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Science Fiction Reading Book Clubs

  • Albuquerque SF Book Group
  • FACT SF Reading Group
  • Houston-Clear Lake Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Group meets on the third Monday at 7 PM at the IHOP (IH45 & Fuqua). The purpose of the group is to share and discuss Science Fiction and Fantasy novels. Please bring at least one paperback science fiction or fantasy novel to discuss and then share with other members. Write your name and address in the front cover so you can get your book back. Please send this to any friends in the area that may be interested. If you want to go, please RSVP so we can get a head count.


    Fandom Association of Central Texas, Inc.(F.A.C.T.) is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to the promotion of science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction. We sponsor many activities aimed towards furthering the cause of literacy and the enjoyment of the genres. One example is ArmadilloCon, our annual literary conference. Other functions include:a bi-monthly magazine, the Hugo-winning Texas SF Inquirer, which contains writings from fans and professionals, a monthly newsletter. monthly meetings and socials, etc.
    For more info, write:
    F.A.C.T., Inc.
    P.O.Box 9612
    Austin, TX 78766-9612
    Or call 512-472-9944
    Or fax 512-472-4290
    Or check at the F.A.C.T. table in local con dealers rooms.

    Austin SlugTribe invites you to join us for semi-monthly sf/f/h critique. This writers critique & networking group meets 2nd & 4th Tuesdays 7 PM-10 PM at the Hancock Rec Center, Activity Rm 2, located at 41st & Red River, Austin, TX. All levels of writing welcome. Over 15 years of taking writers from newbie to pro. Austin SlugTribe also coordinates the annual ArmadilloCon Writers Workshop.
    Novel in Progress, an Austin Writers' Group is a critique group for fiction writers. Novel In Progress began meeting in the late 1980s and has launched many published authors, both traditional and indie.
    We meet the second and fourth Sunday of each month at the Austin Recreation Center (near 15th and Lamar, behind the football stadium) from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Writers who are interested may simply show up for a meeting to see what it is like, but we encourage you to email the chairperson, Tosh McIntosh (tosh_mcintosh@yahoo.com), in advance to make sure the meeting is being held. Around Easter and Christmas the ARC is sometimes closed. Guests can also receive in advance an electronic copy of the work that will be discussed at the meeting.
    Guests become members by joining our Yahoo Group to begin receiving meeting notices. After attending 5 meetings and having submitted 5 pages of their work for informal critique (just as practiceŚwe do not reject members based on their writing), the guest becomes a full member and is eligible to be scheduled for a 25-page roundtable critique.

    Writers' League of Texas, established in 1981, is a nonprofit professional organization whose primary purpose is to provide a forum for information, support, and sharing among writers, to help members improve and market their writing skills, and to promote the interests of writers and the writing community.
    With approximately 1,000 members nationwide, we are composed of published and unpublished writers as well as those who recognize the written word as art and simply love to read.
    Our name, Writers' League of Texas (formerly Austin Writers' League), reflects our membership base, over 50% of which resides outside the Central Texas area, and represents the numerous programs we offer to the entire community of Texas writers.
    We are partially funded by the City of Austin and the Texas Commission on the Arts. Our members also contribute a great deal of time and money to help us achieve our mission. Learn how you can contribute and become a member.

    Dallas/N. Texas-area

    Open to both beginning and seasoned writers, the Dallas Area Writers Group (DAWG) meets on the 2nd Tuesday each month at the Zula Bryant Wylie Library. Meetings are open to all writers who want to improve on their craft, meet other writers and be published. There is no charge to attend. Come and join us. Tell your friends...hey, it'll be fun! For more information, send email!
    North Texas Speculative Writers & Fans, Where Writers and Fans Meet for Bar-B-Que and Fun!


    General Media
    Several Unlimited is a fan club dedicated to any and all fandoms in any media. Several Unlimited actively supports conventions in the Houston area, and REVELcon in particular.

    If you want to buy or sell fanzines, media-related artwork or pictures, scripts, collectibles, TV & movie memorabilia - REVELCON (our Houston, Texas area media convention) is coming your way!

    We hold monthly meetings and video parties highlighting shows from all fandoms. We host the Summer Fannish Party in (of course, Summer). We support writing, discussing, filking, reading, art, and anything else about any media show out there.

    Houston Area Writers' Groups

  • Clear Lake Area Writers is a writer's critique group. It meets the second and fourth Saturday each month to share work with other writers, getting constructive criticism from each other. Participants need not be professional writers, but fictional prose is preferred to other forms of writing; though all are welcome, writers and critics alike. If help is needed crafting a tale, please consider joining Clear Lake Area Writers. It is here to help.
    For more information, please contact Jacob Silvia at jacob.silvia@gmail.com. To follow the group's blog, which contains helpful information about the group, please go to http://clearlakeareawriters.blogspot.com .
  • The Final Twist was formed in 2002 to assist and encourage aspiring authors to undertake and complete their dream of finishing a novel and to provide information about submitting to agents, editors, and publishers. Since 2002, we've taken on another role as well and that is to provide information and support to published authors in the areas of marketing and promotion. Our Motto says it all: Suscipere et finere (To Undertake and Accomplish). The Final Twist meets the first Saturday of the Month (excepting July and December).
  • The Houston Sci-Fi/Fantasy Writers Critique Group offers a fun evening for Scifi writers reading and critiquing each others work and discussing the adventure of writing and publishing. Before you submit or publish, it is highly recommended to get feedback from experienced writers. Hosted by Glenn Lazar Roberts, writer, editor, former book publisher manuscript reviewer, and international attorney. In association with SiriusReviews.com and Dark Lotus Books. NEW SCHEDULE! 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month, 7-9 pm. Attendance is always free.
    All writers welcome! We focus on scifi, fantasy, paranormal, and detective fiction. Get feedback on editing, marketplace, and state of the fiction publishing industry from a former fiction publishing house submissions reviewer and writer. Always free and held in the Inner Loop area. See Meetup site for more information.
  • The Houston Writers House is a boutique organization dedicated to helping you edit your manuscript and getting it published. Free publicity for members. Your latest book with your bio in our newsletter and on our website. Add a review if you like. Critique sessions three times a week. We offer the best sessions in Houston. Many of our members are published. We emphasize character & narrative development, motivation, making your scenes work, and good pacing, et al.
  • The Houston Writers Guild is a non-profit organization developed to help local writers. The organization holds daily meetings for members to receive helpful suggestions from other writers on their work. Also, look for conferences and workshops held by the Houston Writers Guild.
    You must be a member to partake in group editing sessions.
    You do not have to be a member to participate in conferences or contests.
  • Inprint is a nationally recognized nonprofit literary arts organization connecting and nurturing readers and writers in Houston, Texas.
  • If poetry is more your thing, check out Poets Northwest, a group of poets who encourage each other to learn and practice the art of poetry. We are a chapter of the Poetry Society of Texas and are also affiliated with the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Founded in 1986, our main objective is to facilitate and inspire poets to write more poetry. We offer an opportunity for members (and guests) to gather monthly in the Northwest Houston area, provide a series of annual poetry contests for local members, and publish an anthology every two years. Poets of all ages are welcome.
  • Northwest Houston Romance Writers of America is open to all fiction writers, whether you're unpublished or published (traditionally or independently). Our focus is the romance genre, but many of our members write short stories, novellas, and novels across genres. Visitors are welcome! We meet the 1st Saturday of every month * 9:00 a.m. - Noon (doors open at 8:30 a.m.) *Always double check this site, as we change day and time to accommodate holidays, conferences, and guest speakers.
  • West Houston/Texas Writer's Group is a meeting for writers and storytellers to share their experiences and craft knowledge and provide creative support. Looking forward to seeing you there.
  • White Oak Writers (WOW) offers serious writers a chance to gather in the Heights and Oak Forest area of Houston for genre specific critique. We are writers that are writing well beyond the first draft and we are familiar with the effort and journey of having our writing acknowledged, critiqued, and published.

  • The Woodlands Writers Guild is dedicated to helping each other succeed in the literary world. Our members include published authors, those just starting out and people just interested in improving their writing skills.
    Generally we meet twice a month on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:00PM until 9:00PM and the third Saturday of each month from 9:00AM until Noon. Meetings are held at the Sam Houston Woodlands Center at the Lone Star College campus on Hwy 242 (College Park,) Room 109.

  • Writers On The Storm: The Woodlands, Texas Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers Chapter meetings are held the third Saturday of every month from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Woodlands/Shenandoah Lupe Tortilla [which] is located behind the Red Robin at 19437 Interstate 45, Shenandoah, TX 77385 (281) 298-5274

    What to expect:

    Whether you've been thinking about writing a novel or the local book-seller carries several of your published titles, our meetings are wonderful opportunities to meet with other writers of all levels.

    Introductions and announcements are made before food is ordered. Fellowship and free-form discussion follows over a delicious meal. The education portion of the meeting begins with a speaker, panel, or other presentation relating to the craft of fiction writing, writer development, or the publishing industry.

    Adjournment followed by book signing and/or resource purchase opportunities and continued fellowship, depending on the topic and presenter(s).

    Please RSVP to wots.acfw@gmail.com

  • Writespace is Houston's new writing center. Founded in April of 2014, we are a grassroots literary arts organization founded by writers, for writers. At Writespace, we support writers of all genres, including writers of literary fiction, poetry, science-fiction, fantasy, mystery, young adult, and other genres. Through our weekly writing workshops led by some of Houston's finest writing teachers, we seek to give writers who can't afford to earn an MFA in Creative Writing the same high-quality training and mentorship opportunities available through MFA programs.

    As well as hosting workshops, Writespace offers manuscript consultations, write-ins, readings and open mics, and classes and private lessons for young writers. At Writespace, we plan to have such a positive impact on the local and the global writing community that great books that weren't going to be written will now be written.

    For further information call 713-516-5679 and/or write:
    Writespace Houston
    Silver Street Studios
    2000A Edwards #212
    Houston, TX 77007

    Mystery Writers of America/Southwest Chapter
    Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators
  • Membership in the Houston Storytellers Guild is open to anyone interested in storytelling and oral traditions. Members receive regular newsletters, as well as discounts on workshops and performances. Members of the Guild are also encouraged to join NSN, the National Storytelling Network, and the regional Tejas Storytelling Association, sponsor of the yearly Texas Storytelling Festival.

    San Antonio-area

    The San Antonio Writers Guild is a writers group located in San Antonio, Texas for writers in all genres, both amateur and professional. We feature speakers, workshops, critique groups and lively open meetings.

    Ursa Major Science Fiction Literary Association, Inc. invites you to join them at weekly meetings in San Antonio, TX. URSA MAJOR sponsors Writer's & Artists Workshops, Harper's Night, video productions, Robots & Roadrunners fanzine and BROWN BAG BOOK AUCTIONS. Member activities include lively talks about sf/f books, movies and TV shows, Holiday Parties, community service, Bad Movies and Snide Remarks, and convention activities.

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