Workshops are open to individuals of all backgrounds, including those who are exploring creative writing for the first time, accomplished writers who are honing a work for publication, or non writing individuals interested in learning more about contemporary literature. Workshops are conducted in fiction, memoir, poetry, and other genres. Most workshop sessions meet once a week on a weekday evening at various venues around Montgomery County. All workshops are modeled on graduate level creative writing courses, and include short in-class writing assignments to encourage the aspiring writers, outside readings of literary masters, and most importantly, time to constructively critique each participant’s own writing. Workshops are limited to 15 participants to maintain an intimate workshop environment.


Dates TBA Running 6 weeks • Cost: $275

This workshop will take place at the Madeley Building home of the Conroe Art League
127 Simonton Street, Downtown Conroe.

Dave ParsonsInstructor: David M. Parsons,
2011 Texas Poet Laureate

Parsons has been leading Creative Writing Workshops for over twenty years, introducing aspiring writers to the composing and editing of contemporary literature and helping many accomplished writers to hone their work. His methods include the reading of established writers, modeling, and critiquing student work in a nurturing group atmosphere with the goals of each participant becoming an informed reader of literature and finding their own “voice.”

The Poetry Workshop will study and work with the use of music, syntax, line, sound, imagery, simile and metaphor. Formal poetry forms and ekphrasis (poems triggered by art) poem exercises will be used to demonstrate strategies for the students to attempt to generate transforming new poems. We will spend much time generating new work through assignments and experiments in response to the readings. The primary aim of this course is to look closely at one another’s work, encouraging each other to take risks and to move even closer to the sources of our poems. A major outcome for the student should be to become a more informed reader with better skills in editing their writing.

You must be at least 18 years of age to register for a workshop. You will receive a confirmation email once your registration is complete. Registration is open until the workshop is filled or until class begins. If a workshop is accidentally oversubscribed, MCLAC reserves the right to cancel the registration and will provide a full refund and notification to the participant within 48 hours. All workshops are modeled on graduate level creative writing courses, and may include short in-class writing exercises and outside readings assignments. CANCELLATION POLICY: To cancel your registration and receive a partial refund, you must speak to an MCLAC staff member by calling 936.524.6537 at least TEN working days prior to the beginning of the workshop. Please note that a $150 cancellation fee will be deducted from the amount you are reimbursed. NO refunds will be given after the 10-day deadline for cancellation.