Paragraph Members Reading: March Edition
Mar
31
7:00 pm19:00

Paragraph Members Reading: March Edition

  • KGB Bar

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.

Agent Roundtable: Alec Shane, Writers House Literary Agency*
Apr
6
6:00 pm18:00

Agent Roundtable: Alec Shane, Writers House Literary Agency*

  • Paragraph

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


Craft Workshop with Diana Goetsch*
Mar
21
5:30 pm17:30

Craft Workshop with Diana Goetsch*

  • Paragraph Cafe

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

Women Who Submit
Mar
11
1:00 pm13:00

Women Who Submit

  • Paragraph Cafe

oin our Women Who Submit 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.  THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL PARAGRAPH MEMBERS & ALUMS

Happy Hour
Mar
9
6:00 pm18:00

Happy Hour

  • The Cellar (Downstairs from Beecher's)

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.

Agent Roundtable with Duvall Osteen of Aragi Inc
Feb
21
5:30 pm17:30

Agent Roundtable with Duvall Osteen of Aragi Inc

  • Paragraph

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.

Women Who Submit
Feb
11
1:00 pm13:00

Women Who Submit

  • Paragraph Cafe

Join our Women Who Submit 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. 

THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL PARAGRAPH MEMBERS

Happy Hour
Feb
9
6:00 pm18:00

Happy Hour

  • Merchants NY

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!

Women Who Submit
Jan
14
1:00 pm13:00

Women Who Submit

  • Paragraph

Join our Women Who Submit 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. 

THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL PARAGRAPH MEMBERS

Happy Hour
Jan
5
6:00 pm18:00

Happy Hour

  • Merchants NY

What better way to ring in 2017 than to share a drink with fellow members, friends of members and alumni members? We'll meet in the cozy lounge downstairs. Hope to see you there.

 

Paragraph Holiday Party
Dec
15
7:00 pm19:00

Paragraph Holiday Party

  • Paragraph

This year, our wonderful, awesome, very fun holiday part will be on the evening of December 15. Candlelight, Trader Joe's wine, mini-quiches and other yummy hors d'oeuvres will be on tap. Bring a friend, bring family, bring the fun.

 

Women Who Submit
Dec
10
1:00 pm13:00

Women Who Submit

  • Paragraph

Join our Women Who Submit 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. 

THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL PARAGRAPH MEMBERS

Agent Roundtable: Stacy Testa
Nov
16
6:00 pm18:00

Agent Roundtable: Stacy Testa

  • Paragraph: Workspace for Writers

Join us for another fabulous roundtable, this time with Stacy Testa from the incredibly successful Writers House Literary Agency. 

Women Who Submit (Literary Works)
Nov
12
1:00 pm13:00

Women Who Submit (Literary Works)

  • Paragraph: Workspace for Writers
"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. 

NaNoWriMo Write-In
Nov
5
10:00 am10:00

NaNoWriMo Write-In

  • Paragraph: Workspace for Writers

Every year we host a write-in event for all those toiling away at their NaNoWriMo novels, and this year is no different. Come on down to Paragraph and get your concentration on!

Paragraph Happy Hour
Nov
3
6:00 pm18:00

Paragraph Happy Hour

  • Merchants (downstairs lounge)

Share a drink with fellow member, friends of members, and alumni members. 

Oct
17
5:30 pm17:30

Paragraph Roundtable: Sylvie Greenberg

  • Paragraph Cafe

Sylvie Greenberg, an agent at Fletcher and Company, represents literary fiction and general nonfiction, and is looking for strong writing and powerful stories in literary fiction and a wide range of non-fiction topics, including business, science, current affairs, memoir and history. 

Oct
15
1:00 pm13:00

Women Who Submit

  • Paragraph Cafe

Join our Women Who Submit 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. THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL PARAGRAPH MEMBERS

Agent Roundtable: Chris Clemans
Sep
28
5:00 pm17:00

Agent Roundtable: Chris Clemans

Paragraph members, come join us at 5pm on September 28m for a roundtable with Chris Clemans!

Chris Clemans is an agent at The Clegg Agency. He received his BA in English from Duke University, where he also minored in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. After a short stint in journalism, he began his career in publishing at William Morris Endeavor, where as an agent trainee with Bill Clegg he worked closely with award-winning writers such as Rivka Galchen, Lauren Groff, Ottessa Moshfegh, Akhil Sharma, and Matthew Thomas. In 2014, Chris left WME to help Bill start The Clegg Agency, where he has since been working with a growing list of his own writers. His fiction tastes tend toward the literary, gravitating to novels and stories that exhibit unique voices and intrepid imaginations. On the nonfiction side, he’s interested in narrative nonfiction and literary memoir.

Women Who Submit
Sep
24
1:00 pm13:00

Women Who Submit

FACT: In top tier literary magazines, women do not get published as often as men.

Women Who Submit came together in response to women’s abysmal publication rates. A group of friends developed literary submission parties to submit literary work in real-time. Not tonight, not tomorrow. Together. Now.

Paragraph is proud to be the host of WWS's New York City chapter.

ALL PARAGRAPH MEMBERS ARE WELCOME at this and future WWS events!

Radio Girls Book Launch
Jun
18
7:00 pm19:00

Radio Girls Book Launch

On Saturday, June 18 we celebrated the launch of Sarah-Jane Stratford's latest book, RADIO GIRLS, in conversation with author Allison Amend.

About Radio Girls:

London, 1926. American-raised Maisie Musgrave is thrilled to land a job as a secretary at the upstart British Broadcasting Corporation, whose use of radio – still new, strange, and electrifying – is captivating the nation. But the hectic pace, smart young staff, and intimidating bosses only add to Maisie’s insecurity.

Soon, she is seduced by the work— gaining confidence as she arranges broadcasts by the most famous writers, scientists, and politicians in Britain. She is also caught up in a growing conflict between her two bosses, John Reith, the formidable Director-General of the BBC, and Hilda Matheson, the extraordinary director of the hugely popular Talks programming, who each have very different visions of what radio should be. Under Hilda’s tutelage, Maisie discovers her talent, passion, and ambition. But when she unearths a shocking conspiracy, she and Hilda join forces to make their voices heard both on and off the air…and then face the dangerous consequences of telling the truth for a living.

Agent Roundtable: Christina Campagnola
Mar
24
5:00 pm17:00

Agent Roundtable: Christina Campagnola

Join us on Thursday, March 24 at 5pm in the Paragraph cafe for a roundtable with literary agent Christina Campahnola from the Independent Film Group. This event is open to current Paragraph members only.

Agent Roundtable: Leah Hamos
Feb
18
5:00 pm17:00

Agent Roundtable: Leah Hamos

Join us on Thursday, February 18 at 5pm in the Paragraph cafe for a roundtable with literary agent Leah Hamos from The Gersh Agency. 

 

This event is open to current Paragraph members only.