The Houston Writers Guild gathers frequently. Our critique circles meet almost every day of the week. In months where we don’t have formal workshops or our annual conference, we hold member meetings with short learning topics.

Here’s what we have on our plates:

March: HWG co-sponsored workshop with MFAH and GCFW: Sex, Gender, Desire: Exploring Queer Identity Through Poetry and Art. Presented by Scott Wiggerman. March 15th, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm at MFAH, $50 MFAH members, $55 non-MFAH members. See below for details and registration. Signup at

March: HWG co-sponsored workshop with GCFW: Pitching to Agents and Editors, Lone Star College (Cypress; address on details page), March 29th, 9-4 pm. Members $45, nonmembers $55. Details HERE.

April: Conference activities, April 11-13.

May: TBA

July 19 (10:30 a.m. to noon): “Writing Science Fiction Panel”Authors L. Fabry, Rebecca Nolen, E.L. Russell, and K.J. Russell will be discussing how to create your very own sci-fi masterpiece.

Where:Barbara Bush Branch Library @ Cypress Creek
6817 Cypresswood Drive
Spring, TX 77379
Cost: Free

July 21st thru August 25th: Killing for a Living–The Craft of Writing with STEPHANIE JAYE EVANS

Mystery, Suspense, and Horror – Through exploring your own manuscripts, the work of published authors, and class exercises, this course will explore casting, plotting, and developing the stories that keep us up at night. We will discuss how to flesh-out fully realized characters. We will work on creating believable (as opposed to realistic) situations in which to drop those hapless characters. And we will learn more about the suspense of mystery and the mystery of suspense. Though it is not necessary to be in the process of writing a mystery, if you are, participants are invited to submit 2000 words prior to the first class for review. Please come to class prepared to engage fully in discussion and willing to share your work with the class.

Endorsed by Janet Reid, aka Query Shark.

When: Mondays, between 6-9
Cap: 12
Level: Everyone
Price: $230.00
Sign up here!

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