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Annual, Weekly and On-Going Socials

Weekly Saturday Social with HWG

      Join us on Saturday mornings from 10 am to 11 am CST via Zoom for a time of networking and connecting to other writers. Conversations about current work in progress, publishing, troubleshooting issues, plus sharing news and opportunities with one another take place during this time as we meet up in virtual space for coffee.

Last Saturday of the Month, Rally for Hope with former guild president, Andrea Sanchez.

     On the last Saturday of each month, in lieu of our social, we join in with former guild president Andrea Sanchez as she hosts a Rally for Hope from 10 am to 11 am CST.

      Each Rally includes motivational speakers that share compelling stories and insight to motivate us and help us remember we are not alone in this journey called life.

     Check out more about this ongoing program and register for the next event here:

Annual Conferences

     The Houston Writers Guild has traditionally offered two yearly conferences, one in spring and one in fall. This year, the Guild is combining the events into a new Authorpalooza Extravaganza Event.

      More information will be shared as it becomes available. However, the goal of the new event is to create a mega-conference that hosts learning tracks for authors who are seeking to indie publish, those who seek traditional publication, writer’s craft track, as well as marketing, business topics and public relations for all authors. In addition, the event will offer opportunities for one-on-one sessions with literary agents as well as acquisition editors from small and mid-size publishing houses for those with work ready to move forward into public space and who wish to pursue a traditional route for their author career.

      This year’s tentative dates for Authorpalooza Extravaganza will be Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. It will be an in person event, though we will offer virtual attendance options as well.

      Stay tuned and bookmark this page for updates, and/or subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to know as information becomes available for this exciting new conference event.

On-Going Workshops

     The Houston Writers Guild is gearing up to offer new workshop opportunities hosted both in-house as well as through partnerships with local community organizations.

Monday Night Workshop Group:

 

We partner with Abundantly Social, which offers Monday night learning sessions from 7pm to 8pm CST each week. Our members get discounted pricing to the various series hosted by Abundantly Social.

 

The purchase also includes access to the Wednesday morning Mastermind hour follow up time. Wednesday mornings from 9am to 10am CST, those who are participating in the current series can enjoy a time of troubleshooting and discussing the implementation of the information from that Monday’s session.

 

In addition, all sessions are recorded. So even if a series has already started, you can jump in and access the sessions you missed and take advantage of the wonderful learning opportunities.

 

For information on the current topics and to register visit: https://abundantlysocial.com

More sessions and opportunities will be added so check back often and/or subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to hear about the new offerings.

Upcoming Houston Writers Guild Events

2022 Workshop Series

     The Houston Writers Guild is bringing you an exciting series of workshops this year as we build up to our Authorpalooza Conference in March 2023.

 

     Each workshop will be held on the last Saturday of the month starting in July. The workshop will begin at 4pm, with onsite registration opening at 3:30pm. The workshop will be from 4:00 - 6:00 pm and a light dinner is included in the price. After the workshop there will be a chance to enjoy some networking time from 6:00 - 8:00 pm with doors closing at 8:00 pm.

Location:

Bayou City Press Offices

10303 Scofield Ln

Houston, TX 77096

Dates and Topics:

July 30th, 2022 – Creating Audiobooks to Boost Your Book Sales with presenter Alicia Richardson

August 27th, 2022 - Sell Your Book One Article at a Time And Make Money While You Wait to Make the NYT Bestseller List with presenter Kathryn Haueisen

September 24th, 2022 – Elevate your Social Media: Back to the Basics with presenter Aimee Ravichandran

October 29th, 2022 – Making the Most Out of Your Nanowrimo Experience with presenter Fern Brady

November 26th, 2022 – Understanding the role of a Publicist with presenter Mickey Mikkelson

Get Your Tickets

Members $35 per workshop

Non-Members $55 per workshop

Workshop Detailed Description and Presenter Information

Saturday, July 30, at 4:00 pm

Creating Audiobooks to Boost Your Book Sales

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     I’m a writer, not an actor. Why should I consider audio?

     It’s a way to build your platform, help readers find you, and add new income streams. I’ll give you an overview of ways authors can take advantage of the the skyrocketing popularity of audiobooks and podcasts. We’ll talk about content, platforms, software and hardware so that you, too, can expand your presence and find new fans.

About The Presenter:

Alicia Richardson is a non-so-common creature—a native Houstonian. While she grew up in and around the city, she spent almost half of the 80s living in Los Angeles. When she returned to the Gulf Coast, she spent a number of years in the oil patch, doing everything from being a production technician to a database application developer. Still, she yearned for creative expression. Alicia had

been creating stories for as long as she could remember and is an avid reader. While she sat on the commuter bus to and from downtown every day, she wrote her first novel...that was really not ready for prime time.

You can contact her at: writer@artemisgreenleaf.com

Saturday, August 17, at 4:00 pm

Sell Your Book One Article at a Time

And Make Money While You Wait to Make the NYT Bestseller List

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     Kathryn Haueisen has published six books and around a hundred articles that have appeared in print and on-line publications. Early in adult life she applied her degree in journalism to launch a freelance writing career while chasing toddlers around the house. Once the toddlers reached school age, she moved on to other career options.  She continued to respond to the call of writing about pretty much anything that piques her interest from why we have Father’s Day to how to help children adjust to a move, to the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands. In this fast-paced workshop she’ll cover the basics of deciding what to write, where to pitch freelance articles, and how to increase your chances of making a sale. She’ll also address things to avoid. Come with questions, leave with ideas to implement.

About The Presenter:

     Armed with a degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Divinity degree from Wartburg Theological Seminary, Kathryn Haueisen writes about a variety of social and family issues. She’s published six books and is under contract for book #7. Her most recent book, Mayflower Chronicles: The Tale of Two Cultures was published in 2020. Her writing has appeared in Writer’s Digest, Highlights for Children, Camping Journal, Marriage & Family Living, American Baby, Hawaiian Pacific Review, House Beautiful and numerous faith-based publications. She lives in Houston with her retired husband and spoiled rescue poodle. She blogs at https://HowWiseThen.com about people and places doing something useful for our global community.

Saturday, September 24, at 4:00 pm

Elevate your Social Media: Back to the Basics

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     Social Media is constantly changing, and it can get overwhelming to keep up. We will be going back to the basics of social media. Showing you how you can elevate your social media content along with helping you create a content calendar that will take the overwhelm away and give you time back to keep on writing.

About The Presenter:

     Aimee grew up in San Antonio, Texas where she attended UTSA and graduated with a Bachelor in Psychology. During that time, she began working with Houston known Sandy Lawrence, former CEO of Perceptive Public Relations. That’s where she learned the ins and outs of social media and develop a great understanding of managing different types of business social media accounts. She went on to

take courses and attended numerous Social Media Examiner webinars, learning about social media marketing and consulting. She is the owner of Abundantly Social and works tirelessly to help authors maximize their social media presence and reach as well as make the most out of their book launch and other author events.

Saturday, October 29, at 4:00 pm

Making the Most Out of Your Nanowrimo Experience

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     In this workshop, Fern Brady will guide participants in strategically setting up to get the most out of their participation in Nanowrimo. Come discover what Nanowrimo is and how to use this time of year to push your work forward. During the session, there will be time for participants to explore the Nanowrimo website, and create a plan of action for their project, so bring your laptops, notebooks, and other writing resources to get ready to Nano!

About The Presenter:

     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

her Thyrein’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 as co-host for 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

You can contact her at:

fernbrady@inklingspublishing.com

Saturday, November 26, at 4:00 pm

Understanding the role of a Publicist

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     What does a publicist do? How does that differ from marketing and public relations? As an author, how do you work effectively with a publicist? These are some of the questions explored in this session with Mickey Mikkelson, head of Creative Edge Publicity.

About The Presenter:

Mickey Mikkelson is the founder of Creative Edge Publicity. In 2006, he began his work in the literary and bookseller industry as the Special Events Manager for Chapters/Indigo, Canada’s largest bookstore chain, in St. Albert, Alberta. Ten years later, he formed Creative Edge Publicity, an aggressive publicity firm that specializes in advocating for both the traditional and independent artist.

     Since founding Creative Edge, Mickey has signed some of the top talents in the literary industry,

including multiple award-winning authors, New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, and successful indie authors, many of whom have become international bestselling authors while working within the Creative Edge brand.

Authorpalooza Extravaganza Conference

     We will be announcing more about our brand new Authorpalooza Extravaganza Conference Event set for Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. This mega-writers conference will include traditional publication sessions, indiepalooza sessions, writers craft sessions, pitch sessions with editors/agents, as well as other fun offerings.

 

     Thank you for your support of the Houston Writers Guild and stay tuned to exciting news about our all new Authorpalooza Extravaganza 2022 Event!

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