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Finding a Writing Community

by Mindy Mayden, intern

Writing presents itself as a solitary and even potentially isolating activity, but it doesn’t need to be. Houston’s literary community is rich with opportunities for finding like-minded individuals who share an identity as a writer. One way to begin getting involved is to attend a creative writing workshop!

It’s not too late to sign up and get involved in 2019! Here are some of the great creative writing workshop opportunities that local Houston organizations are offering for the rest of the year:

Grackle & Grackle

Grackle & Grackle offers a variety of workshops, which vary both in length and subjects. A couple examples, which are still open for registration this year, include “Poetry of turbulence: Writing in/out/about/for a broken world,” “Modern elegy: Narrative of things past and the language of loss,” and “Fabulous deviations: Conjuring the bizarre in our fiction.” These are all single day or weekend workshops, perfect for those with busy schedules or who want to work on particular skills/ideas. However, Grackle & Grackle also offers ten-week-long workshops for more in-depth work. In cases of financial need, they are willing to give discounts and scholarships to ensure that everyone gets a chance to work on their writing.

Inprint

Inprint offers three different workshop types- Imprint Intensive workshops, Teachers as Writers workshops, and classic workshops. The Intensive workshops meet for a day or two over a weekend to focus on particular elements or forms. Classic workshops generally focus on a form, like poetry, short story, or novel, and then run for 6-10 weeks, meeting once weekly. Teachers as Writers workshops are held on Saturdays throughout the year and are specifically for K-12 educators to get a chance to focus on harnessing their own creative capabilities.

Writespace

Writespace offers four, six, or ten week long workshops, but also offers many day-long workshops which only meet once or twice. These workshops range from focusing on generating new work through prompts, to niche areas like speculative nonfiction, all the way to looking into taxes and copyright law. They also have several still open for 2019 and offer scholarships through an application process on their website.

Houston Writers Guild

The Houston Writers Guild offers day-long workshops throughout the winter and spring. These workshops can be on craft skills but are also often on the business side of writing, like how to get published or how to get an agent. The Houston Writers Guild also does an annual weekend event called Indiepalooza, where writers can come to learn about publishing and writing and can network with other local writers.

We here at Bright Sky are proud to be part of Houston’s literary community alongside these wonderful organizations. For more information on each organization or on the instructors and details of each workshop, check out their websites!

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