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

 

 

DECEMBER 18, MONDAY, 6:30-8:30: WRITERS GUILD WORKSHOP: STORY STRUCTURE

Have you ever read a book that doesn’t seem to start? How about a story that feels rushed at the end? Is your story that way? This session led by Martina Lewis will show you the basics of story structure and how to better space your action so your story flows naturally.

NOVEMBER 21, TUESDAY, 6:30-8:30 PM: WRITERS GUILD WORKSHOP: CRITIQUE GROUPS & FEEDBACK

Maude Marks Library, 1815 Westgreen Blvd.
COST: FREE

In this session, Karina Sokulski will discuss the importance of critique groups. She will cover how to find them, how to pick the right one and how to tackle feedback. Learning to both give and receive feedback will help you improve your writing craft in ways that may seem surprising.

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

Clear Lake City-County Freeman Library
COST: FREE

NOVEMBER 28, TUESDAY, 6:30-8:30 PM: HOUSTON WRITERS HOUSE SOCIAL

Black Labrador, 4100 Montrose, Houston, TX 77006
COST: FREE

Guest Speaker: Lee Steiner, owner of Domestic Papers, mixes her lifelong love of books, papers and antique ephemera into a unique and fun ‘mash-up’ of Vintage Vibe handmade books which she is thrilled to share with us!

DECEMBER 2, SATURDAY, 7:00 PM: HOUSTON WRITERS GUILD MASQUERADE GALA

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.  As an official 501c3 organization, your ticket price, your membership dues, and any donations you choose to give to your Guild are tax deductible.

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.

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 11, MONDAY, 6:30-8:30 PM: WRITERS GUILD WORKSHOP: POINT OF VIEW

Maude Marks Library, 1815 Westgreen Blvd.
COST: FREE

What Makes Every Author Unique: Voice and Point of View, presented by Roger Leslie

There are only two stories retold throughout the history of literature: someone goes on a journey or someone comes to town. How then do you write a novel that’s original and that makes you stand out among other writers? By finding your voice and choosing a point of view best suited to your story and theme.

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.

THE FIRST KISS HYPOTHESIS

THE FOURTH RUBY

WAIT FOR ME by Caroline Leech

NIGHTMARE HOUSE

THE YELLOW BOAT illustrated by Roberta Baird, written by Margaret HillardWHAT WAS THE MISSOURI COMPROMISE? by Wendy Lanier

LONE STAR LEGACY: THE TEXAS RANGERS THEN AND NOW by Melanie Chrismer
TAD LUCAS: TRICK-RIDING RODEO GIRL by Laura Edge

CELIA AND THE WOLF by Donna Maloy

 

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS by Mary Dodson Wade
STAY by Emily Evans

WELCOME TO MARS: Buzz Aldrin & Marianne Dyson









THE DRY by Rebecca Nolen

FREDDY HOPPIE AND THE EYE GLASSES by Michelle Nott, illustrated by Robert Lee Beers