Friday, May 6, 2011

May Events at TWC and Member News

Some info about what's going on at TWC this month, event-wise. Way below you'll find pub news from our members. Have a great weekend everyone.

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

Leesburg First Friday (tonight!) at the Leesburg Town Hall
Leesburg Town Hall, 25 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia 20176
Due to a death in the family, our scheduled speaker, Susan McCorkindale, is unable to attend our event this Friday. Instead, we will conduct a "Critique-fest" ... please bring any work you have(up to 5 pages) that you would like to get feedback on. We will talk about methods of critiquing and how to deal with critiques, and we'll have an opportunity to see who might want to form a critique group. There will be NO ENTRANCE FEE for this program. We hope to see you on Friday!

Open Door: Open Mic

Sunday, May 8, 2:00 P.M.

Sign-up for readers begins at 1:30 P.M.

What it Means to be a Working Writer
Tuesday, May 10, 6:30 P.M.

Duke Ellington School of the Arts's Literary Media and Communications department take a moment to share with students and community what it means to be a working writer. From playwriting to poetry, fiction to new media, esteemed faculty members present an evening of new work, new conversations, and another step toward shaping the 21st Century American Writer. The program is a fundraiser for the Literary Media and Communications department, and will feature faculty members Mark Williams, Jade Foster, Koye Oyedeji, and Kelli Anderson.

Open Door: Panel Discussion: Classic Myths and Contemporary Re-telling

Sunday, May 15, 2:00 P.M.
The Writer’s Center presents a panel discussion with authors Donna DenizĂ©, Nan Fry, and Rose Solari discussing the enduring appeal of classic myths, and contemporary re-tellings of those myths.

Story/Stereo: A Night of Literature & Music
Fri, May 20, 8:00 P.M.

Emerging Writer Fellowship recipients Merrill Feitell (Here Beneath Low-flying Planes) and Susanna Lang (Even Now) read at our final installment of Story/Stereo of the 2010-11 season. They are joined by musical guest The Cornel West Theory, a hip-hop group, in what should prove a beat-happy conclusion to the season.

Open Door Reading: Alan Orloff & Ann McLaughlin
Sunday, May 22, 2:00 P.M.

Novelist, workshop leader, and board member Ann McLaughlin reads from A Trial in Summer, and Alan Orloff reads from his new novel, Killer Routine. Orloff is a former student of McLaughlin's. Read more about him at First Person Plural.


WC member and debut novelist Alma Katsu's debut novel, The Taker, has been selected as one of the Big Books at this BEA Expo in NYC. Here's the link to the PW announcement (which includes ALL the big books). The book has, Alma says, launched well in the UK and India. It was well-reviewed in Cosmo and Marie Claire UK as well as in many UK book blogs.

Kathy Borrus's book, Five Hundred Buildings of Paris, was published by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers; and her essay, One On One, was published in Fits Starts & Matters of the Heart, published by Freelance Success, both in Fall 2010.

An adapted chapter of Angie Chuang's "Vice and Virtue," from her non-fiction book manuscript will be published in the forthcoming Best Women's Travel Writing 2011 anthology, to be released in mid-May. The chapter-turned-essay is about a search for ice cream in post-Taliban Afghanistan, and the title refers to the Taliban's Department for the Prevention of Vice and Promotion of Virtue, which banned women eating ice cream in public until the regime's overthrow in 2001.

Sally Pfoutz’s first collection of poetry, Tree and Shadow, was published by Wild Leaf Press in February 2011.

Katie Pickard Fawcett's novel, To Come and Go Like Magic, was published by Knopf Books for Young Readers in February 2010. The paperback was released in March 2011, and it is also available in ebook.

Elaine Kessler's short story, "The Girl with the Trailer Park Hair," appears in the March 2011 issue of The Northern Virginia Review.

Congrats to all. If you have news you'd like to share with the community, let us know by e-mailing us at

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