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Houston, TX 77006 United States

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April 2017
Apr
28

Inprint Writing Cafe

9:00 am
Inprint House, 1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States

Work with fellow writers in a pleasant space on Friday mornings* from 9 am to 12 pm We open our doors from 9 am to 12 pm on Friday mornings and transform our room for workshops/meetings/readings into a writing cafe.  Any and all writers looking for a pleasant morning space in which to work are welcome. Enjoy the presence of other creative spirits in the lovely Menil neighborhood. We ask Inprint Writing Cafe patrons to keep talking to a minimum…

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May 2017
May
05

First Friday presents Anis Shivani

8:30 pm
Inprint House, 1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States

Free and open to the public Inprint is proud to serve as a host for the First Friday Poetry Reading Series. The First Friday Series is the oldest poetry series in Houston and has been held monthly on the first Friday of each month since 1975. The series is coordinated by Robert Clark, not by Inprint. Each reading begins with a featured poet, followed by an open mic. First Friday presents Houston writer Anis Shivani, reading from his forthcoming books The Moon…

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May
14

Inprint Book Club: George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo

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

The Inprint Book Club will discuss Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, who appears as part of the 2016/2017 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
22

PERSONAL ESSAY 2017-207

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

In this course we will read and write essays that bring a personal lens to a larger topic. We will consider audience, possible outlets, persuasion, and other concerns of craft. During the first two weeks, we will discuss ideas, make a few starts, and write pitches. In the final six weeks, each writer will workshop one essay. Each week, we will do a writing exercise. The goal of the course is to have a working idea of how to write…

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May
30

POETRY 2017-210

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 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. Each class, 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. Students will be…

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May
31

PERSONAL ESSAY 2017-208

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

This class on the personal essay emphasizes writing exercises and reading for inspiration, as well as workshop-style feedback. You will choose the particular aspects you like from the essays we read—a word, a sentence, an opening, a structure, a subject—as beginnings, or launching pads, for your own essays. For instance, beginning every sentence with “I remember,” as Joe Brainard did, could unlock new language for you, rich in sensory detail. Likewise, Dinty W. Moore’s quotations from 1950s kissing manuals could…

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May
31

FICTION 2017-201

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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June 2017
Jun
01

POETRY 2017-211

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

In this poetry workshop, students will be given weekly writing assignments designed to sharpen their poetic skills and broaden their imaginative scope. In addition to workshopping poems, we will practice in-class writing and discuss works by Elizabeth Bishop, Geoffrey Nutter, Pablo Neruda, Mary Ruefle, Srikanth Reddy, Robert Hass, Russell Atkins, Frank O’Hara, and others. Please arrive with an open mind and a desire to experiment.

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Jun
03

FICTION 2017-202

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

In shaping the lumpy mess of the world into an aerodynamic short story, writers need to make choices—whom to follow, what to include, what to exclude, where to look, what to tell the reader and when, etc. And to make these choices, writers ask themselves a series of questions, often subconsciously, that get to the heart of characterization, plot, point of view, conflict, setting—in a word, craft. In this class, we will focus on nine essential questions of craft and examine how…

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Jun
05

FICTION: HOW A STORY THINKS 2017-203

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

Point of View: How a Story Thinks Whether you are just beginning to think about a story you want to write or are in the middle of a project, experimenting with point of view can be productive, help jump-start your writing, and help you to better understand the central truths in a narrative. Even when a piece of fiction employs an omniscient narrator, someone is still telling that story, making choices, directing the reader’s attention. How do you choose point of view?…

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Jun
10

FLASH FICTION 2017-204

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

The market for flash fiction is booming. It’s a great way to boost your publications, to build an audience, or even to explore a scene for a novel. The last few years have seen the success of several novels that play with flash fiction-like chapters. Norton has published several flash fiction anthologies. Hundreds of journals devoted to the form have sprung up online and in print. In this two-day seminar, we will read, write, and workshop flash fiction. Participants will be asked to submit…

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Jun
11

Inprint Book Club: Colm Tóibín’s House of Names

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

The Inprint Book Club will discuss House of Names by Colm Tóibín, who appears as part of the 2016/2017 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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Jun
24

FICTION: LITERARY UNDERWORLDS 2017-205

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

Plot may drive a narrative forward, but often a substratum of metaphor actually binds a story together. Let’s call this the literary underworld: a realm of allusions and associations that work on the subconscious and enrich the reading experience. Through a series of writing exercises, we will practice cultivating this metaphoric layer in prose. Come ready to plumb your memory, flex your imagination, and find inspiration from unexpected sources. This class will benefit both fiction writers and essayists who are interested…

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