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Writespace is a nonprofit literary arts organization dedicated to supporting and vitalizing the writing community in Houston and beyond. We support writers of all genres through on-site and online craft and critique workshops, manuscript consultations, editing services, write-ins, readings, open mics, and social gatherings. As well as serving adults, we provide workshops for young writers. We are located south of the Heights in Silver Street Studios at 2000A Edwards #208, 77007.

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Tension: How to Build It, Keep It, and Increase It $45-$70

Please note: RSVPing on Meetup does not register you for this workshop. You must register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tension-how-to-build-it-keep-it-and-increase-it-tickets-51413990630. INSTRUCTOR: Stephanie Jaye Evans TIME: Saturday, January 26th, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM PRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, January 21st: $45 for members, $60 for non-members. After Monday, January 21st: $55 for members, $70 for non-members. Become a Writespace member at https://www.writespacehouston.org/memberships.html. Scholarships available at https://www.writespacehouston.org/scholarships.html. LOCATION: Writespace at Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards #208, Houston, TX, 77007 LEVEL: All Levels CAP: Limited to 15 Writers Nothing keeps a reader turning pages like tension! In this three-hour workshop, we’ll consider how writers can effectively build tension in their writing. Together, we’ll discuss the elements of tension, from cliffhangers to pacing, from character motivation to story stakes. We’ll dissect some high-tension examples from published stories and participate in several writing exercises in order to put these elements to work. Bring a laptop or pen and paper and be prepared to write, share, and try new thing

Get Published Party - Free Event

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Do you... •Have a finished work ready to submit to agents or publishing outlets? •Want to find places to submit works in progress once they’re done? •Hope to discover an idea for a new project? •Like to share ideas and resources? •Want to connect with other writers? •Love snacks, music, and getting things done in a fun environment? Then join us once a month to have fun, make connections, and get published! ​We’ll start with some socializing and questions and tips-sharing then get to work as the party continues. Submit your work, research potential markets and writing projects, or get your publication-related questions answered by our facilitators. To encourage friendly competition, we will give away two Writespace workshop gift certificates: one to the writer with the most submissions, and one to the writer with the longest list of ideas or markets found during the session. Please bring a laptop or other Internet-ready device of choice; snacks, beverages, and music playlists are welcome too! ​Our work deserves to be read and celebrated . . . let's make it happen! DATE: Saturday, January 26th, 4:30 - 6 p.m. LOCATION: Writespace -- WARNING: You will get lost if you don't read these crucial directions https://www.writespacehouston.org/directions.html. REGISTRATION: Secure your tickets through​ Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/get-published-party-tickets-51920570825. LEVELS: All experience levels welcome

Digging the Well: Building Emotional Content in Our Stories $45-$70

Please note: RSVPing on Meetup does not register you for this workshop. You must register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/digging-the-well-building-emotional-content-in-our-stories-tickets-51414225332. INSTRUCTOR: Allegra Hyde TIME: Sunday, February 3rd, 3-6 PM PRICE: Early-Bird until Tuesday, January 29th: $45 for members, $60 for non-members. After Tuesday, January 29th: $55 for members, $70 for non-members. Become a Writespace member at https://www.writespacehouston.org/memberships.html. Scholarships available at https://www.writespacehouston.org/scholarships.html. LOCATION: Writespace at Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards #208, Houston, TX, 77007 LEVEL: All Levels CAP: Limited to 15 Writers Why is it that our story ideas sing in our imaginations, but then sound flat when we move to the page? Sometimes we can chalk that discrepancy up to the ups and downs of the writing process; it’s just what happens when we move from the kernel of a story to drafting and revision, and eventually it works itself out. At other times, the gap is due to a lack of emotional content. We’ve generated characters, a setting, they’re talking to each other, they even have some problems, but we find that while we’re accruing details, we’re not accruing depth. Building emotional content isn’t about getting all of our characters on a therapist’s couch. It’s about looking at what we’ve written and finding the traces of deep desire, power play, values, and fruitful contradiction within those pages. From there, we find ways to subtly turn those traces into a source of power and purpose in our story. In the class, we’ll do this through exercises, discussion, and by lending a keen eye to our own work. Note: Please bring 1-2 double-spaced pages of prose you have been struggling with.

Members Only Fiction First Page Feedback Session $20-$35

Please note: RSVPing on Meetup does not register you for this workshop. You must register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/members-only-fiction-first-page-feedback-session-tickets-51414410887. INSTRUCTOR: Onyinye Ihezukwu TIME: Saturday, February 9th, 1-4 PM PRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, February 4th: $20 for members. After Monday, February 4th: $35 for members. Become a Writespace member at https://www.writespacehouston.org/memberships.html. Scholarships available at https://www.writespacehouston.org/scholarships.html. LOCATION: Writespace at Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards #208, Houston, TX, 77007 LEVEL: All Levels CAP: Limited to 9 Writers Have you ever wondered whether what you are working on is where it should be, or how you can get it there? Or, are you curious about significant factors to keep in mind as you just start to craft the early pages of your novel? Perhaps you are even to the point where you’ve been working on your project for a long time and wish you could have an editor’s support and feedback, but you don’t feel ready to incur the cost? Wherever you are in your writer’s journey, getting feedback on your work in an encouraging and supportive roundtable discussion can get you ahead and provide a huge boost to your writing process. In this workshop, we will embark upon a three-hour adventure in which we explore dozens of craft elements essential to composing great stories, all of which will be drawn from our own work. By the end of our session, attending writers will have gained greater clarity about what questions good writers ask as they work, as well as a clearer sense of what editors and agents look for when they receive a pitch or a submission. Please bring to workshop ten printed hard copies of the first page of a work in progress to share with the group, as well as paper and pen for taking notes, and be prepared to learn more in a single day than you thought possible.

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