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Weekend workshops offered at Writing Space in Houston

The fall schedule for Writing Space begins on August 30 and runs through December 13.

• August 30, 9 a.m. until noon
o How to Shmooze Your Muse and Keep Her By Your Side
o Instructor: Sarah Cortez
o Level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
o $35.00
o “Do you want to write, but you sit down and you’re not sure where to start?” Learn some invaluable “muse-wooing” secrets.

• September 6, 1 to 4 p.m.
o Fulfill Your Dream: Writing, Publishing, and Promotion
o Instructor: Pamela Fagan Hutchins
o Level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
o $15.00
o Explore the options of what to do once you have a novel finished and figure out what should be on that pesky to-do list.

• September 20, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
o How to Increase Your Story’s Vitality through Character and Place
o Instructor: Chris Rogers
o Level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
o $30.00
o Learn to build characters with strong passions and how to let their fears and desires drive the story. Engage in brainstorming exercising, and after the interactive workshop, join Rogers’ pre-launch party for her newest novel “Emissary” at 5 p.m.

• September 27, 1 to 4 p.m.
o The Secrets of Effective Characterization
o Instructor: K.J. Russell
o Level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
o $35.00
o Learn how to “render fully-formed characters so that every character, including your minor characters, become a chance to add flavor and life.”

• October 4, 9 a.m. until noon
o The First Six Months: Creating Your Own Book Launch Marketing Plan
o Instructor: Pamela Fagan Hutchins
o Level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
o $15.00
o Attend this hands-on workshop with your pencil (or laptop), a book/manuscript, a blurb/description, and knowledge of the genre, market, sales formats, general budget, and price and create your timeline, budget, and marketing plan.

• October 4, 1 to 4 p.m.
o Tension: The Secrets of How to Build It, Keep It, and Increase It!
o Instructor: Cassandra Clarke
o Level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
o $30.00
o Learn how to effectively build tension through examples from published works as well as hands-on writing exercises.

• October 11, 1 to 4 p.m.
o Writing with Style
o Instructor: Matthew Salesses
o Level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
o $35.00

• October 11, 1 to 4 p.m.
o Writing with Style
o Instructor: Matthew Salesses
o Level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
o $45.00
o Learn what a “prose stylist” is and how to become one. Learn about poetic techniques, syntax, and more with in-class exercises.

• October 25, 1 to 4 p.m.
o How to World-Build in Every Genre
o Instructor: Jessica Capelle
o Level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
o $35.00
o World-building is needed for any novel, and this workshop will help writers learn how to create their own real worlds, regardless of where it’s happening.

• November 1, 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
o Make It Shine! Polish Your Picture Book Manuscript to Its Full Potential
o Instructor: Kathy Duval
o Level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
o $85.00
o This is a hands-on revision workshop. Bring three copies of your completed picture book manuscript, and be prepared to create a dummy as well as look at revisions for your book.

• November 8, TBD
o Fiction Intensive with Amber Dermont
o Instructor: Amber Dermont
o Level: Intermediate and Advanced

• November 15, 9:30 a.m. until noon
o Writing in the Natural World
o Instructor: Elizabeth White-Olsen and Glen Olsen
o Level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
o $35.00
o Come learn to “reconnect with your spirit and discover renewal in the natural world.” Look at nature poetry and essays, then spend time writing with nature-inspired prompts and exercises. Be sure to bring a journal and be ready to write outside.

• November 15, 1 to 4 p.m.
o The Ins and Outs of Creating Great Sex Scenes
o Instructor: Marian Szczepanski
o Level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
o $45.00
o Go from “Psych 101 (recovering from What-will-my-mother-think? Syndrome) to Fiction Writing 101 (how characterization, settling, dialogue, and family/personal conflict relate to love” and more. The class will include an examination of short stories and novel excerpts as well as writing exercises.

• November 22, 1 to 3 p.m.
o How to Inspire Kids to Read – and, What Books to Get Them For Christmas!
o Instructor: Elizabeth White-Olsen
o $25.00
o Learn “crucial methods of reading stories aloud in ways that engage children’s attention,” discuss reading challenges and learn how to help a child handle them. Bring along a few of your favorite children’s books to share/recommend.

• December 6, 1 to 4 p.m.
o Being Bad Has Never Been So Good: How to Create Awesome Antagonists
o Instructor: Marian Szczepanski
o Level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
o $45.00
o Learn about the nature and purpose of antagonists, paying attention to how they function within their stories and what makes them memorable and unique.

• December 13, 1 to 3 p.m.
o How to Find an Agent
o Instructor: Joy Preble
o Level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
o $35.00
o Find out what to do when trying to find someone to represent you and your work. Learn the crucial aspects of the process.

Writing Space is located in the Silver Street Studios at 2000A Edwards Street in Houston. They are located in studio 212.

You can register for the classes and pay for them at their website at
http://www.writespacehouston.org/weekend-workshops.html