Friday, April 1, 2011

April Workshops, Events, and Opportunities

In what literary work was April Fool's first associated with tomfoolery? Visit TWC's Facebook page to participate in today's fun.

April certainly is a busy month. This Monthly Guide breaks it down.


Summer workshops have been posted, and WEGs sent to subscribers. (If you don't subscribe, you can pick up your copy at TWC or any one of the numerous location around time we're distributing the WEGs thanks to City Paper.

We're offering around 80 workshops this summer, and we're very excited to partner with Maryland Hall in Annapolis and the Montgomery County Campus of Johns Hopkins in Rockville to bring two great new locations into The Writer’s Center community. At our Rockville site, TWC adds these summer youth writing workshops, from documentary film production to college essay prep and playwriting (and performing!). In Annapolis, we are focusing on a handful of courses in different genres, opening the availability for creative writing courses to our northeastern neighbors! Check out the WEG and our online course listings for more details.


We now have three ways writers can earn prizes with us, and they're all open to submissions right now. If you'd like to volunteer to judge ANY of these prizes, please e-mail me, Kyle Semmel, at TWC.

Emerging Writer Fellowships:
Two weeks remain in which to submit your Emerging Writer Fellowship application (Deadline is April 15th). We welcome submissions from writers of all genres, backgrounds, and experiences in the following genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Emerging Writer Fellows will be featured at The Writer’s Center as part of Story/Stereo: our Emerging Writers Reading Series and live music fusion events. In 2010-11 these fellowships received funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. For more details about this amazing opportunity, click here.

Undiscovered Voices Scholarship (Deadline July 1):
The Writer's Center is pleased to open its Call For Applications for the 2012 Undiscovered Voices Scholarship. The Writer’s Center seeks promising writers earning less than $25,000 annually to apply. This scholarship program will provide complimentary writing workshops to the selected applicant for a period of one year, but not to exceed 8 workshops in that year (and not to include independent studies). We expect the recipient will use the year to make progress toward a completed manuscript of publishable work. In 2010-11 these fellowships received funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. For more details on this opportunity, click here.

The McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize (deadline July 15):
Thanks to the generosity of board member Neal P. Gillen, The Writer’s Center is pleased to announce that it will award $500 annually to the author of the best first novel published during a given calendar year. Conceived and funded by Gillen, the McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns Prize honors three dedicated writers and members of The Writer’s Center faculty—Ann McLaughlin, Barbara Esstman, and Lynn Stearns—each of whom unselfishly nourish and inspire students and fellow writers. For details on how you first-time novelists can submit your novels, click here.

APRIL EVENTS (Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and at The Writer's Center)

Leesburg First Friday (tonight!)
Research for Writers: Part I: The Art of the Interview with Jack Farrell
Part II: A Cyber Sleuth’s Guide to the Internet: Research Tools and Cool Web Sites from Idea to Published Page with Ellen R. Braaf

The best writing is rich with details that help reveal character, set a scene, or deepen plot. The goal: to engage readers emotionally. Jack Farrell and Ellen Braaf will talk about how to mine personal interviews and online sources for nuggets of information to serve your story—whether fact or fiction. $6 general admission. $4 TWC members and Leesburg residents. Register here.

Open Door Reading with Ellen Doré Watson and Carol Moldaw

Sunday, April 3rd, 2:00 P.M.
The Writer’s Center welcomes poets Ellen DorĂ© Watson, author of Dogged Hearts, and Carol Moldaw, whose most recent collection is So Late, So Soon: New and Selected Poems. Register here.

April 9, Annapolis Book Festival
Join TWC at the Key School as we launch our new Annapolis workshops. At this event we'll be featured on two panels. Learn More about these panels and the festival right here.

Open Door Reading with Erika Meitner and Candace Katz

Sunday, April 10, 2:00 P.M.
Erika Meitner reads poems from her latest collection, Ideal Cities. She is joined by novelist Candace Katz, author of Schaeffer Brown’s Detective Observations. Register here.

Bethesda Literary Festival

Google & Our Society
Friday, April 15, 7:30 P.M.
Join senior writer for Wired Magazine, Stephen Levy, as he talks about how Google thinks, works, and shapes our lives in his new book, In the Plex. Register here.

Poet Lore Release Launch
Sun, April 17, 2:00 PM..
Celebrate the launch of Poet Lore’s spring/summer issue! The nation’s oldest continuously published poetry journal, at 122 years old, hosts readings by local poets Janice Lynch Schuster, Melanie Figg, and R. Dwayne Betts. Register here.

Story/Stereo: A Night of Literature & Music

Fri, April 22, 8:00 P.M.
Emerging Writer Fellowship recipients Andrew Foster Altschul (Deus Ex Machina) and Eli Hastings (Falling Room) will read. Musical guest Amy Domingues. Register here.

Call It Anything: Miles Davis'"Electric Period" 1968-1991
Fri-Sat, April 29-30, 7:30 P.M.
Through the use of film footage and excerpts from seminal recordings like “Live-Evil” and “On the Corner,” poet, music critic, and The Writer’s Center workshop leader Reuben Jackson will discuss this rich, influential, and still controversial chapter of Miles Davis’ career. Register here.

Open Door: The Return of Halley's Comet
Sunday, May 1, 2:00 P.M.
Join us for a reading of Donald Bliss', The Return of Halley's Comet, a play about Twain's dictation of his autobiography. Register here.

PEN World Voices at The Writer's Center

Mon, May 2, 2011 7:00 P.M.
Hosted by Lisa Page, President of the Pen Faulkner Board of Directors. Writers from Sudan (Leila Aboulela), the United States (Daniel Orozco), and Sweden (Jonas Hassen Khemiri) stop by for what will be a memorable evening of world literature.
Members/Students (with a valid ID) $5; Non-members $10. Click here to register.

The Kennedy Center would like to extend a special offer for $25 orchestra tickets (regularly priced $60–$70) for its upcoming Fragments (April 14-17). To take advantage of this offer online, click on the following link: PURCHASE YOUR SPECIALLY PRICED TICKETS ONLINE. If purchasing by phone or in person at the Kennedy Center Box Office, mention code “59254” to receive your discount.

Quotidian Theatre (which performs at TWC's Al Lefcowitz Theatre) extends this offer on its new play, "Master Harold"...and the boys: General admission tickets are $25, but only $10 for Writer’s Center members. Performances run through April 17, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., with an additional 2:00 p.m. matinee on Saturday, April 16. The play is directed by Bob Bartlett and features actors Ben Davis, Jason B. MacIntosh, and Theodore M. Snead. Purchase tickets here.

At an Open Door Reading last month honoring Elizabeth Bishop & The New Yorker: The Complete Correspondence, members Sandra Beasley and Rose Solari joined honorary board member Dana Gioia and David Gewanter in a dramatic reading of the letters. The book's editor, Joelle Biele, recorded the event. Listen to excerpts here.

Beltway Quarterly features poet, translator, and workshop leader Yvette Neisser Moreno this month.

Workshop leader and board member Ann McLaughlin's new novel, A Trial in Summer, publishes this month.

Member Jenny Rough has two essays appearing this month in two anthologies: Cherished: 21 Writers on Animals They Have Loved, and He Said What?: Women Write About Moments When Everything Changed.

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