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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 download our membership registration form under More/Files.

Contact us @ bawlhouston@gmail.com

Upcoming events (5+)

Bay Area Writers League (BAWL) Monthly Meetup

Clear Lake Park Meeting Room

Monthly Meetup Featured Speaker: Marianne Dyson with Artist Lindsey Cousins on Beyond Self-Publishing: Becoming a Publisher What are the financial, legal, personnel quality, quantity, and time considerations of creating books for companies or individuals? Awarding-winning Author and former NASA Flight Controller Marianne Dyson shares insights on her most recent book project. Joining Marianne will be Houston based graphic artist Lindsey Cousins. Marianne Dyson was one of NASA's first female flight controllers, the subject of her Space Shuttle memoir, A Passion for Space. She's a speaker on space topics for adults and children, a technical editor, and science fiction writer. She is best known for her award-winning children's books about space, including the NSTA 2016 Outstanding Trade Book Welcome to Mars which she coauthored with Apollo 11's Buzz Aldrin for National Geographic. Her next book with Aldrin, To the Moon and Back, was published by NatGeo in the Fall of 2018. For more information on Marianne, visit her website at http://mariannedyson.com. Lindsey Cousins is a freelance graphic artist based in Houston, Texas. Lindsey has written and edited hundreds of projects from children's books and banquet programs to logos and online ads since beginning her freelance career in 2006. For more information, visit her website at https://www.baysidegraphics.net/. 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.)

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