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New Literary Festival Emerges In Houston

As Houston’s literary community continues to thrive, a grassroots group is hosting its first-ever writing festival.



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Writespace is a little more than a year old, but they're growing up quickly. This week, they're hosting their first literary festival, Writefest, which includes workshops, panels, and critiques.

Something unique about Writefest is the fact that there's a focus on new and emerging authors.

"I think it's a good starting point because it's an opportunity to learn in an environment where I think it's all about questioning and finding out things that are new," says Adrienne Perry, who's leading a workshop on fiction writing.

In a city that just named its second poet laureate and first-ever youth poet laureate, Houston's writing community is having a growth spurt. But Perry says that may not be common knowledge.

"Writespace and Writefest are sort of inevitable offshoots of what is already a buzzing scene," Perry says. "But I do think that there are people who don't know what's going on."

But events like Writefest are bringing more attention to Houston's writing scene from the outside, bringing in editors from around the country to lead workshops.

On a local level, it leads to more room for expansion.

"One of the things that I found in my workshop is that they're meeting new people," Perry says. "They're going to take those connections and continue (with) writing groups, continue workshopping, and spending time with each other."

Writespace's inaugural Writefest takes place through Sunday at Silver Street Studios in Houston.

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