Meetings and Events

Not yet a member? Walk-ins are always free at our in-person venue, Murder by the Book bookstore, Houston. If you would like more information about our organization, please visit our Join/Renew section or contact us at for information about other options. All writers, no matter their genre or gender, are welcome.

Most meetings run from 2:00-3:30 PM Central Time.


Sunday, October 16
2-3:30 PM at Murder by the Book bookstore in Houston (hybrid in-person and Zoom event)

“A Long Story Short – The Journey Begins”
Launch of the Short Story Fiction Writers’ Academy

Session 1: “Going Short Without Getting Short Changed: What you need to know about Writing Short Fiction.”

This is the first part of a series designed to introduce members to the benefits of short story writing.

Our panel of fellow members Chuck Brownman, Millie Hast, Teresa Trent, and special guest Babette Fraser Hale will discuss the definition(s) of a short story; the differences and similarities between short stories and longer stories and novels; the reasons to write (or not write) short fiction; locating markets for submissions; and learning the submissions processes and paying versus non-paying markets.