From Form and Function to Microfiction: An 8-Week Micro Craft Intensive @24 Pearl Street, The Fine Arts Work Center, Providence
Oct
8
to Nov 30

From Form and Function to Microfiction: An 8-Week Micro Craft Intensive @24 Pearl Street, The Fine Arts Work Center, Providence

Flash fiction is a sexy, versatile form. It can lead the reader somewhere unexpected and leave her there to ponder the unknown. It can crack open a moment to reveal the magnificent eternal. From a writer’s point of view, flash fiction provides an opportunity to distill the elements of craft and focus on them as if under a microscope, without the distractions of a longer, more complicated story or novel.

In this class we will read and discuss several published short-shorts, flash fictions, and/or microfictions, each week. Each of the first five weeks will be dedicated to a specific element of craft—structure, setting, character, dialogue, and endings—and students will write their own short-short stories weekly in response to each lesson. The final class will function as a rapid-fire writing workshop, wherein we will critique and celebrate one another’s work. Revised short-shorts will be collected after the class, and “published” in a mini-chapbook manuscript collection of work by each student.

Find more information and sign up here! 

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8-week Fiction III with the Sackett Street Writers Workshop (Mondays)
Oct
8
to Nov 26

8-week Fiction III with the Sackett Street Writers Workshop (Mondays)

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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6-week Master Fiction Workshop with the Sackett Street Writers Workshop (Tuesdays)
Nov
13
to Dec 18

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

Writers participating in this course 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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1-Day Novel Structuring Intensive with Catapult
Feb
23
10:00 AM10:00

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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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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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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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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Labyrinth Books, Princeton NJ with Lillian Li and Blair Hurley, Facilitated by Joyce Carol Oates
Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

Labyrinth Books, Princeton NJ with Lillian Li and Blair Hurley, Facilitated by Joyce Carol Oates

Please join three debut authors—and Princeton alumnae—for an evening of reading and conversation. About the other two:

Blair Hurley received her A.B. from Princeton University and her M.F.A. from NYU. She has received a 2018 Pushcart Prize and scholarships from Bread Loaf and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Her debut novel, THE DEVOTED, is due in 2018 from WW Norton & Company.

Lillian Li is the author of the novel Number One Chinese Restaurant, forthcoming from Henry Holt in June 2018. Her work has been published in Guernica, Granta, Glimmer Train, and Jezebel. Originally from the D.C. metro area, she lives in Ann Arbor.

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8-week Fiction III with the Sackett Street Writers Workshop (Thursdays)
Sep
13
to Nov 1

8-week Fiction III with the Sackett Street Writers Workshop (Thursdays)

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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H.I.P. Lit
Aug
21
7:00 PM19:00

H.I.P. Lit

HIP Lit is a Brooklyn-based event series and creative community that spotlights authors on the cutting-edge of the writing scene. Founded by publishing professionals and MFA graduates Erin Harris, Britt Canty, and Kim Perel, HIP Lit brings stories to life and people together. We believe authors deserve audiences and literature deserves a party. Celebrate with us!

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Sketchy Book Club
Aug
19
2:00 PM14:00

Sketchy Book Club

What is more fun than reading and drawing? At the Sketchy Book Club you can combine the two! We'll have a few special appearances planned: Author Rachel Lyon will read from her book: SELF-PORTRAIT WITH BOY. Musician Elizabeth Hunter will perform a song adaptation of a work of poetry. Writer and Artist Vivien Lee will read a story about her grandfather's life in North Korea, published in "Far-Near" magazine. At the end of event we will have an optional "show and tell", and leave with sketches, book recommendations, and lots of inspiration! This is not an instructed drawing class. All levels of drawing are welcome! The event is free and open to the public, and will take place in the Strand's 3rd floor Rare Book Room.

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Meghan MacLean Weir: The Book of Essie w/ Rachel Lyon
Jun
27
7:30 PM19:30

Meghan MacLean Weir: The Book of Essie w/ Rachel Lyon

The Book of Essie is a debut novel of family, fame, and religion that tells the emotionally stirring, wildly captivating story of the seventeen-year-old daughter of an evangelical preacher, star of the family's hit reality show, and the secret pregnancy that threatens to blow their entire world apart. Author Meghan Maclean Weir will be in conversation with Rachel Lyon. 

This event is free!

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8-week Advanced Fiction with the Sackett Street Writers Workshop (Tuesdays)
Jun
5
to Jul 24

8-week Advanced Fiction 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. 

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

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Princeton Women in Media and Technology
May
22
7:00 PM19:00

Princeton Women in Media and Technology

Join us for hors d'oeuvres and drinks to hear Rachel Lyon '05 discuss how she's created a career out of literary writing. Rachel is the author of Self-Portrait with Boy (Scribner 2018), which NPR calls a "smart novel about the narcissistic ambition that's needed to succeed, especially in the art world, especially in New York." 

Learn more about PWMT.

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Pigeon Pages Reading Series, PowerHouse Arena, DUMBO Brooklyn
Apr
22
5:00 PM17:00

Pigeon Pages Reading Series, PowerHouse Arena, DUMBO Brooklyn

The Pigeon Pages NYC reading series showcases a dynamic and diverse group of writers for a literary afternoon each month, and is proud to be a platform for emerging writers while also celebrating the successes of our local authors. Our readings are always free and open to the public, with books available for purchase and signing on site. Fly by and say hi! 

PSA: This reading takes place on my 35th birthday! Come hang out. xo Rachel

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Behind the Book Reading Series, New York NY
Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

Behind the Book Reading Series, New York NY

The Behind the Book Reading Series has a long and storied history of highlighting up-and-coming and established authors here in New York City. Launched in October 2005 with A.M. Homes and Adam Rapp, our readings are frequently featured in TimeOut New York and New York Magazine, among other publications. These free events are held from 7 – 9 pm on the second Thursday of each month, from September through June, at the renowned downtown literary establishment, KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street, NYC. The April 12 reading will feature Rachel Lyon and Hermione Hoby.

Find out more on the Behind the Book website.

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Desks: A Reading Series, Brooklyn NY
Apr
8
8:00 PM20:00

Desks: A Reading Series, Brooklyn NY

The Ground Floor Comedy Newsletter Writers are back with their monthly reading series. DESKS is a free evening celebrating words that are funny and serious and long and short. Featuring readings from Amy Zimmer, Bijan Stephen, Carly Dashiell, Matt Barats, Anthony Oberbeck, & Rachel Lyon. The evening will conclude with an open mic for written work.

RSVP on Facebook.

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8-week Fiction Writing III with the Sackett Street Writers Workshop (Thursdays)
Apr
5
to May 24

8-week Fiction Writing III with the Sackett Street Writers Workshop (Thursdays)

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. 

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8-week Fiction Writing I/II with The Sackett Street Writers Workshop (Tuesdays)
Mar
27
to May 15

8-week Fiction Writing I/II with The Sackett Street Writers Workshop (Tuesdays)

In this workshop, writers will learn how to manipulate the tools of fiction-writing (point-of-view, plot, characterizing detail, tone, etc.) to craft complete and unique stories that engage the reader. In-class critiques and exercises, as well as lectures and feedback from the instructor, are used to help students further develop their writing.

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8-week “What Do I Have To Say?” Generative Online Workshop with the Sackett Street Writers Workshops
Mar
12
to Apr 30

8-week “What Do I Have To Say?” Generative Online Workshop with the Sackett Street Writers Workshops

In creative writing workshops, we study structure and craft–but how do we learn to fill our structures with compelling substance; how do we learn to apply our craft to subject matters that matter, to the stories that are ours? In this class, we’ll explore these questions with an eye toward discovering our own obsessions and finding those stories only we can tell.

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Offsite Reading: IU Alumni at Four Green Fields, Tampa FL
Mar
10
5:00 PM17:00

Offsite Reading: IU Alumni at Four Green Fields, Tampa FL

Please join us for a happy hour reading featuring IU MFA alumni with recent books. Readers will include poets Marcus Wicker (Maybe the Saddest Thing, 2012; Silencer, 2017), Ife-Chudeni Oputa (Rummage, 2017), Leslie Marie Aguilar (Mesquite Manual, 2015), and Simeon Berry (Ampersand Revisited, 2013; Monograph, 2014), and prose writers Ming Holden (Refuge, 2018), Rachel Lyon (Self-Portrait with Boy, 2018), Bradley Bazzle (Trash Mountain, 2018), and Lana Spendl (We Cradled Each Other in the Air, 2017).

View the event on the AWP website.

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