February KGB Reading
Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

February KGB Reading

Join us at the KGB Bar for a reading by three exciting poets, including beloved Paragraph alum Amy Meng!

Amy Meng’s debut collection, Bridledwas selected by Jaswinder Bolina as the winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in publications including: Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, The Literary Review, New England Review, Narrative Magazine, and The Offing. She is a Kundiman Fellow and poetry editor at Bodega Magazine. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

Ben Purkert is the author of For the Love of Endings (Four Way Books, March 2018). His poems, essays and book reviews appear in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Tin House Online, Kenyon Review, Harvard Review Online, Guernica, Agni, The Rumpus and elsewhere. A former New York Times Fellow at NYU, he teaches creative writing at Rutgers New Brunswick. For links to recent work, find him at @BenPurkert on Twitter.

Jenny Xie is the author of Eye Level (Graywolf Press, 2018), recipient of the 2017 Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, and Nowhere to Arrive (Northwestern University Press, 2017), recipient of the 2016 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Prize. Her poems appear in Poetry, Tin House, and the New Republic, among other publications. She teaches at New York University and resides in Brooklyn.

This event is free and open to the public. 

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Fiction Workshop with Myla Goldberg
Feb
28
to Mar 21

Fiction Workshop with Myla Goldberg

Are you hungry for feedback on your writing?  Myla Goldberg's long-running fiction workshop is now accepting new members.  Participants range in age from twenty-somethings to sixty-somethings, and represent writers of various experience levels and interests, from flash fiction to the novel. Each session is devoted to fostering a workshop environment of thoughtful, insightful critique that will provide motivation and focus, with additional discussions of published work from the perspective of craft.  This model is based on the classes and workshops Myla has led at the fiction programs of Brooklyn College, Columbia, NYU, and Sarah Lawrence.

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Agent Roundtable with Brianne Johnson of Writers House
Mar
13
6:00 PM18:00

Agent Roundtable with Brianne Johnson of Writers House

For our March Agent Roundtable, we're thrilled to host Brianne Johnson, a Senior Agent at Writers House LLC. Bri reps a wide range of fiction, including picture books, middle-grade, YA, and adult. Across genres, she gravitates towards magical realism, quirky love stories, well-researched historical, and thrillers. In 2016, Bri was chosen as one of Publishers Weekly's Star Watch honorees. 

Check out Bri's Publisher's Marketplace page to find out more about what she's looking for, and follow her on Twitter @SecretAgentBri

This event is open to Paragraph members (+1 guest) and alumni. RSVP to info@paragraphny.com

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Agent Roundtable: Stéphanie Abou and Lexi Wangler of Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents
Feb
13
5:00 PM17:00

Agent Roundtable: Stéphanie Abou and Lexi Wangler of Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents

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Join us at Paragraph for this month's agent roundtable!

Stéphanie Abou is an agent at Massie & McQuilkin (MMQ). Hailing from France but in NYC publishing for almost twenty years, Stéphanie started as an intern at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, before moving on to the agenting side, first at the Joy Harris Literary Agency, and most recently at Foundry Literary + Media. Multi-lingual and multi-cultured, she has developed a dual career as a foreign rights director and a domestic agent. She specializes in character-driven fiction, but in nonfiction and novels alike she is first and foremost interested in hearing from great story tellers. 
 

Lexi Wangler (junior agent and foreign rights associate) holds a dual MFA in Fiction and Writing for Children from The New School. Coming to MMQ from PEN American Center and the Irene Skolnick Literary Agency, she graduated from Loyola University of New Orleans in 2013. Lexi assists Maria on all foreign rights for Massie & McQuilkin, and is looking for books that focus on complex, three-dimensional characters, especially women and non-binary people. She is passionate about representation across the race, class, gender and sexuality spectrum and uplifting voices that historically have had less of an opportunity to resonate. Subverting genre boundaries and strong, distinct voices are appealing to her, as are books that reflect truth back to the reader. Her MFA background is proof of her strong dedication to exemplary writing, and she prizes a clear narrative above all else. She is primarily looking for literary fiction, upmarket commercial fiction, crime fiction, cultural criticism, narrative nonfiction, essay collections, memoir and young adult fiction.
 

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Update: some photos from tonight's event: 

Stéphanie Abou (left) and Lexi Wangler

Stéphanie Abou (left) and Lexi Wangler

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Women Who Submit NYC Party at Paragraph
Feb
10
1:00 PM13:00

Women Who Submit NYC Party at Paragraph

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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 our new WWS NYC chapter leader Sara Alaica

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

This event is open to women and non-binary gender writers.

 

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Paragraph Alumni Reading with Allison Amend, Amy Brill, and Elyssa East
Jan
26
7:00 PM19:00

Paragraph Alumni Reading with Allison Amend, Amy Brill, and Elyssa East

Join us at KGB Bar for a reading by three prestigious Paragraph alumni! 

Allison Amend, a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, is the author of the Independent Publisher’s Award-winning short story collection Things That Pass for Love and the novels Stations West, A Nearly Perfect Copy, and Enchanted Islands. She lives in New York City. AllisonAmend.com, Facebook, GoodreadsInstagram, Twitter

Amy Brill's short stories and essays have appeared in One Story, The Common, Redbook, Real Simple, Guernica and the anthologies Stories from New York, Before and After, and Labor Day. She has been awarded a 2015 New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in fiction, and a Peabody Award in documentary writing. Her debut novel, The Movement of Stars, was published by Riverhead Books in 2013. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters, where she is working on her second novel. AmyBrill.com, Facebook, GoodreadsTwitter.

Elyssa East’s first book Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town, won the 2010 P.E.N. New England/L. L. Winship award in Nonfiction. A Boston Globe bestseller, Dogtown was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Awards and an Editors’ Choice Selection of the New York Times Sunday Book Review. Elyssa’s reviews, reportage, and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Oxford American and newspapers nationwide. Her short fiction has been published in Cape Cod Noir and anthologized in USA Noir: The Best of the Akashic Noir. She currently work on a novel titled, The Cure for Heartache. ElyssaEast.com, Facebook, GoodreadsTwitter

 

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Creative Bootcamp with Myla Goldberg
Jan
24
6:30 PM18:30

Creative Bootcamp with Myla Goldberg

Are you an aspiring writer who is just getting started? A practicing writer who wants to recharge their creative battery? Join bestselling author Myla Goldberg (Bee Season, False Friend) for a four-week course filled with writing exercises and craft discussions that are equally good for generating new writing or finding fresh directions for current work.  Register by January 19th. Contact myla@mylagoldberg.com for more information.

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Agent Roundtable: Henry Dunow of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner
Jan
17
5:30 PM17:30

Agent Roundtable: Henry Dunow of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner

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Henry Dunow began his career as a literary agent in the early 1980s and founded his own agency in 1997, which has since evolved into Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency.  He works primarily with quality fiction – literary, historical, strongly written commercial – and with voice-driven nonfiction across a range of areas – narrative history, biography, memoir, current affairs, cultural trends and criticism, science, sports, etc. NOTE: This event is open to Members (+ 1 guest) and Alum. RSVP by email: info@paragraphny.com.

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Women Who Submit NYC Party at Paragraph - January
Jan
13
1:00 PM13:00

Women Who Submit NYC Party at Paragraph - January

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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 our new WWS NYC chapter leader Sara Alaica

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

This event is open to women and non-binary gender writers.

If you're a member of our private Facebook group, here's the Facebook event post

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Women Who Submit NYC Party at Paragraph - December
Dec
9
1:00 PM13:00

Women Who Submit NYC Party at Paragraph - December

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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 Sara Alaica.  Note: WWS is open to women and non-binary gender writers.

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Plot Surgery Roundtable: Nancy Rawlinson
Dec
5
5:30 PM17:30

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?

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Agent Roundtable: Amy Tannenbaum & Kathy Schneider of Jane Rotrosen
Nov
15
5:30 PM17:30

Agent Roundtable: Amy Tannenbaum & Kathy Schneider of Jane Rotrosen

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.  

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Women Who Submit NYC Party at Paragraph - October
Oct
14
1:00 PM13:00

Women Who Submit NYC Party at Paragraph - October

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 women and non-binary gender writers.

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TV/Film Roundtable: Maydé Alpi of Jane Startz Productions
Oct
11
5:30 PM17:30

TV/Film Roundtable: Maydé Alpi of Jane Startz Productions

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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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Happy Hour
Oct
5
6:00 PM18:00

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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Karaoke Happy Hour
Sep
21
6:00 PM18:00

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.

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Agent Roundtable: Stephanie Koven of Cullen Stanley International
Sep
14
5:30 PM17:30

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.

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Women Who Submit NYC Party at Paragraph
Sep
9
1:00 PM13:00

Women Who Submit NYC Party at Paragraph

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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.

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Women Who Submit NYC Party at Paragraph - July 2017
Jul
8
1:00 PM13:00

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
7:00 PM19:00

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
5:30 PM17:30

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
6:00 PM18:00

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
6:00 PM18:00

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
6:00 PM18:00

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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