Unpublished Writer to Author: Get from Agent to Book Deal to Career as Author (AWP Panel, Portland)
Mar
29
12:00 PM12:00

Unpublished Writer to Author: Get from Agent to Book Deal to Career as Author (AWP Panel, Portland)

The road from unpublished writer to author is long and filled with potential pitfalls. What should you do before approaching an agent? How do you get one interested in you? What are do’s and don’ts while working with an editor? Should you hire an independent publicist? How do you give a good reading? These seasoned authors who have successfully navigated this rocky terrain talk about their experiences with different agencies and publishing houses, and share their top tips and hard-earned advice.

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 Getting Home: Writing & Publishing Debut POC Story Collections (AWP Conference, Portland, OR)
Mar
30
1:30 PM13:30

Getting Home: Writing & Publishing Debut POC Story Collections (AWP Conference, Portland, OR)

Finding a home for a story collection is hard. It’s harder still for people of color writing about worlds bypassed by the larger reading public. This panel features debut authors whose collections explore what it means to speculate on racialized experience in the US, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, and Colombia. They discuss how perceptions of identity wind through issues of craft and cultural expectations: What do readers seek in their work? To what degree do authors fulfill or frustrate assumptions?

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20x2 Chicago! Why is it important?
Oct
6
6:30 PM18:30

20x2 Chicago! Why is it important?

Now in our 5th year in Chicago!

What happens when you take 20 handpicked creatives and luminaries, give them each two minutes before a live audience and the same (fuzzy) question to unravel? That's the premise behind 20x2 Chicago. The results can be as varied as the emotions and reactions they evoke. This edition's question is "Why is it important?" You'll laugh, you may cry, and it wouldn't surprise us if you came away inspired.

Tickets & info: http://20x2.org/chicago/

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StoryStudio Writers Festival: Mystery Trains: Three Ways Into Flash Fiction
Sep
29
1:00 PM13:00

StoryStudio Writers Festival: Mystery Trains: Three Ways Into Flash Fiction

This session works through three elements that elevate short pieces into memorable and propulsive experiences: a haunting, inexplicable image, a tightly wound conceit, and a stubborn joke. Many short pieces share all three, some use only one or two, and we all use them when we’re writing, but often do so unconsciously. We’ll work through a couple of techniques to bring these elements to the forefront.

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StoryStudio Writers Festival: The Author Time Machine: Where I Was, and What I Wish I’d Known
Sep
29
10:00 AM10:00

StoryStudio Writers Festival: The Author Time Machine: Where I Was, and What I Wish I’d Known

What if you could give your younger self advice on the joys and heartaches of the writer’s journey? A panel of established authors will travel back in time (theoretically, of course!) and revisit key points in their lives. From early efforts, to the first book draft, to publishing, and beyond – they’ll share the advice they wish they’d received back then. Featuring authors Kenyatta Rogers, Nami Mun, Dipika Mukherjee, and Juan Martinez. Moderated by Chris Jones.

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Héctor Abad with Juan Martinez at the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago
Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

Héctor Abad with Juan Martinez at the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago

Colombian novelist, essayist, journalist, and editor Héctor Abad will present his most recent novel, The Farm, and in appear in conversation with writer and professor Juan Martinez at the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago. A Q&A and book signing will follow the discussion.

 

Héctor Abad is one of Colombia’s leading writers. Born in 1958, he grew up in Medellín, where he studied medicine, philosophy and journalism. In 1987, his father was murdered by Colombian paramilitaries, an event he reflected on 20 years later in Oblivion: A Memoir (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012), which earned widespread critical acclaim as well as the WOLA-Duke Book Award. Abad writes a weekly column for Colombia’s national newspaper El Espectador. The Farm won the 2015 Cálamo Prize in Spain and was shortlisted for the Mario Vargas Llosa Prize.

Juan Martinez is a fiction writer, and Assistant Professor of English at Northwestern University. He was born in Bucaramanga, Colombia. Martinez’s work has appeared in various literary journals and anthologies, including Glimmer TrainMcSweeney’sTriQuarterlyConjunctions, and more. Best Worst American, his story collection, was released by Small Beer Press in February 2017.

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A reading and Q&A with Megan Stielstra
Sep
20
12:00 PM12:00

A reading and Q&A with Megan Stielstra

Co-Sponsored with Northwestern's Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.

Megan Stielstra is the author of three collections: The Wrong Way To Save Your Life, Once I Was Cool, and Everyone Remain Calm. Her work appears in the Best American Essays, New York Times, Poets & Writers, Longreads, Tin House, Guernica, Catapult, Lit Hub, Buzzfeed Reader, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. A longtime company member with 2nd Story, she has told stories for National Public Radio, Radio National Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Goodman Theatre, the Neo-Futurarium, and regularly with The Paper Machete live news magazine at The Green Mill. She is currently an artist in residence at Northwestern University.

 

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Tuesday Funk reading
Sep
4
7:00 PM19:00

Tuesday Funk reading

A freak rainstorm may have scuttled our August show*, but nothing's going to stand in the way of our 10th anniversary show! (Holy crap, a decade worth of Tuesday Funk!? that's amazing!) Join us in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf on Tuesday, Sept. 4 for readings by Juan Martinez, JH Palmer, C. Russell Price, Mare Swallow and former cohost Bill Shunn!

As always, admission is free, but you must be 21 to attend. Doors open at 7pm sharp (be prompt if you want a seat!) and the show will start at 7:30pm. Please RSVP on Facebook -- and don't forget to like our page so you get our announcements right in your stream.

 

(More info on Tuesday Funk here)

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Aug
9
4:45 PM16:45

NU Mixer and Reading

4:45 p.m.: Mixer (drinks, snacks, and mingling)
5:30 p.m.: Literary Reading

Join Northwestern University's MA/MFA in Creative Writing program for readings of original work by faculty and recent graduates from the graduate program. The readers include:

NU Faculty: Juan Martinez and Christine Sneed
Recent NU Graduates: Anne-Marie Akin, Laura Jones, and Miyako Pleines
Alum: Gretchen Kalwinski

RSVP and read bios on the Facebook event page.

Free & open to the public.

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Aug
9
2:00 PM14:00

Make It New: Five Revision Shortcuts (Workshop, Northwestern Summer Writers Conference)

I used to hate revision, and now I love it, but it took a lot of work. If you’re a writer trying to figure out revision, how to get your piece to be the best it can be, this workshop can help. You can’t write without revising, and you certainly can’t get to a polished, published piece without heavy-duty revision. In this workshop, I’ll give you five concrete paths for you to take so that you can get a good handle on your revision process – it’s the most challenging part of writing, and one of the hardest to master, but these tools will help.

(More information on the Northwestern Summer Writers' Conference available here.)

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Aug
9
9:30 AM09:30

Dirty Tricks (Workshop, Northwestern Summer Writers Conference)

Good fiction hinges on the elements of craft, which take time and effort. But some elements of fiction are less mysterious, easier to pick up, and fun to throw in. We'll talk about five useful tricks that generate interesting, dramatically rich scenes, and we'll generate a series of quick, funny pieces that may develop into full stories. We'll also talk about how these tricks can be retrofitted into your existing drafts to make them more exciting.

(More information of the conference here.)

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