Tag: Newtown Literary

Talking Literary Citizenship with Newtown Literary

Our “Mayday” show is tonight, 6:30 at The Astoria Bookshop! While you wait, give a LISTEN to our own Kelly Jean on Episode 2 of Newtown Literary’s Queens Writes Podcast.

Newtown Literary Alliance Executive Director, Tim Fredrick, and Newtown Literary Editor, Jackie Sherbow, speak with four local Queens writers, Nancy Agabian, Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons, Catherine LaSota, and Joseph Salvatore about literary citizenship—including how to get involved with your literary community and how to write book reviews and author interviews.

Sip-N-Scribe for Queens Writes Weekend

Our own Kelly Jean and “3 Strikes” alum Jenn Wehrung have teamed up to co-host a monthly Sip-N-Scribe at QED: A Place To Show & Tell. PLUS, this month there is bonus Sip-N-Scribe as a a part of *Queens Writes Weekend. Join us!

Sip-N-Scribe is a chance to push away from your keyboard, put pen to paper, and mingle with other writers in person! While writing is a solitary act, there are also times when you need to shake things up a bit and draw inspiration from fellow scribes. $5 suggestion donation.

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Here’s how it works:

  • Round 1 – Sippers-N-Scribers are given the first half of a creative writing prompt and start writing.
  • Round 2 – Everyone trades papers with a partner and, inspired by the second half of the writing prompt, continues working on the piece the first person started.
  • Intermission – Drinking is not required but beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase along with light snacks and pastries.
  • Round 3 – One last trade, plus a TWIST to finish the piece with style.

At the end of the session, people are encouraged to share the writing they co-created. The first two brave souls to share win a cookie! The goal is to experiment with something new on the page in an informal, relaxed way, all while hanging out with your friends and hopefully making new ones.

No one is here to write the next Great American novel. But hey, if that happens, please include us in the special thanks!

 

*What is Queens Writes Weekend? It’s a fun, three-day event organized by and benefitting Newtown Literary Alliance, Inc., a nonprofit organization which publishes the semiannual literary journal Newtown Literary, dedicated to supporting and promoting the work of Queens writers. Queens Writes Weekend is about getting the people of our borough to write, whether they are professional writers, hobbyists, or complete newcomers to writing. The literary scene in Queens is thriving and this weekend-long event serves to bring together the community yet again to celebrate writing, reading, and the written word. Visit newtownliterary.org for more info. Click here for a full calendar of events.

 

Winners! Newtown Literary’s Book Trivia Night!

The No, YOU Tell It! team took a break from casting the pods this week to participate in (and win!!) Newtown Literary’s Second Annual Book Trivia Night in Astoria! We had so much fun and were happy to help raise money for Issue 7 of the journal, which comes out soon and includes our own Kelly Jean’s personal essay Waked.

Newtown Literary is published by Newtown Literary Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping support and promote new and emerging writers living in Queens, NY. Submissions are now open for Issue 8 until Jan 10th, 2016! Find out more here.

Pictured left to right is our wicked smaaat team: Erika Iverson, David Trudo, Jessica Cannon, Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons, and Mike Dressel. Speaking of podcasts, click here to give a listen to Jessica Cannon – literary savvy voice over artist and NYTI alum featured in Episode 6!

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What do you win at a Book Trivia night? A bag of books from our friends at The Astoria Bookshop, plus TONS of other great local prizes! Thank you to Newtown Literary and everyone who worked on organizing the event.

Two weeks until our last show of 2015! See you at No, YOU Tell It! ‘Temper, Temper’ on 11/17 – 7 pm at Jimmy’s No. 43. FREE! RSVP via Facebook.