Elizabeth Yeampierre, an internationally recognized Puerto Rican attorney and environmental and climate justice leader, will deliver the 2018 Frances Tarlton “Sissy” Farenthold Endowed Lecture in Peace, Social Justice, and Human Rights. Her lecture, “Climate Justice: The Time is Now, The Place is Here,” will take place on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Rothko Chapel, located at 3900 Yupon Street. Yeampierre is the executive director of UPROSE and co-chair of the Climate Justice Alliance. The lecture is jointly sponsored by the Rothko Chapel and the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas. To reserve your seat visit http://rothkochapel.org/experience/events/register/1547.
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.”
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.
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 focuses
on the Marvel Comics’ Afro-Puerto Rican teen character. 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 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
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.”
Nothing keeps a reader turning pages like tension! In this three-hour workshop, we’ll consider how writers can effectively build tension in their writing. Together, we’ll discuss the elements of tension, from cliffhangers to pacing, from character motivation to story stakes. We’ll dissect some high-tension examples from published stories and participate in several writing exercises in order to put these elements to work. Bring a laptop or pen and paper and be prepared to write, share, and try new thing
Do you think that if you want to pursue a life dedicated to your art, you can’t have it all? That you and your family will be relegated to living in a garrett—or, the modern equivalent, in a seedy, run-down apartment complex in a dangerous part of town where roaches scamper around and laugh at you like they own the place? Think again, because you can have it all. You can earn enough money as a writer to provide a good life for your family while also getting to devote yourself to your meaningful, creative works on the side.
Have you wondered how you can be a writer while also providing a good life for yourself and your family? Or are you happy where you are, but simply wondering how you might make some extra money with your creative writing skill set? Consider giving copywriting a chance. Every printed or electronic method of communication uses language—from descriptions on hotel websites to the one-liners printed on billboards along the interstate—and copywriters are the ones writing it. Copywriters are responsible for writing marketing material intended to boost sales for a company. In this workshop, we’ll discuss what copywriting assignments are like for marketing and promotional material and complete enjoyable marketing writing exercises that demonstrate use and style across a variety of products and platforms.
Please bring a laptop or pen and pencil, and get ready to try your hand at an exciting—and lucrative—form of creative writing!
Essayist Joan Didion wrote famously, “We tell ourselves stories in order to live,” and over the course of six weeks, workshop participants will be given tools to inspire and instruct them in writing their own unique life stories. Together we will explore a broad range of stunning examples from the masters of memoir and personal essay, from James Baldwin to Scott Russell Sanders to Cheryl Strayed. Each week we will dedicate class time to generating new pieces, as well as to studying and practicing crucial elements of writing craft—from dialogue, to image, to writing through the senses, which poet/memoirist Mary Karr calls "sacred carnality." Through these weekly craft lessons, and by sharing our work with one another and with the instructor, we will gain new insights into our own creative processes and experiences.
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.
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.
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.
Do you wonder what editors at publishing companies, magazines, and literary journals are thinking when they read the opening page of your memoir or personal essay? What are they looking for? What makes them want to keep reading?
If so, join your fellow Writespace members as we learn from each other in this supportive roundtable of first page critiques.
Our three-hour session will explore various craft elements essential to beginning a compelling memoir or personal essay. These lessons will be drawn specifically from our own work, with the exception of the opening page of a published memoir and a published personal essay used as mentor texts. By session’s end, attending writers will attain greater clarity about what questions good writers ask as they work, as well as a clearer sense of what editors and agents look for when they read our submissions. Please bring to workshop eleven printed hard copies of the first page of an aspiring book-length memoir or stand-alone personal essay to share with the group. You will leave with ten copies of your page full of comments, questions, observations, and suggestions.