When:
Jan 19, 2019
INSTRUCTOR: Cassandra Rose ClarkeTIME: Saturday, January 19th, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PMPRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, January 14th: $45 for members, $60 for non-members. After Monday, January 14th: $55 for members, $70 for non-members. Become a Writespace member here. Scholarships available here.LOCATION: Writespace at Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards #208, Houston, TX, 77007LEVEL: All LevelsCAP: Limited to 15 Writers
Cost:
$45-$70
Time:
9:30 am
Saturday Time & Price:
9:30 AM-12:30 PM $45-$70
Location:
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Beginning Fiction

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.”

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 kickstart your writing practice. We will read inspiring sample fiction and cover foundational craft elements such as 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.

When:
Jan 16, 2019 to Feb 20, 2019
INSTRUCTOR: K.C. SinclairTIME: Six Wednesdays, January 16th, January 23rd, January 30th, February 6th, February 13th, February 20th, 6-9 PMPRICE: Early-Bird until Friday, January 11th: $210 members, $240 non-members. After Friday, January 11th: $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, 77007LEVEL: Beginning and IntermediateCAP: Limited to 12 Writers
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Wednesday Time & Price:
6-9 PM $210- $270
Location:
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Writing Novels for Young Adults

Teenagers need—and deserve—great books because teenagers are changing more radically, developing intellectually, socially, and emotionally at a more intense pace, than at any other time of life.

Teenagers need—and deserve—great books because teenagers are changing more radically, developing intellectually, socially, and emotionally at a more intense pace, than at any other time of life. Books give teens the hope and guidance—or just the break from the chaos!—that they need, so getting to write them is a profound honor.

Are you ready to workshop your young adult manuscript in progress but are not quite sure what to expect? Have you finished a young adult manuscript and feel ready for an accomplished YA writer’s feedback? Then join your fellow YA writers as we embark upon a four-week workshop of roundtable critiques and editorial advice, combined with short readings and craft exercises.

Each session we will share our own work for critique, study a particular element of craft, and read and discuss short excerpts from the best young adult novels. Through our discussions we will explore the basic elements of novel writing, including point of view, dialogue, characterization, setting, pacing, sentence structure, conflict, and theme, as well as the crucial aspects of voice and scene-setting that distinguish YA novels from fiction written for adults. By the end of the four weeks, writers will have gained clarity about their own work and a solid sense of what editors, agents, and readers are looking for in a YA novel. Each week, please bring ten copies of one to two pages to workshop, as well as paper and pen for taking notes.

When:
Jan 14, 2019 to Feb 4, 2019
INSTRUCTOR: Joy PrebleTIME: Four Mondays, January 14th, January 21st, January 28th, February 4th, 6-9 PMPRICE: Early-Bird until Wednesday, January 9th: $160 for members, $190 for non-members. After Wednesday, January 9th: $190 for members, $220 for non-members. Become a Writespace member here. Scholarships available here.LOCATION: Writespace at Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards #208, Houston, TX, 77007LEVEL: All LevelsCAP: Limited to 10 Writers
Cost:
$160-$220
Time:
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Monday Time & Price:
6-9 PM $160-$220
Location:
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Start Your Story! (ONLINE)

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.

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.

When:
Jan 9, 2019 to Feb 13, 2019
INSTRUCTOR: Cassandra Rose Clarke 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. LEVEL: Beginning and IntermediateCAP: Limited to 15 Writers
Cost:
$210- $270
Time:
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Wednesday Time & Price:
Time depends on participants’ specific schedules $210 - $270
Location:
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Advanced Literary Fiction

Writing and revising a short story can often seem like an arduous task, like building a bridge all alone

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—about thirty to forty pages of reading each week. (Please ensure you can commit to at least three hours of reading per week between sessions.) 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.


When:
Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 12, 2019
INSTRUCTOR: Benjamin RybeckLEVEL: Intermediate and AdvancedCAP: Limited to 12 Writers Become a Writespace member here.​ Scholarships available here.
Cost:
$335-$395
Time:
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Tuesday Time & Price:
6-9 PM $335 - $355
Location:
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Writing Towards Reflection

A Creative Exploration of McGovern Lake


As writers and artists, we all need to make time to recharge our creative energies. This fall, step away from your desk and practice fresh ways of looking, thinking, and recording landscapes both internal and external, and refill your creative well thought this immersive walking investigation of McGovern Lake in Houston’s Hermann Park. Although the lake may have artificial origins, it has been transformed by a wealth of evolving ecological forces: from Muscovy ducks to channel catfish to honeybees. In many ways, McGovern Lake embodies the interplay between nature and nurture—one of several themes we will explore over the course of the session, all of which are linked by an overarching focus on reflection. What does it mean to see oneself seeing, for instance? How can image shape understanding? We will explore these questions and more through a combination of independent and collective writing exercises.

Sharing your work is always optional. Facilitation will be in English, but you should feel free to write in any language.

REGISTRATION: $45
MAX. PARTICIPANTS: 12

MORE INFO:  fuenteco.com/calendar/writingreflection2018

When:
Nov 3, 2018
Cost:
45
Time:
1:00 pm


PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


713.868.1839


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