2:00 pm14:00

Writer's Center Reading with Rion Amilcar Scott

  • The Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center

I love Rion. He wrote Insurrections, one of the best books (IMHO) THE best book) of 2017. And now we're going to read together! Come see us, buy books, chat us up. It'll be great.

7:00 pm19:00

Cold, Dark Flash: An AWP Offsite Reading

  • The Pub and the People

Join SmokeLong Quarterly and D.C.’s Noir at the Bar for an off-site AWP reading “Cold, Dark Flash,” an evening of noir flash fiction.

With readers:

Matt Bell
Tara Campbell
Rob Hart
W. Todd Kaneko
Jennifer Pashley
Amber Sparks
Art Taylor
and hosted by:
Tara Laskowski
E.A. Aymar

Music by DJ Alkimist

Books for sale, raffle prizes, music, and more! Hope to see you there.

1:30 pm13:30

AWP Panel: MFA or Bust?

  • Marriot Marquis

For increasing numbers of writers, MFA programs are an entry to the publishing world. How does this trend affect writers without the degree? What kinds of nonacademic credentials can help all writers in their careers? How does one become part of a literary community? What are the attitudes towards writers who do not teach? This diverse panel discusses the increasing cross-pollination between writers with MFAs and writers with other academic degrees that create a stronger literary community.

7:00 pm19:00

In Conversation with Jason Diamond at Politics and Prose

  • Politics and Prose

Like many troubled adolescents, Diamond found solace in the movies. Now a sports editor at Rolling Stone, Diamond is still grateful to John Hughes’s Pretty in Pink for showing him that kids who were different could still be cool. Diamond’s alienation stemmed from a troubled home life with an abusive father and a mother who abandoned him; he later became clinically depressed and homeless, all the while drinking too much. But amid these bad decisions, Diamond struggled to pay homage to his favorite director by writing his biography. This account of his failed efforts to produce a book is by turns funny and moving as Diamond recalls his often plastered twenty-something self, his long days in coffee shops, and the sometimes outrageous lengths he went to gather facts.

Diamond will be in conversation with Amber Sparks, author of The Unfinished World and Other Stories.

To get everyone in the mood, P&P will be screening the Hughes classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off in the store from 6 p.m., finishing the movie after the event. Beer and wine will be for sale from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Click here for more information.

4:00 pm16:00

DC Literary Pub Crawl

  • The Twisted Horn

The Writer's Center will be teaming up with Barrelhouse for The DC Literary Pub Crawl. A collaborative effort between the two organizations, The DC Literary Pub Crawl was conceived as a way to bring contemporary and engaging literary voices directly into the community, to showcase and celebrate local literary artistry. The DC Literary Pub Crawl, which will take place at Walters Sports BarThe Twisted Horn and Upshur Street Books, will feature nine talented literary voices and bring literature directly to the people, fostering a sense of artistic excellence and community. 

Join us from 4:00-7:00 to enjoy drink specials and a fun summer afternoon of literature and community. Tickets are $10.00 in advance and $15.00 on the day-of the event and will include admission to all three readings as well as drink specials at each venue.

To purchase tickets to the event, please click here