This list focuses on writing workshops and other events for authors and illustrators in the Greater Houston Area, and sometimes a bit farther. Thanks to our thriving literary community, there are many educational and social opportunities for Houston area writers & illustrators. I always list these workshops on my weekly Tuesday events post, but sometimes, that isn’t enough notice. It’s disappointing to find out about a class or workshop after the available spaces have been filled, so I’m adding this page to help Houston area writers & illustrators plan their calendars. Not every event here is specifically geared toward writers or illustrators of children’s and young adult literature, but if not, it has a focus on craft which can benefit writers for any age group.

I welcome corrections, new additions and updates! If you have news to add, please send me a note through my Contact page.

If you are looking for a writers’ group to join, take a look at this list of groups in and around Houston.

The books on the right are all by Houston area authors. All are either books for young readers or nonfiction books for authors. Clicking on the images will take you to a page dedicated to that book.

Houston Area Writers & Illustrators Events 2017

OCTOBER 19, THURSDAY, 6:00 PM: NONFICTION AUTHORS ASSOCIATION:

Don’t Blow Your Cover – Tips on Nailing Your Book Design & Formatting

La Madeleine Town & Country
COST: MEMBERS: FREE; NONMEMBERS: $10.00

People DO judge a book by its cover. In fact, the second thing they look at is the formatting of the interior. No other component is more important than how your book appears on the shelf. Learn from expert, Ella Richie, publisher of the 2017 Independent Publisher Award for Best Regional Nonfiction. Learn why the book Contraflow received the award and how you can learn to use the same methods.

OCTOBER 21, SATURDAY, 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM: TWEENS READ 2017 

South Houston High School, South Houston
COST: FREE!

Twenty-five authors will discuss their books in panel sessions and answer questions from the audience. There will be five breakout time slots with a variety of panels at each time slot. Several food trucks will be on-hand to sell food during the lunch break, and Blue Willow Bookshop will be on hand to sell books.

OCTOBER 21, SATURDAY, 7:00 PM: HOUSTON WRITERS GUILD MASQUERADE GALA

Marriott North Houston, 255 N Sam Houston Parkway East
COST:  $60, includes 2 complimentary tickets for the giveaway raffle

Join the Houston Writers Guild for our first annual Masquerade Gala.  The event will start at 7pm with a sit down plated dinner accompanied by light jazz.  Following a short message from the leadership, the event will flow into a night of dancing, giveaways, and culminate in a costume contest around 11 pm. Come have fun, dance, dress up in your finest or come in costume, and support your Guild. There will be a cash bar for those who would like to partake.

OCTOBER 24, TUESDAY, 6:30-9:00 PM: HOUSTON WRITERS HOUSE SOCIAL

Black Labrador

Guest Speaker: Elizabeth White Olsen – Writespace

OCTOBER 28, SATURDAY, 10:00 AM-NOON: CLEAR LAKE WRITERS MEETING

Clear Lake City-County Freeman Library
COST: FREE

NOVEMBER 6, MONDAY, 7:00 PM: SCBWI MTG: PANEL DISCUSSION

Tracy Gee Community Center
COST: FREE

Houston SCBWI Conference Recap – Panel Discussion

NOVEMBER 11, SATURDAY, 8:30 AM-2:00 PM: WEST HOUSTON RWA MTG: ALL DAY WORKSHOP

Memorial Drive Christian Church, 11750 Memorial Dr., Houston
COST: Members $20/Nonmembers $25. Lunch will be provided by Panera Bread.

Laurie Schnebly Campbell presents two workshops: 

10 MINUTES TO GLORY: YOUR EDITOR/AGENT PITCH: 
Participants finish this workshop ready to draft their pitch from start to finish and present it with a more compelling delivery.
CHALLENGING COUPLES IN LOVE:
While it’s easy to create conflict between a hero and heroine whose kingdoms are at war, everyday life can be a tougher setting for plausible conflicts…especially when both people are inherently likable. But the same conflicts that trouble real-life couples—plus the same solutions recommended by marriage counselors—can work equally well for fictional couples.

NOVEMBER 11, SATURDAY, 10:00 AM-NOON: CLEAR LAKE WRITERS MEETING

Clear Lake City-County Freeman Library
COST: FREE

NOVEMBER 16, THURSDAY, 6:00 PM: NONFICTION AUTHORS ASSOCIATION: 

Business Growth Expert, Michele Scism Shares Her Secrets

La Madeleine Town & Country
COST: MEMBERS: FREE; NONMEMBERS: $10.00

Do you have your business plans for your book? If not, you are at a real disadvantage. Michele Scism is known for taking her clients from making less than $40K a year to more than $400K after 5 years of coaching. She knows how to help people monetize their time and talent.

NOVEMBER 25, SATURDAY, 10:00 AM-NOON: CLEAR LAKE WRITERS MEETING

Clear Lake City-County Freeman Library
COST: FREE

DECEMBER 4, MONDAY, 7:00 PM: SCBWI MTG: HOLIDAY PARTY

Tracy Gee Community Center
COST: FREE

Holiday Party – Potluck, Booktalks & Sales

DECEMBER 9, SATURDAY, 10:00 AM-NOON: CLEAR LAKE WRITERS MEETING

Clear Lake City-County Freeman Library
COST: FREE

 

DECEMBER 23, SATURDAY, 10:00 AM-NOON: CLEAR LAKE WRITERS MEETING

Clear Lake City-County Freeman Library
COST: FREE

January 18, THURSDAY, 6:00 PM: NONFICTION AUTHORS ASSOCIATION:

Make Email Marketing Work for Your Book

La Madeleine Town & Country
COST: MEMBERS: FREE; NONMEMBERS: $10.00

Our NFAA local chapters focus on the business side of writing, publishing and promoting nonfiction books. Meeting agendas typically include a guest speaker focused on a topic related to the publishing industry, introductions by all attendees, and a signature mastermind session where three to five attendees are selected to share a publishing-related challenge or question and receive feedback from the group. We meet on the third Thursday of each month to discuss the business side of writing, publishing, and promoting nonfiction books. We welcome experienced and aspiring writers of nonfiction.

FEBRUARY 15, THURSDAY, 6:00 PM: NONFICTION AUTHORS ASSOCIATION: TBA

La Madeleine Town & Country
COST: MEMBERS: FREE; NONMEMBERS: $10.00

Our NFAA local chapters focus on the business side of writing, publishing and promoting nonfiction books. Meeting agendas typically include a guest speaker focused on a topic related to the publishing industry, introductions by all attendees, and a signature mastermind session where three to five attendees are selected to share a publishing-related challenge or question and receive feedback from the group. We meet on the third Thursday of each month to discuss the business side of writing, publishing, and promoting nonfiction books. We welcome experienced and aspiring writers of nonfiction.