Pitch Wars at McNally Jackson W'burg
Mar
18
7:00 PM19:00

Pitch Wars at McNally Jackson W'burg

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 ahead (limited spots available 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, or come to watch it all go down. (You don't have to pitch to enjoy the fun.) This month, join editors Nancy Rawlinson and Brenda Copeland, as well as  agent/author John Cusick from Folio Literary.

This event is free and open to the public. Reserve your pitch spot or seat on Eventbrite!

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"The Myth of the 3-Act Structure" with Jacob Krueger
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

"The Myth of the 3-Act Structure" with Jacob Krueger

Join longtime friend of Paragraph Jacob Krueger for a free screenwriting workshop!

Learn an Organic Approach To Structure.  If you've ever tried to write a screenplay, there's a good chance that you got "lost in the second act"-- that structural wasteland where great ideas go to die. In this groundbreaking seminar, WGA Award Winning Screenwriter Jacob Krueger exposes the misperceptions about structure that get writers into trouble, shows you why more and more writers of all genres are turning away from 3 Act Structure, and teaches you how to escape the rigid formulas that stifle creativity, with an organic approach that puts you back in touch with your instincts, and with your character's journey. 

About Jacob Krueger The founder of Jacob Krueger Studio in NYC, Jacob has worked with thousands of writers, from Academy and Tony Award Winners, to young writers picking up the pen for the first time. His writing includes The Matthew Shepard Story, for which he won the Writers Guild of America Paul Selvin Award and was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Screenplay. To follow Jacob’s screenwriting podcast or to study with him in NYC or Online, please visit WriteYourScreenplay.com.

This event is open to Paragraph members (+1) and alumni. Space is limited, so reserve a seat ASAP at info@paragraphny.com

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Agent Roundtable: Molly Friedrich of the Friedrich Agency
Jun
20
6:30 PM18:30

Agent Roundtable: Molly Friedrich of the Friedrich Agency

Join us for a discussion with Molly Friedrich!

Molly Friedrich founded The Friedrich Agency in 2006, following nearly three decades at The Aaron Priest Literary Agency. Joined by her daughter, Lucy Carson, as well as Agent & Foreign Rights Director Kent Wolf, the agency has retained its intimacy and dedication to attentive, hands-on representation. Our vision and strategy are built for the long term, nurturing and brokering not only print publishing rights, but every dimension of a writing career: translation rights, film & television, audio, serial, and merchandising. Just over a decade later, the agency is home to a select and beloved list of novelists and authors of non-fiction, both critically and commercially celebrated.

Molly says: “My greatest four a.m. fear as an agent is that I might have turned away ULYSSES but I’d never have missed A PASSAGE TO INDIA. Forty years ago, I’d have leapt to sell anything that wasn’t nailed down; over the years I’ve become more selective. Once starving, I’m now rarely hungry. That said, I’m still looking for the debut novel that is irresistible, for the non-fiction proposal which alters the way I see the world. I’m a fairly catholic, straight-ahead reader; I don’t flourish without well-rounded, declarative sentences! Five books that I loved but did NOT sell: BLACK SWAN GREEN, anything by Michael Pollan, THERE IS NO ME WITHOUT YOU, THE BRAIN THAT CHANGES ITSELF, A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW.”

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


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Agent Roundtable: Ashley Lopez of the Waxman Agency
Mar
13
6:30 PM18:30

Agent Roundtable: Ashley Lopez of the Waxman Agency

Ashley Lopez joined the Waxman Literary Agency in 2015. She received her MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College and is a founder and the Managing Editor of Pigeon Pages Literary Journal. Ashley is looking for literary and young adult fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir, and cultural criticism. Most importantly she seeks authors with a strong point of view and an eye for language.

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

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Women Who Submit
Mar
9
1:00 PM13:00

Women Who Submit

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. Sara Alaica and Victoria Fullard co-chair WWS parties at Paragraph. Please RSVP to 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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Electric Literature & Paragraph's #ReadMoreWomen Reading
Mar
4
6:30 PM18:30

Electric Literature & Paragraph's #ReadMoreWomen Reading

Join Electric Literature and Paragraph for a night of fiction, poetry and nonfiction readings by some of today's most exciting women writers: Akil Kumarasamy, Michelle Hart, YZ Chin, Leah Johnson, and Terese Svoboda. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Electric Lit's #ReadMoreWomen campaign, we'll be giving away EL prizes and free time at Paragraph!

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Agent Roundtable with Mary Krienke of Sterling Lord Literistic
Feb
28
6:30 PM18:30

Agent Roundtable with Mary Krienke of Sterling Lord Literistic

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Mary Krienke joined Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc. in 2006 and works with Laurie Liss and Peter Matson, representing and co-representing literary and upmarket fiction, voice-driven nonfiction, and memoir. Mary is particularly drawn to nonfiction that speaks to something essential and of-the moment (with an awareness that we are speaking from a specific cultural POV). In terms of fiction, she gravitates toward work that explores new forms of storytelling and employs a strong and/or unfamiliar voice. Whether investigating an author's own life experiences or their characters’ complications and motivations, honesty and rigor are always key. Work that is psychologically and emotionally nuanced is especially welcome, as is writing that illuminates through humor or by playing with genre. Mary received her MFA in Fiction from Columbia University and has a deep appreciation for dark chocolate; her other interests include film, television, art, and design.

This event is open to Paragraph members (+1) and alumni. RSVP to info@paragraphny.com to reserve your seat. A limited number of tickets are available to the public. You can purchase one here. Space is limited!


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Electric Literature Game Night
Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Electric Literature Game Night


Paragraph and Electric Literature are teaming up to host a Literary Game Night at Paragraph Brooklyn, featuring Electric Literature's very own Papercuts, "a literary card game for the rude and well-read." Think Cards Against Humanity meets Apples to Apples but literary.

There will be prizes from Electric Literature (#ReadMoreWomen tote bags and hot new books) and Paragraph ( free time at the space) plus alcohol and lots of fun to be had.

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Agent Roundtable with Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary
Feb
18
6:30 PM18:30

Agent Roundtable with Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary

Prior to joining New Leaf, Suzie Townsend graduated film school, earned her Masters of Education, taught high school English, and coached a swim team. In her spare time, she read everything she could, which prompted her move to publishing. She got her start as an intern at FinePrint Literary Management where she was hired as an assistant before making the move to literary agent. She’s been part of the team at New Leaf Literary & Media since its inception in 2012.

Suzie represents all brands of children’s and adult fiction. She loves women’s fiction, all subgenres of romance, fantasy, and crime fiction. On the children’s side, she particularly loves YA and MG. Suzie loves strong characters and voice-driven stories that break out of the typical tropes of their genres, and she’s always looking for unique new voices in stories.

She also serves as the agency’s Team Leader.  

This event is open to Paragraph members (+1) and alumni. RSVP to info@paragraphny.com to reserve your seat. A limited number of tickets are available to the public. You can purchase one here. Space is limited!

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Agent Roundtable with Rebecca Nagel of The Wylie Agency
Jan
24
6:30 PM18:30

Agent Roundtable with Rebecca Nagel of The Wylie Agency

Rebecca Nagel is a literary agent at The Wylie Agency, where she has worked for more than a decade representing writers of history, journalism, science, philosophy, cultural criticism, literary fiction, poetry, and graphic/illustrated work, among other subjects.  She received her BA and MA in history from The University of Chicago.

This event is open to Paragraph members (+1) and alumni. RSVP to info@paragraphny.com to reserve a seat. A limited number of tickets are available to the public. You can purchase one here.

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Pitch Wars at McNally Jackson W'burg
Jan
21
7:00 PM19:00

Pitch Wars at McNally Jackson W'burg

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 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 agent Alexandra Levick of Writers House and editor Christine Pride.

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~Holiday Party~
Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

~Holiday Party~

The one day a year when the quiet room isn’t quiet! Inspired by the Found Polaroids storytelling project, this year’s party celebrates the memories of holidays past. We’ll have a Found Polaroids caption contest (winner receives a free month!) a Polaroid camera to commemorate another year at the space, pigs in a blanket, and punch! Lots of punch.  

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Agent Roundtable with Jenny Bent
Dec
11
6:00 PM18:00

Agent Roundtable with Jenny Bent

Jenny Bent is currently looking for commercial and literary fiction for adults and children as well as select nonfiction including memoir and humor. In adult fiction, she particularly enjoys upmarket women’s or book club fiction and crime/suspense. She also loves novels—for grown-ups or children—that have an element of magic or fantasy to them or that take her into a strange and new world, whether real or imaginary. All of the books that she represents speak to the heart in some way: they are linked by genuine emotion, inspiration and great writing and story telling. She loves books that make her laugh, make me cry, or ideally do both. Jenny holds a BA/MA with first class honors from Cambridge University, and in 2009 founded The Bent Agency. Clients include Stephanie Garber, Gary John Bishop, AG Howard, Governor John Kasich, Lori Nelson Spielman, Goldy Moldavsky, Yangsze Choo, Lynn Weingarten, Lynsay Sands, Lori Wilde and Julia London.

Members (+1) and alumni, RSVP to info@paragraphny.com to reserve a seat. Non-members may purchase tickets here. (NOTE: there are a limited number of tickets are available to non-members.)

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Agent Roundtable with Meredith Kaffel Simonoff
Dec
3
6:30 PM18:30

Agent Roundtable with Meredith Kaffel Simonoff

Meredith Kaffel Simonoff, formerly an agent with the Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency, joined DeFiore and Company in early 2012. She represents and is seeking arresting voices across a spectrum of genres, though she is most interested in adult literary and upmarket fiction, literary creative nonfiction, illustrators with distinct narrative points of view, and literary books for children. She is drawn to writing steeped in ferocity of language, purpose, intellect and heart. Her clients include Leni Zumas, Cecily Wong, Melissa Broder, Rachel Lyon, Bethany Chase, and Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah.

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

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Short Story Roundtable with Guernica Fiction Editor Meakin Armstrong
Nov
13
6:30 PM18:30

Short Story Roundtable with Guernica Fiction Editor Meakin Armstrong

Join us for a roundtable discussion on short stories + submissions with Meakin Armstrong, fiction editor of Guernica!

Meakin Armstrong is a widely published journalist. He has been the fiction editor at Guernica for the last 12 years. Among his writing awards, he received a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference work-study scholarship for fiction and a scholarship to the Summer Literary Seminars in Russia. He has contributed to four nonfiction books and two fiction anthologies. You can find him on Twitter here: @MeakinArmstrong and on Instagram here: @Meakstagrammar.

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


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Brooklyn Screenwriting Group 11/12 & 11/26
Nov
12
7:00 PM19:00

Brooklyn Screenwriting Group 11/12 & 11/26

Script reading group meets twice a month at Paragraph Williamsburg at 7:00 PM, usually on Mondays. Screenplays, TV and web series all welcome (comedic, dramatic or otherwise). Three people bring 15 pages per session. Members read the pages out loud and discuss. There’s a queue to submit.

We have about eight regulars at the moment who are supportive and laid back. Drop a line to Paragraph alums Athos and Mark at 212athos@gmail.com and feinsod.mark@gmail.com if you’d like to join or want more info. Upcoming dates: 11/12 and 11/26.


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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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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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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. 

$5 suggested donation at the door

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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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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!

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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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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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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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