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This group is operated by Writespace (January 7, 2020).

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.

Upcoming events (4+)

Writing Speculative Fiction from Real History $45-$70

Online event

$70.00

Please note: RSVping on Meetup does not register you for this workshop. You must register at https://www.writespacehouston.org/creative-writing.html

INSTRUCTOR: Nyri Bakkalian
TIME: Saturday, October 23, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CDT
PRICE: Early bird until Monday, October 18: $45 for members, $60 for nonmembers. After Monday, October 18: $55 for members, $70 for nonmembers.

Become a member at https://www.writespacehouston.org/memberships.html

Apply for a scholarship at https://www.writespacehouston.org/scholarships.html

LOCATION: Online via Zoom
LEVEL: All Levels
CAP: 15

Writing speculative fiction based on history can be a challenge, even if your writing tends more toward the supernatural or fantastical. How do we weave in rich technical, cultural, and other kinds of detail? How do we do so in a manner that is responsible to the history and cultures on which we're basing our work? In this workshop, academic historian turned speculative fiction author Dr. Nyri A. Bakkalian will lead you on a freewheeling exploration of these issues. You will learn about how to lay the unseen groundwork for what your readers see, how real history can sometimes be stranger than the speculative content we authors weave, where history itself has limits, and how you can use speculative fiction to teach about real events and issues in the past. Our aim is to help you, dear writer, better do due diligence in rounding out the legwork that goes into your project, and learn how to aim for the spirit of the past rather than be bound by the specifics of the past.
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Engaging the Uncanny: Spooky Stories and our Haunted World Two Saturdays $85-115

Please note: RSVPing on Meetup does not register you for this workshop. You must register at https://www.writespacehouston.org/creative-writing.html

INSTRUCTOR: Kathryn Peterson
TIME: Two Saturdays, October 23 and 30, 1:00–4:00 p.m. CDT
PRICE: Early bird until Monday, October 18: $85 for members, $100 for nonmembers. After Monday, October 18: $100 for members, $115 for nonmembers.

Become a member at https://www.writespacehouston.org/memberships.html

Apply for a scholarship at https://www.writespacehouston.org/scholarships.html

LOCATION: Online via Zoom
LEVEL: All Levels
CAP: 15

In this generative workshop, we will examine why stories of the uncanny have such a power to move us, and in particular their place in today's already anxious world. We'll examine the folklore behind urban legends and ghost stories and discuss how to draw from those elements to create our own uncanny stories. We'll talk about what it means to write the disturbing in a meaningful way. The goal for this two-class workshop is to learn and explore and also spend a good time generating our own work. We will have time to share the work we've created, and particularly uncanny pieces will be considered for reading at the open mic Halloween night.

Nature Writing - Four Saturdays $150-$210

Online event

$210.00

Please note: RSVPing on Meetup does not register you for this workshop. You must register at https://www.writespacehouston.org/creative-writing.html

INSTRUCTOR: Dana De Greff
TIME: Four Saturdays, October 30, November 6, 13, 20, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. CDT
PRICE: Early bird until Monday, October 25: $150 for members, $180 for nonmembers. After Monday, October 25: $180 for members, $210 for nonmembers.

Become a member at https://www.writespacehouston.org/memberships.html

Apply for a scholarship at https://www.writespacehouston.org/scholarships.html

LOCATION: Online via Zoom
LEVEL: All Levels
CAP: 15

Whether you live in an urban area or in the countryside, this workshop aims to get you out of your head and into nature. We will write about the natural world, yes, but also our place in it and how we can protect our home for generations to come. We will use examples of writing across various genres, from poetry and essayettes to novel excerpts and feature articles, from authors such as Robin Wall Kimmerer, Richard Powers, Rachel Carson, Natalie Diaz, and Helen Macdonald.

In class we will discuss different ways of looking at and interacting with the outside world, techniques for writing about nature, and what constitutes nature writing. Each week there will be a new nature writing assignment that will require you to, in some way, leave your home (even if it is simply sticking your head out the window) and share your findings with the group. This class is both interactive and active and will include research, observation, and contemplation. It’s also a chance for you to have some time to come home to yourself in the great outdoors, or, if you prefer, to build community with your friends and family as you rediscover place.

This course is open to all writers of any genre who are interested in writing about nature. Prior workshop experience is not necessary, but all members of the class must come to class prepared to discuss the readings, be willing to share their own writing and nature writing, and be generous in their responses to their peers’ work.

Spiritual Writing on Trauma - Two Wednesdays - $85-$115

Online event

$115.00

Please note: RSVPing on Meetup does not register you for this workshop. You must register at https://www.writespacehouston.org/creative-writing.html

INSTRUCTOR: Phuc Luu
TIME: Two Wednesdays, November 3, SKIP November 10, November 17, 6:00–9:00 p.m. CDT/CST
PRICE: Early bird until Friday, October 29: $85 for members, $100 for nonmembers. After Friday, October 29: $100 for members, $115 for nonmembers.

Become a member at https://www.writespacehouston.org/memberships.html

Apply for a scholarship at https://www.writespacehouston.org/scholarships.html

LOCATION: Online via Zoom
LEVEL: All Levels
CAP: 15

A global pandemic, Texas’s 2021 snow storm, political divisions, racial injustice and violence, global disasters and warming have ravaged individuals, families, and communities. How can writing bring healing and wholeness to what we have collectively experienced, to what we are currently experiencing each day? These workshops explore ways in which our spiritual center can give word and voice to the pain and sorrow around us so that we might bring some semblance of connection back to relationships, communities, and world. In this seminar attendees will share, reflect, and write from their own spiritual backgrounds. There will be a reading (and listening) list, reflection, and times of sharing. This class is open to all, but the instructor encourages people of color to join. Since this class may deal with painful experiences and memories, ground rules will be explicitly made for this class. All sharing is optional, but attendees will be encouraged to share about their writing projects.

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