On September 23, Writespace is hosting an open mic to collect donations (cash, check, and credit card accepted) for the LGBTQ Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund. The event is free and all are welcome to participate--come hear local writers and poets read their work in a celebration of Houston's resiliency. If you are interested in reading, please e-mail Cassandra at email@example.com.
What do women’s voices bring to the fabric of our society? Are their voices different from men's? If there is a difference, is it a difference that is now more relevant than ever?
This six-week workshop provides a safe space for women of all ages to tell their stories and examine their journeys as individuals, as women, and as members of a larger world. By reading other women, we will explore themes that lead us to examine the bones of our lives. Such examination can help us to become more aware of the path our one “wild and precious life” is taking, and to celebrate that path through our own writing. Our texts will be Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, which explores the importance of women’s voices, and Gail Caldwell’s Let’s Take the Long Way Home, which celebrates the power of women’s friendships.
There will be an additional voluntary reading of participants’ work in the Hines Center’s labyrinth after the session ends, open to friends.
TIME: Tuesdays 12-1:30 p.m., September 12th, 19th, 26th and October 3rd, 10th, and 17th; Optional Reading: Thursday, October 19th, 6:30-7:30
PRICE: $130 for Writespace members, $160 for non-members; After September 7th, $160 for Writespace members, $190 for non-members
LOCATION: The Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer
LEVEL: All levels
Boldface was founded in 2009 by the editors of Glass Mountain, the undergraduate literary magazine at the University of Houston. Our goal is to give emerging writers an experience that is usually available only to professional writers: several days of intense focus on the craft of writing through workshops, readings, and craft talks.
Boldface will be held from May 22nd - May 26th, 2017, at the MD Anderson Library at University of Houston.
- Craft talks
- Manuscript consultations
- Book fair
- And more!
Each year, Boldface features three remarkable visiting writers to represent writing in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. This year, our visiting writers will be Bill Broun for fiction, Leah Lax for non-fiction, and Hayan Charara for poetry. These writers will have readings, talks, and attendees may also pay to have a manuscript consultation with visiting writers as well.
Attendees are also invited to enter their work in the Robertson Prize, a competition specifically for Boldface attendees. Each year participants may submit any prose and poetry workshopped during the conference to the Robertson Prize. Winners will receive cash prizes and publication in the Fall 2017 issue of Glass Mountain.
Shared on-campus housing and manuscript consultations with 2017 visiting writers are available on a limited basis for additional fees. Group registration is also available.
Apply for Boldface here!
Boldface is hosted by Glass Mountain, the University of Houston’s undergraduate
literary magazine, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year.
Confused about the difference between your artist biography and artist statement? Wondering why artists even have to write them?
Whether applying for a project grant or consideration into a gallery, or whether your art will be showing at a coffee shop, studio space or museum, you will most likely be asked for an artist statement and bio to accompany your work. Some artists feel like they've said everything they want to say through shape, form, and color, so why say more? These feelings are understandable, but, at the same time, being able to write a clear, inspired artist statement and biography can be crucial to your success. And, creating one can be fun and can more deeply connect you with your vision. Come join the founding director of Writespace, Elizabeth White-Olsen, and let her guide you in writing an artist statement + bio that you will be proud of!
Please bring a pen, a notebook or laptop and any writing that you have done so far on your artist statement and bio.
NOTE: While this workshop is open to artists working in any medium, most of the examples are borrowed from visual artists.
This workshop is co-sponsored by Fresh Arts.
Writefest is a week-long writers festival hosted by Writespace, Houston's grassroots nonprofit literary arts center. The festival kicks off with a series of Monday-Thursday workshops and culminates in a weekend filled with panels and presentations by local and national writers and literary journal editors of all genres, a literary journal fair, and readings by local and nationally-recognized authors. This is the second year of the event, which is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.
Award-winning authors Ken Liu and Kelly Luce will be presenting keynote addresses during the festival’s weekend activities. In collaboration with Brazos Bookstore, the keynotes will also read from selected works on Friday.
You have a blog or you are about to have a blog-- now what?!? In this workshop, we will explore ways to improve your writing online. We will consider what works best for the form and structure of a blog post, and how to fine-tune your format to meet the needs of your audience and subject. We’ll discuss different options for keeping your blog fresh and interesting, such as themes, series, and guest writers, and talk about headlines (and how to be catchy without being clickbait). And we’ll consider how to use audio, video, photos, and social media to help engage your audience. If you have attended Dr. Holly Ordway’s ‘Blogging 101’ workshop, this workshop follows it nicely, but ‘Blogging 201’ also stands alone. Participants should bring either a device that can display their current blog, or a printed blog post for workshopping.
TIME: Saturday, May 13th, 2:00 - 5:00 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird Price until Monday, May 8th: $30 Members, $45 Non-Members. After May 8th: $40 Members, $55 Non-Members – Become a member here.
LEVEL: All Levels
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers