Literary Arts

Inprint Rigoberto González & Kevin Prufer Reading

2017/2018 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series

Inprint closes out the 2017/2018 Inprint Margarett Root Brown
Reading Series,
in honor of National
Poetry Month,
with celebrated
poets Rigoberto
González
and Kevin Prufer.
Both authors will read from their work, followed
by an on-stage interview conducted
by University of Houston faculty member Roberto
Tejada
. The evening will conclude with a
book sale and signing, at which audience members can meet the
authors.

RIGOBERTO GONZÁLEZ is the author of more than a dozen books
of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. About Unpeopled Eden—his
most recent poetry collection, which won the Lambda Literary Award and the
Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets—Booklist says, “González writes with unrelenting
honesty, composing long poems of successive septets, with an eye for vivid,
brutal imagery…. With what may be his most ambitious collection yet, González
reaffirms his role as a preeminent voice in Chicano poetics.” His poetry
collection So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water Until
It Breaks
 was a winner of the National Poetry Series, and his
collection Other Fugitives and Other Strangers won San
Francisco State University’s Poetry Center Book Award. González received
the American Book Award for his memoir Butterfly Boy: Memories of a
Chicano Mariposa
. His latest book What Drowns the Flowers in Your Mouth: A Memoir of Brotherhood came
out this March. His major works of fiction include the novel Crossing Vines and the story collection Men Without Bliss, as well as two children’s
books. He writes a monthly column for NBC-Latino online, is a contributing
editor for Poets & Writers Magazine, and
serves as critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times.

KEVIN PRUFER’s sixth poetry collection Churches was described by The New York Times as a “gothic extravaganza
featuring alligators, avalanches and medical devices left inside bodies,
delivered largely in long, musical free verse lines,” and was included on
the Times’ list of “Ten Favorite Poetry Books of 2014.” Publishers Weekly says about his newly
published How He Loved Them,
"Prufer considers the complex relationship between beauty and violence in
his remarkable seventh collection of poetry, tracing the barely perceptible
ways that industrial modernity 'gilds us until we glitter.' " His other
poetry collections include In a Beautiful Country, an Academy of American Poets Notable Book for 2011
and a finalist for the Rilke Prize; National Anthem,
one of Publishers Weekly‘s “Five Best Poetry Books of 2008”
and a “Best Book of the Year” by Virginia Quarterly Review;
and The Finger Bone, winner of the William Rockhill
Nelson Award and finalist for Academy of American Poets’ James Laughlin Award.
The Chautauqua Literary Journal calls him “one
of the most forceful, original, and strikingly urgent voices in contemporary
American poetry.” Prufer serves as editor of Pleiades: A Journal of New
Writing
 and co-director of Pleiades Press. His editing
projects include Into English: An Anthology of Multiple
Translations
. Prufer is a faculty member at the University of
Houston Creative Writing Program.

When:
Apr 23, 2018
Cost:
Tickets $5 general admission, available online at www.inprinthouston.org
Time:
7:30 pm
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Inprint Kwame Alexander Reading

Inprint Cool Brains! Series

Inprint invites you to enjoy an afternoon with
celebrated middle-grade author Kwame Alexander. Mr. Alexander will make a
presentation about his new novel 
Rebound, a follow up to his Newbery Medal-winning The Crossover. Music
by Randy Preston will accompany the presentation.
After the
presentation, he will take questions from the audience, followed by a book
sale and signing, giving fans a chance to visit with him. Books will be
available for sale at the event through the series bookseller Blue Willow
Bookshop.
As part of the event, a 100 free copies of Rebound will
be given out to families via a drawing, free poems upon request will be available
by the Inprint Poetry Buskers. Popston
 popsicles
will be available for sale.

When:
Apr 22, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
3:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
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Write Wild: A Generative Retreat

TAKE A WHOLE DAY OFF TO EXPLORE, EXPERIMENT, AND (RE)GENERATE

WRITE WILD is a day-long creative writing retreat focused on generating new ideas and work. In four 90-minute sessions, each led by a different facilitator, you'll experiment outside your usual form, genre, and style, allowing you to peek around the corner of your usual creative process to discover what lies beyond. 

DETAILS
Cost: $95
Max. participants: 12
Facilitators: Patricia Coral, Tayyba Maya Kanwal, Layla Al-Bedawi, Chelsey Clammer

Write Wild is back with four brand new sessions that facilitate experimentation, collaboration, and working across the genres and forms you are used to. All writers are welcome, as well as visual artists and other creative spirits who want to explore their creativity more through the written word (and feel free to bring a sketchbook or camera, too). Let go of self-censorship, be inspired by creative forces outside yourself, and see how your work changes when you look at it from other angles. 

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

For full session descriptions and registration, visit https://fuenteco.com/calendar/writewild20180512
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ABOUT OUR GUEST FACILITATOR
Chelsey Clammer is the author of BodyHome and Circadian, which was the winner of the 2015 Red Hen Press Nonfiction Manuscript Award. Her work has appeared in The Normal School, Black Warrior Review, The Rumpus, McSweeney’s, Hobart, Essay Daily, and The Water~Stone Review, among more than one hundred other publications. She is the Essays Editor for The Nervous Breakdown, a reader for Creative Nonfiction magazine, and an online creative writing instructor and columnist for WOW! Women On Writing. Chelsey received her MFA in Creative Writing from Rainier Writing Workshop. She is currently working on a collection of essays, Human Heartbeat Detected, that looks at the ways in which we are "human" to one another. Clammer is also currently writing a craft book about lyric essays, Sound It Out. She lives in Waco, TX.
When:
May 12, 2018
Cost:
95.00
Time:
10:30 am
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How to Submit Your Work Like a Pro

One Day Writing Workshop

INSTRUCTORCassandra Rose Clarke


You’ve drafted your story, poem, or essay. You’ve workshopped it, revised it, polished it—now you just have to get it in front of an editor! But how?

In this workshop we’ll look at the process of submitting finished work to agents and to magazine, journal, and acquisitions editors, answering questions that plague many first-time submitters: How do I format my work? What do I say in a cover letter if I’ve never published before? How do I keep track of my submissions? How do I find markets? And, of course, the biggie: How do I deal with rejection? During the course of the workshop, we’ll navigate the confusing and often contradictory world of publishing. By the end of our time together, you’ll be ready to submit like a pro.


TIME: Saturday, June 16th, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, June 11th: $40 for members, $55 for non-members; After Monday, June 11th: $50 for members, $65 for non-members
LOCATIONWritespace at 2000 Edwards #212, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: All Levels
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers


When:
Jun 16, 2018
Cost:
PRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, June 11th: $40 for members, $55 for non-members; After Monday, June 11th: $50 for members, $65 for non-members
Time:
9:30 pm
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What Writers Need to Know about Publishing


INSTRUCTORElizabeth White-Olsen
TIME: Saturday, September 29th, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, September 24th: $40 for members, $55 for non-members; After Monday, September 24th: $50 for members, $65 for non-members
LOCATIONWritespace at 2000 Edwards #212, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: Beginning and Intermediate
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers

Do you want to begin publishing your writing but don't know where to start? There are many more options available than there ever have been, and deciding which course is right for you can be a confusing process. Come learn the essentials of the many publishing options, from finding a literary agent to submitting to journals and magazines to self-publishing and assisted publishing, and more. In this workshop, we will cover what will get you ahead with each option, including finding critique groups, hiring editors, purchasing Scrivener software, and crafting pitches and query letters. We will study the benefits and downsides of each potential course and help you clarify what publishing goals are right for you, according to your experience level, skill-sets, and lifestyle. By the end of the workshop, you will walk away well-informed and well-equipped with a set of plans and specific “next steps” that you can take to get ahead in your writing career.

Optional—and, truly, this is optional: Please bring magazines, journals, or blog addresses where you would like to see your writing published, or one or two books similar to the kind of book that you are writing or might like to write. If you’ve written a pitch or a query letter, please bring it.

When:
Sep 29, 2018
Cost:
$40-$65
Time:
9:30 am
Saturday Time & Price:
9:30am-12:30pm, $40-$65
Location:
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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
LOCATIONWritespace at 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.


When:
Sep 26, 2018
Cost:
$335-$395
Time:
6:00 pm
Wednesday Time & Price:
6-9pm, $335-$395
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The Art of Memoir

One Day Writing Workshop

INSTRUCTORJessica Wilbanks

“There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you.” —Maya Angelou


At the heart of our lives are our stories. Stories of times we were lost and found, broken and whole, asleep and awake. The most haunting personal stories steal liberally from the sensory world of poetry and the narrative world of fiction, even as they plumb the depths of real life.

In this memoir workshop, we will excavate our own unique stories and begin to piece them together into a cohesive whole. We will read and discuss short pieces by writers who have mined the threads of their past to build compelling narratives, and we'll work through prompts designed to turn rich, messy fragments into powerful narratives.

All levels of experience are welcome. Workshop participants will also learn techniques for building a strong narrative arc, writing vivid scenes, and prioritizing the rich details that make prose come alive. Please bring your favorite writing tools, such as a laptop or a notebook and pen.


TIME: Saturday, June 9th, 1-4 PM

PRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, June 4th: $40 for members, $55 for non-members; After Monday, June 4th: $50 for members, $65 for non-members
LOCATION: Writespace at 2000 Edwards #212, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: All Levels
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers

When:
Jun 9, 2018
Cost:
PRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, June 4th: $40 for members, $55 for non-members; After Monday, June 4th: $50 for members, $65 for non-members
Time:
1:00 pm
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Writing Etiquette 101



INSTRUCTORJoy Preble
TIME: Sunday, September 23rd, 3-6 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Tuesday, September 18th: $40 for members, $55 for non-members; After Tuesday, September 18th: $50 for members, $65 for non-members
LOCATIONWritespace at 2000 Edwards #212, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: All Levels
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers


If you're new to the writing world (or even if you're not) it helps to know the tacit rules of etiquette--all those rules that no one ever teaches you but everyone expects you to know about the writing business and community. For example, what's the proper decorum when visiting, joining, or leaving critique groups? What about contacting other authors I might have met, but who aren't quite my friends? Do I need to pay a beta reader? Is there an expected format for emailing my agent, my editor, my publicist--and at what point do those emails become annoying? What about the rules around submissions and queries? Can I ask anyone I want to write a blurb for my book, or do I have to know the person? How do I approach bookstores about events? And how about the crazy world of social media? What are the protocols? In this workshop, we'll discuss these and many more crucial questions about writers’ etiquette in an informal, inclusive, judgment-free zone, with practical take-away tips that could save or boost your career. Please come with questions about any and every aspect of writing community and career.


When:
Sep 23, 2018
Cost:
$40-$65
Time:
3:00 pm
Sunday Time & Price:
3-6pm, $40-$65
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Exploring Life's Most Powerful Moments in Memoir


INSTRUCTORJoyce Boatright
TIME: Two Saturdays, September 22nd, September 29th, 1-4 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, September 17th: $80 for members, $95 for non-members; After Monday, September 17th: $95 for members, $110 for non-members
LOCATIONWritespace at 2000 Edwards #212, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: All Levels
CAP: Limited to 12 Writers
NOTE: This workshop was formerly entitled, “Turning Points in the Arc of Memoir”

You have a memoir—a life story—that you know needs to be written. But how? There is so much to tackle in crafting a memoir, no matter the length. Where do you begin? How do you shape a memory into a story that engages readers? How do you sustain their interest?

In this workshop, we will explore the important turning points in your life, so you can choose the one(s) that merit your attention. We’ll also examine the popular themes in memoir so you know how to publish your finished memoir, if you so desire. We’ll discuss memoir and truth, answering questions about whose truth it is... or is it? Finally, everyone will discover the natural arc (inner change) that comes from overcoming life’s challenges, which is so crucial in a credible memoir.

Participants will have prompts to practice skills in discovering these elements of memoir as well as have the opportunity to workshop their first draft of a beginning memoir at the second session.​


When:
Sep 22, 2018
Cost:
$80-$110
Time:
1:00 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
1-4pm, $80-$110
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Spiritual Memoir with Cameron Dezen Hammon


INSTRUCTORCameron Dezen Hammon
TIME: Saturday, September 15th, 1-4 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, September 10th: $40 for members, $55 for non-members; After Monday, September 10th: $50 for members, $65 for non-members
LOCATIONWritespace at 2000 Edwards #212, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: All Levels
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers

To borrow an aphorism—writing about spirituality is like dancing about architecture. In other words, it’s a challenge, though not an impossible one. In this workshop, we will discover that writing about our spiritual lives is not only possible but potentially enjoyable and rewarding. Through study of outstanding examples of the genre, in-class writing prompts, short lessons on craft, and class discussion, participants will work toward developing a spiritual vocabulary that articulates their individual experiences and traditions, while connecting them to the shared human experience. Spiritual memoir is open to writers from all spiritual and religious traditions, as well as to those who claim no spiritual or religious tradition. Essayist Joan Didion wrote, “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” In this workshop, we will discover new and engaging ways to articulate our unique spiritual stories, in order to more fully explore and inhabit our spiritual lives.

When:
Sep 15, 2018
Cost:
$40-$65
Time:
1:00 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
1-4pm, $40-$65
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