What we're about

BAWL is a support organization for writers of all genres. We hold a general membership meeting with a featured speaker, member submissions and relevant topics monthly, and host two critique group meetings per month. We also sponsor workshops and annual conferences.

Join BAWL:

Annual membership is $30. Sign up at any of our events, or send check or money order to BAWL, P.O. Box 58384, Webster, TX 77598. Please subscribe to our newsletter at https://bayareawritersleague.org

Contact us @ bawlhouston@gmail.com

Upcoming events (5+)

Bay Area Writers League (BAWL) Monthly Meetup

Clear Lake Park Meeting Room

Monthly Meetup with Children's Author Andrew Fairchild In this session, Andrew will share his writing journey including the struggles, what he learned and provide some helpful writing exercises and handouts. Andrew Fairchild is a two-time Purple Dragonfly Book award recipient for his children's picture book, Rose and Her Amazing Nose. His picture book, Have You Seen My Egg? won a Moonbeam Children's Book Award for the best Indie illustrated children's book of 2017 and was featured in the children's publication, Story Monsters Ink. For more information visit his website at www.author-andrewfairchild.com. Join writers from seasoned and published to beginning and unpublished, exploring the craft of writing at our monthly meeting on the fourth Thursday of the month from 7 pm to 9 pm. Make your reservation for this month's meeting and check back for information on this month's topic. We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting! Guests are welcome to attend two free meetups before becoming a member for an annual rate of $30.

BAWL Critique Group Meeting

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EVERYONE IS WELCOME When someone asks me what critique groups are for, my favorite reply: Connection and Growth. Connecting with other writers in a variety of genres is so valuable in the often lonely world of writing. Growth happens in so many ways. Different genres and widely different styles challenge our brain and that's the good news! Understanding the rhythm of poetry has helped me understand and improve the rhythm of my nonfiction work. Now I never shy from finding a better word or phase. Moving sentences and ideas around is critical to my writing self. Connecting with the amazing talents who come and go to group gatherings is exciting and encouraging. We have one thing in common. We all want to be better writers. That's what critique groups are for! We critique all genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essay, memoir, and recently, a screen play. This is an especially good group if you haven't been to a critique group before. Discussing your work and your plans as an author is also what we are about. We learn so much from each other. Some of our members write in more than one genre, but all of us are enthusiastic and as eager to hear new work as to be heard by others. Another group member will be glad to read your writing sample if you wish. It's entirely up to you. Many of us have connected with others away from group for a more personal exchange. Bring copies (5-10) so each person in the group can share their ideas and suggestions AND write notes on their copy and return it to you. It's difficult, but please limit your writing sample to 500 words (or less), size 12 or 14 font. Please double-spaced to leave room for comments. Poets usually bring two poems on separate pages. The format of the poems is not restricted since format is often a significant part of the message. We often talk about the business of publishing. Nothing has changed - and still changes - more than what we can do with our finished work. If we do not have enough time to critique everyone's work, those members who had to wait will be first on the agenda at our next meeting. We try to wrap up by 9 p.m., but sometimes go to 9:30 p.m. More than once Starbucks has had to kick those of us who continue "connecting" after the group disbands. * * * * * Visitors are always welcome! * * * * * We love what we do and want to share it with YOU. (Thank goodness, I'm not a poet.)

BAWL Write-In

Burger House

Join us and fellow writers for the BAWL Monthly Write-In. Get inspired with writing prompts or work on your own projects. All genres welcome. Bring your computer or pen/paper. BAWL membership after two attendances is required. We are trying out a new meeting place on January 19... the Burger House in League City at 395 W. Main Street. That is the FM 518 exit of of the Gulf Freeway. We will vote at Meet up whether that is the place we will continue to meet. COST • $ 0 Free

BAWL Critique Group Meeting

Location visible to members

EVERYONE IS WELCOME When someone asks me what critique groups are for, my favorite reply: Connection and Growth. Connecting with other writers in a variety of genres is so valuable in the often lonely world of writing. Growth happens in so many ways. Different genres and widely different styles challenge our brain and that's the good news! Understanding the rhythm of poetry has helped me understand and improve the rhythm of my nonfiction work. Now I never shy from finding a better word or phase. Moving sentences and ideas around is critical to my writing self. Connecting with the amazing talents who come and go to group gatherings is exciting and encouraging. We have one thing in common. We all want to be better writers. That's what critique groups are for! We critique all genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essay, memoir, and recently, a screen play. This is an especially good group if you haven't been to a critique group before. Discussing your work and your plans as an author is also what we are about. We learn so much from each other. Some of our members write in more than one genre, but all of us are enthusiastic and as eager to hear new work as to be heard by others. Another group member will be glad to read your writing sample if you wish. It's entirely up to you. Many of us have connected with others away from group for a more personal exchange. Bring copies (5-10) so each person in the group can share their ideas and suggestions AND write notes on their copy and return it to you. It's difficult, but please limit your writing sample to 500 words (or less), size 12 or 14 font. Please double-spaced to leave room for comments. Poets usually bring two poems on separate pages. The format of the poems is not restricted since format is often a significant part of the message. We often talk about the business of publishing. Nothing has changed - and still changes - more than what we can do with our finished work. If we do not have enough time to critique everyone's work, those members who had to wait will be first on the agenda at our next meeting. We try to wrap up by 9 p.m., but sometimes go to 9:30 p.m. More than once Starbucks has had to kick those of us who continue "connecting" after the group disbands. * * * * * Visitors are always welcome! * * * * * We love what we do and want to share it with YOU. (Thank goodness, I'm not a poet.)

Past events (382)

BAWL Write-In

Burger House

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