Literature Events

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Upcoming Events

Speaker: 
Mark Sundaram
Thursdays, Mar 4 - Mar 25, 4pm-5pm PT / 7pm-8pm ET

In this four-session seminar, we will learn some of the basic principles of etymology. Through a series of linguistic puzzles we will follow in the footsteps of etymologists and historical linguists to reconstruct the relationships between languages and long-forgotten roots English words.

Speaker: 
Sylvia Bishop
Saturday, March 6th, 10:30am-12:30pm ET / 5:30pm-7:30pm GMT

The concept of ‘game’, in comedy, is anything that happens more than once; and if played well, games are laugh-out-loud funny. Learn to master this tool for humour, and use it to trouble shoot common problems such as time jumps, crowd scenes, exposition and more.

Speaker: 
Sylvia Bishop
Saturday, March 13th, 10:30am-12:30pm ET / 5:30pm-7:30pm GMT

An enthralling setting is key to children’s fiction, and can even become fodder for daydreams and games once the book is closed. With a focus on middle childhood (6-12 years), this workshop will give you tools to create mesmerizing worlds for young readers.

Speaker: 
Tayo Rockson
Friday, March 26th, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

In this 90-minute spoken word event, Tayo will share his experiences growing up Black on four continents as he grappled with his identity, changes, growth, loss and realizing what his calling was. Participants will enjoy live performance from Tayo accompanied by many opportunities for Q&A and discussion of the timely topics his work raises.

Speaker: 
Tayo Rockson
Saturday, March 27th, 12pm-1:30pm PT / 3pm-4:30pm ET

In this 90-minute spoken word event, Tayo will share his experiences growing up Black on four continents as he grappled with his identity, changes, growth, loss and realizing what his calling was. Participants will enjoy live performance from Tayo accompanied by many opportunities for Q&A and discussion of the timely topics his work raises.

Speaker: 
Suzie Townsend
Tuesdays, Apr 6 & Apr 13, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

If you want to get a literary agent, you have to hook them quickly with your submission materials. The two most critical items during your initial agent first impression are the all-important query letter and first pages of your story. This workshop will teach you how to create an amazing agent submission and provide an opportunity to receive personalized feedback from Suzie on the first five pages of your draft manuscript or proposal.

Speaker: 
Richard Toye
Saturdays, Apr 17 & Apr 24, 10am-11am PT / 1pm-2pm ET

This event will teach you the key principles of devising a successful book proposal. You will learn how to devise a clear pitch to maximise your chances of getting a publisher’s attention.

Past Events

Speaker: 
Sylvia Bishop
Saturday, February 27th, 10:30am-12:30pm ET / 3:30pm-5:30pm GMT

We will learn how the concept of a ‘character game’, used in improvised theatre, can help you produce unforgettable characters. Although the emphasis will be on examples from junior fiction, all writers who struggle with characters that ‘sound the same’ are welcome!

Speaker: 
Sylvia Bishop
Saturday, February 20th, 10:30am-12:30pm ET / 3:30pm-5:30pm GMT

An enthralling setting is key to children’s fiction, and can even become fodder for daydreams and games once the book is closed. With a focus on middle childhood (6-12 years), this workshop will give you tools to create mesmerizing worlds for young readers.

Speaker: 
Sylvia Bishop
Saturday, February 13th, 10:30am-12:30pm ET / 3:30pm-5:30pm GMT

The concept of ‘game’, in comedy, is anything that happens more than once; and if played well, games are laugh-out-loud funny. Learn to master this tool for humour, and use it to trouble shoot common problems such as time jumps, crowd scenes, exposition and more.

Speaker: 
Sylvia Bishop
Saturday, February 6th, 10:30am-12:30pm ET / 3:30pm-5:30pm GMT

We will learn how the concept of a ‘character game’, used in improvised theatre, can help you produce unforgettable characters. Although the emphasis will be on examples from junior fiction, all writers who struggle with characters that ‘sound the same’ are welcome!

Speaker: 
Amanda Montell
Wednesdays, Feb 3 - Feb 17, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

This intimate three-session workshop will offer personalized insight and feedback to help aspiring nonfiction authors craft the most important parts of their book: the thesis, the voice, and the first chapter. Each session will feature helpful craft exercises, resources, and feedback on your writing and ideas.

Speaker: 
Rebecca Makkai
Mondays, Feb 1 - Feb 22, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

We’ll discuss four common pitfalls of early fiction drafts, and how to avoid them -- or, if necessary, to rescue yourself from the depths.

Speaker: 
Amanda Montell
Wednesday, January 27th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

In this 60-minute session, aspiring authors will get a peek inside the elusive publishing process to learn how to take a simple idea and turn it into a six-figure book deal. Everyone will gain access to essential tips and sample materials, as well as a transparent Q&A with author Amanda Montell.

Speaker: 
Amanda Montell
Tuesday, January 19th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

In this 60 minute session, aspiring authors will get a peek inside the elusive publishing process to learn how to take a simple idea and turn it into a six-figure book deal. Everyone will gain access to essential tips and sample materials, as well as a transparent Q&A with author Amanda Montell.

Speaker: 
Rebecca Makkai
Tuesdays, December 1st, 8th, 15th, & 22nd, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

We’ll discuss four common pitfalls of early fiction drafts, and how to avoid them -- or, if necessary, to rescue yourself from the depths.

Speaker: 
Jake Goldwasser
Monday, November 16th, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

In this 90 minute session, participants will learn the history, composition, and theory of single-panel cartoons. Everyone will then have the opportunity to draw their own cartoon (but no artistic experience is necessary).

Speaker: 
Jamey Williams
Thursdays, October 29th, November 5th, November 12th, November 19th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

It’s no secret that 2020 has been a stressful year for everyone. Heal, laugh, and explore yourself through a spoken word poetry workshop taught by “the nicest poet in the country.”

Speaker: 
Jamey Williams
Thursday, October 29th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

It’s no secret that 2020 has been a stressful year for everyone. Heal, laugh, and explore yourself through a spoken word poetry workshop taught by “the nicest poet in the country.”

Speaker: 
Bárbara Mujica
Thursdays, October 22nd and 29th, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

Today, images of Frida Kahlo are ubiquitous in mainstream culture. But in her time, Kahlo was a rebel who challenged the status quo with her paintings and her life. Join renowned literature professor and novelist Dr. Barbara Mujica for a two-part talk on the captivating life and art of Frida Kahlo.

Speaker: 
John Sitter
Wednesday, September 23rd, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

As ice caps melt and temperatures rise, novels about climate change have moved from the margins to the center of world literature. In this seminar, we will explore the emerging genre of climate fiction (aka "cli-fi") and discuss how the best work in this genre helps us understand our moment and imagine possible futures.

Speaker: 
Andrew Ridker
Sunday, September 6th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

Join acclaimed novelist Andrew Ridker for a fascinating talk and discussion on the past, present, and future of Jewish American literature, including how Jewish American literature responds to and shapes the ever-changing role of Jews in America.

Speaker: 
Merve Emre
Wednesday, May 6th, 9-10am PT / 12-1pm ET

Oxford English professor Merve Emre explains the bizarre origins of personality testing and explores why these tests continue to intrigue us.

Speaker: 
Andrew Ridker
Friday, April 17th, 5:30-6:30pm PT / 8:30-9:30pm ET

Join acclaimed novelist Andrew Ridker for an engaging talk and discussion on the past, present, and future of Jewish American literature.

Speaker: 
Andrew Ridker
Monday, March 23rd, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

Join acclaimed novelist Andrew Ridker for an engaging talk and discussion on the past, present, and future of Jewish American literature.