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Voted #1 in Texas Conferences for Writers!

October 12th - 13th, 2012
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Friday, October 12th

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Sugar Land Marriot Hotel
16090 City Walk
Sugar Land, Texas 77479

Workshop #1

April Eberhardt

"An Agents View of Self-Publishing."

April works with serious authors who recognize the need for professional support, and the importance of publishing in the highest-quality way, be it traditionally or independently. Agent-vetted manuscripts help independently-published authors stand out from the millions of others, and contribute to raising the bar for independent publishing, garnering recognition and sales for those authors who understand and commit to self-publishing, done right.

Workshop #2

Nikki Loftin

"Build your writing toolkit."


No one does it like Nikki Loftin, easily voted the most entertaining and instructive lecturer of our entire faculty at the Spring conference.

Nikki will present a 3 hour hand-on workshop for any genre, where folks come in with ideas/rough sketches and leave with polished queries, pitches, and improvement on their opening pages.


Plus dunner on the square at 6:00 pm
$25 cash bar.
(Resturant to be announced)

Saturday, October 13th

9:00 am - 4:30 pm


Sugar Land Marriot Hotel
16090 City Walk
Sugar Land, Texas 77479

Margie Lawson

"Empowering Character's Emotions."

Want to add a psychological punch to your writing?

Want to learn how to capture the full range of body language on the page?

Want to turn your work into a page-turner by powering up emotions and hooking the reader viscerally? Learn the edits system. Basic, complex empowered and super-empowered passages:

  • Backstory management
  • Kinesics
  • Haptics
  • Proxemics
  • Facial expressions
  • Paralanguage and much more


by author J.D. Faver

Im so excited that Margie Lawson is returning to Houston. I have been fortunate enough to attend two of her previous workshops in the area and look forward to the October Houston Writers Guild Conference. I think every writer has certain gifts they bring to the keyboard. For some its a natural storytelling voice. Others may be able to paint vivid word pictures. My innate writing gifts have always been action and dialogue. Everything else I have to work for.

My first ML encounter was one of her EDITS workshops. Let me emphasize, when she says workshop, you will WORK!

I brought the first chapter of one of my works in progress and a set of colored markers. The purpose was to use the markers to define different elements of the project. Sure enough, I had plenty of action and dialogue. Surprise! I also had a whole scene with absolutely no hint of setting. My characters were talking and acting, but they could have been in a moving vehicle or strolling on a beach or hiding in a wine cellar. Not a clue as to where the action was taking place. Note to self: Work on setting. Same note to self for emotion, introspection, etc

Read the rest of the
testimonial here


April Eberhardt

A self-described literary change agent, April founded her own agency, April Eberhardt Litary, in order to assist and advise authors as they navigate the increasingly complex world of publishing. As readers and publishers choose among the many literature is being delivered in the new millennium, authors need a literary agent who understand both the traditional and electronic marketplaces, along with the evolving options for agent-assisted independent publishing.

Mary Kole

Mary Kole is a Senior Literary Manager at Movable Type Management where her interests are children's books, picture books, middle grade, and young adult. She is also the author of “Kidlit Craft and Trends: 2012 Writer Digest Conference Session." Formerly with Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

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Pam van Hylckama Vlieg

Pam van Hylckama Vlieg represents young adult and middle grade childrens book authors, and adult romance authors. Over the past four years Pam has become one of the top YA book bloggers in the country at Bookalicious.org. She also partners her blog with Hicklebees, a childrens bookstore in San Jose, CA. Pam writes supernatural YA and MG fiction and is represented by Laurie McLean, also of Larsen Pomada Literary Agents. She lives in the Bay Area of California with her Dutch husband, two childrena boy and a girl the perfect seta Jack Russell terrier, a bull dog puppy, and a small guinea pig. It is her greatest dream to own a menagerie.

Gordon Warnock

Gordon Warnock, Senior Agent at Andrea Hurst & Associates, combines industry knowledge with a sharp editorial eye and experience as a college-level tutor to provide fr iendly and thorough aid wi th pol ishing manuscripts and book proposals. From his start as an intern, he has since worked his way up to becoming a ful l agent and an integral part of Andrea Hurst Literary Management. He frequently par ticipates in conferences and workshops and speaks throughout the communi ty. He is an honors graduate wi th a B.A. in Creative and Professional Writing.


Also this year, The Houston Writers Guild Workshop, December 1,
and the Christmas Party, December 15, 2012

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Roger Paulding

Roger Paulding sold two short stories and a three-part serial to the Sunday denominational magazines when he was only a teenager. In college at Oklahoma State University and Hardin-Simmons University, he majored in English, Journalism and Religion. His novel The Pickled Dog Caper (Panther Creek Press, 2005) originally was part of 1,000 page historical novel. Because so many members of his writing groups found it funny as well as moving, he pulled it out and made it a stand alone story. Our published novels will soon follow. His writing career in fiction, long in hibernation, was resumed when he retired, after 20 years in the Fashion industry and ten years writing technical insurance reports for Equifax. He resides in a small city near Houston and has been a resident of Texas since 1951. For the past three years, he has served as president of the Houston Writers Guild with a membership of 200 and a newsletter subscription list of 1000 writers. He is a guiding light for many Houston area writers. This summer (2012) four HWG members are scheduled for publication. See our Member News page for more information on them.



Our weekly critique MEETINGS are devoted to helping each other polish manuscripts for publication. Our members write commercial fiction which covers genre novels, including mystery, romance, historical, women's interests, sci-fi, memoir, young adult. Many of our members are published. If you are writing for self-gratification or anything of a pornographic nature, we are not interested in your MS.

In addition to weekly meetings, Houston Writers Guild sponsors WRITERS CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS and WRITERS CONTESTS.




New members: $48 through 2013

Membership renewal: $60

Associate Membership -Student
or members who live more than 75 miles from Houston: $24 through 2013

Dues are paid annually, and are due on January 1st. If you joined later in the year, your dues will be prorated. 

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