Writespace, InPrint, Public Poetry, Houston Writers’ Guild, and Women in the Visual and Literary Arts invite you to the Writers’ Family Reunion. Saturday, November 11.
This a one-day gathering and Build-Your-Writing-Community event designed to give writers an opportunity to develop friendships with other writers, learn from more experienced writers, and fortify their knowledge of craft and career.
All levels and all genres are welcome!
Just as a family reunion nourishes ties amongst long-lost relatives, the Writers’ Family Reunion is an opportunity for the large, diverse family of writers living in and near Houston to come home to one another and kindle the deep love of writing that we share.
Along with opportunities to meet local writers, attending writers will have the opportunity to discover fantastic local literary resources; form new critique groups, join existing ones, or just learn about them; and bolster their knowledge of how to complete projects, submit, find agents, and publish.
9:00am – 9:30am
Check-in and Coffee: Please arrive on time to ensure you’re able to receive your materials, get oriented, visit tables, and find a good seat.
9:30am – 10:30am
Local Opportunities for Writers: Learn how several great local literary organizations can support your writing career.
10:30am – 11:00am
Game and Snack Break: Get to know your fellow writers through fun games such as Pin-the-Moustache-on-William-Faulkner. Treats, prizes, and good times will be available for all!
11:00am – 12:15pm
Critique Group Speed Dating / Jumpstart Your Writing: Meet and get to know potential critique group members or writing buddies who live near you and whose writing interests are similar to yours. Or if you’re already in a critique group or feel like you’re not ready for one, drop in on a Jumpstart Your Writing session.
12:15pm – 1:15pm
Lunch Break: Grab a bite to eat from a local food truck.
1:15pm – 2:30pm
First Page Feedback Sessions: Half-day passholders will work in peer groups with other attending writers, and all-day passholders will work with Writespace instructors and professional writers.
Half-Day Passholders: Groups of six beginning and intermediate writers critique one another’s writing in peer groups. Group assignments will be shared the day of the event. Bring *seven* copies of the first page of a longer work of writing to share, or come to just listen and learn what critique circles are about, as sharing and getting feedback on your writing is completely optional! All genres of writing are welcome.
All-Day Passholders: All-Day passholders work in groups of six led by Writespace instructors and professional writers. Writers who register early receive first pick.
**All-Day Pass required going forward**
2:30pm – 3:00pm
Small Group Q&As with Professional Writers: Attendees choose from among 15-20 professional writers; group sizes range between 3-10. First-come, first-served. Members receive first pick of instructors during pre-registration. We will be posting a complete list of attending professional writers by the end of June
3:10pm – 4:00pm
Panels and Presentations: Choose from a variety of different panels and presentations, with topics of interest to beginner, intermediate, and advanced writers. Complete list of presentations is available on our website
4:10pm – 5:00pm
Panels and Presentations: Choose from a variety of different panels and presentations, with topics of interest to beginner, intermediate, and advanced writers. Complete list of presentations is available on our website.
Date and Time TBA
First Page Open Mic: Brand new this year will be a free open mic held one week after the Writers’ Family Reunion. Meet up with new friends and sign up to read your newly-revised first pages!