Writing can be a solitary art. When people compose poetry, prose, fiction or non-fiction, they often tuck themselves away in an isolated space that inspires new ideas. This weekend, aspiring poets and authors emerge from their creative corners to share insights on their craft.
On Nov. 7, the annual Write-A-Thon returns to the University of Houston, offering writers an opportunity to share ideas and hone their talents.
Presented by UH’s undergraduate literary journal Glass Mountain, Write-A-Thon will be conducted 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Nov. 7 in the University’s Writing Center (Classroom and Business Building – Room 238). The event is the annual fundraiser for the University’s annual writing conference Boldface. Writers of all ages are invited to hone their talents during this event.
Participating writers raise funds as they write throughout the day. Sponsors can pledge funds in writers’ names. Pledges can honor writers’ hourly participation or be applied in a set amount. Throughout Write-A-Thon, participants can engage in writing contests to win door prizes. To sponsor a writer, visit the Boldface website.
Among the events scheduled for this year’s Write-A-Thon are flash contents focused on sonnets, poetry, nano-fiction and ekphrastic writing. Contest prizes include signed copies of books authored by members of UH’s Creative Writing Program faculty, Boldface scholarships and gift certificates to local businesses.
This is the eighth year that UH has hosted Write-A-Thon. The annual event not only supports Houston’s writing community but also complements the University’s efforts to develop writers on the rise.
The University’s Glass Mountain journal spotlights fresh voices in fiction, poetry and nonfiction. It also provides UH undergraduate students with an invaluable opportunity to edit and publish this biannual publication. As an extension of the journal, its student staff hosts regular readings on campus and in the community. To learn more about Glass Mountain, visit its website.
The Glass Mountain staff also coordinates the annual Boldface Conference. Since 2009, this event has brought writers from across the nation to UH for a week of workshops and readings led by professional poets and acclaimed authors. Boldface returns to campus May 23 – 27, 2016 with visiting writers Tiphanie Yanique, Lauren Berry and Kimberly Meyer. For more details, visit the Boldface website.