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:

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
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Saturday, August 23 2014: HWG Members Meeting

Writing from the Mind of a Narrator In the best examples of literature, the writer works as an actor who has adopted the persona of the narrator. Through the lens of John Austin’s speech acts – illocution, locution, and perlocution – participants will explore different approaches to narration. This will help writers as they choose the best tense and point of view for their projects.

About the presenter:

Jason Brandt Schaefer began his study of creative writing as an undergrad at the University of North Texas, after switching majors from jazz to English. He spent three years writing as a journalist for community newspapers in rural Texas and southern Georgia but dreamed of becoming a novelist. He went back to school to continue his study of fiction at Southern New Hampshire University, earning a Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing. He taught writing as an adjunct professor of English for Georgia Military College and with the Houston Independent School District, and will continue his career in education with Houston Community College and the tutoring firm Cram Crew, Inc. He is shopping for agents to represent his debut novel, Lessons in Pouring Salt, a love story from the male perspective about deceit, infidelity, and the power of confession. In the irreverent voice of prison inmate Eddie Ohlemeyer, the book retraces the missteps of a young man torn between duty and desire and searching for his lost humanity.

When: Saturday, August 23, 2014, 1:00 p.m.
Where: The Blue/Orange art gallery located at 1208 W. Gray St., Houston TX 77019
Level: Everyone
Price: This meeting is FREE so come learn and network with other members.

September 13, 2014: Blame it on the Parents: Characterization and Motivation with New York Best Selling author, CHRISTIE CRAIG


New York Times Best Selling author, Christie Craig, will cover two topics in her upcoming 2 hour workshop. The topics are “Rejection” and “Blame it on the Parents: Characterization and Motivation.” The workshop is September 13 from 1 to 3 at the Grace Methodist Church at 1245 Heights Blvd in Houston.

Her website is

When: September 13, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Level: Everyone
Where: Grace Methodist Church, 1245 Heights Blvd. Houston, TX 77008
Price: $35 for members, $45 for non-members
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Blame it on the Parents with Christie Craig

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