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Write to Unite!
Write to Unite!
Saturday, August 10 at 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join us in literary Concord, MA for a day of first-class writing workshops taught by authors and experienced Grub Street instructors Michelle Hoover, Marjan Kamali, Whitney Scharer and Lara Wilson (curator of the Concord Festival of Authors). Workshops will focus on various elements of craft, including characterization, details, the writing process, and plot and pacing. $150 entry fee. All proceeds support the International Rescue Committee.
Sunday, August 11 at 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sign up for a 30-minute one-on-one session with experienced manuscript consultants, who will provide personalized feedback, advice for next steps and heartfelt encouragement. Stay on site to write, reflect peacefully, and/or debrief quietly with consultants. $150 entry fee. All proceeds support the International Rescue Committee.
Attend both days for $250
to refine your writing,
and support border children and their families
through the work of the IRC!
MANUSCRIPT CONSULTANT BIOS
Michelle Hoover is the Fannie Hurst Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University and teaches at GrubStreet, where she leads the Novel Incubator program. She is a 2014 NEA Fellow and has been a Writer-in-Residence at Bucknell University, a MacDowell Fellow, and a winner of the PEN/New England Discovery Award. Her debut, The Quickening, was a 2010 Massachusetts Book Award "Must Read” and a finalist for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize. Her second novel, Bottomland, is the 2017 All Iowa Reads selection and a 2016 Mass Book "Must Read." She is a native of Iowa and lives in Boston. For more, go to www.michelle-hoover.com
Marjan Kamali, born in Turkey to Iranian parents, spent her childhood in Kenya, Germany, Turkey, Iran, and the United States. Her latest novel The Stationery Shop was selected as an Indie Next Pick and an Amazon Best Book of the Month. An excerpt from The Stationery Shop was published in Solstice Literary Magazine and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her debut novel Together Tea was a Massachusetts Book Award Finalist, an NPR WBUR Good Read, and a Target Emerging Author Selection. Together Tea has been translated into five languages and was recently adapted for the stage. Her work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in two anthologies: Tremors and Let Me Tell You Where I’ve Been. Marjan studied English Literature at UC Berkeley and received her MBA from Columbia University and her MFA from New York University.
Whitney Scharer’s first novel, The Age of Light, based on the life of pioneering photographer Lee Miller, was published by Little, Brown (US) and Picador (UK) in February 2019, and is forthcoming from over a dozen other countries. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous journals including New Flash Fiction Review, Cimarron Review, and Bellevue Literary Review. Whitney was awarded a St. Botolph Emerging Artists Grant, the Somerville Arts Council Artists Fellowship, and a Virginia Center For the Arts Residency. She is a co-founder of the Arlington Author Salon, a quarterly reading series with celebrated authors that attracts 50-100 people and has won multiple Arlington Cultural Council grants. Whitney holds a BA in English Literature from Wesleyan University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. To learn more, please visit www.WhitneyScharer.com
Lara JK Wilson ’s award-winning short fiction has been published in numerous literary magazines, including The Kenyon Review, StoryQuarterly, and American Fiction, among others. Her stories have been anthologized, earned a 2010 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, and garnered fiction scholarships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences. For over a decade, Lara has been an instructor and manuscript consultant at Grub Street, where she served on the board of directors. After completing cancer treatment, she founded a 501(c)(3) mindful wellness collaborative that explores how the creative process benefits well-being. Learn more at www.BeWellBeHere.org
ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE (IRC)
Did you know that 87% of every dollar the IRC spends goes directly to help refugees and others in desperate need? With regard to our border crisis, this from the IRC website:
With your support, the IRC helps parents and children seeking refuge in the United States to find safety and stability as they await their asylum hearings. We help to meet their basic needs, facilitate family reunifications, connect them to critical legal services and help them access psychosocial support.
The IRC has received top-ratings from Charity Navigator and Charity Watch as well as accreditation from the BBB. For more info, visit www.Rescue.org