we know you tell stories.

    Join us, at Grackle and Grackle, in expanding the literary landscape in this greatest of American cities. We host creative writing workshops in-house and around Houston, a reading group for books in translation, and we are in the midst of creating a publishing house.

    Located in the Houston Heights, our creative writing workshops are taught by accomplished writers who know how to teach writing. Our consulting team works with nonprofits and businesses who want to bring in workshops or add literary expertise into a project. Our goal is to help every Houstonian find the kind of story they want to tell, to help them tell it in the most engaging way possible, and to encourage them to write enough that the process becomes easier and more fluid with time. We all know that creative writing can feel like a luxury we don’t have time for, and that creative writing is a piece of our lives we must make time for. We work hard to ensure our students leave classes with the desire to write, to revise, to forge forward; that our critiques are forthright and true to each individual writer’s intentions and goals and not to a group’s norms.

    We know you tell stories.

    We are here to help you share them. In that light, we also offer discounts and scholarships to ensure that every person who wants to take a workshop with us is able to — if you need financial assistance to make the workshop, don’t hesitate to contact Miah Arnold.

    Grackling Hot Creative Writing Classes in the Houston Heights



    Creative Writing Workshops

    When the Body Breaks: Writing About Illness and Health

    A Weekend
    With Martha Serpas and Chelsea B. DesAutel
    April 13 & 14


    Rattling the Bridge: Shaking-up Your Fiction with Forms

    5 Thursdays
    with Miah Arnold
    Thu Feb 14 to Mar 14
    6 to 9


    Beneath the Scene: A Playwriting Workshop

    Five Saturdays
    with Brendan Bourque-Sheil
    Feb 23 to Mar 23
    from 10:00 – 1:00  pm


    Poetry: Exploring the Persona Poem

    Poetry with Cait Weiss Orcutt
    10 Sunday Afternoons
    Jan 13th to Mar 24th
    4-7 pm



    Variations in Prose – with Jessica Wilbanks

    10 Wednesdays
    with Jessica Willbanks
    Jan 9 to Mar 13
    10 am to 1


    Poetic Belief and Writing

    Four Saturdays
    with Nikki Herd
    Jan 19, 26 &
    Feb 2, 9
    from 9:30 to 12:30 pm


    Truth and Consequence: Writing Nonfiction With Dramatic Effect

    10 Mondays
    with Josh Foster
    from 6 to 9
    Jan 14 to March 18


    Feeling, Thinking, and Telling: How to Read (and Write) Poetry

    3 Mondays
    with Kevin Prufer
    November 12th, 26th, and December 3rd
    6:00 to 9:00


    Testimonios and Documentary Writing: Flood Museum

    with Miah Arnold and Raj Mankad
    7 Wednesdays from 6 to 9; 2 Sat flex times
    9/19-10/31; 6/7 or 6/8 & 10/20 or 10/21
    FREE (25 dollar registration fee returned at end of class)


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