Welcome to Boldface, the only conference in the U.S.A. dedicated to emerging writers.

Join us this May for an event like no other.  Experience daily workshops, readings, craft talks, social events and professionalism panels in an intimate and supportive environment designed specifically with the needs of emerging writers in mind.

Attendees are invited to enter their work to the Robertson Prize – a competition specifically for Boldface attendees.   You can check out the 2016 Conference’s award winning entries in Volume #17 of  Glass Mountain Magazine on sale here through Submittable.

Conference Dates:

May 22-26, 2017         | MD Anderson Library, University of Houston

Jan 1 – Apr 25, 2017  | Early Bird Registration 

from Apr 26, 2017      | Regular Registration

 Click here to register!


Boldface 2017 Rates:

Date Student Community Member
January 1 – April 25 $195 $295
April 26 – May 14 $295 $395
May 15 – May 23 $395 $495

For Group Registration, or to claim a Scholarship or Competition Winner’s Prize please email our Boldface Coordinator, Erika Jo Brown at

Sign up during our Early Bird registration to take advantage of our lowest rates.

See you in May!


Announcing our Featured Writers

for 2017:



Non Fiction: Leah Lax

Poetry: Hayan Charara

Fiction: Bill Broun


lax-bio-photoLeah Lax holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. She’s written award-winning fiction and nonfiction, including her memoir, Uncovered— finalist for four literary prizes and winner of the Texas Writers’ League Discover Award. Uncovered has been excerpted on NPR, the Advocate, Huffington Post, and in three award-winning anthologies, and now it’s being turned into a modern opera by composer Lori Laitman, for which Leah wrote the libretto. Leah also wrote major productions for Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Symphony. Now she’s working on a veterans’ song cycle with composer Mark Buller and on a historical novel. To find out more about Leah Lax, visit her website at:


chararaphotocolorHayan Charara is a poet, children’s book author, essayist, and editor. His poetry books are Something Sinister, The Sadness of Others, and The Alchemist’s Diary. His children’s book, The Three Lucys, received the New Voices Award Honor, and he edited Inclined to Speak, an anthology of contemporary Arab American poetry. With Fady Joudah, he is also a series editor of the Etel Adnan Poetry Prize. Charara has a MA from NYU’s Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program and a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston. His honors include a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lucille Joy Prize in Poetry from the University of Houston creative writing program, and the John Clare Prize. He currently teaches in the Honors College at the University of Houston. To find out more about Hyan Charara visit his website at:

bill-brounBill Broun is a novelist, short-story writer, and widely published journalist. He teaches professional and creative writing at East Stroudsburg University at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, with a special interest in journalism and digital media. He serves as faculty adviser to the student newspaper, The Stroud Courier, and assists with the Master’s in Professional and Digital Media Writing, a program he helped design. Broun has a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston.  His short fiction has appeared in major literary journals, including the Indiana Review, Kenyon Review, and Open City. His critically acclaimed debut novel, Night of The Animals, was released in July 2016.  To find out more about Bill Broun visit his website at:

About Boldface

Founded by the Glass Mountain staff in 2009, Boldface is the country’s only literary conference specifically for emerging writers.  An intimate conference experience that includes daily workshops, readings, craft talks, social events and professionalism panels, Boldface is an experience for emerging writers like no other.  Boldface is held on the University of Houston Campus each May and is attended by as many as 100 writers from around the country.

Registration for the Boldface Conference now open. 

Shared on-campus housing and manuscript consultations with the 2017 Visiting Writers are available on a limited basis for additional fees.


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