Shelly Oria & Indelible in the Hippocampus: Writings From the Me Too Movement
7:00 PM19:00

Shelly Oria & Indelible in the Hippocampus: Writings From the Me Too Movement

A reading and discussion with Shelly Oria, Amber Sparks, Stacia Brown, Sigal Samuel, Ailish Hopper, and Yael Shinar.

Among the first books to emerge from the #MeToo movement, Indelible in the Hippocampus is a truly intersectional collection of essays, fiction, and poetry. these original texts sound the voices of black, Latinx, Asian, queer, and trans writers, to name but a few, and says “me too” 22 times. Whether reflecting on their teenage selves or their modern-day workplaces, each contributor approaches the subject with unforgettable authenticity and strength. Together these pieces create a portrait of cultural sea-change, offering the reader a deeper understanding of this complex, galvanizing pivot in contemporary consciousness.

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7:00 PM19:00

Charlottesville Reading Series, featuring Amber Sparks and Nan Macmillan

Join us for the next installment of the Charlottesville Reading Series, featuring Amber Sparks and Nan Macmillan. This event will be free and open to the public.

Amber Sparks is the author of several short story collections, including The Unfinished World and Other Stories, and the upcoming I Do Not Forgive You (Liveright, 2020). Her essays and fiction can be found widely in print and online, in places like The Paris ReviewNYMagGranta, and Tin House.

The Charlottesville-based songwriter Nan Macmillan pushes at the borders of Americana, folk and indie rock with a timeless ease. She studied music and poetry writing at the University of Virginia, and went on to get her masters in music performance and production at Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain. She’s deeply rooted in her local music scene, hosting, performing, and collaborating in shows around town. Nan has been working with producer and friend Jay Foote on her debut EP, August and the In-Between, which is set to be released in late 2019. She plays from the heart, and her songs serve as reminders to listen, to feel, and to express with vivid color.

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2:00 PM14:00

TIN HOUSE CRAFT INTENSIVE - Fiction is Always an Emergency: Shattering the Narrative Glass to Create New Story Structures

Linear narrative is fine for your Aunt Linda or your Grandma Dorothy. But you want to create stories that claw back, shoot off the page and reflect our fractured, post-modern world, no? Stories that don’t travel in a straight line so much as double back, skip ahead, disappear into the distance, then reappear, swearing the whole thing never happened. Stories, in other words, that do something entirely new on the page. So this is the class for you. We’ll listen to some hip-hop, do some talking, then do some weird writing exercises that will get you thinking about new ways to look at and deliver narrative in your stories. We’ll talk about the best tricks and tips for springboarding excellent non-linear fiction, and brainstorm some of our own. You’ll take home: a list of moves for non-linear fiction writing, a short piece of fractured writing that I’m positive you’ll want to keep working on, and some further recommended fiction reading and music listening, too.


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7:00 PM19:00

Cold, Dark Flash: An AWP Offsite Reading

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.

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1:30 PM13:30

AWP Panel: MFA or Bust?

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.

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7:00 PM19:00

In Conversation with Jason Diamond at 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.

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4:00 PM16:00

DC Literary Pub Crawl

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

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