Literary Arts

Inprint Claudia Rankine Reading

2018/2019 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series

Inprint presents a special evening
with MacArthur Fellow and National Book Critics Circle Award
winner Claudia Rankine as part of the 2018-2019 Inprint
Margarett Root Brown Reading Series
. As part of
the program, Rankine will read from selected works and The Ensemble Theatre actors will give a staged reading from
Rankine’s new play The White Card. After
the presentation, Rankine will join Houston-based artist, MacArthur Fellow, and
Project Row Houses founder Rick Lowe
for an on-stage conversation. A book
sale and signing,
at which audience members can meet the author, will follow.

CLAUDIA RANKINE’S “voice shimmers with
wisdom and fury,” says The Telegraph. Her
groundbreaking book-length poem Citizen: An American Lyric won
the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry (the first book to also
be nominated in the NBCCA’s Criticism category), the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the PEN Open Book Award,
the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, the NAACP Image Award, and several others. It
was named one of the “Best Books of the Year” by The New Yorker, Boston Globe, The Atlantic, and
elsewhere, and is the only poetry book to be a New York
Times
 bestseller in the nonfiction category. The Washington Post writes “part protest lyric,
part art book, Citizen is a dazzling
expression of the painful double consciousness of black life in
America.” Salon praises it as “moving, stunning, and formally
innovative—in short, a masterwork.”

Rankine is
also the author of four other poetry collections, including Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric, and
three plays, including most recently The White Card,
which raises questions about whether American society can prosper if whiteness
remains invisible. She is also editor of several anthologies, including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. Among
her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the
Jackson Poetry Prize, a Lannan Literary Award, and a MacArthur “genius”
fellowship.

When:
Jan 14, 2019
Cost:
Tickets $5 general admission
Time:
7:30 pm
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Literary Scholar in Residence with Meir Shalev


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


Chapter & Verse
My Wild Garden: An Exclusive Preview
Sunday, Jan 27 | 10:30 AM | Merfish Teen Center
In his most recent work, renowned Israeli author Meir Shalev writes about his Jezreel Valley garden with humor and affection. Here, where the politics of the Middle East is one of planters, ants and flowers, Shalev tells of the colors, fragrances and sounds that rise up from his garden and ruminates on the relationship between land and humanity.

He also teaches a little literature, history, mythology and practical horticultural tips along the way. An exclusive opportunity to hear about this best-selling nonfiction book, currently only available in Hebrew, before it is published in English next year. 

$25 Member I $37 Public (includes brunch and lecture)

First Loves in the Bible: Part 1
Monday, Jan 28 | 7:30 PM | Kaplan Theatre at the J
$15 Member | $22 Public

The Book of Ruth
Tuesday, Jan 29 | 12:00 PM | at Rice University
FREE

Hebrew Speaking Program with the Israel American Council
Tuesday, Jan 29 | 7:30 PM | Location TBD

First Loves in the Bible: Part 2 
Wednesday, Jan 30 | 7:30 PM | Kaplan Theatre at the J
$15 Member I $22 Public

When:
Jan 27, 2019 to Jan 30, 2019
Cost:
varies
Time:
10:30 am to 7:30 pm
Monday Time & Price:
$15 Member | $22 Public
Tuesday Time & Price:
FREE
Wednesday Time & Price:
$15 Member I $22 Public
Sunday Time & Price:
$25 Member I $37 Public (includes brunch and lecture)
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"Climate Justice: The Time is Now, The Place is Here" with Elizabeth Yeampierre


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.

When:
Nov 29, 2018
Cost:
Free/Pay what you can
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
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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
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Tension: How to Build It, Keep It, and Increase It

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.

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


When:
Jan 26, 2019
INSTRUCTOR: Stephanie Jaye EvansTIME: Saturday, January 26th, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PMPRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, January 21st: $45 for members, $60 for non-members. After Monday, January 21st: $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
Sunday Time & Price:
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM $45-$70
Location:
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Copywriting 101: Supplement Your Income through Writing for Businesses

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

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 garrettor, 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!

When:
Jan 20, 2019
INSTRUCTOR: Andreana BinderTIME: Sunday, January 20th, 3-6 PMPRICE: Early-Bird until Tuesday, January 15th: $45 for members, $60 for non-members. After Tuesday, January 15th: $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:
3:00 pm
Sunday Time & Price:
3-6 PM $45-$70
Location:
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Beginning Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

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.

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.

When:
Jan 20, 2019 to Feb 24, 2019
INSTRUCTOR: Cameron Dezen HammonTIME: Six Sundays, January 20th, January 27th, February 3rd, February 10th, February 17th, February 24th, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PMPRICE: Early-Bird until Tuesday, January 15th: $210 members, $240 non-members. After Tuesday, January 15th: $240 members, $270 non-members. Become a Writespace member here. Scholarships available here.LOCATION: Writespace at Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards #208, Houston, TX, 77007LEVEL: Beginning and IntermediateCAP: Limited to 12 Writers
Cost:
$210- $270
Time:
11:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Sunday Time & Price:
11:00 AM- 2:00 PM $210-$270
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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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