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April 2023 eLitPak :: Story Catalyst Online Classes

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Sign up for the next virtual story catalyst classes! Lyric Essays taking place at 6 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday, April 2. Available live, virtual, and on demand. Sign up here. The lyric essay is one of literature’s most elegant forms, but what is it, and how can you write one? It may resemble poetry more than prose, and it may experiment with forms, such as the braided essay or the hermit crab essay. But its guiding force is the emotional truth. View flyer for more information.

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Event :: YA Literature Summit 2023

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Sponsored by Oklahoma State University and Aquinas College and facilitated by members of NCTE’s ELATE Commission on the Study and Teaching of Young Adult Literature, the sixth annual Summit on the Research and Teaching of Young Adult Literature will be held fully online Friday, April 21, 2023. The Call for Proposals is open until February 27 and is open to Classroom Practice Sessions, Research Presentations, and Panel Presentations. Registration for the event opens on March 1, 2023. For full details, visit the YAL Summit website.

December 2022 eLitPak :: Affordable Poetry, Publishing, & Critique Workshops

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Registration Deadline: Year-round
Caesura Poetry Workshop aims to support, inspire, and energize poets through affordable monthly Zoom workshops hosted by award-winning poet, editor, and teacher John Sibley Williams. All workshops include poem analysis, active group discussion, and writing prompts. Upcoming class themes include experimenting with punctuation, sharpening poem titles, erasure poetry, New Year’s poetry, building a chapbook, monthly critique workshops, and more. View flyer and visit website for more information.

View the full December 2022 eLitPak here. Subscribe to the NewPages Newsletter to get early access to these flyers.

Event :: Winter 2022-23 Caesura Poetry Workshop Offerings

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John Sibley Williams’ Caesura Poetry Workshop has announced Winter 2022-23 virtual events! First off there is a FREE generative workshop taking place Saturday, December 10 via Zoom: Burning Down the Old Year: Writing Poems About the New Year. Then in January, enjoy a critique and generative workshops series happening each Friday while in February these will be held on Sundays.

View their ad in the NewPages Classifieds to learn more.

Event :: Caesura Poetry Workshops Fall 2022 Offerings

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Join award-winning poet, editor, and writing coach John Sibley Williams this fall for virtual Caesura Poetry Workshops. These are hosted via Zoom. Upcoming classes include Writing Evocative Love Poems (September 17), Elegy: Writing Poems of Loss (October 2 & 9), two group critique classes (Fridays in October, Sundays in November), and more.

See the ad in the NewPages Classifieds to learn more.

Event :: 2022 Daphne Review Online Mentorship Program Session I

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Every year literary magazine The Daphne Review hosts an online mentorship program for rising seniors. This year they will be hosting three sessions. The first session will take place from July 25 – August 15. In these sessions 5-7 students work with professional writers on a one-on-one basis. See their ad in the NewPages Classifieds to learn more. Mentors and students need to apply for Session I by July 11.

June 2022 eLitPak :: First Annual Virtual LIGHT Festival

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How have you healed lately? According to Ijeoma Oluo, writing reminds her that she is “a person worthy of healing.” To discover, dialogue, and define how we might bring writing and other creative mediums, such as poetry and art, from the public back into public health for our collective healing and transformation, come join us at the LIGHT Festival on Friday, June 17, 2022, from 8AM-6PM CDT. View flyer or visit website to learn more.

If you’re not subscribed to our weekly newsletter, view the full June 2022 eLitPak here.

Cleaver Workshops Spring-Summer 22

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Cleaver literary magazine may be based out of Philadelphia, but in keeping with their “international” status, their online workshops are open to all with internet access using both Zoom and Canvas platforms in synchronous and asynchronous modalities. Upcoming workshops include:

THE WRITE TIME for practice and inspiration
Taught by Cleaver Editor Andrea Caswell

MICRO MENTORING: Flash Fiction Masterclass
Taught by Cleaver Senior Flash Editor Kathryn Kulpa

WRITING THE BODY
Taught by Marnie Goodfriend

UNSHAPING THE ESSAY: Experimental Forms in Creative Nonfiction
Taught by Cleaver Editor Sydney Tammarine

TELL ME WHAT YOU EAT, And I Will Tell You What You Are
Writing About Food and Ourselves taught by Kristen Martin

Visit the Cleaver Workshops page for more information.

#ObsidianVoices “—ing While Black”

The final event in #ObsidianVoices Spring 2022 events has officially been announced! “—ing While Black” will take place April 29 at 6PM CT.

This will be a reading and conversation about Black embodied consciousness with Tyehimba Jess, Michael Warr, Breauna L. Roach, and Naudia Williams. Editor Duriel E. Harris will act as moderator.

You will also hear more about an ongoing online poetry project featured around Michael Warr’s “What Not to Do…[an unfinished poem]” which can also be found in Obsidan issue 46.2 as well.

Stay tuned to their website for more information and to RSVP. RSVP here for their final Spring event.

March 2022 eLitPak :: Take 10% off CARVE Online Writing Classes

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Take 10% off Carve’s peer group online classes! Learn on your own schedule how to improve your short stories through all original content. The Fundamentals class introduces how to use Character & Plot, Point of View, Dialogue, Inner Monologue, Description. The Techniques class introduces Use of Senses, Imagery, Metaphors & Similes, Rhythm & Pacing, and Threading. Visit website.

View the full March 2022 eLitPak Newsletter here.

Art & Healing Online Popups

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In addition to its quarterly thematic e-publication, Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing also offers quarterly, donation-based online events featuring a different artist and artistic practice. Sunday, March 20, 2022, from 2:00-3:30 (EST) Toni Becker will host “The Art of Losing.” An intuitive, mixed media artist, healing art facilitator, and Reiki II practitioner, Becker will share her “experience with grief, the act and art of letting go through ritual, ceremony, and art that brings forth healing and a level of self-discovery.” She adds, “Grief is heavy but there is another side to it — one that will grace you with light and ease.” Visit the Snapdragon website for registration information.

February 2022 eLitPak :: CARVE Editing Workshop begins March 28

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Benefit from 10 rounds of intensive editing by an experienced editor on several of your short stories or essays and two one-on-one meetings. You may choose up to five stories or essays to work on through the course of the workshop. Deadlines are flexible and accommodate your schedule. Registration deadline: March 28, 2022. Visit website.

View full February 2022 eLitPak Newsletter.

Let’s Read Together!

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From Dr. Sarah J. Donovan: This winter-spring, the OSU Writing Project is offering an online professional development and would like to invite you, even if you are not in Oklahoma, to register for this online experience.

For pre-service, inservice, & veteran teachers who love reading and learning through literature. For educators who want to support students and families by making classroom libraries and curriculum more inclusive-affirming of students’ intersecting identities. This monthly book group (January-June, 2022) is a place to ignite thoughtful conversation about young adult literature informed by Dr. Yolanda Sealy-Ruiz’s (2020) Six Components to Racial Literacy Development.

Your registration fee of $35 is a commitment to attend the conversations and for your PD certificate of 6 hours. You will buy from a store or reserve from your library the selected books. We will meet once a month via Zoom for an hour to discuss the texts, which will include extensions into ideas for sharing literature with students and studying of author’s craft. Respectful, invitational dialogue is expected of all participants.

We are going to read with a lens of what Dr. Yolanda Sealy-Ruiz named racial literacy development, which includes historical awareness of the forces that shape the society we live in along with critical humility or how we can “remain open to understanding the limits of our own worldviews & ideologies” and toward critical love or “a profound ethical commitment to caring.” We want to center love as transformative, recognizing harm but noticing the ways we heal and feel joy through young adult literature. Thus, our focus is on authors’ craft and celebrating beautifully crafted passages in the texts that represent intersecting identities.

Here is the book list. Notice, there are several verse novels listed in April, so you can choose any or all. Again, it will be up to you to acquire these books in the medium you prefer. We hope you will consider your local library and/or a local Black-owned bookstore. All meetings are Sundays, 6:00-7:00pm CT.

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Join Iron City Magazine for Release of Issue 6

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Iron City Magazine celebrates the launch of Issue 6! This will be a virtual event featuring readings, art, and a live Q&A.

Join friends, contributors, and editors of Iron City Magazine: Creative Expressions By and For the Incarcerated as they present work from the latest issue.

Iron City Magazine highlights voices of often silenced writers and artists.

Iron City Magazine is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. This publication is made possible by the generous grant awards from the Ibis Foundation of Arizona and AZ Humanities.

Enjoy this virtual launch on Iron City Magazine’s YouTube channel.

Event :: Still Time to Get Tickets to 2022 Virtual Palm Beach Poetry Festival

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Event Dates: January 10-15, 2022
Event Location: Virtual
18th Annual Virtual Palm Beach Poetry Festival, January 10-15, 2022. Focus on your work with America’s most engaging and award-winning poets. Workshops with Kim Addonizio, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Chard deNiord, Mark Doty, Yona Harvey, John Murillo, Matthew Olzmann, and Diane Seuss. One-On-One Conferences with Lorna Blake, Sally Bliumis Dunn, Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs, and Angela Narciso Torres. A special Craft Talk by Kwame Dawes, Special Guest Poet, Yusef Komunyakaa. Poet-at-Large, Aimee Nezhukumatathil. To find out more, visit www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org. Individual event tickets as well as full conference packages still available.

Carve 2022 Online Classes Announced

CARVE has announced their upcoming 2022 schedule of online classes.

Short Story Writing: Fundamentals consists of five lessons on Character & Plot, Point of View, Dialogue, Inner Monologe, and Description. The course runs for 6 weeks. Available dates are January 3 – February 13, March 28 – May 8, June 20 – July 31, and September 12 – October 23.

Short Story Writing: Techniques is also a 6-week course comprised of 5 lessons on Use of Senses, Imagery, Metaphors & Similies, Rhythm & Pacing, and Threading. Available dates are February 14 – March 27, May 9 – June 19, August 1 – September 11, and October 24 – December 4.

Each class needs to have at least five students and there will be weekly deadlines to completed writing exercises and provide peer feedback. There is no instructor feedback for these courses.

Subscribers to CARVE can receive a 10% discount on these classes. Learn more at CARVE‘s website.

Event :: Get Your Tickets for the 2022 Virtual Palm Beach Poetry Festival

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18th Annual Virtual Palm Beach Poetry Festival is taking place January 10-15, 2022. Focus on your work with America’s most engaging and award-winning poets. Workshops with Kim Addonizio, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Chard deNiord, Mark Doty, Yona Harvey, John Murillo, Matthew Olzmann, and Diane Seuss. One-On-One Conferences with Lorna Blake, Sally Bliumis Dunn, Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs, and Angela Narciso Torres. A special Craft Talk by Kwame Dawes, Special Guest Poet, Yusef Komunyakaa. Poet-at-Large, Aimee Nezhukumatathil. To find out more, visit www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org. There’s still time to purchase tickets to individual events and apply for a one-on-one conference!

November 2021 eLitPak :: 2022 Virtual Palm Beach Poetry Festival

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Virtual festival takes place January 10-15, 2022. Focus on your work with America’s most engaging and award-winning poets. Workshops with Kim Addonizio, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Chard deNiord, Mark Doty, Yona Harvey, John Murillo, Matthew Olzmann, and Diane Seuss. Apply to attend a one-on-one conference by December 1. Special Craft Talk by Kwame Dawes, Special Guest Poet Yusef Komunyakaa. Poet-at-Large, Aimee Nezhukumatathil. Find out more at our website.

View the full November 2021 eLitPak Newsletter.

Obsidian Announces Three New Events for Fall 2021

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Started in 2020 to help bring writers and audiences together in celebration of newly created work, #ObsidanVoices is back with three new events! All events are virtual and free to attend. You do have to register, still, though.

First off is Radiant Youth. Taking place November 19th at 6PM CST, this event is a reading and conversation celebrating Issue 46.2. Lineup includes Sandra Jackson-Opoku, Alex Jennings, C. Liegh McInnis, Chinonye Omeirondi, and Kristina Kay Robinson. Moderator of the event is Danielle L. Littlefield.

Next is Suppose Sorrow Was a Time Machine – a reading and conversation celebrating Obsidian 47.1. This will take place virtually on December 3 at 6PM CST. Moderated by Sheree Renée Thomas and Nandi Comer, the lineup features Sheree L. Greer, Michal “MJ” Jones, Shayla Lawz, Christian Loriel Lucas, and Daniel B. Summerhill.

Lastly, we have Heirloom: Preserving HBCU Futures – a reading and conversation celebrating Obsidian 47.2. This will take place online December 10 at 6PM CST. Moderated by Sheree Renée Thomas and featuring Reynaldo Anderson, Roman Johnson, Tony Medina, Carmin Wong, and more.

If you’re interested in submitting to Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, they have extended the deadline to submit to their Gender Queer/Genre Queer Playground Special Issue. Ronaldo V. Wilson is the issue’s guest editor. Submissions due by January 1, 2022.

Event :: Able Muse November 2021 Book Launch Reading

Mark your calendars and don’t forget to register! Able Muse Press’ next Book Launch and Reading will take place on November 13, 2021 from 3-4 PM EDT. Registration is required, but no worries it’s free!

The event will be hosted by Deirdre O’Conner and will feature a reading and Q&A with authors Len Krisak and Rebecca Starks.

Len Krisak, winner of the 2020 Able Muse Book Award, will be reading from his winning book just released on November 1, Say What You Will. Rebecca Starks will be reading from her forthcoming title Fetch, Muse (due out on November 26, but available for pre-order).

Besides the reading and Q&A, Able Muse Press has announced the publication of Brian Culhane’s Remembering Lethe. The book is available for pre-order and will be published on December 17. Culhane was a finalist for the 2020 Able Muse Book Award.

Creative Nonfiction’s Self-Guided Write Your Memoir Month

creative nonfiction write your memoir month screenshotNot wanting to let novelists have all the fun during the month of November, Creative Nonfiction is offering a self-guided Write Your Memoir course.

Running from November 1-26, the course is patterned after their popular Thirty-Minute Memoir and is designed to “help you break the potentially overwhelming task of writing a memoir into manageable daily writing assignments.”

Each week’s lesson will be revealed on Mondays and will focus on a different aspect of memoir writing and offers daily prompts to help you generate work and inspiration via written lectures and selected readings.

The best part? It’s only $29.99, so join NaMeWriMo today!

Event :: Still Time to Register for a Workshop at the 18th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival

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18th Annual Virtual Palm Beach Poetry Festival is taking place January 10-15, 2022. Focus on your work with America’s most engaging and award-winning poets. Workshops with Kim Addonizio, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Chard deNiord, Mark Doty, Yona Harvey, John Murillo, Matthew Olzmann, and Diane Seuss. One-On-One Conferences with Lorna Blake, Sally Bliumis Dunn, Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs, and Angela Narciso Torres. A special Craft Talk by Kwame Dawes, Special Guest Poet, Yusef Komunyakaa. Poet-at-Large, Aimee Nezhukumatathil. To find out more, visit www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org. Apply to attend a workshop by November 15!

Coming Up: The Adroit Journal Issue 39 Release Reading

Join The Adroit Journal in two days, on Tuesday October 26, 2021 for the release reading for their 39th issue.

Readers include Jonny Teklit, Paul Tran, Lory Bedikian, Anthony Okpunor, Kate Wisel, and our Adroit Prizes winners Stephanie Chang and Enshia Li! Kate Gaskin will host the Zoom event.

Register for the event and learn a little bit more about the readers at Eventbrite.

October 2021 eLitPak :: 18th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival

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Virtual festival takes place January 10-15, 2022. Focus on your work with America’s most engaging and award-winning poets. Workshops with Kim Addonizio, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Chard deNiord, Mark Doty, Yona Harvey, John Murillo, Matthew Olzmann, and Diane Seuss. Apply to attend a workshop by November 15. Special Craft Talk by Kwame Dawes, Special Guest Poet Yusef Komunyakaa. Poet-at-Large, Aimee Nezhukumatathil. Find out more at our website.

View the full October 2021 eLitPak Newsletter.

Event :: 2021 Red Clay Writers Virtual Conference

Registration Deadline: November 12, 2021
Event Dates: November 13–14, 2021
Location: Virtual
Join us on November 13th and 14th for the Red Clay Writers Virtual Conference! The online two-day conference features writing workshops and craft talks for poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, screenwriters, children’s book authors, and young adult novelists. Some of this year’s faculty include Jose Hernandez Diaz, Laekan Zea Kemp, Megan Harlan, and Jakob Guanzon. The keynote will be given by Anna Qu, author of Made in China: A Memoir of Love and Labor. Conference registration is $80 ($50 for students) now through November 12th. Please visit the website for more information.

Three Able Muse Authors Book Launch Reading Event on October 24

Able Muse October 24, 2021 Reading bannerAble Muse Press will be hosting a virtual launch, Q&A, and reading event for three of its authors on Sunday, October 24, 2021 from 3-4PM EST. Host will be Emily Leithauser, winner of the 2015 Able Muse Book Award.

Will Cordeiro will be reading from Trap Street: Poems. Cordeiro was the winner of the 2019 Able Muse Book Award. J.C. Todd, runner-up of the 2019 Able Muse Book Award, will be reading from Beyond Repair: Poems.

David Berman’s collection Progressions of the Mind: Poems has been published posthumously. Special mini host Paulette Demers will be reading from his work with Bruce Bennett and Rhina P. Espaillat.

Registration is free and required to attend. Register now so you don’t miss out and don’t forget to grab your copies of these titles.

Rick Campbell – Virtual Reading and Q&A

Join Frostburg Center for Literary Arts for a reading and Q&A with Rick Campbell. Tomorrow night, October 1, at 7:00PM EST, Campbell will open the 15th Annual Western Maryland Independent Literature Festival. You can watch this reading at YouTube, and can set yourself a reminder now so you don’t miss out.

Campbell’s newest book is Provenance (Blue Horse Press.) Other titles include Gunshot, Peacock, Dog (Madville Publishing); The History of Steel (All Nations Press); Dixmont, (Autumn House Press and Black Bay Books); The Traveler’s Companion (Black Bay Books); Setting The World In Order (Texas Tech UP) which won the Walt McDonald Prize; and A Day’s Work (State Street Press).

The reading will take place at this URL.

Event :: 18th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival

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Application Deadline: November 15, 2021
Event Dates: January 10-15, 2022
Event Location: Virtual
18th Annual Virtual Palm Beach Poetry Festival, January 10-15, 2022. Focus on your work with America’s most engaging and award-winning poets. Workshops with Kim Addonizio, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Chard deNiord, Mark Doty, Yona Harvey, John Murillo, Matthew Olzmann, and Diane Seuss. One-On-One Conferences with Lorna Blake, Sally Bliumis Dunn, Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs, and Angela Narciso Torres. A special Craft Talk by Kwame Dawes, Special Guest Poet, Yusef Komunyakaa. Poet-at-Large, Aimee Nezhukumatathil. To find out more, visit www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org. Apply to attend a workshop by November 15.

Terrain.org Reading Series

Join Terrain.org next Monday for the Terrain.org Reading Series. The Zoom event will take place on Monday, September 27 at 5:00pm MST. This Q&A and reading will feature Joy Castro, Elizabeth Jacobson, and Allen Braden, and will be moderated by Juan Morales.

You can register for this online event here.

This Week: Virtual Q&A with Nimrod Editors

Join Nimrod‘s Editor-in-Chief, Eilis O’Neal, and Associate Editor, Cassidy McCants this week on Thursday, September 23 at 7:00pm CDT for a virtual Q&A session. Do you have questions about the publishing industry, getting ready for submissions, editing, revising, and everything in between? They have answers.

Learn more about O’Neal and McCants and this “Ask Us Anything: Editing and Publishing Q&A” at Nimrod‘s Submittable, where you can also register for the event for five dollars. While you’re there, check out the other upcoming virtual events they’re offering throughout fall.

Looking Back at Hong Kong Reading

Next month, The Massachusetts Review will co-host an event for Looking Back at Hong Kong: An Anthology of Writing and Art forthcoming from co-host Cart Noodles Press. This reading and panel discussion will feature Nicolette Wong, Xu Xi, Sharon Yam, Yeung Chak Yan, and Q.M. Zhang.

These writers “who have called Hong Kong home will come together to read from their work and reflect on the profound changes and subtle transitions that have transpired in Hong Kong, both in recent times and over the past decades.”

The online event will take place on Wednesday, October 6 at 8PM EDT. Learn more and register here.

September 2021 eLitPak :: 20% off Your First Class at Caesura Poetry Workshop

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Caesura Poetry Workshop aims to inspire, educate, and energize poets of all backgrounds through affordable Zoom workshops hosted by award-winning poet John Sibley Williams. Workshops include poem analysis, group discussion, writing prompts, poem critiques, and writing time. Come join our growing community! 1-1 personalized workshops, coaching, and manuscript critiques to keep you writing and inspired also available. More information here.

View the full September 2021 eLitPak Newsletter here.

Able Muse Authors Reading with Drury, Espaillat, & White

Able Muse is hosting another reading with three of its authors on September 17, 2021. Are you enjoying their reading series so far? Don’t forget that these readings are being held via Zoom and are free and open to the public. You do have to register in order to participate.

Featured authors are John Philip Drury whose book Sea Level Rising: Poems was published by Able Muse Press in 2015; Rhina P. Espaillat whose book And After All: Poems was published by Able Muse Press in 2019; and Gail White whose Asperity Street: Poems was published by Able Muse Press in 2015.

Jennifer Reeser will act as host. Reeser’s collection Indigenous was published by Able Muse Press in 2019 and she has another collection forthcoming from the press in 2021/22 titled Strong Feather.

If you’ve missed out on any of these readings, don’t forget you can watch them on Able Muse’s official YouTube Channel.

Fall Workshops at Cleaver

Online classes with Cleaver Magazine begin early next month. Stay cozy at home as the weather gets cooler while you strengthen your writing skills.

This season, workshops include “Telling Stories of Disability and Illness” taught by Michelle Hoppe, “Voice Lessons: Identifying and Creating Perspective in Poetry” taught by Claire Oleson, “The Writing Lab: Playful Experiments to Unstuck Your Writing” taught by Tricia Park, and plenty more.

You can find additional information on how to register and what to expect from the available workshop at Cleaver‘s website.

Carve’s Short Story Writing: Fundamentals Starts Monday, September 13

And there’s still time to register! The Short Story Writing: Fundamentals class consists of five lessons: Character & Plot, Point of View, Dialogue, Inner Monologue, and Description. The best part is that each weekly lesson can be completed on your own schedule.

The lessons also include detailed explanations, examples, Carve short stories to read and respond to, and up to two short writing exercises. You are also expected to provide peer feedback to at least two other students (minimum of 5 students required for the class).

The class will run September 13 through October 21. If you’re interested, register here.

If you are interested more in help with Techniques, their next class for that starts October 25th.

Event :: Free Writing Classes Through September 30

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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.

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!

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.

July 2021 eLitPak :: WritingWorkshops.com: Get 15% off Your First Class!

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Exclusive for NewPages fans: Get 15% off your first class at WritingWorkshops.com. Our classes are inclusive and intentionally small; offered on a rolling basis throughout the year; and taught by award-winning authors, agents, and editors. Use code NEWPAGES at checkout—but hurry, our upcoming classes are almost full! Discount expires 7/31/2021. Visit our website.

View the entire July 2021 eLitPak Newsletter.

ICYMI :: AzonaL Issue 2 Virtual Launch Reading

Online literary magazine AzonaL is devoted to poetry in translation. They have made it their mission to push “forth writing that must be seen, now—in translation, which is itself creation.”

Their second issue launched earlier this year with a reading that spanned February 15 and 16 and featured several contributors. If you missed the launch and reading, you can view it online.

Plus, don’t forget to read their second issue featuring poetry by Marie-Claire Bancquart (translated by Claire Elder and Marie Moulin-Salles), Zita Izsó (translated by Agnes Marton), Iulia Militaru (translated by Claudia Serea), Yan An (translated by Chen Du and Sisheng Chen), and more.

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.

Radar Poetry Issue 30 Virtual Launch

Radar Poetry is celebrating the launch of Issue 30 on Thursday, July 15 at 7PM EST via Zoom.

The event features 15 contributors reading their work: J’Anet Danielo, Romana Iorga, Brendan Constantine, Justin Rigamonti, Amy Lerman, Carolyn Supinka, Carolyn Oliver, Robert Krut, Lisa Creech Bledsoe, Melanie Kristeen Robinson, David Donna, Ruth Williams, Amy Dryansky, Ann DeVilbiss, and William Fargason.

Editors and co-founders Rachel Marie Patterson and Dara-Lyn Shrager will be moderating the event.

The Zoom link will be emailed the day of. While it is free, you do need to register via Eventbrite by 6:30 PM EST on July 15 in order to attend.

June 2021 eLitPak :: Woodhall Press Writers Conference

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Online Workshops and Panels, August 21

Registration Deadline: August 21, 2021
Online Writers Conference hosted by Woodhall Press. Mission: to discover and support emerging writers. Featuring keynote by Gina Barreca; Introduction to Short Forms with Tom Hazuka and Darien Gee; Live Editing with Allison Williams; Openings and Hooks with Alena Dillon; Poetry with Charles Rafferty; Prose Writing with Eugenia Kim; and Screen Stories with Shelley Evans.

June 2021 eLitPak :: SOMOS Presents Its 5th Annual Taos Writers Conference Virtually

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With keynote speaker, Luci Tapahonso

Join your fellow writers at the virtual 5th Annual Taos, New Mexico, Writers Conference on Zoom. Panel presentation on “Writing about Race, Class, Culture & Gender” plus over 20 workshops in all genres. Faculty include: Frank X Walker, CMarie Fuhrman, Levi Romero, Ari Honarvar, Stephanie Han, Jeremy Paden, Margaret Garcia and many more. Go to our website, call 575-758-0081, or email us.

June 2021 eLitPak :: 15% off Your First Class at WritingWorkshops.com

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Get 15% off your first class at WritingWorkshops.com. Our classes are inclusive and intentionally small; offered on a rolling basis throughout the year; and taught by award-winning authors, agents, and editors. Use code NEWPAGES at checkout—but hurry, our upcoming classes are almost full! Discount expires 7/1/2021. Visit our website.