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, striving to turn HWG into a non-profit organization.

 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:


 Executive Directors

 Denise Satterfield and Fern Brady

President/Programs Director

Rebecca Nolen

Vice President/Learning Programs

 Enos Russell


Denise Satterfield


Fern Brady

Chair Person

Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Media and Promotion


Lilia Fabry


Kyle Russell

AV Needs & Facilities

Mike Brady


 Millie Hast

Author Events & Sales

Andrea Barbosa

For general information, contact:

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


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