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Writing Classes and Workshops

Spectrum Center Writers Guild Schedule

 Our intent is to awaken the curiosity, fearlessness and passion of those who love to write.


Writing In The Chaos

with Harriet Riley

Saturday, March 11 
1- 4pm       $65.

Writing in the Chaos can be a gift to yourself in the midst of a busy daily life and a chaotic world. Ancient Chinese philosopher and writer Lao Tzu (600-531) said, “At the center of your being, you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”

This three-hour workshop will help writers use “centering” writing exercises and prompts to create a space of calm in the middle of the chaos. You will have time to express yourself through the genre – poetry, narrative, fiction, script writing or memoir – in which you feel most comfortable.  Join local writer and teacher Harriet Riley for a calm afternoon of writing in the midst of chaos.

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  • Harriet Riley is a free-lance writer focusing on creative nonfiction. She publishes primarily short nonfiction pieces in magazines and on-line publications. Before moving to Houston in 2007, Harriet taught undergraduate writing classes at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. She has also worked as a non-profit director, hospital marketing director, and newspaper reporter. She has her MA in print journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and her BA in English and journalism from the University of Mississippi.  She is in her ninth year with Writers in the Schools and is honored to teach in a variety of settings with WITS. She also teaches an adult creative writing class through the Spring Branch Community Education program and has given workshops in other states.

The Writers’ Satellite

Sunday, March 12
$45 donation to Spectrum Center
12:30pm – 5pm
12 spots open.  Reserve early.

Do you yearn for a quiet, uncluttered place to write?

The Writers’ Satellite is about creating a core of intention with other writers and then orbiting around that shared intention to get your work done. Personal writing spaces will be offered in the group room and offices at Spectrum Center. The spaces are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. We will meet as a group and briefly state our intention for the time we have and then settle in. An hour before we end, we will meet again to acknowledge our progress and writers can volunteer to read a short 3 minute piece.

We create a space of quiet solidarity with other writers in which we can drop into our writing without distraction.  If you are not ready to write but need focused time to organize your work, that is another way you can use this time.
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