Storytelling

Subconscious Sketching Workshop

Join Lawndale to create your own graphite composition that navigates consciousness through techniques of automatic writing and drawing.


Subconscious Sketching Workshop

Sunday, January 14, 2018

1 - 3 PM

O’Quinn Gallery

$5 Lawndale Members; $10 non-Members



Join Lawndale on Sunday, January 14 from 1 - 3 PM for Subconscious Sketching inspired by Lynn Randolph’s Between Worlds on view in Cavnar Gallery until Sunday, January 21, 2018. In this workshop, we will create our own graphite composition that navigates consciousness through techniques of automatic writing and drawing.



This workshop is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. All ages welcome! Click the "Get Tickets" button to reserve your spot. Space is limited (20).



To become a Member of Lawndale today and receive workshop discounts among other benefits, click here: http://www.lawndaleartcenter.org/about/memberships.shtml.


When:
Jan 14, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Sunday Time & Price:
1 - 3 PM; $5 - $10

Writefest Instructor's Reading & Holler Happy Hour

Writefest: A Literary Journal Festival for Emerging Writers

Writefest Instructor's Reading & Holler Happy Hour
March 8th, 2017 6-10pm. 
FREE TO THE PUBLIC

Join us Wednesday, March 8th 2017, 6-10pm for a literary evening featuring this year's Writefest workshop instructors, who will read excerpts of their work in a variety of genres. The reading will start at 7pm, but we'd love for you to join us as early as 6 pm to enjoy a $4-Beers Happy Hour hosted by Holler Brewing Co., Sawyer Yard's newest brewery. Local food truck Pita Bites will be on site.

Featured Readers: 
Kathy Fish - Instructor for Flash Fiction
Julia Rios - Instructor for Speculative Fiction
Thomas H. McNeely - Instructor for Fiction
Chelsey Clammer - Instructor for Creative Nonfiction/Memoir
Leslie Contreras Schwartz - Instructor for Poetry
Cassandra Clarke - Bonus Session Instructor
Marian Szczepanski - Bonus Session Instructor

About Writefest:
Writefest is a week-long writers festival taking place March 6-12th, 2017 in Houston, TX. It is 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.For more information about the festival, visit www.writefesthouston.com or @WritefestTX. Writefest is funded by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. Writespace is a fiscally sponsored project of Fresh Arts.

This event is free and open to the public.
When:
Mar 8, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Wednesday Time & Price:
6:00PM FREE
Location:

Writespace presents Writefest

An Emerging Writers Festival and Literary Journal Festival

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.


When:
Mar 6, 2017 to Mar 12, 2017
Cost:
Ticketed and Free
Time:
9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Monday Time & Price:
9:00am-noon, Ticketed and Free
Tuesday Time & Price:
9:00am-noon, Ticketed and Free
Wednesday Time & Price:
9:00am-noon, Ticketed and Free
Thursday Time & Price:
9:00am-noon, Ticketed and Free
Friday Time & Price:
9:00am-9:00pm, Ticketed and Free
Saturday Time & Price:
9:00am-7:00pm, Ticketed and Free
Sunday Time & Price:
9:30am-4:00pm, Ticketed and Free

In Media Res Reading



DATE: Saturday, December 3rd 7:30pm
LOCATION: Writespace
PRICE: Free

Join us to celebrate the launch of our second anthology, In Medias Res: Stories from the In-Between, with readings by local and national contributors. Enjoy drinks and snacks on us while listening to selections of boundary-breaking fiction. This event is free and open to the public.

Featured Readers: 

Multi-genre writer, Jody T. Morse, lives in the heart of a mystical forest on an 18-acre farmstead. Life for her is about connecting with others through written and spoken word, visual and performance arts. Jody has enjoyed connecting with fellow writers through Writespace and critique groups in North Houston since late 2015. To learn more about her work and passions, visit www.bountifulbalconybooks.com. 

Dorothy Tinker is a writer of epic fantasy novels and short stories that run the gamut from scifi/fantasy/spiritual to horror to romance/erotica. She is the author of the young adult epic fantasy series, Peace of Evon, which also includes Gift of War and Lost King. With a fascination for languages and cultures, she incorporates both other languages and other cultures into the works that she writes.

L.C. Lara is currently working toward her master’s degree in creative writing with the University of Denver. More of her writing can be found in Crack the Spine Literary Magazine. She is a wife, mother, and former school teacher turned dance teacher. When she’s not busy family-ing, reading, writing, or dancing, she likes volunteering her time with Writespace. She’s lived south, north, west, and now east of Houston; no matter how many times she moves she’s never very far from the city.

Jennifer Stephan Kapral writes poetry, non-fiction, and fiction. She was born in the shadows of steel mills in Western PA and studied creative non-fiction at the University of Pittsburgh. She currently resides in Houston, TX, spending time by the bayous with her husband and two dogs.

When:
Dec 3, 2016
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:30 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
7:30pm-9pm FREE

Anything Goes Open Mic!


DATE: Friday, November 18, 7:30pm
LOCATION: Writespace
PRICE: Free

Join us at Writespace for an all-genre open mic! New and emerging writers welcome! We will be accepting sign-ups for writers from all genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, memoir, et al. Come read your work in front of an audience and have the chance to receive feedback, if you would like (feedback is optional).

Audience members will provide feedback to readers who request it. Readers will have five minutes total: 3 minutes to read and 2 minutes to receive feedback, or five minutes to read without feedback. Please practice and make sure you time yourself beforehand. To sign up in advance, please email us or sign up at the door at 7:15 pm. Write@Writespacehouston.org

Also before or after the open mic, feel free to visit our artist neighbors' open studios during the Silver Street Summer Series, which lasts from 5-9 p.m. ​​

When:
Nov 18, 2016
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:03 pm
Friday Time & Price:
7:30pm FREE

Intermediate and Advanced Fiction and Prose Writing


In this workshop we will learn practical strategies and approaches to the basic elements of fiction, including elements such as plot, structure, characterization, point of view, dialogue, and style. Sessions will include generative writing exercises, short lectures and discussion on various craft elements, and, most importantly, workshopping of story drafts. Our goal will be for all attending writers to have completed new pages and to have generated such momentum and drive that we continue writing on our own once workshop ends. While this course will refer to literary short stories as models, participants may choose to submit any genre of prose writing, including but not limited to memoir, creative nonfiction, personal essay, science fiction, mystery, and young adult fiction.

TIME: Tuesdays, Nov. 15th, (skips Thanksgiving week), Nov. 29th, Dec. 6th, 13th; 6-9 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Thursday, November 10th: $175 Members, $195 Non-Members; After Thursday, November 10th: $195 Members. $215 Non-Members
LOCATION: Writespace
LEVEL: Intermediate and Advanced
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers

About the Instructor: 
Joshua Foster, currently a Ph.D. candidate in University of Houston’s Literature and Creative Writing (prose) program, earned his MFAs (Fiction/Nonfiction) from the University of Arizona. He has received a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, a grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and his most recent publication, the essay “Bring on the Spins," was listed as a Notable Work in the anthology Best American Essays 2015. His stories and essays have appeared in the magazines Fugue, South Loop Review, Hawk & Handsaw, and others. He has editorial roles with the journals Gulf Coast, TheDiagram.com, andTerrain.org. Josh draws much of his material from life in rural southeastern Idaho, where he worked as a laborer many years on his family’s farm and ranch.

When:
Nov 15, 2016 to Dec 13, 2016
Cost:
$175-195
Time:
6:00 pm
Tuesday Time & Price:
6-9pm $175-195

Make It Shine: Polish Your Picture Book


Make it Shine! Polish Your Picture Book to Its Fullest Potential!

Instructor: Kathy Duval

Five hundred words— no problem, right?

Wrong! 

A successful picture book is an art form combining lyrical language and dynamic images, each dependent on the other. To compete, your work must shine, as well as follow the conventions of today’s crowded market.

In this hands-on revision workshop, we’ll take a fresh look at your characters, setting, plot, and picture book language. Participants will complete exercises to polish their prose, as well as create a dummy to see how your text fits into a picture book format. Feedback in small groups will help you take your picture book to the next level.

Participants will be asked to bring three copies of the same completed picture book manuscript. You will be notified closer to the workshop date about the other supplies you will need for making a dummy. 

TIME: Saturday, November 5th, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

PRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, October 31st, $55 Members, $65 Non-Members. After Monday, October 31st, $65 Members, $75 Non-Members—Become a member here:
http://www.writespacehouston.org/memberships.html

LOCATION: Writespace – PLEASE NOTE: There is a LARGE Silver Street event at this time, so please allow extra time to find parking. Please see the map at this link for alternative parking information, if needed.

LEVEL: All levels

CAP: 12 writers

When:
Nov 5, 2016
Cost:
$55-65
Time:
9:30 am
Saturday Time & Price:
9:30am $55-65

Frightspace Open Mic & Contest

Read your ghoulishly good stories to win prizes!

DATE: Saturday, October 29th, 2016 7 :30-9 p.m.
LOCATION: Writespace
PRICE: Free

This Halloween, let’s transform Writespace into Frightspace! In celebration of all that is creepy, Frightspace will recreate the friendly competition that inspired Mary Shelley to write her gothic monster tale, Frankenstein in 1816 with a Terrifying Tales Contest and open mic. 

Frightspace invites writers of all genres to read excerpts of their scary, weird or suspenseful works to an audience of the likewise twisted-minded. Phobophiles who make it through all the readings without soiling themselves will vote on their favorite scary storyteller. 

No scary story to read at Frightspace? Join us from 2-4 p.m. for ourJumpstart Your Writing--Halloween-Style!, where prompts and timed writing sprints might help you create a freaky flash story on the spot. Plus, we'll have exclusive info on The Molotov Cocktail's next flash fiction contest! Who knows: you might create something worth sending in, and maybe next year your story will make it into the Prize Winners Anthology! 

Reading is not mandatory, so you are also welcome to participate as an audience member and cast your vote at the end of the night. Free libations will be provided for readers and listeners in need of liquid courage. Costumes are strongly encouraged! 

Email Layla to sign up to read your work. Layla@writespacehouston.org

When:
Oct 29, 2016
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:30 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
7:30pm-9pm FREE

Auditions for Scriptwriters/Houston's 26th Annual 10x10


Scriptwriters/Houston will be holding auditions for their 26th Annual 10x10 Showcase on Sunday, July 31, at Obsidian Theatre from 10am – 2pm. This event, a yearly staple of Houston theatre, will bring together many playwrights, directors, and actors from all over the Houston area to perform ten plays, each of which is only ten minutes in length (so you can totally say you saw at least ten shows this year!). And as always, every show will be performed every night.

The 10x10 will run September 15–24 at The Pearl Theatre in Pearland and runs Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Tech will be September 12-14.

-Auditions will be by appointment. Please email swh10x10@gmail.com, (Subject: Audition reservation) for an audition time, including a preferred time (we’ll go in half-hour blocks, but we may add more if demand is great). Also, please email if you can't make the auditions and still want to be considered and we'll see what we can do.

-Auditions will consist of cold readings from the scripts (no monologues required!). If you are terrible at cold reading auditions and want to prepare a monologue, feel free to do so (one minute max) and indicate that when you email for your appointment and we’ll see where we can fit you in. 

-Please bring a headshot and resume if you have one. If you don’t have a resume, we’ll have some forms you can fill out with your theatrical experience. If you don’t have a headshot, don’t worry about it – BUT with the weather as nice as it is and as many theatres will be beginning their seasons soon, now is a great time to get that new headshot you’ve been putting off taken. We’ll even point you to several photographers eager and willing to help!

Rehearsals will be scheduled by the individual directors based on the schedules of the cast. Location for rehearsals will be determined by the directors as well.  The festival runs September 15th – 24th and runs Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

We will need a large number and wide range of actors and actresses of all ages and races, so don’t be shy about auditioning.

The selected plays for this year’s 10x10 are (breakdowns of the plays coming soon):

  • "Dolly at the Soiree" by Fernando Dovalina; directed by Rachel Dickson – 2f; 2m

  • "Mrs. Opal" by Michelle R. Taylor, directed by Kelvin Douglas – 4f; 2m
  • *Unfortunately, it is time for Mrs. Opal to go to a nursing home. Her family is gathering at the home she shared with her deceased husband for over forty years. They are helping her get ready to leave for the nursing home.
  • -Mrs. Opal – An 83 year old spicy lady who is experiencing the first signs of dementia. Her husband of forty years recently died and she is reluctantly moving into a nursing home.
  • -Michelle – Mrs. Opal’s forty-five year old daughter. She is an entrepreneur that travels and has no other choice but to put her mother in a nursing home.
  • -Joe – Mrs. Opal’s 33 year old grandson who has been living with her for the last three years. He drinks heavily.( Played by the same person playing Walter but younger.)
  • -Ebony – Mrs. Opal’s 27 year old granddaughter who is a hairstylist.
  • -Aunt Gurthie – Mrs. Opal’s 65 year old sister-in-law who is somewhat religious. 
  • -Darius – Mrs. Opal’s 22 year old grandson and Michelle’s son. 
  • -Walter – Mrs. Opal’s 57 year old retired son. (Played by the same person playing Joe but slightly older.)

  • "Teacher of the Year" by Steve Stewart, directed by Callina Situka -- 1f; 1m; 1 either
  • *A psychological drama between a predatory high school teacher and one of her former, troubled students who confronts her during his 10-year reunion at the school.
  • -Ms. Prichard, high school English teacher, mid-30’s female, manipulative, convincing, a chameleon type, changing to whatever personality she needs to “wear” at the time.
  • -Kevin, mid 20s to 30 in age range, a male. He is a troubled soul, complex and scarred by his past with this teacher. He tries to get some sort of closure from their affair and its subsequent damage to his life, but she once again manipulates and confuses him.
  • -Principal Skinner, middle-aged, can be either male or female. Your typical prim and proper administrator in the field of education.

  • "The Gift of Prophecy" by Lauren Tunnell, directed by Lindsay Smith – 2f; 2m; 2 either

  • "Taking a Second Look" by Carl Williams, directed by Erica Chmielewski – 1f; 1m
  • *A young woman tries to study for her GED while her younger brother, who is mentally challenged, distracts her by showing off a hand mirror he got from his job at a barber shop. They find the mirror reveals not just images, but self-images and possibilities.
  • 1 female, mid 20s.
  • 1 male, late teens to early twenties.

  • "My Name is Joel Goldfarb" by Jeffrey Strausser, directed by Steve Carpentier – 2f; 1m

  • "Muscle Shoals" by Eric C Jones, directed by Dabrina Sandifer – 1f; 4m
  • *Its Muscle Shoals, Alabama. 1967. A tyrannical studio owner & an ideal session musician are at odds with each other over the musical direction of a young Aretha Franklin. 

  • "Erie Fire" by Rachel Dickson, directed by Errol Anthony Wilks – 4m

  • "Last Dance" by John Meiners Jr, directed by Lauren Tunnell – 2f; 3m; 1 either (NOTE: we need one young male, age around 9)

  • "2 B or Nah 2 B: Sexting Hamlet" by Donna Latham, directed by Amy Pope – 2f; 2m
  • *Creeper Claudius texts Hamlet a viddy of himself making the beast with two backs--with Hamlet's mom! The angsty Dane can't decide whether to off Claudius or himself.
  • -Hamlet—melancholy Dane riddled with existential angst; M 20s
  • -Gertrude—Hamlet’s sexy mother, who recently married his uncle and is growing disillusioned with the whole creepy arrangement; F 40s
  • -Claudius—dirty old man with a dad-bod; M 50s-60s
  • -Ophelia—Hamlet’s ex, who is sick of men running the show; F 20s 

If you have any questions, contact Artistic Director Nicholas Garelick at swh10x10@gmail.com
When:
Jul 31, 2016
Cost:
Free
Time:
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location:

Forbidden Gardens by Jere Pfister


The Flamenco Poets Society

Houston Storytellers Guild

Annual Storytellers Event – The Story of Women

Presents: Forbidden Gardens by Jere Pfister

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Time: 3:00 pm

Tickets: $10 General Admission, $5 Students with ID & Seniors 60+

Houston Storytellers Guild members $5.00

Tickets online at www.matchouston.org

MATCH

Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston
3400 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002

Ticket Information – 713-521-4533

This event is supported in part by 

Capture

www.theflamencopoetssociety.org




When:
Feb 20, 2016
Cost:
$10 General Admission, $5 Students with ID & Seniors 60+ - Houston Storytellers Guild Memebers $5.00
Time:
3:00 pm
Location:
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Houston, TX 77266-6494


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