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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~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 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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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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