Our Story


The Guild was founded in 1998 by Roger Paulding with seven participants and has grown to more than 200 active members today. Over its first fifteen years, the Guild sponsored 36 workshops and six 2-day conferences. Roger led the group until 2013, when he passed the reins to Pamela Fagan Hutchins.  Pamela announced in that same year her vision to operate the organization on a nonprofit basis with the goal of passing the torch in one year to the next HWG member who wanted to do the same.  On September 17, 2014, Fernanda Brady and Denise Satterfield became the next stewards of the HWG.  Together they are gearing up to take the vision to the next level.  They are committed to turning the HWG into a 100% member owned, member run, non-profit organization.  The hope is that by June 2015, HWG will be set up in such a way as to function through a member-elected board of directors and be the property of its paid members.

 Mission Statement

The HWG is a community of Houston-area writers whose purpose is to support each other in the author’s craft and writing career through:

1.  Engendering safe environments for writers of all skill levels. (Critique Circles)

2.  Reciprocally sharing time, talent, and knowledge.

3.  Creating opportunities for the development of writing careers. (Through Conferences and Workshops)

4.  Celebrating the success of each as a success of all.

5.  Providing a platform through which members forge life-long relationships in writing and publishing, and

6.  Fostering a culture of continuous learning. (Through Conferences and Workshops)

Won’t you join us in some of our great programs? Browse our site to see all we have to offer.

Members receive substantial discounts on workshops, conferences and contests.  Feel free to sign up for our monthly newsletter, whether you join or not. You must be a member to participate in critique circles (although you can visit once as a guest). Here is our 2014-2015 Officers and Staff who welcome you to contact them about their areas of responsibility:

Officers/Board  Feel free to email us by clicking on our name.


Fernanda Brady/Denise Satterfield

Vice President/Learning Programs



Denise Satterfield


Fern Brady

Outgoing President/Chair

Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Media and Promotion

Jason Schaefer


Lilia Fabry


Kyle Russell

AV Needs & Facilities

Louis Epstein


Claire Ashby

Author Events & Sales

Kay Kendall

Program Staffing

Rebecca Nolen

For general information, contact:

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


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