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Re-invigorate your prose writing by examining what master novelist Richard Bausch calls “the dreaming side of your mind.” Explore how tapping deeply into the subjective lens of your own memories is a way of dreaming our way back to honest, resonant sources for our work, whether fiction or memoir. Through in-class writing exercises and constructive critique, learn how to “dream” fully and creatively to write your most necessary and compelling stories, one honest word at a time.

A boxed lunch is included with this workshop.

Dubus-III-Andre-Ver3Andre Dubus III is the author of The Garden of Last Days (soon to be a major motion picture), House of Sand and Fog, a #1 New York Times bestseller and finalist for the National Book Award, and Townie: A Memoir, winner of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His writing has received many honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Magazine Award, and two Pushcart Prizes. His new novel, Gone So Long, is forthcoming. He lives with his family north of Boston.

Class Full—but you can check out Andre on Friday, April 13 at Trinity University’s Holt Center.


Gemini Ink and Trinity University Press join together to present a series of classes and lectures created around the vital life of the written word. These classes take place at The Trinity University Holt Center, 106 Oakmont Court.

We live in a world driven by deadlines, instant messaging, and “power poses,” where it’s tempting to treat our fiction as another item on the “to-do” list. But this is a sure way to make our characters clam up. What if writing felt less like a chore, and more like a hammock? Drawing on the insights of writing gurus such as Louise DeSalvo and Brenda Ueland, learn how to slow down and write with more depth and satisfaction. This stimulating workshop will enrich your writing process and make you fall in love with fiction writing all over again.

This is a multi-session workshop. Classes take place on Wednesdays, Mar 14, 21, 28, & Apr 4

Class Full

You might consider:

April 11–May 16–The Transformative Power of Storytelling: A Memoir Workshop with Bárbara Renaud Gonzalez
April 14–Dreaming Fully and Honestly with Words: A One-Day Fiction Workshop with Andre Dubus III
April 21–Poetry’s Vast Spaces: Exploring the Boundaries of Contemporary Poetry with Aaron Deutsch

SonnenbergBrittani Sonnenberg’s award-winning fiction has been widely published in magazines such as Ploughshares, O’Henry Short Story Prize Series, and Best American Short Stories. Her non-fiction has been published in Time Magazine, the Associated Press, NPR and elsewhere. Her highly acclaimed first novel Home Leave (2014) was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. She lives in Austin and serves as a visiting lecturer at the MFA program of the University of Hong Kong.

TUPLOGOWords Matter Series

Gemini Ink and Trinity University Press join together to present a series of classes and lectures created around the vital life of the written word. These classes take place at The Trinity University Holt Center, 106 Oakmont Court.

Join us for a free reading and Q&A with Kevin McIlvoy that takes place on Fri, Oct 20 at the Trinity University Holt Center.

This workshop takes place Sat-Sun, Oct 21-22, from 10am-1pm.

The central pleasure of our lives as storytellers is the practice of learning to be fully present to the luminous and dark wonders before us. In the roots and stems and leaves of our sentences; in the emerging reality of our characters; we learn to be in readiness for wonder. Our stories, including the strangest and the saddest, invite readers to welcome such life-altering readiness. Master teacher, Kevin McIlvoy will offer general guiding concepts for “readiness” as participants work to draft a story with intensive feedback.


Kevin McIlvoy has taught creative writing for over twenty-five years and recently served as Interim Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Warren Wilson College. He was Editor-in-Chief of the national literary magazine, Puerto del Sol and has served on the Board of Directors of national writing organizations, such as the Association of Writers & Writing Programs. A hybrid collection of fiction and prose poems, 57 Octaves Below Middle C (Four Way Books), is due out in September 2017. His most recent books are a story collection, The Complete History of New Mexico (Graywolf Press), and the novels, Hyssop and Little Peg, now available on Kindle.



This is a multiple session class taking place on Wed, Mar 23, 30, Apr 6, & 13. 

Whether writing a short story, screenplay, or novel, mine the richest material you have: your personal history. Complete short assignments and in-class exercises, taking a memory from your life and transforming it into a scene, chapter, or short story. Learn to reveal characters through action, heightening conflict, and story structure.

Billy Taylor Billy Taylor is the author of Based on the Movie, a comic novel inspired by his years of working in the film industry, and Thieving Weasels, a YA thriller to be published in 2016 by Dial Books for Young Readers.

*Members—please sign up by phone at 210.734.9673 to receive 10% discount on class registration.
Saturday 10am–3pm workshops include a light snack. Please bring a brown bag lunch.
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