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Houston, TX 77006 United States

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January 2018
Jan
08

FICTION 2018-101

1:00 pm
Inprint House, 1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States

How to Avoid Narrative Whiplash: the Flashback, the Flash-forward, and When to Use Them  Although writers can and do use the flashback and other narrative “jumps” well, more often than not the flashback stalls our story and stifles its momentum. In this workshop, we will consider such (potential) plot potholes as the flashback and the flash-forward, learning from masters of the craft like Breece Pancake to “haunt” the present through scenery and dialogue. Through in-class writing activities and thoughtful revision,…

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Jan
08

POETRY 2018-110

6:00 pm
Inprint House, 1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States

Despite reports that “poetry is dead,” the range of work being produced today is unparalleled compared to any other time. In this workshop, we will focus on expanding our poetic toolkit through the study of contemporary poems and the writing of our own poems. In each class meeting, we will read a wide aesthetic range of contemporary poetry and use these poems to highlight an aspect of craft including, but not limited to: voice, music, imagery, form, space, and humor.…

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Jan
09

THE ART OF REVISION 2018-106

6:00 pm
Inprint House, 1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States

In this workshop, we will explore lenses and techniques to use for revising prose, both fiction and nonfiction. Writers may share old or new work for feedback in weekly workshop-style discussions. Additionally, writers will share smaller pieces of their work for more detailed line-by-line analysis to help us see where we can make our sentences stronger and expose any “tics” we have as writers. Using published essays and stories as our guides, we will make our work better through the…

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Jan
10

PERSONAL ESSAY 2018-107

1:00 pm
Inprint House, 1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States

In this eight-week creative writing workshop, participants will explore the liberating, playful, and highly flexible form of the personal essay. Over the course of the workshop, we will read examples of personal essays and discuss the elements of craft, narrative, and language that help to shape effective stories. In-class writing exercises will provide a starting point for our own writing and give participants the chance to experiment with different styles and forms. Most importantly, participants will share their own work,…

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Jan
10

CREATIVE NONFICTION 2018-108

6:00 pm
Inprint House, 1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States

All of us have true stories worth telling. The challenge, though, comes with how best to share our tales. Creative nonfiction (CNF) has become one of the fastest-growing genres in the contemporary literary scene, and offers a variety of forms for the writer’s use. In this eight week class, we’ll examine popular CNF forms—memoir, personal essay, nature/travel essay, literary journalism, the lyric essay, and more—and figure out where these sub-genres converge and diverge. We’ll also discuss the foundational concepts of…

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Jan
11

FICTION 2018-103

6:00 pm
Inprint House, 1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States

Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader. Not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon. – E.L. Doctorow In this course, we shall focus on the short story format, which, in its brevity, is a form that brings into sharp focus the workings of craft. We shall interrogate how characterization interacts with plot, voice, point of view, setting and style, critiquing, alongside our own writing, diverse works from writers such as…

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Jan
13

TEACHERS AS WRITERS POETRY 2018-111

10:00 am
Inprint House, 1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States

It’s been a long time since Shelley said, “Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted,” but the ways that poetry can reflect, refract, distort, and distill our lives into beauty has only grown in that time. In this eight-week class, we’ll look closely at the landscape of contemporary poetry, studying how living poets make meaning and power from tonality, voice, sound, image, and understatement, as well as how to make use of the poetic line (and…

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Jan
14

Inprint Book Club: Claire Messud’s The Burning Girl

4:00 pm
Inprint House, 1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States

The Inprint Book Club will discuss The Burning Girl by Claire Messud, who appears as part of the 2017/2018 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series. The meetings are free and open to the public. For more info about the Inprint Book Club, click here.

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Jan
20

WORLDBUILDING IN FICTION 2018-104

1:30 pm
Inprint House, 1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States

Worldbuilding is a term often consigned to the work fantasy and science fiction writers do to create alternative, fictive realms, like Tolkien’s painstakingly detailed “Middle Earth” in Lord of the Rings. But as author Jeff Vandermeer points out, “every setting in every piece of fiction is the product of someone’s imagination.” For example, he says, “your version of, say, Chicago, is vastly different than a talking penguin’s version.” Earlier this year, two essays ran on the popular writing blogs Electric Literature and…

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Jan
27

NATURE WRITING 2018-105

1:30 pm
Inprint House, 1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States

“Nature will bear the closest inspection,” Henry David Thoreau once mused in a journal. “She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.” As writers, it is our job to look closely at the world around us. Nature has long served as a starting point for authors, but what does “nature writing” entail in an urban setting like Houston? How is “nature” even relevant in an era of rapid…

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February 2018
Feb
11

Inprint Book Club: Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees

4:00 am
Inprint House, 1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States

The Inprint Book Club will discuss The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen, who appears as part of the 2017/2018 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series. The meetings are free and open to the public. For more info about the Inprint Book Club, click here.

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March 2018
Mar
11

Inprint Book Club: Paul Auster’s 4 3 2 1: A Novel

4:00 pm
Inprint House, 1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States

The Inprint Book Club will discuss 4 3 2 1: A Novel by Paul Auster, who appears as part of the 2017/2018 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series. The meetings are free and open to the public. For more info about the Inprint Book Club, click here.

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April 2018
Apr
08

Inprint Book Club: Samanta Schweblin’s Fever Dreams

4:00 pm
Inprint House, 1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States

The Inprint Book Club will discuss Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin, who appears as part of the 2017/2018 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series. The meetings are free and open to the public. For more info about the Inprint Book Club, click here.

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May 2018
May
13

Inprint Book Club: Aminatta Forna’s Happiness: A Novel

4:00 pm
Inprint House, 1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States

The Inprint Book Club will discuss Happiness: A Novel by Aminatta Forna, who appears as part of the 2017/2018 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series. The meetings are free and open to the public. For more info about the Inprint Book Club, click here.

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