About us

The Houston Writers Guild is a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization working to create a community of writers of all skill levels. Together, we strive to improve our writing craft and help each other build successful careers through education, collaborative marketing efforts, and camaraderie.

The Guild offers a myriad of programs for both published and unpublished writers.  It creates opportunities to build careers through networking, as well as, opportunities for author book sales throughout the Greater Houston area and neighboring communities. The Guild is also a place for hobbyists authors to enjoy writing in a relaxed and fun environment.

Mission Statement

The HWG is a community of Houston-area writers whose purpose is to support each other in the author’s craft and writing career through:

  1. Engendering safe environments for writers of all skill levels. (Critique Circles)
  2. Reciprocally sharing time, talent, and knowledge. (Socials and Round Table)
  3. Creating opportunities for the development of writing careers. (Through Conferences and Workshops)
  4. Celebrating the success of each as a success of all. (Via Newsletter and Social Media)
  5. Providing a platform through which members forge life-long relationships in writing and publishing.
  6. Fostering a culture of continuous learning. (Through Conferences and Workshops)

Won’t you join us in some of our great programs? Browse our site to see all we have to offer.

Members receive substantial discounts on workshops, conferences and contests. Feel free to sign up for our monthly newsletter, whether you join or not. You must be a member to participate in critique circles (although you can visit once as a guest).

Our Leadership Team

The Houston Writers Guild is an entirely volunteer-run community. Meet the leadership and board members that make your favorite Houston writing community possible.

Fern Brady
Chief Executive Officer

Fern Brady is the founder and CEO of Inklings Publishing. She holds multiple Masters degrees and several certifications. She began her professional life as a foreign correspondent, taught for 15 years in Alief ISD, and is a full-time Realtor in Houston. She has published numerous short stories, two children’s picture books, and a couple of poems. Her debut novel, United Vidden,which is book one in herThyrein’s Galactic Wall Series, was given a glowing review by Dr. Who Online, the official site of the fandom. She also has volume one of her graphic novel/novella hybrid project, New Beginning. She has returned to the leadership of the Houston Writers Guild, with whom she served as CEO for four years previously. She serves on the board of Authorology, and co-hosts two podcasts – Author Talk and The Hot Mess Express. Besides being Municipal Liaison for Nanowrimo Houston, she is also a member of Blood Over Texas, Romance Writers of America, and American Booksellers Association. Follow Fern’s writing at: www.fernbrady.com

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Chief Financial Officer

Alicia Richardson writes a little bit of everything, including an award-winning children’s book. Before she became a full-time writer, she was a database application developer. In 2016, she jumped straight into the non-profit pool by joining the Houston Writers Guild as CFO, and hasn’t looked back. Alicia is delighted to have the opportunity to work with Houston area creatives to build a welcoming community for all.

Creative Director

Tom Richard is a skilled artist and cartoonist with decades of experience designing logos and graphics for a number of companies.

Public Relations Director

Sandy Lawrence is an energetic “people person” and works passionately to take her clients’ message to the world. She loves a good story and considers it her responsibility to help people share their story with the world. Sandy is a publicist, speaker, author and founder of Perceptive Public Relations. She is number 17 in Houston’s Social Influencers and Perceptive PR is number 9 in Houston’s Public Relations Firms. Sandy is the author of several books, including the Do It Yourself PR Guide and Soar 2 Success in Marketing: 58 Tips to Getting the Word out and Growing your Business.

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Membership Director

Mack Little holds an undergraduate in English Literature from the University of Dubuque, Iowa and a Masters of Information Science from the University of North Texas. Born in Conyers, GA, Mack has gone on to live, as a University Student in Seville, Spain and, as a soldier, in Wurzburg, Germany. Her studies and career have taken her and all over the United States. Mack is the Membership Director of the Houston Writer’s Guild. While Progenie is her first novel, she co-authored “Disaster Planning: a How-to-Do-It Manual”, published by Neal Schuman. She has also authored several articles for professional library journals.

Kathryn Haueisen has been asking editors to publish her work since the late 60s. She’s sold articles to national, regional, and faith-based publications on a variety of topics such as family life, travel, personality profiles, how-to articles, and managing transitions. She’s published four books, edited two others, and is now pushing to release her fifth novel, a fictional biography of the very real Mary Brewster, wife of the more famous Mayflower passenger, Elder William Brewster. She teaches workshops on journaling and writing one’s personal memoirs, and enjoys speaking in person or via zoom and podcasts about writing, the amazing history behind the Mayflower voyage, and other topics that catch her elusive attention. She began her writing career with a degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and later earned a Master of Divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary. She worked in public relations for Bowling Green and the Defiance College before launching a freelance writing career while raising children. After doing more public relations work for an outdoor drama, she spent thirty-five years in church leadership. She is now retired and again asking editors to publish her work. She blogs weekly about interesting people doing amazing things in our global village.
Follow her at https://www.HowWiseThen.com   

Freelance Author, Pastor, Speaker
Website: HowWiseThen  
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