Angie Thomas's ground-breaking debut novel, The Hate U Give, is described as a literary ramrod that will be remembered as a classic. Angie Thomas will take guests beyond the page with a presentation that brings alertness to the vibrant truths of our culture and social climate. The Hate U Give stayed on the New York Times best-seller list for over 50 weeks and was recently released as a motion picture in 2018.
Through advocacy and fundraising, the Houston Public Library Foundation supports the Houston Public Library’s wide range of initiatives with particular emphasis on its neighborhood libraries and their community programs.
HYATT REGENCY, DOWNTOWN HOUSTON,
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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? Writing a novel is akin to taking a leisurely walk in a deep woods you're not sure you know your way out of, but a workshop like this can help draft a makeshift map.
We will focus exclusively on writing the novel, studying the particular challenges and expectations that arise when writing long-form fiction and discussing excerpts of published novels to identify their craft strategies. We’ll talk about building structure and juggling subplots. We’ll look at ways to avoid the dreaded “sagging middle.” We'll work on breaking novels down into manageable "treatments." In addition, writers will have the opportunity to see their own pages and outlines critiqued, depending on where they are in the process. Writers with no completed novels are welcome, as are writers of all genres.
Feeling stuck on an existing project? Feeling writer's block, or that you would love to write more, but you 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).
You are so ready to write a young adult novel. Or maybe you’ve already written one, but you’re not quite sure you’ve figured out how to rock this genre. What makes a YA novel YA? How mature can a YA be? (i.e. How much cursing can you get away with? Can characters get hot and heavy on the page, or do you always need to fade to black? What about violence or intense subject matter like rape or drug use?) You might not be sure if you’ve written a YA or a middle grade—perhaps your book feels way less dark than a lot of the stuff you see on the shelves. Have no fear: by the end of this class, you’ll know your way around the YA writers’ world. Together, we’ll be doing a deep dive into the genre, talking about the “rules” and how and when you can break them, what agents and editors (and readers) are looking for when they pick up a YA novel, and what craft elements stand out the most. We’ll touch a bit on trends and we’ll be looking at all the sub-genres within the genre (contemporary, fantasy, sci-fi/speculative, horror, etc.). We’ll be reading and analyzing the first chapter of several different YA’s, as well as using Jandy Nelson’s The Sky Is Everywhere to get a good look into how to write, think, and feel teen. In addition to lectures and writing exercises, there will be craft reading selections so that you can put all that you’re learning into practice. You’ll walk away with loads of resources to continue your study of all aspects of the genre long after our class is over.
This course is designed for writers of any level who are eager to learn about the YA genre. Please be prepared to spend at least three hours a week on short reading assignments, your own writing, and online discussion. If you have a first chapter of a YA novel completed, be ready to have the chance to share pages and receive constructive feedback from the instructor and your fellow writers. If you haven’t written a first chapter yet, don’t worry, you will have the opportunity to do so during workshop and also receive constructive feedback. You’ll be part of a supportive, fun, and inspiring community, so don’t be shy to share your work. This is how we figure out how to do this writing thing!
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.
“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” – Leo Tolstoy
That’s a really great first line, but it has very little to do with our upcoming workshop, accurately entitled “How To Be Genuinely Funny in Your Writing.”
And you want to be genuinely funny, do you not, my dear workshop attendee? By that we mean finding what kind of humor most naturally suits you and your readers. Whether it’s high-brow satire, irony, absurdity, or dialogue that would make Woody Allen finally quit making films, you will consider the many types of funny that might work for your work.
YA novelist and self-proclaimed serious poet Adam Holt will provide examples of various types of humor in modern fiction. Expect straight talk about how to be funny on the page. You’ll also write funny things in this workshop, or you will fail miserably and relive all manner of teenage angst. Whether you get funny or die tryin’, we can all agree that a bit of good-tempered humor might be just the thing you, your novel, and our country need to save ourselves from utter catastrophe.
Note: In the event of a catastrophic asteroid strike, this workshop will be rescheduled. Otherwise, it’s on like Cheech & Chong and Donkey Kong.
The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in (fiction and creative nonfiction) and to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.
The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years..
Meir Shalev is one of Israel’s most celebrated writers and has been the recipient of numerous distinguished book awards in Israel and abroad. He will be in Houston from January 27-30 as our visiting Literary Scholar-in-Residence
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*
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
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!
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
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.
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
For more information, please visit the Zine Fest Houston website at www.zinefesthouston.org or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inprint presents an evening
with blockbuster novelists as part of the 2018-2019 . 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.
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.
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.”