For Readers & Fans

​​​​WriteFest Houston

Mon - Sunday

April 30 to May 6

Conference sponsored by

Houston Writers Guild & Writespace

Sawyer Yards & Trini Mendenhall Community Center

To purchase tickets:



Tracy Gee Community Center
3599 Westcenter Rd
Houston TX 77042
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

June 30
A Writer’s Notebook: Methodology for Generating Texts

Join Inklings CEO, Fern Brady, as she facilitates this exploration of the Writer’s Notebook.  Coined by Ralph Fletcher, this concept is a place for writers to delve into a myriad of pre-writing strategies and generate ideas that will lead to text development.  Having and using it in your daily life a writer’s notebook will help the authors live a ‘Writing Kind of Life’ and eliminate the fear of the dreaded Writers Block.

July 21
Genre Exploration: Understanding Your Readers’ Expectations

 Join Fern Brady and explore the various genres and their specific elements. Discuss and review hybrids and subgenres and how these relate to your own body of work. Develop tips for marketing your work to agents, publishers, and readers using a clear platform designed around the genre of your choice.

August 25
Aesthetics of Design: Understanding the Elements of Powerful Graphics

Join Inklings’ Graphics Director Karina Winbigler as she presents the basic elements of powerful graphics designs. Explore the balance of pictures, text, color, and fonts for designing business cards, flyers, banners, and more. She will also present various software options available.

September 15
Flash Fiction: The Art of Storytelling in Under 750 Words

Join Andrea Barbosa, Flash Fiction Editor of Kallisto Gaea Press, for a hands-on look at writing this popular new genre. Creating a full and satisfactory story in under 1,000 words is a challenge.  Come practice techniques from this award-winning author and start getting your flash fiction published.

October 13
Design Documents: An Exploration of Plotting Methodologies

 Join Fern Brady in this hands-on session on various styles of plotting styles. Design documents are critical to the success of a strong story.  Whether you plot up front, during the drafting, or at the end as a revision mechanism, these methodologies will help you ensure your work has consistency and clear development for your readers.

November 17
Pacing Your Writing: Creating a Timeframe That Works

Join Martine Lewis, author of the Grey Eyes young adult series, in this hands-on session on creating timelines for the production of your works. Learn techniques to help you stay on target in your writing life and meet your publishing goals.

December 1
Layered Revision: Polishing Your Work

Join Fern Brady for this hands-on session on polishing your work. First drafts are inherently messy. Revision is the process of making the work reader-ready. But there is so much to work on and it can be overwhelming. Fern will present a layered approach to a revision that will help you achieve a fantastic final draft with less stress.

For Writers

​​​​Narrative Elements Hands-on Series


First Colony Branch Library

2121 Austin Parkway

​Sugarland, TX

1-3 pm

​Free to All

May 12 -- Setting: The Forgotten Element

​​​​Narrative Elements Hands-on Series


Maud Marks Branch Library

1815 Westgreen Blvd

Katy, TX

Free to All

1-3 pm                      April 14 -- Conflict to Build Tension

1-3 pm                      May 19 -- Setting: The Forgotten Element


Inklings' Annual Writer's Retreat

Friday thru Sunday

November 9-11

Location TBD

To purchase tickets:

Friday Check-in @ 2:00pm

Sunday Check-out @ 1:00 pm

All materials, housing, and meals included in pricing.

Be sure to check back often as Inklings calendar will be subject to frequent updates!


Friday thru Sunday

July 27-29

NRG Convention Center

Houston, TX

​Giddings Book Festival

Friday & Saturday

September 7-8

Location TBD

Giddings, TX