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2017 Writers' Family Reunion

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Silver Street Studios

2000 Edwards Street

Houston, TX 77007

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Event Cosponsors: Inprint, Houstonia Magazine, Silver Street Studios, Arthouston Magazine, Houston Writers House, Women in the Visual and Literary Arts (WiVLA), Public Poetry, and Houston Writers Guild.

About the Writers' Family Reunion: The Writers' Family Reunion is a one-day gathering and Build-Your-Writing-Community event designed to give writers an opportunity to develop friendships with other writers, learn from more experienced writers, and fortify their knowledge of craft and career. All levels and all genres are welcome! Just as a family reunion nourishes ties amongst long-lost relatives, the Writers' Family Reunion is an opportunity for the large, diverse family of writers living in and near Houston to come home to one another and nurture the deep love of writing that we share.

Along with opportunities to meet local writers, attending writers will have the opportunity to discover fantastic local literary resources; form new critique groups, join existing ones, or just learn about them; and bolster their knowledge of how to complete projects, submit, find agents, and publish.

Schedule:

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Check-in and Coffee: Please arrive on time to ensure you have time to receive your materials, get oriented, visit tables, and find a good seat.

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Local Opportunities for Writers: Learn how local organizations like Inprint, Houstonia Magazine, ArtHouston Magazine, Women in the Visual and Literary Arts (WiVLA), Houston Writers House, Public Poetry, Houston Writers Guild, and Writespace can support your writing career. Presented by Karleen Koen, author of Before Versailles and co-founder of Women in the Visual and Literary Arts

10:30 - 11 a.m.
Tables, Games, and Snack Break: Visit tables to learn more about the local organizations that can support your writing career. Also, win writing workshop gift certificates through fun games designed to boost your creativity.

11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Critique Group Speed Dating / Alternate session: Jumpstart Your Writing: Meet and get to know potential critique group members who live near you and whose writing interests are similar to yours. Or if you’re already in a critique group or feel like you’re not ready for one, drop in on a Jumpstart Your Writing session held in Writespace, Studio 212.

12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break and Book Signing: Grab a bite to eat from our on-site food vendors. During the break, be sure to stop by River Oaks Bookstore’s book signing table and get a book signed by your favorite local author.

1:15 - 2:30 p.m.
First Page Feedback Sessions: Half-day passholders will work in peer groups with other attending writers, and all-day passholders will work with Writespace instructors and professional writers.

Half-Day Passholders: Groups of six beginning and intermediate writers critique one another’s writing in peer groups. Group assignments will be shared the day of the event. Bring *seven* copies of the first page of a longer work of writing to share, or come to just listen and learn what critique circles are about, as sharing and getting feedback on your writing is completely optional! All genres of writing are welcome.

All-Day Passholders: All-Day passholders work in groups of six led by Writespace instructors and professional writers. Writers who register early receive first pick.

**All-Day Pass required going forward**

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Small Group Q&As with Professional Writers: All-day pass attendees choose the professional writer you'd like to work with. Group sizes range between 3-6. First-come, first-served.

3:10 - 4:00 p.m.
Publishing 101: An Overview of Options for New Writers: Do you want to break into the world of writing but don't know how? There are many avenues to take; from submitting to journals, self publishing, to finding a literary agent and more.

Writing Your First Novel: Ready to take the plunge and try writing a longer work? Our panelists will discuss tips and strategies to help you get started. Should you plot it out or plan as you go? Expand a previously written short story or start completely from scratch? And just how useful is NaNoWriMo, anyway?

The Benefits of Promiscuous Art-Making: How Exploring New Creative Mediums Can Vitalize Your Writing: Have you always thought painting--or music or bookmaking or acting-- is super-cool, but you haven’t yet tried it? Come hear a panel of artists and writers with Women in the Visual and Literary Arts (WiVLA) share their experiences of promiscuous art-making and discover how exploring new mediums and collaborating with other creatives can vitalize your writing.

4:10 - 5:00 p.m.
How to Create (Or Join!) a Great Critique Group: So, you’ve found some writers who want to form a critique group... How do you ensure that magic happens? Or, if you already have a group, how do you ensure that the magic sticks around? In this session, you will learn the fundamentals of running a great critique group from our panel of seasoned critiquers.

Reading Like a Writer: It’s said that readers make the best writers. But how does that play out in practice? What are some good books--craft-based or otherwise-- for writers to read? How should writers approach reading in their preferred genre? How can analyzing published work help you improve as a writer?

My Journey as a Writer: What I Wish I Knew When I Started: All published writers were aspiring writers at some point. Learn how that switch from novice to pro happens: How do you get started? What leads someone to a writing career? What obstacles and setbacks can you expect to encounter, and how can you guard against them?

Find out more about the event on Writespace's website. To receive a members' discount for this event, become a member here.

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