Happy Holidays from Houston Writers Guild!

To show our appreciation for your continued support in HWG our December workshop will be FREE to members, $25 for non-members.

This Holiday Season HWG is participating in the “Toys for Tots” drive.  If you would like to donate a toy please bring with you to the event.

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

When: December 13, 2014 – 1pm – 4pm
Where: Looscan Library at 2510 Willowick Houston, Texas 77027
Price: Free for members, $25 for Non-members
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 http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php 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.   

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.

Software Will Save your (Writing) Life


HWG-01March 28, 2015 Workshop

Please join us at the March 28 pre-conference workshop as a warm-up for the Spring 2015 Conference coming April 24, 25 & 26.  We are offer two morning presenters and two afternoon presenters to choose from.  In addition, we are offering in person and via Skype pitch practices.

Morning Session – choose one

 1. Presenter:  Kathleen M. Rodgers – 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Presentation on the writers journey, how you acquired agent and experience

2. Presenter:  Melanie Bragg 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Topic to be determined

Afternoon Session – choose one

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

 Presentation on “Pitching Tips”

2. Presenter: A representative from Toastmasters – 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Tips on how to speak to an audience

March 28 Pre-Conference Workshop

Pitch Practice – via Skype

Agent Jeanie Loiacono – Members $10 Non-members $15

Pitch Practice Skype – Agent Jeanie Loiacono

Pitch Practice

Jessica Kirkland, Marketing  and  Literary  Agent, The Blythe Daniel Agency, Inc.

Members $15 Non-members $20

Pitch Practice – Jessica Kirkland

Location to be announced soon.


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

Location:  Houston Marriott Westchase . 2900 Briarpark Drive . Houston, TX 77042

Date:  April 24, 25, 26, 2015

Special Guest:   Jane Friedman, co-founder and publisher of Scratch



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

Christie Craig Presentation

April 25, 2015: Key Note Speaker Jane Friedman Presents,” The Digital Age Author: Principles for Flourishing When Everything Keeps Changing”


Jane Friedman

April 25, 2015

Main Event Day

Keynote Speaker/Special Guest

Jane Friedman, co-founder and publisher of Scratch.

Jane Friedman has more than 15 years of experience inside the publishing industry and is the former publisher of Writer’s Digest.  She has spoken at industry events across the world, including BookExpo American, Digital Book World, and Frankfurt Book Fair, and her expertise in digital media has led to service with the National Endowment for the Arts and been quoted on NPR’s Morning Edition.  She is the co-founder of Scratch magazine, a publication focusing on the business side of the writing life, which has received coverage in the New York Times, The Nation, and Poets and Writers magazine.  Find out more at JaneFriedman.com .


DON’T MISS OUT!!!  Register early for the Main Event and receive the EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!  After January 31, 2015 prices go up!

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL – Members $100/Non-members $125 — After January 31, 2015 – Members $125/Non-members $150

April 25, 2015 HWG Main Event

April 26, 2015: Post-Conference Speaker Jane Friedman Presents, “How to Get Your Book Published: Everything You Need to Know About Editors, Agents, Publishers, and Self-Publishing Options”

April 26, 2015 HWG Event

The Main Event

APRIL 25, 2015

Breakout Sessions Tentative Lineup


Megan LaFollett Editor, Chart House Press


Shelley K. Wall


Katharine Sands


Chris Rogers

Chris Roberts Presents, “Building Your Story: 5 Essential Parts of a Great Screenplay or Novel.”
A visual and literary creative, Chris Rogers began her journey as a graphic designer.  With the advent of computerized graphics, she faced a difficult choice: learn this new electronic design tool or choose a new career.  Writing and illustrating children’s books?  Travel writing and photography?  Before she was fully committed in any direction, a fire gutted her studio.   After salvaging a single drawing table from the ruins, she continued working with clients while seeking a new path in the literary world.  Many rejections later, her short stories began to win awards.  Several were published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, and a major publisher produced her suspense novels in hard/soft print, electronic, and audio formats.  Lauded by fans and critics, the books were translated into three languages, and the series was optioned for film.   In 2014, Rogers signed with a new publisher for Emissary, the first novel in a cross-genre trilogy (December 2, 2014, Chart House Press).


Doris Booth – Editor-in-chief Authorlink.com




Elizabeth White

Elizabeth White Presents,
Elizabeth White-Olsen is the director of Writespace, Houston’s newest literary arts organization.  She has two Master’s of Fine Arts degrees, one in Poetry from Texas State University and one in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.  She’s published poems and articles in print journals and online, and her first poetry collection, Given Words will be published in 2015.


Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Pamela Fagan Hutchins Presents, “Break Out Book Promotion Strategies.”
Pamela Fagan Hutchins is a recovering attorney and investigator who writes award-winning and bestselling romance mysteries and hilarious nonfiction.  She is passionate about great writing, smart authorpreneurship, and her two household hunks, husband Eric and one-eyed boston terrier Petey.  She also leaps medium-tall buildings in a single bound, if she gets a good running start.


Ramon de Villar


Kimberly Morris


Julian Kindred


Ann Weisbarger Presents,
Ann Weisgarber’s second novel, The Promise was shortlisted for The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, making Ms. Weisgarber the first American to be a finalist for this prize. In the United States, The Promise was a finalist for the Spur Award in Best Western Historical Fiction as well as The Ohioana Book Award for Fiction, The novel is due out in paperback in April 2015. Weisgarber’s first novel was The Personal History of Rachel Dupree, for which actress Viola Davis’s JuVee Productions has optioned the film rights. For her first novel, Weisgarber was nominated for England’s 2009 Orange Prize and for the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers. In the United States, she won the Stephen Turner Award for New Fiction and the Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction. She was shortlisted for the Ohioana Book Award and was a Barnes and Noble Discover New Writer. Weisgarber serves on the selection committee for the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction and is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters. Originally from Ohio, she now divides her time between Sugar Land and Galveston, Texas.


Sima Thakkar – Director of Digital Marketing at PR by the Book



April 26, 2015

 Speaker Jane Friedman


More information coming soon!

Interested in becoming an exhibitor for our 2015 Conference? Contact rlnolen@hotmail.com  for more.