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Why Is It So Hard for Novelists to Get Houston Right?

Posted on · From time to time on Houston Matters, we talk with writers who are either from Houston or who write about Houston (and sometimes both). And recently, there have been a handful of novels set in Houston getting critical praise, from The After Party, to Sunset City, to A Wife of Noble Character – among others. […]

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The Book of Wanderings: A Mother-Daughter Pilgrimage

Posted on · This week (May 23-27, 2016), aspiring writers are attending the 8th annual Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers at the University of Houston. The conference is aimed at young writers who are either still in school or who have yet to publish a book. It includes workshops, classes and presentations by established writers. One of the […]

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Writers League Helps Texas Authors Get Published

Posted on · Maybe your bucket list includes writing a novel. But where can writers and aspiring authors go in Greater Houston to connect with other writers to learn how to pen that novel or to get published? Well, for 35 years, that place has been the Writers’ League of Texas. The organization, while based in Austin, has the […]

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Workshop Helps Houston Writers Get Their Books Published

Posted on · The first Houston RT Readers and Writers Roundup will be held this weekend. It€™s an event where readers, bloggers, booksellers and librarians will gather to talk about writing and publishing. To tell us more about the event, we talk with Kathryn Falk, the founder of RT Book Reviews Magazine and the RT Readers and Writers Roundup. She€™s been […]

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Is Writing Becoming a Lost Art?

Posted on · Are we losing our ability to turn a phrase? Will this continue as technology renders letter writing anachronistic? We discuss how our writing skills are changing and how that’s manifested in today’s students. Our guests include: Louisa Meacham, a 9th-grade English teacher at Davis High School; University of Houston professor Dr. Jesse Rainbow; and Robin […]

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Center Offers New Place for Writers to Collaborate

Posted on · Houston’s literary scene has a new writing center. Writespace opened its doors in May and is located in Houston’s Art District. It offers writing workshops, consulting services, a shared quiet space to write, and free community events. Houston Matters sat down with Founder and Director Elizabeth White-Olsen to learn more about what Writespace is adding […]

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How a Local English Teacher Channels Her Inner Teenager in Order to Write Young-Adult Fiction

Posted on · As our summer reading series continues, we talk with Jennifer Mathieu, a local high school English teacher, and the author of a new young adult novel entitled The Truth About Alice. We discuss the impact her day job has on her ability to write for and about teenagers and how she channels her inner teenager in order […]

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Is Houston the Starting Point for the Next Great American Writers?

Posted on · The University of Houston’s MFA program in creative writing is one of the more prestigious programs in the country. And that may be just one of several reasons Houston might be an attractive starting point for the next generation of American writers. To discuss whether Houston plays a role in shepherding young writers, we’re joined […]

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Organizations Aim to Improve Houston’s Literacy

Posted on · With Houston’s diversity and large immigrant population, it’s no surprise that illiteracy is a problem here. We meet representatives from two organizations working to improve literacy for both children and adults in Houston: Kathryn Bauchelle is a Program Director for Literacy Advance of Houston, which focuses on adult literacy challenges; and Robin Reagler is the Executive […]