Non-Fiction

Writing Concrete Details: A Hands-On Workshop

Feeling stuck on an existing project? Would you love to write more but don’t know where to begin? In this workshop, we will explore writing exercises inspired by one or more of the five senses: taste, scent, touch, sight, and sound. We’ll experiment with writing prompts based on fragrance, as well as visual and auditory prompts, to generate ideas for both new and ongoing projects. We’ll also explore how the senses are deeply linked with memory—for example, how scent can bring us back to a specific place, moment, or feeling—and how writing with the five senses helps us create concrete details that engage readers. Writers of all levels are welcome. All you need to bring is a willingness to enjoy your writing experience and your favorite writing tools (paper and pen or laptop).


Due Date: Jun 28, 2019
Contact Name: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Phone: (713) 487-5603
Fee: Early-Bird until Monday, June 24th: $45 for members, $60 for non-members. After Monday, June 24th: $55 for members, $70 for non-members.
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The Guide to Greaseless Self-Promotion

“Yeah, writing is great, but I’ll tell you what I really love: constantly shilling my book to a crowd of indifferent strangers!”

Said no writer, ever.

Self promotion may be an unavoidable task for the modern writer, but it doesn’t have to be an unbearable chore. If you’re disappointed, burned out, or just wondering where to start, this workshop is for you. Starting with an in-depth inventory of your natural passions, we'll work through a series of cutting edge marketing tools to help you discover the ones that suit you best. Come find your audience, harness your talents, and rekindle your enthusiasm—one step at a time.

Due Date: Jun 21, 2019
Contact Name: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Phone: (713) 487-5603
Fee: Early-Bird until Monday, June 17th: $45 for members, $60 for non-members. After Monday, June 17th: $55 for members, $70 for non-members.
FreshArts.org is a free, user-managed website. Posts and comments submitted on FreshArts.org do not necessarily serve as an endorsement or reflect the views of FreshArts or its staff.

The Guide to Greaseless Self-Promotion

“Yeah, writing is great, but I’ll tell you what I really love: constantly shilling my book to a crowd of indifferent strangers!”

Said no writer, ever.

Self promotion may be an unavoidable task for the modern writer, but it doesn’t have to be an unbearable chore. If you’re disappointed, burned out, or just wondering where to start, this workshop is for you. Starting with an in-depth inventory of your natural passions, we'll work through a series of cutting edge marketing tools to help you discover the ones that suit you best. Come find your audience, harness your talents, and rekindle your enthusiasm—one step at a time.

Due Date: Jun 21, 2019
Contact Name: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Phone: (713) 487-5603
Fee: Early-Bird until Monday, June 17th: $45 for members, $60 for non-members. After Monday, June 17th: $55 for members, $70 for non-members.
FreshArts.org is a free, user-managed website. Posts and comments submitted on FreshArts.org do not necessarily serve as an endorsement or reflect the views of FreshArts or its staff.

Interviewing 101

Have you ever been frustrated by the interview process? Wondered what sort of questions to ask in order to get the answer you need? Had no idea what to do when your subject’s answer isn’t for the question you asked? Know deep down in your bones that something else is there, but you don’t know how to get at it?

In this session, learn the art of the interview and the ways it can help your writing. Whether you're a fiction writer trying to get to the heart of a character or a nonfiction writer interviewing someone for an essay or memoir, the right phrasing, wording, and order will help you get the answers you're seeking—and the answers you didn't know were there.

Interviewing is a dance and you, as the interviewer, are the leader. This session will teach you how to get the information you need, even when your subject wants to take over.

Due Date: Jun 14, 2019
Contact Name: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Phone: (713) 487-5603
Fee: Early-Bird until Monday, June 10th: $45 for members, $60 for non-members. After Monday, June 10th: $55 for members, $70 for non-members.
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Revising Your Personal Essay for Publication

Poet Diane Glancy wrote, "I think in terms of revision because I have been revised." Our finished work should reflect personal growth, rather than remain a static example of who we were in a specific time and place. In this workshop we’ll learn valuable strategies for revising a personal essay for publication, including shaping a reliable narrator, knowing when (and how) to cut your favorite paragraph, and determining when to ask for feedback (and when to ignore it.). We'll also look at published personal essays and their various stages of revision to give you the opportunity to see an essay go from first draft to publication. Then we’ll finish up by looking at practical aspects of the submission process like word count, format, and navigating online submission managers like Submittable. Come prepared with two printed copies of the essay you would like to revise, a pair of scissors, tapeand an open mind!

Due Date: Jun 7, 2019
Contact Name: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Phone: (713) 487-5603
Fee: Early-Bird until Monday, June 3rd: $45 for members, $60 for non-members. After Monday, June 3rd: $55 for members, $70 for non-members.
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Women’s Voices Matter

What do women’s voices bring to the fabric of our society? Are their voices different from men's? And if there is a difference, is it now more relevant than ever?

This six-week workshop provides a safe space for women-identifying people 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's work, 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.

Due Date: May 20, 2019
Contact Name: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Phone: (713) 487-5603
Fee: Early-Bird until Thursday, May 16th: $210 members, $240 non-members. After Thursday, May 16th: $240 members, $270 non-members.
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Crafting Surprising Scenes

Are your scenes flat? What does “flat” even mean? For that matter, what exactly constitutes a scene? What’s one supposed to do?

This workshop will delve into all these questions and more. Starting with examples that twist, build tension, defy expectation, and propel readers forward, we’ll dissect the many different elements at work in some high-octane scenes. We’ll focus on turning points, the setup and payoff, emotional dynamics, character choice, and the ways in which narrative and craft elements affect each of these aspects. Eventually you’ll have an idea of what exactly a scene is meant to accomplish—and how to accomplish it. You’ll then be guided through a series of exercises to help you explore and apply what you’ve just learned to your own work. You’re encouraged to bring a brief scene that’s been giving you trouble for review and practice. All genres and experience levels are more than welcome.

Due Date: May 18, 2019
Contact Name: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Phone: (713) 487-5603
Fee: Early-Bird until Tuesday, May 14th: $45 for members, $60 for non-members.
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More Than Just Describing Place: The Rules of Setting and When to Break Them

Setting is an often overlooked aspect of any genre. Why? Because it's typically described as just "place" or "texture." But really, setting is a crucial element of writing. A truly great setting is a complex collection of place, time, and culture that operates under a very specific set of rules. Those rules dictate what’s possible for characters and narrators to say, think, and even beand the best narratives help readers understand these rules implicitly and passively. Our primary goal is to find techniques we can apply to our own projects, so we'll explore settings from a broad range of texts—great examples and bad ones, complex and simple, real and imagined. We'll work out how effective rules are introduced to the reader and find the best ways to break them in the name of drama. All genres and experience levels are more than welcome.

Due Date: May 3, 2019
Contact Name: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Phone: (713) 487-5603
Fee: Early-Bird until Monday, April 29th: $45 for members, $60 for non-members. After Monday, April 29th: $55 for members, $70 for non-members.
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Author Talk with Marc Agronin

The End of Old Age: Living a Longer, More Purposeful Life

In his new book, Dr. Marc Agronin presents a hopeful view of the aging process, casting it as a developmental force that brings unique strengths, including wisdom, purpose and creativity. These strengths are portrayed in the inspiring stories of a Holocaust survivor who journeys back to Auschwitz each year with young Jewish students, a famous aging artist who reinvented himself after nearly dying, and other individuals whom Dr. Agronin has encountered in his longstanding work.

Marc Agronin, MD is a renowned geriatric psychiatrist who directs the memory center and research program at Miami Jewish Health. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the Yale School of Medicine, and trained in psychiatry at Harvard's McLean Hospital and the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. He has written for the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

This program is being supported by Houston Jewish Funerals.
When:
May 13, 2019
Cost:
$5 Member | $8 Public, $14 for Hardback Copy of The End of Old Age
Time:
1:00 pm
Monday Time & Price:
$5 Member | $8 Public, $14 for Hardback Copy of The End of Old Age
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