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Event :: Free Writing Classes Through September 30

Play on the Page Free Writing Classes 2021Deadline: Rolling
Have fun with your writing practice with our free classes: Free Your Writing Flow and Start with Sparks! Play on the Page is teaching writers how to tweak their writing attitudes and strategies to create joyful, ongoing, productive writing lives. Thanks to an Individual Artists Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, our summer classes are free to all through September 30, 2021! Learn more and register at www.playonthepage.com. Let’s play!

August 2021 eLitPak :: Perfecting the Manuscript

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An Online Manuscript Conference for Poets

Jeffrey Levine and Kristina Marie Darling invite you to join Tupelo Press’ expertly-designed online poetry manuscript conference. We will meet in small, intimate groups. You will be guided through the craft of transforming your manuscript into a book that coheres and sings! At the end, you’ll have a readied manuscript, a publication plan, and a community of fellow poets. Rolling registration.

View the full NewPages August 2021 eLitPak newsletter.

August 21 Able Muse Authors Reading Announced

banner for Able Muse August 21, 2021 ReadingAble Muse has announced its next reading will take place Saturday, August 21 from 3-4PM EDT. This will be a virtual event with a Q&A with three Able Muse authors.

The lineup consists of Maryann Corbett, Frank Osen, and Matthew Buckley Smith. Corbett has had three titles published by Able Muse Press with the most recent being In Code published last year. Frank Osen was the winner of the Able Muse Book Award 2012 while Matthew Buckley Smith won the award in 2011.

The event is hosted by Ellen Kaufman whose book Double-Parked, with Tosca was published by Able Muse Press earlier this year.

As with their past readings, admission is free, but you do need to register to save your spot!

If you missed out on the last reading with David Alpaugh, James Kochalka, and Sydney Lea, they have uploaded the recording to their official YouTube channel.

Carve’s Short Story Writing: Techniques Class Begins August 2

CARVE‘s next online group writing class will launch on August 2 and run through September 12. This is a six week course which includes five weekly progressive lessons building a greater understanding of craft. Each of the lessons includes detailed explanations and examples, readings from the CARVE archive, and short exercises. The creative writing exercises are shared by class participants for peer feedback.

Lessons include Use of Senses, Imagery, Metaphors & Similes, Rhythm & Pacing, and Threading.

With this online class there is no scheduled meetings or instructor-led feedback. Coursework is online and remote. There is still some time to enroll. If you’re a current print or digital subscriber to CARVE, you can receive a 10% discount.

Free Masterclass: Finish Your Nonfiction Book: 3 Shifts Women Need to Make

woman smiling in a living room in front of her laptop with pen in handEditor and publisher of Under the Gum Tree, Janna Marlies Maron is hosting another free masterclass on finishing your nonfiction book. This will take place live on August 5 at 3PM. You do need to register to save your spot.

This masterclass will help ensure you have the right foundation to support accomplishing this huge goal by

  • showing you the importance of identifying your WHY
  • showing you how to set manageable, realistic, and achievable writing goals
  • showing you why you need to protect your schedule
  • showing you a hack to overcoming writer’s block

and more!

Don’t forget to register today and swing by Under the Gum Tree to grab a copy of the Summer 2021 issue featuring Annie Penfield, Cicily Bennion, Cyndie Zikmund, Zoe W. Briscoe, Susan Vespoli, and Diana Gittins.

Event :: Word Galaxy/Able Muse Press Authors Reading July 29

Screenshot of Able Muse Press websiteEnjoy a free virtual reading event from Word Galaxy Press, an imprint of Able Muse Press. On Thursday, July 29 from 7-8 PM EST, join David Alpaugh, James Kochalka, Sydney Lea, and host John Beaton. There will also be a Q&A session. While signing up is free, you do have to register to attend. The reading and Q&A will be done via Zoom.

These three writers had books published by Word Galaxy Press in 2020: Spooky Action at a Distance: Poems (David Alpaugh) and The Exquisite Triumph of Wormboy: An Illustrated Epic (James Kochalka and Sydney Lea).

Grab your copies of these titles today and don’t forget to register for the reading!

Event :: September 1 Deadline to Register for Lost Sierras Writing Retreat

photograph of mountains and forest reflected in the waterDeadline: September 1, 2021
Event Dates: October 13-17, 2021
Event Location: Lodge at Whitehawk Ranch in the Lost Sierras near Clio, California
A generative and restorative writing retreat at the Lodge at Whitehawk Ranch in California facilitated by Carolyn Dawn Flynn, the Story Catalyst, acclaimed novelist, memoirist, and TEDx speaker; and poet, essayist, and novelist Jona Kottler. Let the pristine forest of California’s Lost Sierras be your inspiration for this generative and restorative retreat for writers of fiction and creative nonfiction. This retreat will help you deepen and refine your work. Participants receive an extensive editorial letter and individual consultations with a mentor. The cuisine and the landscape will be sumptuous, and there will be time to write! carolynflynn.com/sierra-writing-retreat-2021/

Frontier Poetry Prose Poetry Lab

screenshot of Frontier Poetry websiteOnline literary magazine Frontier Poetry is offering a lab on prose poetry this summer. This lab will be completely virtual and asynchronous. Writers will be paired with award-winning poets Jihyun Yun, Felicia Zamora, or Jose Hernandez Diaz.

You can submit up to 10 pages of poetry. They recommend 5-7 being the sweet spot to get the most out of your editor’s time. Since this is a prose poetry lab, they can only be prose poems. The deadline to submit is July 31, but you can contact the editor about an extension. They have reserved 4 scholarships for BIPOC authors on a first come, first served basis.

There is no phone calls or zoom meetings. Materials will be sent to the editors and they will be in touch with feedback for you.

At the beginning of August they will send out all the learning materials while the editors work on writing feedback. Depending on the number of participants, final editorial feedback letters will be sent out in September or October and they will also be sending out letters on a rolling basis before then, too.

Free Lecture: How to Publish Your Writing in Literary Journals

The editors of Radar Poetry will be taking part in a one-hour Zoom lecture and Q&A session hosted by Authors Publish. They will be discussing what editors look for, how to organize your submission, and “insider tips” for getting your poems published in literary journals.

This will air live TODAY (June 30, 2021) at 2PM EST. You do need to register to attend. Don’t worry, it’s free. You also will get a a free recording of the full presentation.

EVENT :: Deadline to Register for IWWG’s Virtual Summer Conference is July 20!

IWWG Summer 2021 Virtual Conference flierIWWG Summer Event: Writing Our Way Forward

Registration Deadline: July 20, 2021
Event Dates: July 22-24, 2021
Event Location: Virtual
This 3-day event will provide connection, inspiration, and learning from a range of instructors and keynote speakers. Sessions will include author panels, agent/editor panels, pitch appointments, a variety of workshops, raffles, and Open Mics. Featured Keynotes: Sylvia Mendoza, Sonali Dev, and Aine Greaney. Don’t forget to register by July 20! www.iwwg.org