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, in live online classes, and around Houston, a reading group for books in translation, and we are in the midst of creating a publishing house. During the Covid pandemic, all our classes have moved online, where they will remain for the foreseeable future.

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 writer 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.

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

Mastering Your Draft: Manuscript Workshop

Every Other Thursday
workshopping full novels
with Theodora Ziolkowski
June 3 – Sept 9
from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm


Four Poets Launching

poetry reading with
Erin Belieu, Justin Jannise, Kevin Prufer, and Paige Quinones
April 25, 2021
7 pm
(register here)


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Against Convention: Writing Toward Outlaw Poetics

8 Sundays
writing poetry online
with Anthony Sutton
Apr 18-June 6
(Not April 11-May 30)
from 2 to 5


Crafting the Chapbook: Possibilities for a Cycle of Poems

Every Other Tuesday
shaping poetry chapbooks
with Robin Davidson
June 1 – Sept 7
from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm


Of Moths and Monologues

3 Sunday Afternoons
with  Elizabeth A. M. Keel
1-4 pm
April 18-May 2


Forests, Forensics, Flying Cars: An 8-Week Poetry Workshop Using Genre As Form

8 Sundays
writing poems with
with Cait Weiss-Orcutt
Apr 11 – May 30
from 5 to 8


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Poetry and Visual Art: A Workshop in Design, Description, and Embodied Writing

8 Mondays
writing poetry
with Devereux Fortuna
Apr 19 to June 7
10-1 pm



Diaries of the Self: Making Sense of Personal Memory

8 Tuesdays
writing Memoir online
with Onyinye Ihezukwu
Apr 13-June 1
from 6 to 9


Variations in Prose

8 Wednesdays
Fiction, Memoir, & Essays
with Miah Arnold
Apr 21- June 9
from 10 to 1


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All Four Corners: A Fiction Workshop

Monday nights
writing fiction
with Cait Weiss-Orcutt
Apr 12-May 31
from 6 to 9 pm


Carving, Cutting, Compressing: Embracing Revision (Fiction & Nonfiction)

8 Wednesdays
revising essays, stories, and memoirs
with Claire Anderson
Apr 14 to June 2


Scholarship Fund Donation for Grackle Writers

I started Grackle and Grackle to create a space where writers are rewarded for teaching innovative, first-rate creative writing courses they enjoy, while anybody who…

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