November 8, 2014: “How To Finish Your Novel “with SARAH CORTEZ


Sarah Cortez, a Councilor of the Texas Institute of Letters, has numerous poems, essays and short stories anthologized here and in Europe. Winner of the PEN Texas Literary Award in poetry, her debut poetry collection is entitled How to Undress a Cop. Her second book of poetry reveals the life of an urban street cop and is entitled Cold Blue Steel which recently placed as a finalist in the Writers’ League of Texas poetry award. An award-winning anthologist of six volumes, her most recent is Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence, recent winner of a Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Librarians Association, and the winner of an International Latino Book Award. Her memoir, Walking Home: Growing Up Hispanic in Houston was published in 2012 by Texas Review Press. She lives, works, polices, and runs a thriving freelance editing business in Houston, Texas where she is Houston’s most popular writing teacher. Her next anthology will be entitled Goodbye, Mexico: Poems of Remembrance, and will celebrate the Mexico of the late Twentieth century (Texas Review Press, forthcoming). Ms. Cortez was recently named to the 2014-16 Texas Commission of the Arts Touring Roster.

Daunted by characters who won’t cooperate inside your plot? Foiled by narrative arcs that don’t end, lost their tension or, worse yet, fail to deliver reader satisfaction?  Come to the Houston Writers Guild, November Fall Mini-Conference session conducted by award-winning teacher/writer/editor Sarah Cortez to learn tips used by professional novelists in these exact situations and more.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to get your novel finished.

Come get pumped up and ready to make this mini-conference your person success.

When: Saturday, November 8, 2014 – 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Who: Everyone
Where: Hilton Houston Westchase at 9999 Westheimer Rd., Houston TX 77042-3802
Price: $50 members/$60 nonmembers/$30 student members. 
Box lunch will be included.

As an added bonus, Megan LaFollett , Editor with Charter House Press will offer a limited number of practice pitch sessions.  Sign up TODAY for one-on-one feedback. $15 members $20 nonmembers


2014 HWG Mini-Fall Conference

Megan Lafollett Practice Pitch

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Houston Writers Guild
P.O. Box 42255
Houston, Texas 77242

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Happy Holidays from Houston Writers Guild!

To show our appreciation for your continued support in HWG our December workshop will be FREE to members.

December 13, 2014:  “Software Will Save your (Writing) Life:  Using Scrivener Effectively”  Presented by Sharon Morse and Jessica Capelle

Think Microsoft Word is sufficient for your manuscript? Wondering if you need specialized creative writing software? Downloaded Scrivener but not sure where to start? Using Scrivener but want to take it up a level?   Regardless of where you are, Jess Capelle and Sharon Morse will help ease you out of your comfort zone and see how much easier your writing life can be with Scrivener, whether you’re starting from scratch on a new project or importing an existing one. They’ll cover how Scrivener can help with every step of the writing process from brainstorming to formatting for e-books, demystifying the program and helping you get the most out of it. Jessica and Sharon will cover basic and intermediate level tips for both PC and Mac.   While previous knowledge of Scrivener is not a requirement for this presentation, please visit and read a little about the features and download a trial version of the software. We will be doing live demonstrations during the presentation which you’ll be able to follow along with on your own computer.   
When: December 13, 2014 – 12pm – 4pm
Where: Looscan Library at 2510 Willowick Houston, Texas 77027
Price: Free

 About the Presenters: Jess Capelle writes YA and MG fantasy and sci-fi. Her zombie short stories have been published in the anthologies UNDEAD IS NOT AN OPTION (2011) and UNDEAD: UNCENSORED (2012). She currently serves as a co-founder of Houston YA/MG. Sharon Morse writes young adult novels. She is represented by Saba Sulaiman of Talcott Notch Literary Services, and serves as the web coordinator for Houston YA/MG.

March 28, 2015 Workshop

Presenter:  Kathleen M. Rogers – 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Short presentation about writers journey, how you acquired agent and experience

Presenter:  Shelley K. Wall – 12:30 – 2:30

Pitching Tips

Pitch Practice – via Skype

Agent Jeanie Loiacono

Jessica Kirkland


Location and fee to be announced soon.


The Houston Writers Guild Annual Agents & Editors Conference, voted best in Texas!

April 24-26, 2015:  Special Guest Jane Friedman, co-founder and publisher of Scratch

Preparation for the Spring Conference is underway!

Tentative Schedule

April 24, 2015: Pre-Workshop – Christie Craig


Christie Craig

April 24, 2015

Pre-Conference Speaker

New York Times Best Selling author, Christie Craig, will present.

Time 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm


April 25, 2015: Key Note Speaker Jane Friedman

jane friedman

Jane Friedman

April 25, 2015

Main Event Day

Keynote Speaker/Special Guest

Jane Friedman, co-founder and publisher of Scratch.


Breakout Sessions Tenative Lineup:

Megan LaFollett

Shelley Wall

Fern Brady

Christy Craig

Chris Roberts

Doris Booth

Robin Davidson

President of Charter

Elizabeth White

Pamela Hutchins

Ramon de Villar

Kimberly Morris

Julian Kindred

Ann Weisbarger



April 26, 2015: Post-Workshop – TBA


More information coming soon!

Interested in becoming an exhibitor for our 2015 Conference? Contact  for more.