Literary Events Calendar

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Small Group Poetry Critique

Monday, May 25 at 6:30 PM: 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.

Agile Writers: Non-fiction Writers

Richmond, VA 23236 - USA: If you’re thinking of writing a diet, nutrition, self-help, reference or coffee-table book this is the meeting for you. We will help you write a memoir, a biography, or an autobiography. We’ll focus on creating a book proposal that will be the first step in getting your book organized. If you’re going the traditional publishing route, you can send the book proposal to agents. If you’re self publishing, we will show you how. Learn more.

The Writing Show

Wednesday, May 27 at 6:00 PM: February: Plotting a Hero's Journey: Fiction, Myth and Scripts. The Writing Show moves to its new location at The Firehouse Theater bringing Richmond new opportunities to learn and practice writing on the final Wednesday of the month until September. $12 for JRW members/ $15 for non-members and $5 for students. Learn more and register on our site.

Agile Writers Open Meeting

Wednesday, May 27 at 7:00 PM: Wednesday nights, 7-9PM: Write your first draft novel in 6 months. Free and open to the public. For more details see http://AgileWriters.c.... At Martin's Food Market, upstairs, 11361 Midlothian Turnpike. 

The Writers Farmhouse

Thursday, May 28 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.

Book event-- "A Memoir of Place: Sue Eisenfeld and Shenandoah National Park"

 : When and how does a place become the subject of a memoir? Author Sue Eisenfeld will discuss with C-ville Weekly writer Elizabeth Derby how a form of writing that is usually focused on the author's personal experience can expand to encompass place and history. Eisenfeld's hikes in the Shenandoah National Park over decades compelled her to investigate and write about the history of the creation of the park in the context of her experiences of it. Free and open to the public. WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue, Charlottesville, VA (behind the Preston Avenue Bodo's),, 434-296-1922,

Open Mic Poetry for Youth, ages 13-21

Henrico, VA - USA: Young poets are invited to Open Mic Night, and everyone is invited to hear Richmond's newest generation of poets share their spoken word. Families, teachers and neighbors encouraged to attend! At Umami Coffee & Tea, 6920 Lakeside Ave. in Henrico.

Book Reading with Jon Sealy, author of The Whiskey Baron

Richmond, VA 23221 - USA: To celebrate the paperback release of The Whiskey Baron, Jon Sealy will read at Chop Suey Books on Friday, May 29th at 7 pm. This event will be FREE and open to the public. "South Carolina, 1932. One man’s whiskey empire is on the verge of collapse following two shots from a 12-gauge. Hailed as a “grand new talent” (Bret Lott) and a “significant new voice in Southern fiction” (Ron Rash), Jon Sealy has written a haunting debut novel. With its unforgettable characters and evocative setting, The Whiskey Baron is a gripping drama about family ties and bad choices, about the folly of power and the limitations of the law." Learn more.

Agile Writer Club: Write-in

Richmond, VA 23230 - 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 this Saturday at Martins.

Seminar: Clean Out the Fuzz: Crafting Prose with Meaning, Sense, and Clarity

Charlottesville, VA 22903 - USA: Do you use ten words to say what could be said in five? Do your words say what you mean? If not, as William Zinsser says, perhaps "some fuzz has worked its way into the machinery." Readers expect writers to have distilled their prose to its essence--whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, the style simple or complex. We will discuss examples of great prose, common issues with prose, and touch upon two things that make all writers cringe: grammar and punctuation. WriterHouse members $60; non-members $65. Learn more.

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