Upcoming Texas Writing Events

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Aspiring Writers of Mysteries, Cozies, Suspense, Thrillers and True Crime are invited to submit ta one-page synopsis and the first 500 words of your unpublished manuscript to the Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Project.  Aspiring Mystery Writers that are selected will each be matched with a published Mentor Author for one-on-one sessions, and recognition at the Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Event on May 20, 2012. This is not a contest – there is no judging and no fee.  It is a wonderful opportunity for writers unpublished in the mystery field to get to talk with and be mentored by published authors. Full details about the March 31, 2012, deadline submission can be found at http://www.hotxsinc.org.

Attention Houston Screenplay Writers:

Full Script Workshop – Limit 7 writers
Sunday, April 1, 9:00AM – 6:00PM
Malloy Hall
3815 Vernon St.
Houston, Texas



Full Registration: $225
Audit: $45




Gordy Hoffman, the Sundance award-winning writer/director (LOVE LIZA, A COAT OF SNOW) and founder of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition, will lead a screenwriting workshop on Sunday, April 1st from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m in Houston.

Winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival for LOVE LIZA, Gordy Hoffman has taught screenwriting at the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, as well as led workshops all over North America, Poland and the UK. He has served as a panelist for the IFP Script to Screen Conference in NYC, Women in Film’s Script DC Conference in Washington, DC, and the George Eastman House Film Festival, as well as a judge for the McKnight Screenwriting Fellowships in Minnesota. Gordy Hoffman founded the BlueCat Screenplay Competition in 1998 and remains its judge. Having recently finished a movie about Christmas shopping, Gordy’s currently writing a movie set in modern day Hollywood.


Participants read seven screenplays in advance of the workshop. Screenplays can be first drafts or rewrites, with first time writers and veterans all welcome. During the workshop, Gordy provides direct and in-depth feedback on each screenplay, with everyone encouraged to contribute his or her own thoughts and concerns.

Each writer will leave with great sense of what they can do specifically to improve their screenplay, as well a better awareness of where they might properly develop as a professional screenwriter as a whole. Not only do you learn from the focus placed on your screenplay by the workshop, but also by the examination of the six other scripts of the day.  Gordy will provide brief written notes to each writer after the workshop.


Do you want to participate, but do not have a script to submit at this time? You can audit the workshop, which allows you to attend without submitting written material, read the scripts in advance and still participate in the discussion.

 For more information, please visit: http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/workshops/houston/

Attention Austin and San Marcos Writers:

Author Elissa Schappell will be reading at Texas State in the Wittliff Collections, located on the seventh floor of Alkek Library on the Texas State campus Feb. 23 at 3:30 p.m. Then again the following day at the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, located at 508 Center St. in Kyle at 7:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. Don’t miss out on this amazing reading & book signing!


Acclaimed author Naomi Shihab Nye will be reading/talking & book signing at 16th Annual Highland Park Literary Festival, this Thursday at 7pm. Address: Auditorium at the Highland Park High School (4220 Emerson, Dallas, 75205) AND it is FREE!

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