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 site for that book.

 

Houston Area Writers & Illustrators Events 2017

 

JUNE 17, SATURDAY, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM: ACFW WRITERS ON THE STORMLISA GODFRIES: ATTRACTING AGENTS/PUBLISHERS 

The Woodlands/Shenandoah Lupe Tortilla
COST: ? For membership information, contact chapter president Kathrese McKee at wots.acfw@gmail.com

JUNE 27, TUESDAY, 6:00-8:00 PM: HOUSTON WRITERS HOUSE SOCIAL/NETWORKING NIGHT

Woodforest Grille (@ Golf Club), 1199 Fish Creek Thoroughfair, Montgomery
COST: FREE to all. *  If you are hungry, you can purchase dinner at the Grill.

Social Networking Event in Montgomery, TX. Houston Writers House members who live in the northern part of the Greater Houston area: Spring, Tomball, Magnolia, The Woodlands, Montgomery, Conroe. A guest speaker, TBA, will talk for about 15-20 minutes on something writing/publishing/editing related.

JULY 8, SATURDAY, 8:30-NOON: WEST HOUSTON RWA MTG: TBA

Memorial Drive Christian Church, 11750 Memorial Dr., Houston
COST: *FREE
*Writers and industry professionals interested in joining West Houston RWA can attend two meetings before deciding whether to join or not.

Doors open at 8:30 for check in and PRO workshop, TBA. The business meeting is from 9:00-10:00 followed by a networking break. The workshop presented by TBA begins at 10:30.

JULY 8, SATURDAY, 10:00 AM-NOON: CLEAR LAKE WRITERS MEETING

Clear Lake City-County Freeman Library
COST: FREE

 

JULY 10, MONDAY, 7:00 PM: SCBWI-HOUSTON MTG: DOTTIE ENDERLE

Tracy Gee Community Center
COST: FREE

Award-winning author Dotti Enderle presents, Writing & Submitting a Book SeriesDotti is best known for her Ghost Detectors series which has twenty titles, and her eight-title Fortune Tellers Club series. Her newest, Up2U Mystery Adventure series, already has two available. Dotti’s YA series are published under her pen name, Dax Varley. At this event, Dotti will share her secrets for writing chapter book and middle grade series.

JULY 15, SATURDAY, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM: ACFW WRITERS ON THE STORM: TBA

The Woodlands/Shenandoah Lupe Tortilla
COST: ? For membership information, contact chapter president Kathrese McKee at wots.acfw@gmail.com

JULY 20, THURSDAY, 6:00 PM: NONFICTION AUTHORS ASSOCIATION: CHRISTINA CONNER WORKSHOP 

La Madeleine Town & Country
COST: MEMBERS: FREE; NONMEMBERS: $10.00 See website for further details

Christina Conner (aka Marisa Bellami), author of the book “You Deserve It” will lead our group into an experience scientifically proven to enhance our creativity. As a certified laughter yoga instructor, Cristina will show us how to change the energy from serious to humorous.

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.

JULY 22, SATURDAY, 10:00 AM-NOON: CLEAR LAKE WRITERS MEETING

Clear Lake City-County Freeman Library
COST: FREE

AUGUST 7National SCBWI Recap – A Panel Discussion

Tracy Gee Community Center
COST: FREE

AUGUST 12, SATURDAY, 8:30-NOON: WEST HOUSTON RWA MTG: TBA

Memorial Drive Christian Church, 11750 Memorial Dr., Houston
COST: *FREE
*Writers and industry professionals interested in joining West Houston RWA can attend two meetings before deciding whether to join or not.

Doors open at 8:30 for check in and PRO workshop, TBA. The business meeting is from 9:00-10:00 followed by a networking break. The workshop presented by Teri Wilson begins at 10:30.

AUGUST 12, SATURDAY, 10:00 AM-NOON: CLEAR LAKE WRITERS MEETING

Clear Lake City-County Freeman Library
COST: FREE

AUGUST 17, 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.

AUGUST 19, SATURDAY, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM: ACFW WRITERS ON THE STORM: TBA

The Woodlands/Shenandoah Lupe Tortilla
COST: ? For membership information, contact chapter president Kathrese McKee at wots.acfw@gmail.com

AUGUST 26, SATURDAY, 10:00 AM-NOON: CLEAR LAKE WRITERS MEETING

Clear Lake City-County Freeman Library
COST: FREE

SEPTEMBER 5, TUESDAY, 7:00 PM: SCBWI MTG: CATHY BERNER

Tracy Gee Community Center
COST: FREE

Cathy Berner of Blue Willow Bookshop presents Best of Books: Early Childhood through Teens.

SEPTEMBER 9, SATURDAY, 8:30-NOON: WEST HOUSTON RWA MTG: TBA

Memorial Drive Christian Church, 11750 Memorial Dr., Houston
COST: *FREE
*Writers and industry professionals interested in joining West Houston RWA can attend two meetings before deciding whether to join or not.

Doors open at 8:30 for check in and PRO workshop, TBA. The business meeting is from 9:00-10:00 followed by a networking break. The workshop presented by TBA begins at 10:30.

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

Clear Lake City-County Freeman Library
COST: FREE

SEPTEMBER 15-16: A KILLER WEEKEND WORKSHOP AND MYSTERY DINNER

TBA

Houston Writers House presents this workshop with Kathryn Casey, an internationally acknowledged true-crime writer who has many books out about true crime especially in the Houston area. Her latest is about the “stiletto murder” in the high rise on Herman Drive. She’ll be out Friday speaker and then immediately following will be a Mystery dinner. Saturday’s keynote presenter Lois Gibson is a world renowned police sketch artist for HPD. There will also be several true forensics experts in various fields. There will be bugs!

SEPTEMBER 16, SATURDAY, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM: ACFW WRITERS ON THE STORM: FOCUS ON THE SYNOPSIS

The Woodlands/Shenandoah Lupe Tortilla
COST: ? For membership information, contact chapter president Kathrese McKee at wots.acfw@gmail.com

SEPTEMBER 21, 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.

SEPTEMBER 22-23: HOUSTON BAY AREA RWA STARFISH CONFERENCE, WEBSTER, TX

TBA

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

Clear Lake City-County Freeman Library
COST: FREE

OCTOBER 6-8: SCBWI-HOUSTON FALL CONFERENCE, HOUSTON, TX

TBA

OCTOBER 14, SATURDAY, 8:30-NOON: WEST HOUSTON RWA MTG: TBA

Memorial Drive Christian Church, 11750 Memorial Dr., Houston
COST: *FREE
*Writers and industry professionals interested in joining West Houston RWA can attend two meetings before deciding whether to join or not.

Doors open at 8:30 for check in and PRO workshop, Tracey Goodwin. The business meeting is from 9:00-10:00 followed by a networking break. The workshop presented by TBA begins at 10:30.

OCTOBER 14, SATURDAY, 10:00 AM-NOON: CLEAR LAKE WRITERS MEETING

Clear Lake City-County Freeman Library
COST: FREE

OCTOBER 19, 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.

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-TBA: WEST HOUSTON RWA MTG: ALL DAY WORKSHOP

Memorial Drive Christian Church, 11750 Memorial Dr., Houston
COST: TBA
*Writers and industry professionals interested in joining West Houston RWA can attend two meetings before deciding whether to join or not.

Doors open at 8:30 for check in. All Day workshop with Tracey Goodwin. The business meeting is from 9:00-10:00 with officer elections.

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: 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.

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 21, 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.

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

Clear Lake City-County Freeman Library
COST: FREE