Literary Events Calendar

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Poetic Principles Featuring Monticello in Mind

Richmond, VA 23219 - USA: Join Library of Virginia for readings of poems from Monticello in Mind by Allison Seay, Kent Ippolito, Elizabeth Seydel Morgan, Ron Smith, David Wojahn, and friends. Edited by Lisa Russ Spaar, poet and professor of English and creative writing at the University of Virginia, Monticello in Mind covers the complex legacy of Jefferson and race, Jefferson as a figure of Enlightenment rationalism, and Jefferson as an early colonizer of the West. At Library of VA.

The Writers Farmhouse

Thursday, May 5 at 6:00 PM: Every Thursday evening, join other writers at the Urban Farmhouse in Midlothian. You can write, get feedback and encouragement, then set a weekly writing goal.

Poetry & Jazz at C'est Le Vin

Thursday, May 5 at 7:00 PM: Now on the 1st Thursday of the month! Local wordsmiths take the mic to give you a "taste" of what they do as  poets, plus live jazz by Randy Burton and co. All set off by C'est Le Vin's delicious wine and tapas. Cost: no cover. At C'est Le Vin, 15 N. 17th St.

Agile Writer Club: Write-in

Richmond, VA 23236 - USA: From Agile Writers: Have a bit of Writer's Block? Can't concentrate at home? Studies show that being part of a think-tank can actually get those creative juices flowing! If you need some time to just sit and write, come join us on the 1st Saturday of the month at Martin's Food Market.

Tea for Two: Poetry on the Veranda

Richmond - USA: Join Richmond Public LIbrary for casual outdoor readings on the veranda overlooking Library Park as we feature local and regional poets the first Saturdays in May & June. Light refreshments and coffee will be served. In case of rain, the event will be held inside.

Saturday Poetry Series

Williamsburg, VA 23188 - USA: Join the penultimate Saturday Poetry Series presentation for the 2015-16 season on May 7 at 11:00am at the James City County Library, 7770 Croaker Road, Norge. For the one-hour program, presenting poets are: Robert Scott, Shonda Buchanan, Guy Terrell, Joyce Stedelbauer, Derek Kannemeyer. Admission is free!

Agile Writers: First Draft Novel in 6 Months

Richmond, VA 23236 - USA: Agile Writers combines the lessons of Myth, Storytelling, Psychology, and a little project management to create a 6-month program to finish your first draft.  This method was used to SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE OVER 30 FIRST DRAFT NOVELS THIS YEAR.  Yours could be next! $20 fee includes book.

Traitor Angels Book Launch

Richmond, VA 23221 - USA: Book launch party for Anne Blankman's new YA Terror Angels. Learn more.

Small Group Poetry Critique

Richmond, VA 23219 - USA: 2nd and 4th Monday nights. Bring your latest poetic work-in-progress and 5-8 copies to pass around the table; get constructive feedback from friends and colleagues. Open to all levels. Learn more.

Beyond Agile Writers: The Hero in Media with Dr. Scott Allison

Richmond, VA 23236 - USA: Scott Allison will trace the psychological underpinnings of hero development and hero worship. His presentation will show how the allure of heroes lies in their fulfillment of important psychological needs, such as our need for wisdom, meaning, hope, inspiration, and personal growth. The psychological heft of heroism resides within the hero narrative. Hero narratives are highly effective delivery systems for imparting complex life truths and for elevating humans toward a higher emotional and behavioral state. Stirring narrative accounts of heroic deeds are the fuel for both human survival and for human thriving. Hero narratives hold a powerful grip on the human psyche because they supply life wisdom and fresh inspiration to an audience thirsty for both. Stories of charismatic leaders may especially play a powerful role in elevating people emotionally, morally, and spiritually. Abraham Lincoln, Elvis Presley, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Muhammad Ali were heroic leaders who used their charismatic appeal to unleash social changes on a massive scale. Perhaps most importantly, heroes shape the behavior of their followers in life-changing ways. Our most cherished heroes offer narratives of heroism that provide a blueprint for how our own life stories might possibly unfold over time. Hero stories inspire us all because they call us all. The meeting is $10 for non-members and Free for members of Agile Writers.

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