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WLT's On the Craft of Writing: Writing Our Family Stories

11/24/2020 From 7:00 PM CST to 9:00 PM CST


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Supported by the City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board and in collaboration with the Story Stop Tour, the next installment in our WLT's On the Craft of Writing series will feature four craft talks focused on how our family stories shape our work as writers. 

The event will be hosted by Kris Spisak, author of The Family Story Workbook

RSVP to receive the link. This event will be presented on Zoom and is free and open to all. 


Born in Riverside, California, Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton is an internationally-recognized performance poet and the first African-American Poet Laureate of Houston, Texas. Formerly ranked #2 Female Performance Poet in the World, she is a founding member and executive director of VIP Arts Houston, a non-profit dedicated to promoting literacy and the arts in underserved populations. Her genre-bending poetry has engendered unconventional collaborations with groups as disparate as the Houston Rockets and the Houston Ballet. Her work has been featured on NPR, the BBC, and the TEDx circuit. Her debut recent collection, Newsworthy, wrestles with living in a culture infected by white supremacy where current media is distrusted, cursory, and impossible to escape. Mouton lives and teaches in Houston.

Antonio Ruiz-Camacho’s debut collection Barefoot Dogs (Scribner) won the Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction, was a Kirkus Reviews and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2015. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Texas Monthly, and elsewhere. Born and raised in Toluca, Mexico, he moved to the US at the age of 31 and began to write in English at 35. He earned his M.F.A. from UT Austin’s New Writers Project and was a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.




Stacey Swann holds an MFA from Texas State University and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her fiction has appeared in Epoch, Memorious, Versal, and other journals, and she is a Contributing Editor of American Short Fiction. Her debut novel, OLYMPUS, TX, is forthcoming from Doubleday in May 2021.





Kris Spisak wrote her first book, Get a Grip on Your Grammar: 250 Writing and Editing Reminders for the Curious or Confused (Career Press, 2017), with a goal of helping writers of all kinds sharpen their craft and empower their communications. Her popular writing tips blog, “Words You Should Know” podcast, and “Grammartopia” events follow the same mission, as does her second book, The Novel Editing Workbook: 105 Tricks and Tips for Revising Your Fiction Manuscript (Davro Press, 2020). Her third book, dedicated to personal storytelling, is The Family Story Workbook: 105 Prompts & Pointers for Writing Your History (Davro Press, 2020). A former college writing instructor, having taught at institutions including the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University, Kris is now an active speaker, workshop leader, and fiction editor. She is the board chair of James River Writers and is a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors, the Virginia Writers Club, and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Learn more about Kris and her books by visiting her website,