September KGB Reading by Paragraph Members
Sep
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

September KGB Reading by Paragraph Members

Save the date and join us on September 29th at KGB Bar for the return of our KGB reading series. 

Tonight's readers include: 

Grace Finlayson is a writer and fiction editor for Voiceworks, an Australian literary journal. Her work has been published in Scum Mag, The Other Stories, Kill Your Darlings and elsewhere. In 2016 she attended Tin House Writers Workshop and was shortlisted for the Anne Edgeworth Fellowship for young Australian writers. She’s currently working on a short story collection. Grace's Twitter and Facebook

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Happy Hour
Oct
5
6:00pm 6:00pm

Happy Hour

Come libate and snack with us as we take a much needed break from our fingersmithing toils. This month we're trying out another new bar in search of that perfect balance of convenience, price and a space quiet enough to have a conversation... this could be the one!

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TV/Film Roundtable: Maydé Alpi of Jane Startz Productions
Oct
11
5:30pm 5:30pm

TV/Film Roundtable: Maydé Alpi of Jane Startz Productions

Maydé Alpi is the Development Executive at Jane Startz Productions (JSP) which acquires, develops, and produces high-quality intellectual properties across all media platforms. She is looking for humorous, grounded, and diverse YA and Middle Grade voices for film and television adaptation. Great world building, authentic prose, and unique styles are some of the elements that Maydé looks for when considering pieces for adaptation. JSP's credits include the major theatrical releases Ella EnchantedTuck Everlasting, The Indian In The Cupboard, The Mighty, The Baby-Sitters’ Club, Netflix's upcoming pre-school animated series Llama, Llama starring Jennifer Garner, and Universal's upcoming feature adaptation of Soman Chainani's The School for Good and Evil. Jane Startz also developed and served as Executive Producer on the multi Emmy Award-winning television series, The Magic School Bus.

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Agent Roundtable: Amy Tannenbaum and Kathy Schneider of the Jane Rotrosen Agency
Nov
15
5:30pm 5:30pm

Agent Roundtable: Amy Tannenbaum and Kathy Schneider of the Jane Rotrosen Agency

November's roundtable at Paragraph will feature two agents from the Jane Rotrosen Agency, who have represented authors of general-interest fiction and nonfiction since 1974. The agency's client list reflect a diversity of interests as rich as the marketplace. Their clients have had best sellers in every genre, in every format, in countries around the world.  

Amy Tannenbaum began her book publishing career with a brief stint at Harlequin where she edited romances that were far more entertaining than the books she read while earning her English degree at Wesleyan University. She then joined Atria Books, where she edited a diverse list of bestselling non-fiction and fiction books. Her list includes bestsellers in contemporary romance, psychological suspense, thrillers, and new adult. Amy is particularly interested in those genres, as well as women’s fiction that falls into that sweet spot between literary and commercial, memoir, narrative and prescriptive non-fiction in the areas of health, business, pop culture, humor, and popular psychology.

Kathy Schneider has spent over 30 years in the publishing industry, from managing an independent bookstore in Princeton, N.J., to developing marketing campaigns at Crown, Random House, and Miramax Books. Most recently, she spent 11 years as SVP and Associate Publisher at HarperCollins where she oversaw marketing, publicity, and publishing duties for numerous New York Times bestsellers including titles by Madeleine Albright, Anderson Cooper, Mitch Albom, Louise Erdrich, and Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee, to name a few. She is seeking non-fiction projects covering relationships, wellness, humor, business, and memoir, as well as upmarket adult fiction that entertains and inspires, thrillers, and creative psychological suspense. 

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Plot Surgery Roundtable: Nancy Rawlinson
Dec
5
5:30pm 5:30pm

Plot Surgery Roundtable: Nancy Rawlinson

What is plot surgery? What is plot? Or perhaps the better questions are: what is an effective plot and how do I create one?

This roundtable discussion will dig into these questions. We will consider archetypal story structure and think about the ways it can be useful – or not – as a lens through which to view your own work. We will consider the plots of famous works of literature – what makes them effective? What lessons can we extract and apply to our own writing? How can creating outlines be useful – or is it ever detrimental? What should an outline look like?

Nancy Rawlinson is an editor and writing coach. She helps her clients get words on the page and then she helps them revise those words. Often, she pushes them to use outlines, or to reverse engineer an outline from their drafts. Plot surgery is her shorthand for looking at how the events of a story hang together and then moving things around so that the story is more effective and compelling – a process she helps clients with all the time.

Three participants from this event can apply to work with Nancy and receive an hour of one-on-one plot surgery for free. You can find out more about Nancy at her website, www.NancyRawlinson.com

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Karaoke Happy Hour
Sep
21
6:00pm 6:00pm

Karaoke Happy Hour

Happy hour is coming back from summer hiatus with a bang! We thought it would be fun to belt out some tunes whilst we mingle, particularly partner duets, such as Don’t Go Breakin My Heart (Elton John + Cher), Under Pressure (Bowie + Freddy Mercury), Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Marvin Gaye + Tammi Terrell), Dancing in the Street (Bowie + Jagger). You don't have to sing to join us, and you don't have to come with a partner to sing, but we hope you'll come by to blow off some steam and have some non-writing fun. RSVP here so we can make a reservation.

(Previously we listed karaoke as being on Thursday September 7. Note that the rescheduled date is Thursday September 21.)  

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Agent Roundtable: Stephanie Koven of Cullen Stanley International
Sep
14
5:30pm 5:30pm

Agent Roundtable: Stephanie Koven of Cullen Stanley International

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September's roundtable features seasoned agent Stephanie Koven of Cullen Stanley International. Stephanie is looking for narrative driven fiction and, in nonfiction, lifestyle & health, memoir, history, popular science, and outdoor / nature / adventure titles. She represents a select number of middle grade books, mainly in nonfiction. Stephanie's recent projects include David Coggins' New York Times best seller Men and Style (Abrams) and Joy Rhoades' debut novel The Woolgrower's Companion (Penguin Random House).  Stephanie also curates for an organization that fights for gender equity and diversity for artists and writers.

* This event is for Paragraph members only. 

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Women Who Submit NYC Party at Paragraph
Sep
9
1:00pm 1:00pm

Women Who Submit NYC Party at Paragraph

Join our Women Who Submit (WWS) Literary Works party. You bring your computer, your work, your insecurities, your love of snacks--and we're going to send our work out into the world together. Please RSVP to WWS NYC chapter leader Kirsten Major.  

WWS empowers women writers to submit work for publication. For more information, check out their website, TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

This event is open to all Paragraph members and alums.

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Women Who Submit NYC Party at Paragraph - Aug 2017
Aug
12
1:00pm 1:00pm

Women Who Submit NYC Party at Paragraph - Aug 2017

Join our Women Who Submit (WWS) Literary Works party. You bring your computer, your work, your insecurities, your love of snacks--and we're going to send our work out into the world together. Please RSVP to WWS NYC chapter leader Kirsten Major.  

WWS empowers women writers to submit work for publication. For more information, check out their website, TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

This event is open to all Paragraph members and alums.

Update: Here's a photo from the event: 

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Women Who Submit NYC Party at Paragraph - July 2017
Jul
8
1:00pm 1:00pm

Women Who Submit NYC Party at Paragraph - July 2017

Join our Women Who Submit (WWS) Literary Works party. You bring your computer, your work, your insecurities, your love of snacks--and we're going to send our work out into the world together. Please RSVP to WWS NYC chapter leader Kirsten Major.  

WWS empowers women writers to submit work for publication. For more information, check out their website, TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

This event is open to all Paragraph members and alums.

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Paragraph Members Reading Series: Lee Matthew Goldberg & Sophie Jaff
May
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Paragraph Members Reading Series: Lee Matthew Goldberg & Sophie Jaff

Join us for a night of thrilling (literally!) fiction from Sophie Jaff and Lee Matthew Goldberg as they both celebrate and read from their soon-to-be-released books!

A native of South Africa and the author of Love is Red, and forthcoming Crown of Stars, both from the Night Song Trilogy, SOPHIE JAFF is an alumna of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and a fellow of the Dramatists Guild of America. Her work has been performed at Symphony Space, Lincoln Center, and Goodspeed Musicals. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter. Follow her at SophieJaff.com.

LEE MATTHEW GOLDBERG's debut novel Slow Down is a neo-noir thriller. His novel The Mentor is forthcoming from Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press in June and has been acquired by Macmillan Entertainment. The French edition will be published by Editions Hugo. His pilot JOIN US was a finalist in Script Pipeline’s TV Writing Competition. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his fiction has also appeared in The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, Essays & Fictions, The New Plains ReviewVerdad Magazine,BlazeVOX, and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series (guerrillalit.wordpress.com). He lives in New York City. Follow him at leematthewgoldberg.com and @LeeMatthewG.

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Agent Roundtable: Sarah Younger & Natanya Wheeler from Nancy Yost Literary Agency
May
16
5:30pm 5:30pm

Agent Roundtable: Sarah Younger & Natanya Wheeler from Nancy Yost Literary Agency

We're so pleased to announce that this month's roundtable will feature agents Sarah Younger and Natanya Wheeler from Nancy Yost Literary Agency.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Sarah E. Younger began her career in publishing at Press53 in Winston Salem, NC. She later attending the University of Denver’s graduate publishing program, and after attending she moved to New York city. Sarah has been with the Nancy Yost Literary Agency since the fall of 2011. She is a member of RWA and AAR. She is specifically interested in representing all varieties of romance (including science fiction and fantasy), women’s fiction, and select non-fiction. You can find her on her personal twitter page @seyitsme and learn more about the Nancy Yost Literary Agency by visiting our website.

 

Natanya Wheeler is an agent at NYLA as well as director of digital rights. She is particularly interested in literary fiction that touches on current events and multicultural issues; dark psychological thrillers, cozy mysteries, book club fiction and domestic suspense. Above all, characterization and voice are what grab her attention. She loves to find new writers and does not shy away from debut talent. For nonfiction, Natanya would love to find authors with strong platforms who write about nature, the human mind women’s issues or animals. 

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Happy Hour
May
11
6:00pm 6:00pm

Happy Hour

Come one, come all to the gathering of Paragraphers as we join together in joyful exclamation of spring being officially here (and we don't care if it's raining or gloomy, it's still spring, gosh darn it!). Come libate and snack with us as we take a much needed break from our fingersmithing toils.

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Writing Groups
May
3
6:00pm 6:00pm

Writing Groups


Paragraph invites both current members and alumni to join in our inaugural writing groups. They will be every Wednesday at 6pm and every Friday at 2pm in the Paragraph kitchen area. In order to learn more about how to participate, please read this document and follow its various links and instructions. We hope to see you there! 

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Happy Hour
Apr
13
6:00pm 6:00pm

Happy Hour

It's time to celebrate proper spring weather (and just our luck, it'll probably be rainy and gross) and enjoy the fact that summer is soon to be upon us, and with it lots of vacations, time off from school, or alternately extra work because everyone else is having fun... Whatever the case, come enjoy some snacks and drinks with your friendly neighborhood Paragraphers!

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Agent Roundtable: Alec Shane, Writers House Literary Agency*
Apr
6
6:00pm 6:00pm

Agent Roundtable: Alec Shane, Writers House Literary Agency*

On Thursday, April 6, 2017, we're proud to play host to a roundtable with Alec Shane, literary agent at Writers House Literary Agency. This is a Paragraph Members only event.

Alec Shane majored in English at Brown University, a degree he put to immediate use by moving to Los Angeles after graduation to become a professional stunt man. Realizing that he prefers books to breakaway glass, he moved to New York City in 2008 to pursue a career in publishing. Alec quickly found a home at Writers House Literary Agency and is now aggressively building his own list.

On the nonfiction side, Alec would love to see humor, biography, history (particularly military history), true crime, “guy” reads, and all things sports. In fiction, Alec is looking for mystery, thrillers (though he’s experiencing terrorist fatigue at the moment), suspense, horror, historical fiction, literary fiction, and middle grade and young adult fiction.

He doesn’t want Romance, straight sci-fi, high fantasy, picture books, self-help, women’s fiction, food, or travel memoir.

*This is a Members Only event

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Paragraph Members Reading: March Edition
Mar
31
7:00pm 7:00pm

Paragraph Members Reading: March Edition

Join us for our March edition of Paragraph Members Reading, featuring:

JENIFER MARGARET KELLY is a playwright who was born in Brooklyn but moved shortly thereafter, and has been moving ever since! Grew up in Miami and moved her from Georgia after living in Ireland for two years. A teacher in NYC, her last play, entitled “My Brooklyn” is currently a finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Playwriting Conference this summer at Yale. She is also a poet, short-story writer and an author of creative non-fiction and essays.  She is still a relatively new New York resident, who is still taking pictures of the Flatiron Building every time she passes it, and is super grateful to have found Paragraph.

ROBIN EILEEN BERNSTEIN wears several hats as a writer. As a marketing communications specialist, she drafts award-winning speeches and custom content for major corporations and academia. Her ghostwritten work on behalf of clients has been published nationally. As journalist and essayist, her byline has appeared in Newsday, CBS HealthWatch, Salon (an Open Salon Editors' Pick), Narratively (where it reached "Most Popular Story" rank), Purple Clover, Salute, Rensselaer Magazine, TC Today, and other publications. A member of the essay reading group Living, Out Loud, she has read her work at a wide range of high-profile venues in New York City and beyond, and twice was a featured reader at Word Up: Long Island LitFest. Robin is based in Manhattan, where she is working on a book of personal essays. 

Paragraph alum TAYLOR LARSEN, a graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program in fiction writing.  Taylor has taught fiction writing at Columbia University and the Sackett Street Writers Workshop, as well as literature courses for Pace University.  Taylor is an author at Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster for her novel, Stranger, Father, Beloved,  which released in July of 2016. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Windmill: The Hofstra Journal of Literature & Art. Her essays have appeared in Bustle, Literary Hub, and Women Writers, Women’s Books.  Originally from Alexandria, Virginia, Taylor currently resides with her husband in Brooklyn, NY.

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Craft Workshop with Diana Goetsch*
Mar
21
5:30pm 5:30pm

Craft Workshop with Diana Goetsch*

Diana Goetsch (formerly Douglas Goetsch) is the author of Nameless Boy, The Job of Being Everybody, and several other volumes of poems. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, The American Scholar, Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize and numerous other journals and anthologies. Among her honors are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Donald Murray Prize.

Diana is an experienced and innovative writing teacher who has taught at colleges, conferences and MFA programs, in addition to teaching privately—one-on-one, and group workshops in her New York City apartment. She is also the editor of Jane Street Press, a unique, zero-profit poetry press she founded in 2001.

*NOTE: THIS EVENT IS FOR MEMBERS ONLY

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Happy Hour
Mar
9
6:00pm 6:00pm

Happy Hour

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Or I should say unhappy hour... we lost our beloved venue! Merchants NY and its cozy, quiet downstairs lounge has closed for good. But we will persist. We hope you can join us at our new venue this month for discounted drinks with fellow writers and friends. The Cellar is located in the downstairs of Beecher's Handmade Cheese.

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Agent Roundtable with Duvall Osteen of Aragi Inc
Feb
21
5:30pm 5:30pm

Agent Roundtable with Duvall Osteen of Aragi Inc

We're excited to welcome literary agent Duvall Osteen of Aragi, Inc. for our February roundtable.

Duvall Osteen began her career as a foreign rights associate at Trident Media Group before joining Aragi Inc., where she's had the opportunity to work with a long list of literary authors, including Junot Díaz, Colson Whitehead, Edwidge Danticat, Denis Johnson, and Rebecca Makkai. She represents fiction, narrative memoir, and select humor projects. Her literary interests include writing rooted in place, especially the South, multigenerational storytelling, music, literary suspense, and humor.  Duvall holds an MA in Southern Cultural Studies from the University of Mississippi.

Please note: This event is for Paragraph members only.

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Happy Hour
Feb
9
6:00pm 6:00pm

Happy Hour

Usually the first Thursday of the month, but February came a little too fast, so this month, join us on the second Thursday of the month. We'll be in the downstairs area of Merchant's Bar, which is cozy and has a fire going, and is usually super quiet. (Shhhhh.) Hope to see you there!

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Women Who Submit (Literary Works)  NYC Party at Paragraph - November 2016
Nov
12
1:00pm 1:00pm

Women Who Submit (Literary Works) NYC Party at Paragraph - November 2016

"The power of even two women sitting together submitting their work is electric."--WWS Founder Ashaki Jackson.

Come to Paragraph and break the glass ceiling with us. We'll submit our poetry, our non fiction, our fiction, our scripts, our plays, our undefinable literature to magazine, publishers, et al. 

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