ElisLikeTheIsland

Pronouns: 
They/Them
Location: 
Boston , MA
United States
Massachusetts
Genres: 
Commercial Fiction, Experimental, Fiction, Journalism/Investigative Reporting, LGBTQ Voices, Narrative Nonfiction, Speculative Fiction
My publishing/workshop experience: 
Have workshop experience
How I choose to identify myself: 
American
Languages I write or speak in: 
English
I’m looking for a group that:
Meets Online.
meets for
Critique, Workshop, Encouragement, Accountability partners.

meets
Weekly.

Ruth Beaumont Cook

I have published three books of narrative nonfiction with historical themes. The second of these, the story of a German POW camp in Alabama during WWII, received a bronze medal for outstanding history writing from the Independent Publishers Group in 2008. I wrote feature articles, an arts column, and a business leaders column for Birmingham magazine. I've also written articles for Alabama Heritage, Business Alabama and other publications.

My current main interest is in writing short stories, both contemporary and historical. I am also working on a historical novel based partly on my family's Hessian heritage.

I would love to find a writers group with members who are actively writing and seeking publication. I'd enjoy sharing ideas and craft, and giving and receiving feedback.

 

Pronouns: 
She/Her
Location: 
Birmingham, AL
United States
Alabama
Genres: 
Fiction, Historical, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction
My publishing/workshop experience: 
Published a book
How I choose to identify myself: 
American
Languages I write or speak in: 
English, German
I’m looking for a group that:
Meets Online.
meets for
Critique, Submissions, Discussion.

meets
Bi-weekly.

Julie ismyname

I really believe in the power of words, and that Words Matter.  They can completely reframe our thinking, and have the power to do a lot of good.  My background began with investigative journalism, but the focus of my work, since,  has been on concept development and brand positioning, where every word counts...and every word must make a meaningful contribution.  As part of this, I've run in-depth research, helping to understand how the words on the page change people's assumptions and affect what they think to do because of it.

Currently, I am working on a project that is deeply personal. It was inspired by watching the fallout of how much words matter in health and healthcare, even though their use, choice, and impact is often ignored. This is what I would like to work on with a writing group.

I am new to a writing groups, but not to getting and giving meaningful feedback on what's written on the page, and how it could be different.  I understand how much work goes into writing, and want to give the attention and thought to each piece that fellow writers are developing.

For my own work, I'm hoping for help in making my thoughts come across stronger, clearer, and more likely to inspire people to think and act differently.  A bit of accountability helps too,  as well as building community with others trying to connect, through words, around what matters most.

Pronouns: 
She/Her
Location: 
Newton, MA
United States
Massachusetts
Genres: 
Narrative Nonfiction, Nonfiction
Languages I write or speak in: 
English, Italian
I’m looking for a group that:
Meets Online.
meets for
Critique, Writing exercises, Encouragement, Inspiration, Accountability partners, Discussion.

meets
Weekly.

8th & Atlas Publishing

Basic Information
911 Walnut St.
City: 
Winston-Salem
State: 
North Carolina
Country: 
United States
Zip / Postal Code: 
27101
Contact Information
Christina
De Paris
Co-founder & CEO
Details
Genres Published: 
Poetry
Fiction
Creative Nonfiction
Translation
Book Types: 
Chapbook
Novella
Short story collections
Essay collections
Novel
Memoir
Poetry collections
Formats: 
Paperback
E-book
Audio
Publishes Through Contests Only: 
No
Charges Reading Fee: 
No
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Yes
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Yes
Reading Period: 
Jan 1 to Dec 31
Response Time: 
Less than 3 months

8th & Atlas Publishing is an international small press that is actively extending the cultural and creative spirit of the literary world. The family-run publishing house was established in 2020 by three siblings who maintain a love for storytelling and original writing styles. The aim of this outfit is to produce and share with the world bold works of merit and mastery penned by a community of champion writers. 

How many authors debut in each issue?: 
1–4
Titles per Year: 
1 to 5
Publishing type: 

Leepfrog1

Copywriter by day, novelist by night, I'm able to quench my writing thirst on the 9-5, but I'm looking to quench my soul with this writing group. 

I have so many ideas that I want to share, but between imposter syndrome or being slammed with too busy a schedule, my ideas never seem to leave my Google Docs. 
 

Overall, I'm looking for encouragement, accountability and advice from all you talented, beautiful writers. 

Location: 
Excelsior Springs, MO
United States
Missouri
Genres: 
Autobiography/Memoir, Creative Nonfiction, Erotica, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Formal Poetry, Humor, Literary Fiction, Love, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Nonfiction, Poetry, Political, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry, Religious/Spiritual, Short Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Speculative Poetry, Visual Poetry, Young Adult
My publishing/workshop experience: 
Have workshop experience
How I choose to identify myself: 
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 7.
meets for
Critique, Workshop, Writing exercises, Encouragement, Accountability partners, Discussion.

meets
Bi-weekly.

John Schelling Pollock

Community support and critiques, à la workshops. 

Pronouns: 
He/Him
Location: 
Shoreline , WA
United States
Washington
Genres: 
Autobiography/Memoir, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-genre, Fiction, Formal Poetry, Literary Fiction, Lyric Essay, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Nonfiction, Poetry, Prose Poetry, Regional, Religious/Spiritual, Short Fiction, Young Adult
My publishing/workshop experience: 
Attend(ed) an MFA program, Published in literary journal, Published a book, Have workshop experience
I’m looking for a group that:
Meets Online, Meets In Person.

Maraya

I'm a journalism/non-fiction writer, currently looking for stories about people finding meaningful work in cultural preservation, ecological restoration, and climate justice activism. I've done an MFA program with the U of Alabama, concept development and writing for exhibits and trailside signs, some journalism, a little essay writing, and some proofreading for programming manuals. (The last is the only job I would not recommend.) I'm looking for a writer's group for mutual support, feedback, structure, and accountability.

Pronouns: 
She/Her
Location: 
Sacramento, CA
United States
California
Genres: 
Creative Nonfiction, Journalism/Investigative Reporting, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Nonfiction
My publishing/workshop experience: 
Attend(ed) an MFA program, Published in literary journal, Have workshop experience
How I choose to identify myself: 
White
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 8.
meets for
Critique, Encouragement, Accountability partners, Discussion, Reading.

meets
Weekly.

Stephanie Cabot

Susanna Lea Associates
331 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011

Andrea Montejo

Indent Literary Agency
145 Duane Street
Second Floor
New York, NY 10013

The Embodied Workshop Series

Embodying Queer Stories — $120

The world is shaped by patriarchal white supremacist power structures, and the traditional workshop table is no different. It’s time to change that. Felicia Rose Chavez (The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop) and Matthew Salesses (Craft in the Real World) are some of the writers who have paved a path for us to write our stories in our voices. Writing through the body is key. When we write through the body, we pay attention to what happens inside of us when we experience trauma. When we write through the body, we pick up a pen and paper and let our words pour out, unfiltered. Writing through the body is an act of resistance. Let’s build a collaborative and supportive community of LGBTQIA+ writers. Our stories are life-giving and lifesaving, but, unfortunately, even as Pride has been co-opted by rainbow capitalism, our stories are still marginalized. Whether you are a seasoned workshop participant or have never attended a workshop before, all are welcome. Together, we will create a space to share our work that is safe, constructive and inspiring.

This ten-week course is open to 12 LGBTQIA+ writers. We will meet Tuesdays from 7 PM to 9 PM at H&H Books, 2230 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125, starting on October 4, 2022. You will have the opportunity to have your writing workshopped twice—either submit two pieces of writing to the workshop, or revise your first submission and submit the revision as your second piece, whichever you find most helpful. Workshop cost is $120, but, in recognition of the systemic silencing of BIPOC voices at the traditional workshop table and beyond, there are two partial or full scholarship spots available for LGBTQIA+ BIPOC writers. Partial scholarship in this context means that you pay what you can to attend the course; full scholarship means you attend for free.

Genres eligible to be workshopped in this course include*: 

  • Short-short story

  • Prose poem

  • Short story

  • Novel

  • Memoir

  • Creative Nonfiction/Narrative Nonfiction

  • Literary Journalism

  • Hybrid forms that combine one or more of these genres

*Note that for long-form work such as book-length projects, you will only be able to workshop two chapters or sections of up to 30 pages. You can, of course, use a revised chapter or section as your second workshop submission. If you are unsure if your work falls into a genre listed here, please email me! Though I love them, in this course we are not workshopping poetry, stage plays or screenplays. But stay tuned for future courses!

What Makes This Workshop Different?

  1. No gag rule. Traditional workshops implement what’s often called the “gag rule,” where a writer whose work is being discussed must stay silent for the duration of that discussion. This is detrimental to the writer and to the workshop as a whole. Instead, writers will meet briefly with me (either a quick phone call or in person) prior to having their piece workshopped. Together, we will come up with a list of questions you’d like to pose to the workshop table. During workshop, you will stand and read a sentence or two of your work aloud to us. You’ll tell us what inspired you to write that passage, what it means to you, why this story matters to you. Then you will lead the workshop discussion and I will support you. If, for instance, you feel the discussion is becoming unhelpful, I want you to say so, and I will help you steer the conversation in another direction. Remember: You know your work better than anyone, and we are here to help you more fully realize your vision.

  2. You write the syllabus. Seriously. As part of your application, you will be asked to name three writers or artists of any kind that inspire you. I’ll compile these, along with some of my own favorite pieces of art and literature, into a shared document that we can all refer to during the course.

  3. Freewriting. We’ll freewrite at the beginning of each class. You are encouraged to do this with a pen and paper rather than on a computer or phone. For ten minutes, we’ll write without stopping, without crossing anything out, without censoring ourselves. If you want, you can share what you’ve written with us.

About The Instructor

Jenni Milton is a queer writer who studied at Connecticut College, Oxford University and the Columbia Publishing Course. After graduating, she worked in book and magazine publishing at One Story, Oxford University Press, and Grove Atlantic. She earned her MFA at the Programs in Writing at UC Irvine, where she taught composition, fiction writing and literary journalism. In her final year of the program, she was Fiction Editor of the Pushcart Prize-winning journal Faultline. She now works as a freelance copywriter. In her spare time, she volunteers at H&H Books and plays violin with the Roxborough Orchestra. She has published work in Juked and A Distant Memory Zine and is working on a novel.

How To Apply 

Please email the following in one document to jennifer.l.milton@gmail.com. You can send your application as a .pdf, .docx or Google Doc file. Application deadline is September 18, 2022.

  1. A writing sample that best represents the work you hope to share in workshop (an excerpt from your novel, a short story, an essay, etc.). Please submit no more than 30 pages, double-spaced.

  2. A personal statement (1-2 double-spaced pages) that tells me who you are and why you want to attend this workshop. Tell me your story! What motivates you to write? What is your writing practice? What are you hoping to gain from this workshop? Name three writers or artists who inspire you. What about their work moves you? If you’ve done workshops before, what were some things you loved?  Things you wish had been different?

  3. A brief bio (200 words or less) and a photo of yourself.

  4. If you are an LGBTQIA+ BIPOC writer interested in a scholarship, include a brief sentence at the end of your application to let me know, and be sure to indicate which type of scholarship you are applying for (partial or full).

Location: 
Philadelphia, PA
United States
Pennsylvania
Genres: 
Autobiography/Memoir, BIPOC Voices, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-genre, Feminist, Fiction, LGBTQ Voices, Literary Fiction, Lyric Essay, Narrative Nonfiction, Nonfiction, Prose Poetry, Short Fiction, Speculative Fiction
My publishing/workshop experience: 
Attend(ed) an MFA program, Published in literary journal, Have workshop experience
I’m looking for a group that:
Meets In Person.
has a maximum group size of 12.
meets for
Workshop.

meets
Weekly.

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