Formally chartered as a non-profit in 1997, Gemini Ink grew from a small volunteer reading series for local writers. Our mission reflects our commitment to addressing the dynamic needs of San Antonio writers and readers — Gemini Ink helps people create and share the human story. 

OUR PROGRAMS

AUTOGRAPH SERIES

Autograph Series presents writers of national and international stature — many of them recipients of major prizes such as the Pulitzer or National Book Award — in free public performance followed by audience Q&A and book signing. Ours is one of the only such series in the nation offered to the public at no cost. Autograph Series is partially supported by a ticketed colloquium luncheon with the visiting writer, also including audience Q&A and book signing. Previous Autograph writers have included Margaret Atwood, Grace Paley, Tim O’Brien, Edward P. Jones, Ha Jin, Luis Alberto Urrea, and Philip Levine.

Save the date!

May 4–5, 2016

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

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CREATIVE WRITING CLASSES (CWC)

CWC offers three semesters of fair cost  fee-based workshops and also many free literary events, all led by professional writers, scholars, and interdisciplinary artists. All CWC classes and events create a space for serious artistic, intellectual, and community-spirited dialogue outside of the academic context. Accommodating job and family schedules and limited budgets, all CWC classes are eligible for teachers’ continuing education credit, and Gemini Ink works to secure underwriting to provide full and partial scholarships and help ensure the diversity of our classes.

Workshop with Reality Hunger author David Shields.

Workshop with Reality Hunger author David Shields.

WRITERS IN COMMUNITIES (WIC)

WIC sends professional writers into diverse community settings—such as shelters, schools, neighborhood centers, and detention facilities — to work alongside students of all ages, needs, interests and abilities.  WIC writing workshops—always free to participants—focus on oral traditions, reading, and creative writing, and, because we publish work by each student, represent for many their first acknowledged success with writing. WIC participant numbers have grown some 700% since 2003, reflecting Gemini Ink’s strong emphasis on literarily underserved populations.

Writers in Communities students from SA Youth

Writers in Communities students from SA Youth

WRITERS CONFERENCE   (JULY 21–24, 2016)

Come to San Antonio, a historic multicultural jewel in the heart of South Texas. Immerse yourself for four days in all things about the book in our rapidly evolving American literary landscape. Turn a working manuscript into a powerful and marketable book. Take workshops with four master writers in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Expand your craft as you explore challenging and new creative territories. Participate in an array of panels addressing everything from trade paperbacks and e-books to the cutting edge of LGBT literature. Learn about the essential role of book arts while acquiring tips on social media for writers. Celebrate the state of the book in all its current and shifting forms, and interact with diverse, nationally recognized writers in workshops, panels, roundtables, small press fairs, readings, and after parties.

From top left: Reyna Grande, Tim Z. Hernandez, Tim Seibles, Janet Kaplan.

From top left: Reyna Grande, Tim Z. Hernandez, Tim Seibles, Janet Kaplan.