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: $5o 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

or Mail check to:
Houston Writers Guild
P.O. Box 42255
Houston, Texas 77242



The 7th Annual Houston Writers Guild Conference – 2015

 April 24, 25, and 26, 2015

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

Preparation for the Spring Conference is underway!


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


jane friedman

Jane Friedman

April 25, 2015

Main Event Day

Keynote Speaker/Special Guest

Jane Friedman, co-founder and publisher of Scratch.


Tenative Breakout Sessions 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


More info coming soon … venue to be announced soon! 

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


2014 conf Interested in becoming an exhibitor for the 2015 Conference? Complete Exhibitor’s Application form here (currently being revised 9-29-2014 – completion date 10-5-2014)!