Writespace had their Writers Family Reunion, which I attended with my future sexy wife. Writespace is located in an art studio warehouse called Silver Street, a peaceful, meditative spot. The itinerary included events like a Critique Group Speed Dating, small-group Q&A’s with local but very accomplished writers (I was lucky enough to sit with D. L. Young of Soledad fame), panels on publishing and marketing by the published and marketable, and literary games like pin the mustache on William Faulkner.
I learned a lot, but instead of dumping my notes on the internet, I’ll jot four things:
1) We have a literary scene! Houston’s not just a sunset-and-traffic, cowboy-hat-toting big oil city that’s rising into the sky as it sinks into the marsh. And that literary scene is immense, intricate, ever-expanding.
2) Many writers in Houston choose to self-publish but it’s a lot of work. It kind of takes an obsessive, hard-working type, or, well, a writer.
3) There’s a debate in the community about novel-writing. Some say that if you want to write novels, you should write novels. Others that if you want to write novels, you should write short fiction and hone your skills.
Finally, 4) Houston is very new and emerging writer friendly.
10/10, would write again.