I hope this week finds you reading and writing well. Enjoy a few bits of local literary life here, below.
And—remember—I can only post about what I know about. Are you giving a reading, teaching a class, or hosting an event in the coming weeks? Email me and let me know. I post what I can, when I can. I would love to support your work in our literary community! You can always write me at asche(dot)kate(at)gmail(dot)com.
I look forward to hearing from you!
*THIS* THURSDAY: SOFT LAUNCH OF TRUESTORY, SACRAMENTO’S NEW CREATIVE NONFICTION READING SERIES! 8:00 PM at BOWS & ARROWS
TrueStory is Sacramento’s first nonfiction reading series and open mic. Each event will feature selected readers and an open mic. Anyone can sign up for the open mic upon arrival, and as many people can read as time allows. Open mic readings will be limited to 5 minutes. Remember, we are a nonfiction series–so stories must be true and they must be personal.
$5 cover charge
To submit a story or for more information, visit our website: tellatruestory.com.
TrueStory is a quarterly event, happening in February, April, July and October 2013.
CONSIDER A TRIP TO THE CITY, TO SUPPORT LOCAL AUTHOR RENEE THOMPSON at:
Our Spring Reading
Saturday, March 2, 2013, 7:00 PM at Cantina SF (basement)
Hugo & Nebula award-winning author Terry Bisson
& acclaimed author of West of Kabul, East of New York Tamim Ansary
Terry Bisson is an American science fiction and fantasy author best known for his short stories. Several of his works, including “Bears Discover Fire”, have won top awards in the science fiction community, such as the Hugo and the Nebula.
Tamim Ansary is the author of Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes and West of Kabul, East of New York, among other books. For ten years he wrote a monthly column for Encarta.com, and has published essays and commentary in the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, Alternet, TomPaine.com, Edutopia, Parade, Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. Born in Afghanistan in 1948, he moved to the U.S. in 1964. He lives in San Francisco, where he is director of the San Francisco Writers Workshop.
Also presenting transmedia artist Kate Durbin, novelist Renee Thompson, author of The Plume Hunter, and essayist and short story writer Rashaan Alexis Meneses.
Free Admission — Cash Bar Exotica
Doors at 7, Reading at 7:30
Cantina SF – 580 Sutter St, San Francisco
ALSO COMING UP IN MARCH: THIS MONTH’S INSTALLMENT of STRAIGHT TALK STORYTELLERS, Weds, March 6 @ Avid Reader in Sacramento – 7:00 PM
THEME: How Did I Get Here?
Adults will have the opportunity to tell true short stories live, from recollections, memory, with plenty of heart and without scripts. Listeners as well as storytellers are welcome. Each month has a new theme and repeats the theme from the previous month. We meet at The Avid Reader 16th and Broadway Sacramento at 7:00 p.m. The first Wednesday of the month.
REGISTRATIONS NOW ACCEPTED for next MASTER TEACHERS WORKSHOP: NANCY ZAFRIS, AUTHOR and SERIES EDITOR, FLANNERY O’CONNOR PRIZE
Nancy Zafris is the author of the story collections The Home Jar & The People I Know and the novels The Metal Shredders & Lucky Strike. She has received numerous awards for her fiction, including two NEA grants. Nancy is currently the Series Editor for the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and was formerly Fiction Editor of The Kenyon Review. She has also taught for the Antioch University low-residency MFA program in LA.
April 27th & 28th, 2013 – Sacramento ($400)
Below are the details. To register and for any questions, contact Master Teachers founder and coordinator, Valerie Fioravanti, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Workshop will be capped at 12 students.
2. The word count limit for submissions is 8,000 words (please submit one story or fully contained novel chapters/scenes). Submissions will be due Saturday, April 6th (Sacramento). You are expected to come to class having read and commented upon the work of your peers. We will exchange manuscripts via dropbox.
3. Nancy will be conducting private meetings. She wants 30 minutes to discuss your work with you, so half of these meetings will take place in person after hours during the workshop weekend, and the rest will be done via SKYPE or phone. Please be considerate of Nancy’s time/energy levels. 30 minutes of private discussion about your work is very generous, even if she won’t have the time to conduct them all in person during a weekend intensive.
4. Workshop runs roughly 10-4 on Saturday and Sunday, with a 75-90 minute break for lunch. The focus will be on manuscript discussion, but Nancy also plans to do some generative writing exercises.
5. Admissions are rolling, and I require full payment to guarantee a place in the workshop. I maintain a waitlist, and while I am happy to offer refunds if there is a replacement student on that list, Master Teacher Weekend Workshops is a cooperative endeavor. Our tuition pays for the writer’s time, expenses, and all administrative costs. Therefore, last minute changes jeopardize the workshop. If you have problems/conflicts, let me know immediately, and I will make every effort to find a replacement, including allowing you to locate your own replacement. However, I will not refund tuition until a replacement is found.
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