Houston is a growing city full of many diverse populations and home to nearly anything you can imagine. But even imaginations are bigger here in Texas, and our city is brimming with the resources needed to help aspiring writers harness this imagination and create wondrous works of poetry and prose. Every budding author will be able to find something for them and their story that’s just waiting to be told among these resources, workshops, reading series and more. Make sure the future Pulitzer winners in your life don’t miss out on any of these exciting events!
Writers in the Schools
1523 W. Main
Houston, TX 77006
Writers in the Schools focuses on bringing writing, creativity and storytelling to children in Houston-area schools through in-school programs and after-school camps. Building literacy and writing proficiency in low-income students, its programs extend through community partnerships which all Houstonians can take advantage of, including events through Discovery Green, the Houston Arboretum and Houston Public Library campuses. Writers in the Schools also holds adult continuing education courses for teachers who want to help their students by brushing up on their own writing skills.
Glasscock School of Continuing Studies
6100 Main St.
Houston, TX 77005
Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies has courses on every interesting subject one could possibly want, and many of these classes are centered on writing. For the Fall 2013 semester, check out its seven creative writing courses, which run the gamut from fiction to nonfiction and short to long. Aspiring novelists will enjoy “Writing the Novel: The Draft Stage” and drama lovers will be scrambling to attend the Scriptwriting Workshop. All writers will be able to learn from “The Essential Art of Editing” and “The Publishing Path: Finding a Home for Your Book.” Courses are open to all who are interested in their personal development – visit the Glasscock School’s website for course dates and fees.
Houston Writer’s Guild
12523 Folkcrest Way
Stafford, TX 77477
The Houston Writer’s Guild is a group of Houstonians who support each other in their writing endeavors and hosts workshops and speakers geared towards improving writing technique. The nonprofit also holds group editing sessions for members of the guild. Previous conferences held by the guild included speakers about creating believable science-fiction worlds, marketing your books, how to succeed in the business of publishing, character development and much more, with published authors and literary agents in attendance. The next workshop will be held on August 24, featuring published Texas author Pamela Fagan Hutchins.
1520 W. Main
Houston, TX 77006
The mission of Inprint is “to inspire readers and writers in Houston,” and it achieves this mission by hosting a series of readings and question-and-answer sessions with successful authors, as well as hosting writing workshops for interested Houstonians and memoir workshops for seniors. Upcoming readings in the 2013-2014 series include Khaled Hosseini, author of “The Kite Runner,” “A Thousand Splendid Suns” and “And The Mountains Echoed,” and award-winning poet Anne Carson.
The Final Twist
This group is dedicated to supporting local Houston authors of mysteries and providing mentors for aspiring authors, as well as promoting general literacy in the community. Additionally, the group publishes a yearly anthology of short stories by its members. The group meets on the first Saturday of every month, except in December. Meetings consist of networking, chapter business and guest speakers and round table discussions about writing. Meeting locations change to encourage Houstonians from all corners of the city to join in.
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Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.