Fiction Workshop with Bestselling Author Myla Goldberg
Sep
17
to Nov 5

Fiction Workshop with Bestselling Author Myla Goldberg

Designed for writers looking to receive constructive and specific feedback within a supportive and engaged community of their peers, participants range in age from twenty-somethings to sixty-somethings, and represent various experience writing levels and interests, from flash fiction to the novel. The workshop starts on Monday, September 17th, and will meet for 8 weeks at Paragraph's Union Square location every Monday evening from 6:30-9:00pm, through November 5th. First four Paragraph members to sign up receive a discount!

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October Agent Roundtable with Gráinne Fox
Oct
24
6:00 PM18:00

October Agent Roundtable with Gráinne Fox

Gráinne Fox joined Fletcher & Company in 2008, having worked as an agent at Ed Victor Ltd in London for 9 years. Her list consists of literary fiction,  quality commercial authors and award-winning journalists.

Currently Looking For:  New American and international voices.  In particular, literary fiction that’s swoon-worthy on a line level but with an equally enveloping plot. I have a fondness for literary crime and smart thrillers; up-market fiction; narrative nonfiction (anything involving spies & espionage,  historical or contemporary). Singular, spectacularly written literary memoir. In short, any book that will “both stimulate the mind and satisfy the heart” to borrow a phrase. She is also — inevitably — passionate about new Irish writing.  

Not Looking For: Romance 

Clients: Her clients include Sophie Macintosh,  Sarah Pinborough, Sonia Purnell, Duncan Hamilton,  Nuala O’Connor, Lisa Carey, David Shafer,  Julia Stuart, Tom Parker Bowles, Laura Calder.  Gráinne also works with select British agencies for the US market with a specific focus on crime and psychological suspense.

This event is open to Paragraph members (+1) and alumni. RSVP to info@paragraphny.com for reserve a seat.


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Ghost Stories at Pete's Candy Store
Oct
30
7:00 PM19:00

Ghost Stories at Pete's Candy Store

You're never too old to celebrate Halloween! Join us for a night of tall tales from Paragraphers Danielle Rollins, Laura Stampler, Sophie Jaff, Kate Dwyer, and Maya MacDonald, plus candy and adult beverages for good measure. 

More readers to be announced soon! If you're interested in reading, email a ghost story to info@paragraphny.com by October 15th. 

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NaNoWriMo Write-In
Nov
3
10:00 AM10:00

NaNoWriMo Write-In

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Because November is National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo), and we adore NaNoWriMo and want to support the heck out of it, we are hosting our 6th annual Write-In. On Saturday, November 3, Paragraph will be open to NaNoWriMo participants from 10am to 4pm. Come on down to Paragraph and get your words in and your creativity on!

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StudyHall.xyz Mobile-First Visual Storytelling Workshop — Two-Day Intensive Course with Erin Brown
Nov
3
to Nov 4

StudyHall.xyz Mobile-First Visual Storytelling Workshop — Two-Day Intensive Course with Erin Brown

Originally developed for foreign correspondents of The New York Times, this two-day intensive will empower you to adapt your skills in reporting and writing to new ways of storytelling with expert instruction and hands-on learning. This isn’t just a photography or video course: Instead we approach visual storytelling with a mobile audience in mind.  We tackle everything from identifying the right stories and writing a mobile-friendly script, to nitty-gritties of getting the very best portraits and taking the shake out of your iPhone video. By the end of the workshop, you can expect to leave with sharpened skills in writing for mobile, composing a story through images, and mobile photography and videography. You'll also have a handle on how to create content on native mobile platforms like Instagram and Snapchat, an overview of the trends in the industry, and a toolkit of mobile storytelling secret weapons.

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NaNoWriMo Brooklyn Write-In
Nov
11
10:00 AM10:00

NaNoWriMo Brooklyn Write-In

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Because November is National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo), and we adore NaNoWriMo and want to support the heck out of it, we are hosting our 1st Write-In at Paragraph Brooklyn! On Sunday, November 11th, Paragraph will be open to NaNoWriMo participants from 10am to 4pm. Come on down to Paragraph and get your words in and your creativity on!

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Rewrite the Greats (a PEN America LitCrawl event)
Oct
6
6:00 PM18:00

Rewrite the Greats (a PEN America LitCrawl event)

Let your inner editor take a crack at rewriting, rearranging, and reworking the first pages of literary masterpieces. Hosted by acclaimed authors Matthew Thomas (We Are Not Ourselves) and Scott Cheshire (High as the Horses’ Bridles), each round features a first page from an iconic literary work, a pair of scissors, a glue stick, and lots of wine. Think Word Tiles-meets-Beckett. Prizes include Paragraph memberships, discounts and tote bags. May the best or fastest or funniest rewrite win!

#litcrawlBK #PENAmerica

NOTE: There will be a bunch of tables reserved in their back patio. Rain venue is tables indoors. Register here.

 

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Alumni KGB Reading feat. Leslie Jamison, Rebecca Donner, and Idra Novey
Sep
26
6:00 PM18:00

Alumni KGB Reading feat. Leslie Jamison, Rebecca Donner, and Idra Novey

Join us for a reading by three stellar Paragraph alumni!

Leslie Jamison's new book, The Recovering, came out in April 2018. She's also written a novel, The Gin Closet, and a collection of essays, The Empathy Exams. Her work has appeared in places including The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Oxford AmericanA Public SpaceVirginia Quarterly Review, and The Believer. For several years she was also a columnist for the New York Times Book Review. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Rebecca Donner is the author of the novel Sunset Terrace and the graphic novel Burnout.  Her essays and reportage have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times and Bookforum.  Her next book, a work of narrative nonfiction, is forthcoming from Little, Brown.

Idra Novey is the author of the novels Those Who Knew, forthcoming from Viking this November, and Ways to Disappear, winner of the 2017 Sami Rohr Prize, the 2016 Brooklyn Eagles Prize, and a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize for First Fiction. She's translated multiple books from Spanish and Portuguese, most recently Clarice Lispector's The Passion According to G.H.

 

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September Agent Roundtable with Christopher Hermelin
Sep
19
6:00 PM18:00

September Agent Roundtable with Christopher Hermelin

Christopher Hermelin is in his fifth year as a literary agent working and living in Brooklyn. He studied creative writing in undergrad at UC Santa Cruz and received his MFA in Fiction from The New School. The Fischer-Harbage Agency represents nice folks who write good books, and Christopher has sold and edited books in fiction, non-fiction, children's, humor, and self-help. 

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

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Paragraph Pitch Wars (a Brooklyn Book Festival event)
Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

Paragraph Pitch Wars (a Brooklyn Book Festival event)

Have an idea for a book? A manuscript you're trying to publish? This is your chance to put it to the test! Sign up at the door to give a one-minute elevator pitch to a panel of experienced editors and agents for real-time Shark Tank-style feedback. Winners will receive a free month at Paragraph Brooklyn, but you get a free week just for trying. Panelists include agents Ayesha Pande, Chris Clemans (Janklow) and Larissa Helena (Pippin Properties), plus editors Alexandra Shelley (The Help, Lilac Girls), and Brenda Copeland. 

Sign up on EventBrite to guarantee your spot! (It's free.)

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SCBWI Illustrator Workshop: Digital Frankensteining
Aug
19
1:00 PM13:00

SCBWI Illustrator Workshop: Digital Frankensteining

Have you ever looked at an illustration, unsure if it was created traditionally or digitally? In this workshop, illustrator Anna Raff will share her process combining reflective and digital assets using collage techniques in Adobe Photoshop. She will cover tips and tricks with masking, line and texture “extraction,” digital-coloring, actions, and more to create imagery that will leave even the savviest viewer uncertain how the work originated. Attendees will create their own “Frankensteined” illustration using scans of textures and line art provided. 

Learn more on the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) event page, or purchase tickets. This event will be hosted by the SCBWI's NY Metro chapter. 

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Short Story Roundtable
Aug
8
6:00 PM18:00

Short Story Roundtable

Have a short story you want to submit, but not sure where to start? We're hosting a roundtable Q&A with editors from two of New York's best literary magazines. 

Patrick Ryan is the editor of One Story. He is the author of The Dream Life of Astronauts (named one the Best Books of the Year by the St. Louis Times-Dispatch, LitHub, Refinery 29, and Electric Literature and long-listed for The Story Prize) and Send Me (a finalist for The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize). He is also the author of three novels for young adults: Saints of Augustine, In Mike We Trust, and Gemini Bites. His fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, Tin House, One Story, Crazyhorse, Catapult, The Iowa Review, Yale Review and elsewhere. His nonfiction has been published in Tales of Two CitiesGranta, and other anthologies.

Melissa Ragsly is an Associate Editor at A Public Space. Her work has appeared or forthcoming in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017, Iowa Review, Split Lip, Joyland, Green Mountains Review, Epiphany, Cosmonauts Avenue, Hobart and other journals. Her work has been translated by Edizioni Black Coffee into Italian. 

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

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SCBWI Mixed-Media Illustration Workshop with Selina Alko
Jul
8
1:00 PM13:00

SCBWI Mixed-Media Illustration Workshop with Selina Alko

In this workshop award-winning writer-illustrator Selina Alko will demonstrate how she paints and prepares textured papers for her collage and mixed media work. After a brief slideshow and demonstration, participants will then prepare their own papers and create their own mixed media pieces.

Learn more on the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) event page, or purchase tickets. This event will be hosted by the SCBWI NY Metro chapter. 

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SCBWI Printmaking Workshop with Cecilia Ruiz
Jun
30
1:00 PM13:00

SCBWI Printmaking Workshop with Cecilia Ruiz

Printmaking techniques can be intimidating. They often involve big pieces of equipment and/or access to a lab facility. In this workshop, you will learn basic block printing techniques that require few materials and can be done in your own home.

Author and illustrator Cecilia Ruiz will show you how to create your own rubber stamps, how to print, and how to incorporate those prints into your illustrations. 

Learn more at the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) event page, or  purchase tickets. This event will be hosted by the SCBWI's NY Metro chapter. 

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MFA Applicant Meetup
Jun
21
6:00 PM18:00

MFA Applicant Meetup

This summer, we'll host monthly meet-ups for MFA applicants at our Brooklyn space (84 Withers Street) on June 21st, July 19th, and August 16th from 6-8 PM. Would be awesome if people could bring food/drinks, but no worries if not! We're working on programming a few talks from MFA advisors/current students who might be able to offer insight on the application process, so stay tuned for more info!

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at kate@paragraphny.com.

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Roundtable with Peter Rubie, CEO of FinePrint Literary Management
Jun
14
6:00 PM18:00

Roundtable with Peter Rubie, CEO of FinePrint Literary Management

For our June roundtable, we're so excited to host Peter Rubie, the CEO of FinePrint Literary Management.

Peter specializes in a broad range of high-quality fiction and non-fiction. In non-fiction he specializes in narrative non-fiction, popular science, spirituality, history, biography, pop culture, business and technology, parenting, health, self help, music, and food. He is a “sucker” for outstanding writing. In fiction he represents literate thrillers, crime fiction, science fiction and fantasy, military fiction and literary fiction, middle grade and some boy oriented young adult fiction.  You can learn more about his tastes here

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

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MFA Resident KGB Reading
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

MFA Resident KGB Reading

To welcome our summer MFA residents, we're giving them our June KGB reading, which will also serve as our first MFA mixer. 

Kiley Bense is an MFA student in nonfiction at Columbia University. Her essays have appeared online for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Saveur, and Narratively. In 2017, she was the inaugural winner of the Irene Adler Prize, a scholarship for women writers. Follow her on Twitter at @kileybense.

Jiordan Castle is a writer living in New York City with a pug named Hacksaw. She is a regular contributor to the LA-based quarterly Compound Butter. Her work has appeared in Bitterzoet Magazine, Palaver, Potluck Mag, Brain Mill Press, Tell Us a Story, Verdad, and elsewhere. She will graduate with an MFA in Poetry from Hunter College in 2019.

Tanya Everett hails from Mass, bred in Brooklyn, to pursue her career as an actor and writer. She is an MFA candidate in Playwriting at Brooklyn College. Her plays have been performed in many Off and Off-off Broadway venues, including Cherry Lane, HERE Arts Center, TheaterLab, Kraine, Cherry Pit. Her play "A Slow Boil: Parts 1, 2,3" was recently performed as part of the 8th Season of the Fire This Time Festival. She was chosen for the 2016-17 Wright Club, a playwright development wing of the critically acclaimed, Amoralists. Other plays include: T(w)o Train: To Be In Transit(ion), We Were Never Meant To Survive, Doesn't Matter How You Say It, Got A Light, Lady of the Lake, and Virgin Christmas. She has written everal screenplays and produced her short, Without Scars, which you can find on Amazon.

Originally from Chicago, Katie Rejsek is currently an MFA candidate in Poetry at New York University. She has been previously published in Iowa's Best Emerging Poets anthology and Hooligan magazine. She is Web Editor for Washington Square Review, and lives in Brooklyn.  

Alisson Wood’s essays, stories, and poems have appeared in places including The New York Times and Catapult. Currently, she's a candidate for an MFA in Fiction at NYU where she's Managing Editor of the literary magazine Washington Square Review. She is also a professor of creative writing for undergraduates at NYU. She is the founder and curator of the Pigeon Pages NYC reading series and serves as editor for the Pigeon Pages Journal. She is at work on a memoir. You can find her online at alissonwood.com.

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Author Digital Marketing Workshop with Rogue Sunday
Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

Author Digital Marketing Workshop with Rogue Sunday

Lily Herman and Wandy Felicita Ortiz will be offering a workshop on how writers can develop their personal brands and better market their work online. 

Lily Herman is a writer, editor, and digital strategist specializing in editorial strategy, content creation, and audience engagement. Her editorial strategy for women's health company HelloFlo earned the brand a Webby Award for Best Health Site in 2017. She was also honored by Glamour for her work building The Prospect, a website dedicated to helping underserved students get into and thrive in college; at its peak, the site was one of the world's largest college access organizations.

Previous work includes editorial and social activations for organizations such as the United Nations, Starbucks, Deloitte, Unilever, TripAdvisor, and more. Lily has personally written for numerous websites, including Refinery29, Teen Vogue, Allure, Business Insider, TIME, and more.

Wandy Felicita Ortiz is a journalist and copyeditor focused on digital communications and public relations. She is most interested in women's issues, Latinx culture, fashion, and diversity in STE(A)M. The better part of her online life has been spent writing on these topics and placing press for clients who are key players in these spaces.

Wandy has done communication and media outreach strategy for nonprofits such as the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, Girls Write Now, the 5 Gyres Institute, and Science Debate. Organizations she has worked with have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Forbes, Univision, The Young Turks network, and other media outlets.

She has previously worked at YouTube and Penguin Random House, where she’s gotten to meet some of her favorite authors, beauty gurus, and singers. When she’s not on a PR kick, Wandy enjoys coercing her cat to sit in her lap, and watching the sunset—preferably both at the same time.

This event is open to Paragraph members (+1 guest) and alumni. RSVP to info@paragraphny.com to reserve a spot. Lily and Wandy will be offering office hours during the day; check Facebook and your Paragraph newsletter for more info. 

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Williamsburg Launch Party feat. Sergio de la Pava & Hermione Hoby
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Williamsburg Launch Party feat. Sergio de la Pava & Hermione Hoby

Come celebrate the launch of Paragraph Williamsburg with a night of readings and revelry at our Withers Street loft! Doors open at 7pm, reading at 8pm, party follow the readings. Everyone is welcome!  RSVP on Facebook.

Sergio de la Pava is the author of A Naked Singularity and Personae. He is a public defender in New York City. In 2008, de la Pava self-published his first novel, A Naked Singularity through XLibris and The University of Chicago Press published it in paperback in April 2012. The book was named one of the ten best works of fiction of 2012 by The Wall Street Journal. A Naked Singularity went on to win the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize from PEN as the best debut novel of that year. On February 10, 2014, it was named one of eight books on the shortlist for the inaugural Folio Prize for the best book published in the United Kingdom in 2013. His latest novel, Lost Empress, is is forthcoming from Pantheon (May 8). 

Hermione Hoby grew up in Bromley, south London and graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 2007 with a double first in English Literature. After working at the Guardian and Observer, she moved to New York where she’s lived since 2010. Her first novel, Neon in Daylight, was published by Catapult in January 2018 to critical acclaim. A two times New York Times Editors’ choice, the book was praised as “luminous and wonderful” by the LA Review of Books and hailed as “a radiant first novel” by New York Times critic Parul Sehgal, who compared it to the works of Joan Didion and Renata Adler.

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Agent Roundtable with Ayesha Pande and Anjali Singh of Pande Literary
May
15
6:00 PM18:00

Agent Roundtable with Ayesha Pande and Anjali Singh of Pande Literary

For our May roundtable, we're thrilled to host Ayesha Pande and Anjali Singh of Pande Literary.

Ayesha Pande has worked in the publishing industry for over twenty years. Before launching her boutique agency, Ayesha was a senior editor at Farrar Straus & Giroux. She has also held editorial positions at HarperCollins and Crown Publishers. She is a member of AAR (Association of Author’s Representatives), PEN, the Asian American Writer’s Workshop and the Women’s Media Group. She has attended numerous writing conferences and has taught college level courses in editing. She holds a master’s degree from Columbia University. Among her many wonderful clients are National Book Award Winner Ibram X. Kendi, PEN/Bingham Prize winner Danielle Evans, PEN/Bellwether Prize winner Lisa Ko, NYT Bestseller Shilpi Somaya Gowda and PEN/Hemingway finalist Patricia Engel. Her interests are wide-ranging and include literary as well as popular fiction, young adult, women’s, African-American and international fiction. She is also seeking authors of nonfiction, including biography, history, popular culture, cultural commentary, and memoir. She is particularly drawn to distinctive, original voices. To learn more, check out Ayesha's Publisher's Marketplace and follow her on Twitter

Anjali Singh is an agent at Ayesha Pande Literary. Before becoming an agent, she worked as an international literary scout, as an editor Vintage Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Simon & Schuster and as Editorial Director at Other Press. She is is best known for having championed Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis after stumbling across it on a visit to Paris. She has always been drawn to the thrill of discovering new writers, and among the literary novelists whose careers she helped launch are Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Samantha Hunt, Preeta Samarasan, Victoria Patterson, Natalie Bakopoulos and Brigid Pasulka. As a literary agent, she is looking for new voices, character-driven fiction or non-fiction works that reflect an engagement with the world around us, YA and MG literature and graphic novels for all ages. Some of her forthcoming projects include Bridgett Davis’ memoir The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers (Little, Brown 2019); Arif Anwar’s debut novel The Storm (Atria, June 2018) and Sherine Hamdy and Myra El-Mir’s YA graphic novel about a Muslim-American girl’s coming-of-age (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2020)

This event is open to Paragraph members (+1 guest) and alumni. RSVP to info@paragraphny.com to reserve a spot! Space is limited. 

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6-week Fiction Workshop with Bestselling Author Myla Goldberg
May
9
to Jun 20

6-week Fiction Workshop with Bestselling Author Myla Goldberg

Myla's next fiction workshop starts on Wednesday, May 9th, and will meet for 6 weeks at Paragraph's Union Square location every Wednesday evening from 6:30-9:00pm, through June 20th (skipping May 23rd).

Designed for writers looking to receive constructive and specific feedback within a supportive and engaged community of their peers, participants range in age from twenty-somethings to sixty-somethings, and represent various experience levels and interests, from flash fiction to the novel.

Everyone will get to present work twice, with additional time to discuss published stories from the perspective of craft, a model based on the workshops she's led over 10 years of teaching at the MFA programs of Brooklyn College, NYU, and Sarah Lawrence.

The workshop is open to 10 students, and will cost $750 (First 4 Paragraph members receive a $50 discount).  Myla is accepting applications (10-15 double-spaced pages of prose, please) through Friday, April 13th, on a first-come, first-served basis. This means an application received on March 25th will be prioritized above one of equal caliber received on April 3rd. 

Applications can be sent to Myla at myla@mylagoldberg.com.  If you've got any questions about this, feel free to drop her a line!

About: Myla Goldberg grew up in Laurel, Maryland, escaping to Ohio to attend Oberlin College. After graduating in 1993, she spent a year living in Prague, before moving to New York City. Her bestselling first novel, Bee Season, was a New York Times Notable Book for 2000, winner of the Borders New Voices Prize, and a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN award, the NYPL Young Lions award, and the Barnes & Noble Discover award. It has been adapted to film and widely translated. Her second novel Wickett’s Remedy grew out of her fascination with the 1918 influenza epidemic. Her third novel, The False Friend, concerns a woman trying to untangle a 20-year-old memory and explores the complexities of moral judgment, the fallibility of memory, and the adults that children become.

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Personal Essay Workshop with Lisa Selin Davis
Apr
30
to May 28

Personal Essay Workshop with Lisa Selin Davis

In this workshop, we’ll work on both the art of writing powerful personal essays and the craft of placing them. The class is writing-intensive, with exercises to generate ideas; extensive critiques to polish essays that spring from them; and practical tools to get them published. Participants should come prepared to write, read and share. 

We will be covering everything from the literary to the logistical, including titles, potential outlets, query letters, etiquette, and how to talk to your parents the day after you’ve published some ultra-revealing essay about them in a national newspaper. Past participants have published essays in major outlets, including The New York Times.

The class will meet for five weeks on Monday evenings from 7:00 to 9:30 pm, starting April 30th. No previous publishing experience is required. Tuition is $245, or $195 for the first four Paragraph members.

To register, email Lisa at lisa@lisaselindavis.com.

Lisa Selin Davis is an essayist, novelist and journalist whose work has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo, Time, New York Magazine, and many other publications. Her essay on her name/birthday doppelganger, identity theft and racial justice in The Guardian was one of the paper’s most viral articles last year.

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Reading at the KGB Bar feat. Alexander Chee, Lisa Ko, and Sunil Yapa
Apr
27
7:00 PM19:00

Reading at the KGB Bar feat. Alexander Chee, Lisa Ko, and Sunil Yapa

Join us at the KGB Bar for the latest installment of our monthly reading, featuring Alexander Chee, Lisa Ko, and Sunil Yapa!

Alexander Chee is the author of the essay collection How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, (out April 17) and the novels The Queen of the Night and Edinburgh. He is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Dartmouth College, contributing editor at The New Republic, an editor at large at the Virginia Quarterly Review, and a critic at large at the Los Angeles Times

Lisa Ko is the author of The Leavers, a novel which was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction and won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Her writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2016, The New York Times, BuzzFeed, O. Magazine, and elsewhere. She has been awarded fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the MacDowell Colony, among others. Born in Queens and raised in Jersey, she lives in Brooklyn.

Sunil Yapa is the author of the acclaimed novel Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a FistThe winner of the 2010 Asian American short story award, Yapa’s work has appeared in Guernica, American Short Fiction, The Margins, Hyphen, LitHub and others. The biracial son of a Sri Lankan father and a mother from Montana, Yapa has lived around the world, including The Netherlands, Thailand, Greece, Guatemala, Argentina, Chile, China, and India, as well as, London, Montreal, and New York City. 

This event is free and open to the public. 

 

 

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Agent Roundtable with Melissa Flashman of Janklow & Nesbit
Apr
17
6:00 PM18:00

Agent Roundtable with Melissa Flashman of Janklow & Nesbit

For our April roundtable, we're thrilled to host Melissa Flashman of Janklow & Nesbit

Melissa represents award-winning and best-selling fiction and nonfiction. In nonfiction, she is particularly interested in conversation-changing books including journalism, science, technology, business/finance/economics, memoir/narrative, essays and cultural criticism. She is drawn to a range of literary and commercial fiction and is particularly excited about stories that touch on the deeper meaning of life, family, identity and love.

To learn more about what Melissa's looking for, check out her full bio and follow her on Twitter @melflashman

This event is open to active Paragraph members (+1 guest) and alumni. RSVP to info@paragraphny.com to reserve your seat. Space is limited. 

 

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"Building a Platform" Workshop with Julie Trelstad
Apr
11
6:00 PM18:00

"Building a Platform" Workshop with Julie Trelstad

Today, being a professional writer also means being your own best advocate, maintaining a digital presence online, and building a platform. Julie Trelstad will break down the basics of social media, developing a brand, and conveying your voice across different media—all so you can attract new readers.  

Julie is the Director of Julie Ink, a boutique agency specializing in helping authors grow their online presence. Previously, Julie was an acquisitions editor for nonfiction books at various publishers including Reader’s Digest, the Taunton Press, and John Wiley & Sons; the founder of Plain White Press, a non-fiction independent publisher acquired by Fox Chapel Publishing; and director of digital rights at Writers House, LLC. Find her on Twitter and Medium

This event is open to members (+1 guest) and alumni. RSVP via email to info@paragraphny.com. Space is limited!  

Julie will also hold office hours during the day from 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM, where she'll look at members' digital presences and offer tips on how to improve them. To book a time slot, stop by the office or send us an email. 

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Publicity Roundtable with Gretchen Crary
Mar
28
5:00 PM17:00

Publicity Roundtable with Gretchen Crary

Join us for a roundtable discussion with February Media's Gretchen Crary about social media, self-promotion, and all the publicity questions that come with publishing a book.  

Gretchen Crary is the founder of February Media, a boutique publicity and marketing firm for authors, journalists, and documentary filmmakers based in New York City.  Before coming to publishing, she was a television producer for the documentary program Frontline, for 60 Minutes, and for ABC News. She has an Emmy and a DuPont Gold Baton for her work with Frontline. In 2004, she became Publicity Director at HarperCollins where she worked for 6 years for both the Harper imprint and the Collins imprint. She was involved in building many bestsellers including Cyber War by Richard Clarke, The Sellout by Charles Gasparino, Conquest of the Useless by Werner Herzog, and Alex and Me by Dr. Irene Pepperberg. At February Media she has grown her roster of fiction authors and built bestsellers including The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs, Three Seconds by Roslund & Hellstrom, and Alex by Pierre LaMaitre.

She graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University and also holds a Masters degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She lives in Brooklyn.

This event is open to Paragraph members (+1 guest) and alumni. Space is limited, so RSVP on Facebook or by email: info@paragraphny.com

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Screenwriting Consultations with Jenny Klion
Mar
20
10:30 AM10:30

Screenwriting Consultations with Jenny Klion

Jenny Klion is a New York-based script reader, story analyst, and script consultant for numerous film production companies and literary agencies, including William Morris, Dimension Films, New Line Cinema, The Black List, Walden Media, Scholastic, Jim Henson Pictures, and Homegrown Pictures. She'll be holding office hours on March 20 in the Paragraph Café. Members can sign up for a half-hour slot to discuss your work, writing habits, or submissions process! (Update: all time slots are full!) 

Writers who sign up in advance can send up to 10 pages of double-spaced text ahead of time, including outlines, overviews, plot synopses, chapter summaries, query letters, excerpts from longer work, or complete essays and short stories. Jenny works with all those materials on a regular basis so she's happy to give a range of feedback. 

If you don't want to send work in advance, you can sign up and use the half hour to ask questions 1:1. OR, if you want to submit materials day-of, Jenny will cold-read them if she has time. Either way, please book a time slot so we can gauge interest! (Note: this opportunity is free and open to active members only. Non-Paragraphers and alumni may reach out to Jenny at jenny.klion@gmail.com for a quote on her services.)
 

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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 via our Facebook event, or via info@paragraphny.com.

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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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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, 2018) and Nowhere to Arrive (Northwestern University Press, 2017), and also the recipient of the 2017 Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets as well as 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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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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Women Who Submit NYC Party at Paragraph - February
Feb
10
1:00 PM13:00

Women Who Submit NYC Party at Paragraph - February

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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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