Andrew Meissen

I am a freelance science journalist based in New York City. I love any type of writing that can grab my attention and make me feel more; if it expands my humanity, I love it the most.

I'm a big fan of Roger Zelazny's short works (scifi/fantasy), Ted Chiang (scifi/fantasy), Andrew Solomon (nonfiction essays/reportage), and Helen Macdonald (nature essays). These authors expand my life whenever I read them. They've also written incredibly enjoyable prose.

I'm exploring my writing life outside of journalism. My interests are wide, but I seem to have a penchant for anything epic. Also, speculative fiction and poetry with fantasy elements seem to draw me in a unique way.

Pronouns: 
He/Him
Location: 
New York, NY
United States
New York
Genres: 
Autobiography/Memoir, Commercial Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-genre, Experimental, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Formal Poetry, Healing/Health, Historical, Humor, Journalism/Investigative Reporting, Literary Fiction, Love, Lyric Essay, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Nonfiction, Poetry, Prose Poetry, Short Fiction, Speculative Fiction
My publishing/workshop experience: 
Have workshop experience
How I choose to identify myself: 
American
Languages I write or speak in: 
English

nansierra

I write poetry and lyric essays, mostly about the natural world and environmental issues. Occasionally, about political topics.  I'm interested in exploring types of sentience, the meaning of "presence," and the intersection of science and spirituality--as well as the upheavals of climate change.  

My fiction was published in The Kenyon Review (years ago.) Most recently, I was the featured poet of the month in the Kosmos Journal newsletter  https://www.kosmosjournal.org/news/featu...

I have an MA but not in creative writing. I've taken several university writing courses, participated in two ongoing writing workshops and enjoy working supportively with others to deepen our work and make it shine.

 

Originally from the U.S., I now live on a working-toward sustainable farm in the northern highlands of Tanzania. We're on the edge of a forest where elephants wander (as do I when they are not around.) Given the distance and time zone differences, my participation is limited to online workshops at feasible times.   

Pronouns: 
She/Her
Location: 
Tanzania
Genres: 
Lyric Essay, Nature/Environmental, Poetry, Political
My publishing/workshop experience: 
Published in literary journal
I’m looking for a group that:
Meets Online.
has a maximum group size of 10.
meets for
Workshop, Submissions, Discussion.

meets
Bi-weekly.

Briel Felton

Hello! My name is Briel Felton and I am completely new at this and desire community. I recently graduated from Cornell University's MFA program and am doing the two year lectureship they offer. In this time and space I have come to learn I do not want to teach and perhaps doing this writing life alone is not the way to go. My genre is poetry, but I have been playing a bit with other genres. Lately, my obsession has been love. I was told in undergrad not to write love poems because it is hard to make good ones. I agree, but am trying to remove that voice from my head. I am not only writing about or reading about love these days. I am allowing myself to go back to the most innocent place my writing has ever been. It has been a place of organizaiton. Taking the time to write out what is loudest in my head. I am 25, I had a whole plan and now all I want to do is know how to live life as a writer. You can imagine, someone who essential looks like a straight line, tightly wound, now wanting to live an artist life is difficult. It is way more than that. It definitely is, going at this alone. Cornell has a habit of breeding scholars and professors. It has been lonely not being able to adapt as much as I wanted to. I was set. I was going to get a PhD, I was writing things that would probably rotate through academia and garner these crazy awards and now all I want to do is write love poems. I question, how can I live the life I want? How can I live solely as a writer? Is it even possible anymore? Can I write what I am passionate about and find the same kind of success, and more importantly, connect to readers outside of school? I feel like I am always looking for permission, or the easiest way. I want to change my life around. What does that start with? The writing! I am not going to lie, I have become terrified of writing. MFAs are amazing in a myriad of ways, but it can become daunting being you are constantly producing for, what seems like, everyone else. You are a machine and academia is shoved down your throat. We weren't even allowed to branch out and take other classes in different art forms. We had to stay within literature courses at the graduate level. You had to get permission to take undergraduate courses, which were the more fun courses. Artistry is completely zapped out, it is about, honestly, impressing each other. I started to lose my why when it comes to writing. So now the very thing I want to do, I am afraid of. I long for a group of people who care but will also be a support system, holding me accountable. As well as having people who are like minded and long for more. I would also love to be this for someone else. It is so possible to be dreamers and they become reality. Let's do it together. 

Pronouns: 
She/Her
Location: 
Ithaca, NY
United States
New York
Genres: 
Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Love, Lyric Essay, Poetry, Prose Poetry
My publishing/workshop experience: 
Attend(ed) an MFA program, Have workshop experience
How I choose to identify myself: 
African American
Languages I write or speak in: 
English
I’m looking for a group that:
Meets Online, Meets In Person.
has a maximum group size of 5.
meets for
Workshop, Submissions, Writing exercises, Encouragement, Inspiration, Accountability partners, Discussion, Tips, Reading.

meets
Weekly.

Lindsey_Writes

My writing experience consists of graduate level formal writing (essays), sales copy and websites as an entrepreneur, and a couple of published co-authoring projects. I'm looking for a writing group to help me finished my entrepreneur self-help book. I am interested in joining workshops that are Christian, BIPOC, and/or women. 

Pronouns: 
She/Her
Location: 
Overland Park, KS
United States
Kansas
Genres: 
Autobiography/Memoir, BIPOC Voices, Lyric Essay, Religious/Spiritual
My publishing/workshop experience: 
Published a book, Self-published a book, Have workshop experience
How I choose to identify myself: 
American, BIPOC, Black, Christian, Irish American, Mexican American, Mixed Race
Languages I write or speak in: 
Spanish
I’m looking for a group that:
Meets Online.
meets for
Critique, Workshop, Submissions, Writing exercises, Encouragement, Inspiration, Accountability partners.

lydiamarii

Pronouns: 
She/Her
Location: 
Reliance, TN
United States
Tennessee
Genres: 
Creative Nonfiction, Flash Fiction, Lyric Essay, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Nonfiction, Regional, Short Fiction
Languages I write or speak in: 
English
I’m looking for a group that:
Meets Online.
meets for
Submissions, Writing exercises, Encouragement, Accountability partners, Discussion.

meets
Bi-weekly.

Ashe

My name is Ashe, and I've been writing poetry since the 7th grade. I'm looking to join a community where I can engage with other poets and writers. It'd also be a great way to generate new material and celebrate a mutual love and appreciation for the written word.  

Location: 
Bronx, NY
United States
New York
Genres: 
Autobiography/Memoir, BIPOC Voices, Experimental, Formal Poetry, LGBTQ Voices, Lyric Essay, Poetry, Prose Poetry
My publishing/workshop experience: 
Have workshop experience
How I choose to identify myself: 
Puerto Rican
I’m looking for a group that:
Meets Online.
meets for
Workshop, Writing exercises, Encouragement, Inspiration, Tips.

Claudia Ballard

William Morris Endeavor
11 Madison Avenue
18th Floor
New York, NY 10010

Jacquelyn Thomas

Workshop experience at: University of Wisconsin-Madison; Madison Writers Studio; Lighthouse Writers Workshop; Creative Nonfiction; Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts (2009-present). Especially interested in working with and learning from writers who strive for and crave beautiful sentences.

Pronouns: 
She/Her
Location: 
Dodgeville, WI
United States
Wisconsin
Genres: 
Autobiography/Memoir, Creative Nonfiction, Historical, Lyric Essay, Narrative Nonfiction
My publishing/workshop experience: 
Published in literary journal, Have workshop experience
Languages I write or speak in: 
English
I’m looking for a group that:
Meets Online.
has a maximum group size of 5.
meets for
Critique, Workshop, Submissions, Accountability partners, Discussion, Tips.

meets
Monthly.

Jade Wong-Baxter

Francis Goldin Literary Agency
214 W 29th Street
Suite 1006
New York, NY 10001

Eric Smith

P.S. Literary Agency
2010 Winston Park Drive
2nd Floor
Oakville, Ontario L6H 5R7, Canada

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