Fiction

Novel Writing Workshop

INSTRUCTORCassandra Rose Clarke
TIME: Ten Wednesdays, September 26th; October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, Skip Halloween; November 7th, 14th, 21st, Skip Thanksgiving weekend; December 5th and 12th; 6:00-9:00 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Friday, September 21st: $335 for members, $355 for non-members; After Friday, September 21st $375 for members, $395 for non-members
LOCATIONWritespacat 2000 Edwards #212, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: Intermediate and Advanced
CAP: Limited to 12 Writers

Do you struggle to keep your stories under 6000 words? Have you ever received feedback comments in short story workshops like, “I want more!” or “This feels like the start of something bigger”? Have you reached the point at which you feel ready to immerse yourself in a piece of writing, rather than dole your stories out in bite-sized chunks, but you’re not quite sure how to venture into a longer form?

If so, then this is the workshop for you. We will focus exclusively on writing the novel, studying the particular challenges and expectations that arise when writing long-form fiction. We’ll talk about building structure and juggling subplots. We’ll look at ways to avoid the dreaded “sagging middle.” And we’ll attempt to answer that age-old question: Should I outline or not? In addition, writers will have the opportunity to see either their completed manuscript or an excerpt critiqued, depending on where they are in the process. Writers with no completed novels are welcome, as are writers of all genres.

Due Date: Dec 12, 2018
Contact Name: Writespace
Phone: 713-516-5679
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Saturday 600s


Every second Saturday of the month from 4:30-6:30 p.m. we will open our doors to Houston writers to come write 600 words with us. We will offer a writing prompt, but you can ignore it if you already have a project you’re working on. After we write, those of us who want to share our work will have the opportunity to do so. Then, we will share good news and explore the topic of the month.

This event is free and is open to Writespace members and non-members. No need to sign up, just come! Writespace gift certificates will be given away as door prizes. BYOB, W and S (beer, wine, and snacks).

TIME: 2nd Saturday of the Month, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Writespace
WARNING: You will get lost if you don't read these crucial directions before you come.

PRICE: Free to all. And no need to sign up, just come!
Due Date: Dec 8, 2018
Contact Name: Writespace
Phone: 713-516-5679
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Writers of Color

INSTRUCTOR: Julia Brown
TIME: Six Mondays, September 17th, September 24th, October 1st, October 8th, October 15th, October 22nd, 6-9 p.m.
PRICE: Early-Bird until Wednesday, September 12th: $200 members, $230 non-members; After Wednesday, September 12th: $230 members, $260 non-members. Become a member here. Apply for a scholarship here.
LOCATION: Writespace at 2000 Edwards #208, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: All Levels
CAP: Limited to 12 Writers

We recognize that while no single feature can capture the experience and identity of a human being, writers of color—of all levels, genres, and backgrounds—have the opportunity to thrive in workshop experiences where their many, varied voices are welcomed and seen to enrich the workshop’s diverse worldview. This means that we will read the work of poets and fiction writers of color, including our own.

Over the last few decades, organizations designed to support and promote the work of writers of color have emerged across the country. Cave Canem, Kundiman, Canto Mundo, VONA, Kimbilio, and others recognize the need to provide writers of color with the kind of community and workshop space that encourages taking risks, resisting stereotypes (in ourselves, others, and in our writing), and creating poems, stories, novels, and essays that speak to the range of our experience as human beings. This workshop shares these intentions and seeks to provide Houston writers of color with the freedom and support offered by these organizations.

This workshop is open to writers of all backgrounds typically underrepresented in American literature, including but not limited to writers who identify themselves as African American or Caribbean, Asian American, Middle Eastern, Chicano, Hispanic, and Latino. For those worried that this will be a group therapy session, know that it will not be this. Just as with any writing workshop, we will study the craft of prose and poetry, whether literary fiction or slam or sci-fi, consider what the work is trying to say, and explore what possibilities it can open up for our writing. Expect to come away with fierce new work, as well as a renewed sense of the power found through community.

We have reserved several generous scholarships for this workshop. Visit Writespace’s scholarships page to apply.

This workshop is supported by a generous grant from Poets & Writers, Inc.

Due Date: Oct 22, 2018
Contact Name: Writespace
Phone: 713-516-5679
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Beginning Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense Fiction

INSTRUCTOR: Stephanie Jaye Evans
TIME: Six Tuesdays, September 4th, September 11th, September 18th, September 25th, October 2nd, October 9th, 6-9 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Thursday, August 30th: $200 members, $230 non-members. After Thursday, August 30th: $230 members, $260 non-members
LOCATION: Writespace at 2000 Edwards #212, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: Beginning and Intermediate
CAP: Limited to 12 Writers

In this workshop, we will explore plotting, casting, and developing the stories that keep us up at night. Through examining the work of highly successful published authors, exploring in-class writing exercises, and reviewing and discussing our own manuscripts, we will learn to craft mystery, thriller, and suspense novels that readers can’t put down--and can’t forget once they reach the last page. We will discuss how to flesh out fully realized characters and how to create believable (as opposed to realistic) situations in which to drop those hapless characters, as well as delve into understanding the suspense of mystery and the mystery of suspense. Though it is not necessary to be in the process of writing a mystery to join this workshop, participants who are working on a project will be invited to submit the first 2000 words of their manuscript for review. Please come prepared to engage in discussion, share your writing, ask questions, and get ready to take your mystery, thriller, or suspense story to the next level.

Due Date: Oct 9, 2018
Contact Name: Writespace
Phone: 713-516-5679
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How to Love Your Writing Life (and Overcome Anxiety and Drama!)

INSTRUCTOR: Cynthia Childress
TIME: Saturday, October 6th, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird Price until Monday, October 1st: $40 for members, $55 for non-members; After Monday, October 1st: $50 for members, $65 for non-members
LOCATION: Writespace at 2000 Edwards #212, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: All Levels
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers

Concerned that there are writers as famous for their life drama as they are for their life work? (Think Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Plath). Tired of the emotional struggles that can sometimes arrive with greater force than the words? Dissatisfied with having to choose between your art and your happiness? Guess what? Your pen doesn't have to bleed, and great art doesn't only come from great suffering (although sometimes it does). In this class, we will dispel the myths that surround the writing life and share practical tips for enjoying the creative process and keeping healthy relationships. Though we might have to choose between our pet and our significant other, our writing lives can gel with both. In this session, we will learn how to be our own best friend and champion, instead of engaging in battle with ourselves and our fears of being rejected by publishers, readers, and family members. We'll look at ways to let us keep our boundaries, be ourselves first, stop putting ourselves down, and focus on our craft, not the crowd. If you are ready for a healthy mental and emotional life, one that strengthens rather than disrupts your writing practice, then join us on the path to choosing our best selves and our best work.

Due Date: Oct 6, 2018
Contact Name: Writespace
Phone: 713-516-5679
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Inprint Kwame Alexander Reading

Inprint Cool Brains! Series

Inprint invites you to enjoy an afternoon with
celebrated middle-grade author Kwame Alexander. Mr. Alexander will make a
presentation about his new novel 
Rebound, a follow up to his Newbery Medal-winning The Crossover. Music
by Randy Preston will accompany the presentation.
After the
presentation, he will take questions from the audience, followed by a book
sale and signing, giving fans a chance to visit with him. Books will be
available for sale at the event through the series bookseller Blue Willow
Bookshop.
As part of the event, a 100 free copies of Rebound will
be given out to families via a drawing, free poems upon request will be available
by the Inprint Poetry Buskers. Popston
 popsicles
will be available for sale.

When:
Apr 22, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
3:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
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Novel Writing Workshop


INSTRUCTORCassandra Rose Clarke
TIME: Ten Wednesdays, September 26th; October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, Skip Halloween; November 7th, 14th, 21st, Skip Thanksgiving weekend; December 5th and 12th; 6:00-9:00 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Friday, September 21st: $335 for members, $355 for non-members; After Friday, September 21st $375 for members, $395 for non-members
LOCATIONWritespace at 2000 Edwards #212, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: Intermediate and Advanced
CAP: Limited to 12 Writers


Do you struggle to keep your stories under 6000 words? Have you ever received feedback comments in short story workshops like, “I want more!” or “This feels like the start of something bigger”? Have you reached the point at which you feel ready to immerse yourself in a piece of writing, rather than dole your stories out in bite-sized chunks, but you’re not quite sure how to venture into a longer form?

If so, then this is the workshop for you. We will focus exclusively on writing the novel, studying the particular challenges and expectations that arise when writing long-form fiction. We’ll talk about building structure and juggling subplots. We’ll look at ways to avoid the dreaded “sagging middle.” And we’ll attempt to answer that age-old question: Should I outline or not? In addition, writers will have the opportunity to see either their completed manuscript or an excerpt critiqued, depending on where they are in the process. Writers with no completed novels are welcome, as are writers of all genres.


When:
Sep 26, 2018
Cost:
$335-$395
Time:
6:00 pm
Wednesday Time & Price:
6-9pm, $335-$395
Location:
General Categories: 
Event Type: 

Beginning Fiction

Four Week Writing Workshop

INSTRUCTOR: K.C. Sinclair

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 kick-start your writing practice. We will read inspiring sample fiction and cover foundational craft elements—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.

TIME: Four Thursdays, June 7th, June 14th, June 21st, June 28th, 6-9 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Saturday, June 2nd: $150 for members, $180 for non-members; After Saturday, June 2nd: $180 for members, $210 for non-members
LOCATION: Writespace at 2000 Edwards #212, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: Beginning and Intermediate
CAP: Limited to 12 Writers

Due Date: Jun 7, 2018
Contact Name: Elizabeth White-Olsen
Fee: $150-$210
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Beginning Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense Fiction


INSTRUCTORStephanie Jaye Evans
TIME: Six Tuesdays, September 4th, September 11th, September 18th, September 25th, October 2nd, October 9th, 6-9 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Thursday, August 30th: $200 members, $230 non-members. After Thursday, August 30th: $215 members, $245 non-members
LOCATIONWritespace at 2000 Edwards #212, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: Beginning and Intermediate
CAP: Limited to 12 Writers

In this workshop, we will explore plotting, casting, and developing the stories that keep us up at night. Through examining the work of highly successful published authors, exploring in-class writing exercises, and reviewing and discussing our own manuscripts, we will learn to craft mystery, thriller, and suspense novels that readers can’t put down--and can’t forget once they reach the last page. We will discuss how to flesh out fully realized characters and how to create believable (as opposed to realistic) situations in which to drop those hapless characters, as well as delve into understanding the suspense of mystery and the mystery of suspense. Though it is not necessary to be in the process of writing a mystery to join this workshop, participants who are working on a project will be invited to submit the first 2000 words of their manuscript for review. Please come prepared to engage in discussion, share your writing, ask questions, and get ready to take your mystery, thriller, or suspense story to the next level.


When:
Sep 4, 2018
Cost:
$200-$245
Time:
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Tuesday Time & Price:
6-9pm, $200-$245
Location:
General Categories: 
Event Type: 

UNO Press Publishing Lab Prize

The University of New Orleans Press is excited to announce that
our fourth annual UNO Press Publishing Lab Prize is now open. We love to champion new writers. The first
winner of the Lab Prize, Margo Littell, published her debut novel with
us, Each Vagabond By Name. Melanie McCabe’s first book of
nonfiction, her memoir His Other Life: Searching for My Father, His
First Wife, and Tennessee Williams
, became our second winner. And this
fall, UNO Press will publish, as the Lab’s most recent winner, Meghan L.
Dowling’s first novel, A Catalogue of Small Pains

 

The University of New Orleans Press is looking
for full-length fiction manuscripts, either novels or short story collections,
for the fourth annual Publishing Lab Prize. The selected author will receive a
thousand dollar ($1,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish their
winning manuscript with UNO Press. The work does not have to be regionally
focused. There is no word limit. There is no limit on subjects covered.
Submissions are open until August 15. More information, including the
Submittable link, can be found at: 
http://www.unopress.org/lab.aspx 
         

 


Due Date: Aug 15, 2018
Contact Name: GK Darby
Fee: $18
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