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.

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FREE WORKSHOP FOR MEMBERS – December 13, 2014

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.

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