A Reading by Rachel Lyon at Bennington College
Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

A Reading by Rachel Lyon at Bennington College

Literature Evenings—Fall 2019

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | Rachel Lyon is the author of the novel Self Portrait with Boy, which was long-listed for the Center for Fiction's 2018 First Novel Prize and is in feature film development at Topic Studios. Her short work has appeared or is forthcoming in One StoryLongreadsJoylandElectric Literature, and elsewhere. She is Editor-in-Chief of Epiphany and cofounder of the reading series Ditmas Lit, in her native Brooklyn NY. View this event on the Bennington website.

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LitCrawl 2019: Brooklyn Author Rapidfire Trivia
Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

LitCrawl 2019: Brooklyn Author Rapidfire Trivia

Walt Whitman. Marianne Moore. Richard Wright. Anaïs Nin. Colson Whitehead. Jhumpa Lahiri. Edwidge Danticat. The Jonathans. How much do you know about Brooklyn writers? Join Epiphany, Ditmas Lit, and our special guests—you guessed it: they're Brooklyn writers, too—for a rousing, rapid-fire game of trivia. Win drinks! Eat snacks! Take home some great reads! Everybody wins. Featuring Julia Philips, Jeanne Thornton, Cynthia Manick, Sarah Bridgins, JT Price, and Rachel Lyon.

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Brooklyn Book Festival: How Not To Run A Reading Series
Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

Brooklyn Book Festival: How Not To Run A Reading Series

Join Liars' League host Andrew Lloyd-Jones as he introduces curators from four of New York's most successful reading series for this special 2019 Brooklyn Book Festival Event: Suzanne Dottino of KGB’s long-running Sunday Night Fiction, Rachel Lyon of Ditmas Lit, Raquel Penzo of La Pluma y La Tinta, and Katie Rainey of Dead Rabbits. This is AN OFFICIAL 2019 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL EVENT, and we're just one of the many fantastic readings, panels, and performances during the week of 16-23rd September - find out more about what's happening at https://www.brooklynbookfestival.org!

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Princeton Alumnae Reading with Joanne Ramos and Rachel Lyon
Aug
1
6:30 PM18:30

Princeton Alumnae Reading with Joanne Ramos and Rachel Lyon

The 4th annual Princeton Arts at Work summer program brings together alumni, students and industry professionals in New York City for speaker and panel discussions, artists’ showcases, and social events. Arts at Work is sponsored by the Office of Career Services and the Lewis Center for the Arts. This panel discussion will feature debut novelists Joanne Ramos and Rachel Lyon.

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6-week Fiction III with the Sackett Street Writers Workshop (Tuesdays)
Jul
9
to Aug 13

6-week Fiction III with the Sackett Street Writers Workshop (Tuesdays)

Writers participating in this selective workshop will learn to recognize successful techniques in their fiction–what engages the reader, and how that success is achieved. In-class discussions will focus on analyzing student work, particularly the many choices (point-of-view, tone, detail, pacing, etc.) a writer must make concerning structure, character and language. Each writer will have two opportunities to have his or her work critiqued in class (up to 25 pages each time) and will receive typed feedback from both the instructor and his or her classmates. A private conference with the instructor is included. This course is intended for writers who have extensive writing and workshopping experience.

Find more information about Sackett classes at www.sackettworkshop.com/writing.

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Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing
Jun
16
to Jun 22

Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing

The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing was founded to enrich the lives of writers by fostering creativity, community, and craft among established authors and poets. Our goal is to make the writing program experience a personal one that aides in building a writing community through friendships and artistic connections with other writers. The Institute is also committed to enhancing the literary landscape of Martha’s Vineyard for residents and visitors through our public reading series, writing seminars, and annual Summer Writers’ Conference.

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Sunday Salon
May
19
8:00 PM20:00

Sunday Salon

Sunday Salon is a larger than life reading series in NYC featuring a refreshing blend of local and international literary voices. Join us on May 19th for Sunday Salon’s spring season finale. We’re celebrating new books and incredible literary talent before we break for the summer. Don't miss this event! At Von Bar, 3 Bleecker St. 7pm.

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ENKYKLIOS with Valdaniel Martins: First Ladies of Literature
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

ENKYKLIOS with Valdaniel Martins: First Ladies of Literature

Valdaniel Martins hosts ENKYKLIOS on March 15 at Cazenovia College's Catherine Cummings Theatre. ENKYKLIOS (en-KEE-klee-ohs) is described as "a variety show of some educational value."  Martins says the literature and music series captures the spirit of the great old radio variety shows. Each month's show will feature a classical piece performed by Katie Martins with various musical colleagues, a segment titled First Ladies of Literature highlighting debut novels by female authors with readings and interviews, and a set of new music by an up-and-coming folk/rock group. Martins will MC the monthly show.

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1-Day Novel Structuring Intensive with Catapult
May
4
11:00 AM11:00

1-Day Novel Structuring Intensive with Catapult

So you're writing a novel. Maybe you've been working on it for a while, or even have hundreds of pages of material—but as any good writer knows, many pages do not, necessarily, a completed novel make. If your story feels unmanageable, you're at the perfect stage to step back, take a bird's-eye view of it, and reevaluate. This one-day novel-structuring intensive is for anyone who has a pretty good sense of—at least—their novel’s beginning, rising action, and climactic moments. (You needn’t have a clear idea of your ending. This class can help with that!)

We'll start by reviewing existing structural forms—e.g. the hero's journey, the love story (both comic and tragic), the bildungsroman. We'll talk about your work, figure out what archetypal narrative tropes you're working with, and use them to help build a strong foundation for your project. We'll discuss chronology: when and how to reveal essential information—and how to determine what information is essential in the first place! Finally, we'll spend some time coming up with our own detailed outlines, which will help us work our novels into a manageable form, going forward.

A student of this course can expect to walk away with a sense of the archetypal story tropes she’s working with; a concrete, detailed, workable outline of her novel; and a clarified, bird’s-eye view of her story.

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Ditmas Lit April 2019: Jimenez Gabb, Kelly, Lyon, Pham
Apr
17
8:00 PM20:00

Ditmas Lit April 2019: Jimenez Gabb, Kelly, Lyon, Pham

Ditmas Lit is a monthly reading series in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, dedicated to showcasing a diverse range of emerging and established writers in all genres. On the third Wednesday of every month, we gather for a drink at Hinterlands Bar to listen as poets, essayists, fiction writers, and storytellers share their work.

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Dead Rabbits Reading Series
Apr
14
8:00 PM20:00

Dead Rabbits Reading Series

The Dead Rabbits Reading Series was founded in 2014 by Devin Kelly (Sarah Lawrence MFA ’15), Katie Longofono (Sarah Lawrence MFA ’14), and Katie Rainey (Sarah Lawrence MFA ’14) as a way of providing a place for the burgeoning and young New York City literary scene to exist and thrive in Upper Manhattan. It could also simply be the result of three lazy Harlemites not wanting to travel to Brooklyn to go hear people read. Either way, the Dead Rabbits Reading Series is here, and you want it.

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Surviving Your Debut Year: Staying Sane and Savvy Before and After Publication
Mar
30
12:00 PM12:00

Surviving Your Debut Year: Staying Sane and Savvy Before and After Publication

The year your first book comes out is dizzying. So many questions! (What is good social media etiquette? Do you have to write personal essays? Do you read your reviews?) So many feels! (The honeymoon bliss of signing with an agent. The anguish of asking for blurbs. The joy of depositing an advance. Those inevitable post-launch blues.) On this panel five novelists and short story writers with new books will share our fresh firsthand experience—to help you ride the highs and endure the lows. This AWP panel will be moderated by Rachel Lyon and include debut novelists Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Adrienne Celt, Aja Gabel, and Lillian Li.

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is from Spring Valley, Rockland County, NY. He is a graduate of the Syracuse MFA program and was the '16-'17 Olive B. O'Connor Fellow in fiction at Colgate University. His fist book, FRIDAY BLACK, is due from Houghton Mifflin Books October 2018.

Adrienne Celt is the author of the novels INVITATION TO A BONFIRE and THE DAUGHTERS, which won the 2015 PEN Southwest Book Award, as well as a collection of comics entitled APOCALYPSE HOW? Her work has appeared in the 2016 O. Henry Prize Stories, Zyzzva, Ecotone, The Kenyon Review, & elsewhere.

Aja Gabel’s debut novel, THE ENSEMBLE, was published by Riverhead in 2018. Her fiction can be found in New England Review, Kenyon Review, BOMB, and elsewhere. She was a 2012-2013 fellow in fiction at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and holds a Phd from the University of Houston.

Lillian Li is the author of the novel NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT. Her work has been published in Guernica, Granta, Glimmer Train, and Jezebel. Originally from the D.C. metro area, she lives in Ann Arbor.

Final date and time TBD.

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An Unlikely Story
Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

An Unlikely Story

On the long list for the Center for Fiction First Novel prize, SELF-PORTRAIT WITH BOY is a portrait of an artist torn between morality and ambition. When a struggling artist captures a boy falling to his death in the background of her self-portrait, she must choose between launching her career or protecting the boy’s mother whom she has come to care for. Celebrate the paperback release of this “sparkling debut” at An Unlikely Story where author Rachel Lyon will discuss her novel, answer questions, and sign copies. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at the event.

See the event on the Unlikely Story website.

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Glen Cove Public Library
Mar
19
2:00 PM14:00

Glen Cove Public Library

The Glen Cove Public Library is on the north shore of Long Island, and has hosted a number of best-selling authors including Charles Belfoure, Julia Dahl, Sara Novic, Kimberly McCreight, Natalie Harnett, Christopher Bollen, Nadia Hashimi. Imbolo Mbue, Martha Hall Kelly, Fiona Davis Yoojin Grace Wertz, Lauren Belfer, Min Jin Lee and Anna Pitoniak. Rachel will read there on March 19.

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Franklin Park Reading Series Tenth Anniversary Show, with Rachel Lyon, Sam Lipsyte, Mychal Denzel Smith, Richard Chiem, & Precious Okoyomon
Mar
11
8:00 PM20:00

Franklin Park Reading Series Tenth Anniversary Show, with Rachel Lyon, Sam Lipsyte, Mychal Denzel Smith, Richard Chiem, & Precious Okoyomon

Come join the celebration! We're marking a decade of provocative lit at Crown Heights' premiere hangout with a slate of trailblazing authors: Sam Lipsyte (Hark, The Ask, Venus Drive), Mychal Denzel Smith (Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching), Rachel Lyon (Self-Portrait with Boy), Richard Chiem (King of Joy, You Private Person), and poet Precious Okoyomon (Ajebota)! Enjoy readings of fiction, memoir, and poetry, $5 craft brews, scrumptious cake, and a free-to-enter raffle for the authors' amazing books! FREE ADMISSION, as always!

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1-Day Novel Structuring Intensive with Catapult
Feb
23
1:00 PM13:00

1-Day Novel Structuring Intensive with Catapult

So you're writing a novel. Maybe you've been working on it for a while, or even have hundreds of pages of material—but as any good writer knows, many pages do not, necessarily, a completed novel make. If your story feels unmanageable, you're at the perfect stage to step back, take a bird's-eye view of it, and reevaluate. This one-day novel-structuring intensive is for anyone who has a pretty good sense of—at least—their novel’s beginning, rising action, and climactic moments. (You needn’t have a clear idea of your ending. This class can help with that!)

We'll start by reviewing existing structural forms—e.g. the hero's journey, the love story (both comic and tragic), the bildungsroman. We'll talk about your work, figure out what archetypal narrative tropes you're working with, and use them to help build a strong foundation for your project. We'll discuss chronology: when and how to reveal essential information—and how to determine what information is essential in the first place! Finally, we'll spend some time coming up with our own detailed outlines, which will help us work our novels into a manageable form, going forward.

A student of this course can expect to walk away with a sense of the archetypal story tropes she’s working with; a concrete, detailed, workable outline of her novel; and a clarified, bird’s-eye view of her story.

Apply here.

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6-week Writing Sprints: A Generative Class with Sackett Street Writers Workshops (Thursdays)
Feb
7
to Mar 14

6-week Writing Sprints: A Generative Class with Sackett Street Writers Workshops (Thursdays)

Writing Sprints is an exercise-intensive course designed to “unstick” writers struggling to start or continue new projects, boosting writing productivity.  The course relies heavily on in-class writing exercises, as well as weekly writing share-outs.  Students will be expected to read out loud; participate in in-class writing exercises; and produce approximately 5-8 pages of new writing EACH week for group feedback.

Find more information about Sackett classes at www.sackettworkshop.com/writing.

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6-week Fiction III with the Sackett Street Writers Workshop (Tuesdays)
Feb
5
to Mar 12

6-week Fiction III with the Sackett Street Writers Workshop (Tuesdays)

Writers participating in this selective workshop will learn to recognize successful techniques in their fiction–what engages the reader, and how that success is achieved. In-class discussions will focus on analyzing student work, particularly the many choices (point-of-view, tone, detail, pacing, etc.) a writer must make concerning structure, character and language. Each writer will have two opportunities to have his or her work critiqued in class (up to 25 pages each time) and will receive typed feedback from both the instructor and his or her classmates. A private conference with the instructor is included. This course is intended for writers who have extensive writing and workshopping experience.

Find more information about Sackett classes at www.sackettworkshop.com/writing.

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Rough Edges: A Reading featuring Rachel Lyon, Sarah Bridgins, Sara Lippman, & Susan Bruce
Jan
20
3:00 PM15:00

Rough Edges: A Reading featuring Rachel Lyon, Sarah Bridgins, Sara Lippman, & Susan Bruce

Please join us on January 20th at 3 pm at Studio 10 to listen and look as four exceptional writers read original work while communing with the evocative sculptural busts of Elise Siegel’s exhibition; “rough edges”. In this exhibition, a large gathering of Siegel’s idiosyncratic and psychologically expressive portrait busts inhabit the gallery. Although each bust is a distinct individual, they are not portraits of specific persons. Rather, they are embodiments of familiar emotional states — fleeting moments of inner conflict, disquiet, ambivalence and unease. Readers include Sarah Bridgins, Susan Bruce, Sara Lippmann, and Rachel Lyon, who all know rough edges, and are masters at communicating fleeting moments of inner conflict, disquiet, ambivalence and unease through their words.

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