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Houston, TX 77006 United States

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August 2018
Aug
24

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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September 2018
Sep
04

PERSONAL ESSAY 2018-408

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

The personal essay is a uniquely playful and liberating literary form. It’s fun, but not easy. More craft and conscious shaping is involved than people realize. We’ll read and discuss essays from Phillip Lopate’s Art of the Personal Essay and other examples of the form. We’ll do in-class exercises designed to help writers cultivate the ability to follow and record the undulations of their own thinking. Working in stages, we’ll each produce one substantial essay, offering one another constructive criticism and encouragement…

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Sep
05

FICTION 2018-401

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

In water, surface tension pertains to the cohesion of individual molecules that allows liquid to resist external force and overfill the glass, as though taking on the form of something solid. In a story, tension is defined by the emotional investment of the reader. Created by engaging characters, conflicts, and settings, this tension is why a reader commits him or herself fully to a fictional world; it is the magic that allows that glass, or the story, to hold more…

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Sep
05

MEMOIR 2018-407

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

Memoir is a legacy you can leave for people you love, but it takes craft and skill to convey the truth of a story. This is a nuts-and-bolts class, a roll-your-sleeves-up-and-sweat class, so come, not for catharsis or therapy, not to give or hear personal advice, but to get to the bones, the mechanics, the heart, of successful writing. We’ll learn and apply techniques of good fiction and explore the differences between fiction and memoir to build your memories into…

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Sep
06

FLASH FICTION 2018-402

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

Made popular by writers like Stuart Dybek, Lydia Davis, and Amy Hempel, very short fiction or “flash fiction” is one of the newest and fastest growing literary genres. With many new writers leaving their mark on flash fiction every year, it’s an exciting time to get involved. Walking the line between fiction and poetry, writers of all genres will find themselves on equal footing since flash fiction has elements of both, but is neither. Flash fiction can be poetic, fantastic,…

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Sep
10

POETRY 2018-409

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

For Rilke, poetry is a space where we can explore what we don’t understand. He writes: “…have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language.” This generative workshop will explore how poetry is a language of possibility, a way of accessing those parts of our human experience that we may not see until they are written down. We will share…

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Sep
16

Inprint Book Club: Meg Wolitzer’s The Female Persuasion

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

The Inprint Book Club will discuss The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer, who appears as part of the 2018/2019 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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Sep
22

MULTIGENRE: SET THE STAGE 2018-411

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

The setting in a story refers to the establishment of time and place, but through language and focus a writer can endow this with deeper meanings that point to the essence of the story. Creating a setting in a story not only builds the world that your characters inhabit, making real to the reader the fictional or nonfictional world in which the tensions will unfold, but can also invoke mood, inform the reader about the characters and relationships, and transform…

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October 2018
Oct
06

POETRY: Power of Voice, Power of Place 2018-410

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

This generative writing workshop explores the secret inner workings of poetry and the poetic psyche through the power of voice and power of place. We will engage in close readings of contemporary poets and talk about strategies employed. Workshop participants will write poems based on prompts and particular strategies discussed. Poems will be shared and discussed.

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Oct
13

TEACHERS-AS-WRITERS FICTION 2018-412

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

This workshop is for K-12 educators Classroom teachers often treat fiction as an unknown quantity, unique with respect to other art forms and disciplines, both urgent and enduring precisely because it cannot be planned, described, and compartmentalized. But this isn’t quite true. The urgent and enduring qualities of literature extend directly from the fact that literature is, as the novelist Douglas Glover argues, “a process of thinking with its own peculiar form.” This 6-week course will give experienced and inexperienced…

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Oct
14

Inprint Book Club: Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black

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

The Inprint Book Club will discuss Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, who appears as part of the 2018/2019 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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Oct
20

FICTION: PLOT VS. STORY 2018-403

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

What is the difference between plot and story? And how might characters drive both? In this workshop, we’ll talk about the importance of differentiating between what happens and how it happens in an effort to ground narrative in the stakes of characters acting and reacting to the world around them. We’ll discuss short stories by Lauren Groff, Lu Lang, Tommy Orange, and Nicole Krauss, among others. In-class exercises will focus on writing characters based on the opposite of you, recognizing the stakes in character,…

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November 2018
Nov
03

FICTION: IDEA-DRIVEN TECHNIQUES 2018-404

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

Almost any story or novel has at least one thematic concern at play, in addition to all the other elements of narrative craft – plot, characterization, and so on. But often in our own writing, these elements can come across too forcefully or not forcefully enough to our readers. So-called “genre fiction” often relies on ideas—science fiction in particular has famously been called “The Literature of Ideas”—and as a result, can offer techniques to writers of all types of fiction…

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Nov
11

Inprint Book Club: Barbara Kingsolver’s Unsheltered

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

The Inprint Book Club will discuss Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver, who appears as part of the 2018/2019 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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January 2019
Jan
13

Inprint Book Club: Gary Shteyngart’s Lake Success

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

The Inprint Book Club will discuss Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart, who appears as part of the 2018/2019 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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February 2019
Feb
10

Inprint Book Club: Claudia Rankine’s Citizen

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

The Inprint Book Club will discuss Citizen by Claudia Rankine, who appears as part of the 2018/2019 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 2019
Mar
10

Inprint Book Club: Tommy Orange’s There There

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

The Inprint Book Club will discuss There There by Tommy Orange, who appears as part of the 2018/2019 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 2019
Apr
14

Inprint Book Club: Valeria Luiselli: Lost Children Archive

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

The Inprint Book Club will discuss Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli, who appears as part of the 2018/2019 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 2019
May
12

Inprint Book Club: Tayari Jones’ An American Marriage

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

The Inprint Book Club will discuss An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, who appears as part of the 2018/2019 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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June 2019
Jun
09

Inprint Book Club: Richard Powers The Overstory

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

The Inprint Book Club will discuss The Overstory by Richard Powers, who appears as part of the 2018/2019 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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