Literary

Lecture: The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times by Lois Farfel Stark

The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times

Buildings, behaviors and beliefs reflect humans' search for pattern and meaning. We can read the past and glimpse the future by watching when shapes shift. Documentary filmmaker, Lois Farfel Stark, will use beautiful photography and fresh perspective of history to take us on a remarkable journey from tribal ceremonies in Liberia and the pyramids in Egypt, to the gravity-defying architecture of modern China, with many places and shapes in between. Lois Farfel Stark is an Emmy Award-winning producer, documentary filmmaker and author. During her distinguished career she produced and wrote documentaries on architecture, medical research, globalization, artists and social issues. Members $12, Tickets $18

When:
Aug 28, 2018
Cost:
Members $12, Tickets $18
Time:
6:30 pm
Tuesday Time & Price:
6:30pm Members $12, Tickets $18
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Texas Playwrights Festival

3 Plays, 3 Playwrights, 6 Readings

Que Será, Giant Monster 

by Brad McEntire 
Charles is having a very rough day. It only gets worse when he runs into an ex who is, herself, having a ridiculously rough day. The giant monster destroying the city doesn’t bode well, either.

Ganymede 

by Ben Schroth 
Ganymede, is the story of two brothers—one abducted by space aliens and one left behind by the visitors. Enforcers come to take the boy back and, if not for the assistance of a nosy neighbor, our hero would never find love.

Montgomery 

by Stephen Brown 
Megan hates country singer Rick Montgomery, so she and her friend Kimmy have decided tonight’s concert will be his last. As they run from the cops, songs will be sung, people will be shot, and girls will discover the difficulties of revenge.

When:
Jul 26, 2018 to Jul 30, 2018
There are 2 readings with talkbacks of each play, and the playwright will have a chance to revise the script between the readings.
Cost:
$20.00
Time:
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Thursday Time & Price:
7:00 pm, $20.00
Friday Time & Price:
7:00 pm, $20.00
Saturday Time & Price:
2:00 pm, $20.00 and 7:30 pm, $20.00
Sunday Time & Price:
2:00 pm, $20.00 and 7:30 pm, $20.00

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
LOCATIONWritespacat 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.

Due Date: Dec 12, 2018
Contact Name: Writespace
Phone: 713-516-5679
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Saturday 600s


Every second Saturday of the month from 4:30-6:30 p.m. we will open our doors to Houston writers to come write 600 words with us. We will offer a writing prompt, but you can ignore it if you already have a project you’re working on. After we write, those of us who want to share our work will have the opportunity to do so. Then, we will share good news and explore the topic of the month.

This event is free and is open to Writespace members and non-members. No need to sign up, just come! Writespace gift certificates will be given away as door prizes. BYOB, W and S (beer, wine, and snacks).

TIME: 2nd Saturday of the Month, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Writespace
WARNING: You will get lost if you don't read these crucial directions before you come.

PRICE: Free to all. And no need to sign up, just come!
Due Date: Dec 8, 2018
Contact Name: Writespace
Phone: 713-516-5679
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Writers of Color

INSTRUCTOR: Julia Brown
TIME: Six Mondays, September 17th, September 24th, October 1st, October 8th, October 15th, October 22nd, 6-9 p.m.
PRICE: Early-Bird until Wednesday, September 12th: $200 members, $230 non-members; After Wednesday, September 12th: $230 members, $260 non-members. Become a member here. Apply for a scholarship here.
LOCATION: Writespace at 2000 Edwards #208, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: All Levels
CAP: Limited to 12 Writers

We recognize that while no single feature can capture the experience and identity of a human being, writers of color—of all levels, genres, and backgrounds—have the opportunity to thrive in workshop experiences where their many, varied voices are welcomed and seen to enrich the workshop’s diverse worldview. This means that we will read the work of poets and fiction writers of color, including our own.

Over the last few decades, organizations designed to support and promote the work of writers of color have emerged across the country. Cave Canem, Kundiman, Canto Mundo, VONA, Kimbilio, and others recognize the need to provide writers of color with the kind of community and workshop space that encourages taking risks, resisting stereotypes (in ourselves, others, and in our writing), and creating poems, stories, novels, and essays that speak to the range of our experience as human beings. This workshop shares these intentions and seeks to provide Houston writers of color with the freedom and support offered by these organizations.

This workshop is open to writers of all backgrounds typically underrepresented in American literature, including but not limited to writers who identify themselves as African American or Caribbean, Asian American, Middle Eastern, Chicano, Hispanic, and Latino. For those worried that this will be a group therapy session, know that it will not be this. Just as with any writing workshop, we will study the craft of prose and poetry, whether literary fiction or slam or sci-fi, consider what the work is trying to say, and explore what possibilities it can open up for our writing. Expect to come away with fierce new work, as well as a renewed sense of the power found through community.

We have reserved several generous scholarships for this workshop. Visit Writespace’s scholarships page to apply.

This workshop is supported by a generous grant from Poets & Writers, Inc.

Due Date: Oct 22, 2018
Contact Name: Writespace
Phone: 713-516-5679
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Beginning Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense Fiction

INSTRUCTOR: Stephanie 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: $230 members, $260 non-members
LOCATION: Writespace 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.

Due Date: Oct 9, 2018
Contact Name: Writespace
Phone: 713-516-5679
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How to Love Your Writing Life (and Overcome Anxiety and Drama!)

INSTRUCTOR: Cynthia Childress
TIME: Saturday, October 6th, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird Price until Monday, October 1st: $40 for members, $55 for non-members; After Monday, October 1st: $50 for members, $65 for non-members
LOCATION: Writespace at 2000 Edwards #212, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: All Levels
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers

Concerned that there are writers as famous for their life drama as they are for their life work? (Think Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Plath). Tired of the emotional struggles that can sometimes arrive with greater force than the words? Dissatisfied with having to choose between your art and your happiness? Guess what? Your pen doesn't have to bleed, and great art doesn't only come from great suffering (although sometimes it does). In this class, we will dispel the myths that surround the writing life and share practical tips for enjoying the creative process and keeping healthy relationships. Though we might have to choose between our pet and our significant other, our writing lives can gel with both. In this session, we will learn how to be our own best friend and champion, instead of engaging in battle with ourselves and our fears of being rejected by publishers, readers, and family members. We'll look at ways to let us keep our boundaries, be ourselves first, stop putting ourselves down, and focus on our craft, not the crowd. If you are ready for a healthy mental and emotional life, one that strengthens rather than disrupts your writing practice, then join us on the path to choosing our best selves and our best work.

Due Date: Oct 6, 2018
Contact Name: Writespace
Phone: 713-516-5679
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Beginning Poetry


INSTRUCTORLeslie Contreras-Schwartz
TIME: Six Thursdays, August 30th, September 6th, September 13th, September 20th, September 27th, and October 4th, 6-9 PM
PRICE: After Saturday, August 25th: $200 members, $230 non-members. After Saturday, August 25th: $215 members, $245 non-members
LOCATIONWritespace at 2000 Edwards #212, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVELS: Beginning and Intermediate
CAP: Limited to 12 Writers

In this workshop we will explore what poetry is, why we write it, and how we write it. To understand the fundamentals of what makes a poem a poem, we will examine a broad range of poetic forms and styles, from the lyrical to the prose to the plain-spoken or conversational poem. Through guided writing prompts, students will experiment with writing their own poems in varying styles, challenging themselves to try new forms, tones, and approaches. We will do some serious learning in our time together, but, more importantly, we will open ourselves to playfulness and the joy of writing. We will find out what it means to see poetry as a tool to connect at a deeper level with ourselves and others, while being surprised by our new abilities to realize wonder and delight in the world.

Please note: This workshop builds on Leslie Contreras-Schwartz’s Journey of Poetry, but it also stands alone. No prior experience of poetry is needed or necessary.

Due Date: Sep 4, 2018
Contact Name: Writespace
Phone: 713-516-5679
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Part-time Administrative Assistant

Inprint—Houston’s
premier literary arts nonprofit organization—is seeking a part-time
Administrative Assistant. An ideal candidate for the position would be someone
with a strong interest in nonprofit work, a passion for serving the community,
and a love of reading and creative writing.

The position will be
hourly, with regular (but flexible) hours, 10 to 20 hours-per-week. Some
weeknight and weekend work will be required due to Inprint’s programming
schedule. The position is not eligible for benefits at this time.

JOB DUTIES:

  • Assistance with general office
    management, including maintaining the Inprint House workshop space, procuring
    office supplies, running errands as needed, answering phones, and answering
    emails sent to Inprint’s general inquiry email account.
  • Maintenance of Inprint’s “institutional
    memory” documents, including photographic and video archives, media
    coverage clippings (printed and digital), the catalogue of books and other
    printed materials, and program tracking spreadsheets (program attendance
    numbers, past Inprint Prize and Fellowship recipients, and more).
  • Assistance with compiling informational
    packets for visiting authors, meetings with funders, presentations, and potential
    partners.
  • Performance of database tasks, including
    data entry into Giftworks (donor database), Constant Contact (email
    marketing system), and SurveyMonkey (audience surveys).
  • On-site assistance at Inprint readings,
    fundraising events, and community programs.
  • Management of Inprint Poetry Busker materials,
    including maintenance of typewriters, signage, and supplies before and
    after each event.
  • Assistance with in-house mailings,
    including season subscriber fulfillment packets and fundraising
    solicitations.
  • Management of printed
    marketing material distribution to local businesses, universities, and
    partners.
  • Assistance with other duties as needed.

JOB REQUIREMENTS AND
QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Four-year college degree is preferred,
    but not required
  • Experience working in an office is
    preferred
  • Must be highly proficient in Microsoft
    products, especially Excel and mail merge functions
  • Must be persistent and detail-oriented
  • Must have the ability to run errands
    around the city
  • Must enjoy working collaboratively

This position is
open until filled. Please send cover letter with resume to hr@inprinthouston.org. No phone calls
please.

Inprint is an equal opportunity employer
that values workplace diversity.

Due Date: Jun 16, 2018
Contact Name: Inprint staff
Phone: 713-521-2026
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Rothko Chapel Hosts a Group Meditation on World Environment Day

Rothko Chapel Hosts a Group Meditation on World Environment Day

To unite the greater Houston area community on the issue of global environmental justice, the Rothko Chapel will host a group meditation on World Environment Day, Tuesday, June 5, from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. beginning inside the chapel and ending outside by the reflecting pool.  Images of water brought by participants will be placed inside a circle created with the Rothko Chapel benches.  The program will begin with a welcome from David Leslie, Rothko Chapel Executive Director, then poet Martha Serpas will share one of her works to set the intention for a 25-minute guided meditation.  At the conclusion of the meditation, there will be a period of reflection and sharing from participants.  The event will close with another short poem to seal the practice and the community offering of meditation for the environment.  The Chapel will remain open for reflection until 7:30 P.M. that evening.  The World Environment Day meditation is a pay-what-you-can program with a suggested donation of $15.00 per person. Rothko Chapel is located in the heart of the Montrose at 3900 Yupon at Sul Ross Street, Houston, TX 77006.

When:
Jun 5, 2018
Houston, TX (May 17, 2018) – To unite the greater Houston area community on the issue of global environmental justice, the Rothko Chapelwill host a group meditation on World Environment Day, Tuesday, June 5, from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. beginning inside the chapel and ending outside by the reflecting pool.  Images of water brought by participants will be placed inside a circle created with the Rothko Chapel benches.  Gulf Coast residents have a complicated relationship with water. Even though it is a source of life, livelihood, and recreation for our many residents, water becomes a wrathful force in the forms of hurricanes, tropical storms, and flooding waters. This tension will be examined during the meditation and in the post meditation conversation.    The program will begin with a welcome from David Leslie, Rothko Chapel Executive Director, then poet Martha Serpas will share one of her works to set the intention for a 25-minute guided meditation. At the conclusion of the meditation, there will be a period of reflection and sharing from participants. The event will close with another short poem to seal the practice and the community offering of meditation for the environment.  The Chapel will remain open for reflection until 7:30 P.M. that evening.  The World Environment Day meditation is a pay-what-you-can program with a suggested donation of $15.00 per person. Rothko Chapel is located in the heart of the Montrose at 3900 Yupon at Sul Ross Street, Houston, TX 77006.   About Rothko Chapel The Rothko Chapel is open to the public every day of the year at no charge. It is a contemplative space that successfully interconnects art, spirituality, and compassionate action through a broad array of free public programs.  Founded by Houston philanthropists Dominique and John de Menil, the Chapel was dedicated in 1971 as an intimate sanctuary.  Today it stands as a monument to art, spirituality, and human rights. As an independent non-profit, non-governmental organization, the Chapel depends on contributions from foundations and individuals to support its mission of creating a space for contemplation and dialogue on important issues. 
Cost:
$15
Time:
6:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Tuesday Time & Price:
$15
Location:
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PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


713.868.1839


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