April Literary Events and Workshops in Baltimore


Alice McDermott
Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 7pm, Notre Dame of Maryland University, 701 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210
Join the Continuing Education Chapter of Notre Dame of Maryland’s Alumnae and Alumni Association for a delightful evening with renowned writer Alice McDermott. The author of Charming Billy, Child of My Heart and At Weddings and Wakes, Ms. McDermott has won a National Book Award and is a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.  On April 10, please gatheral at Doyle Formal for a wine reception at 5:30pm and dinner at 6pm, at a cost of $35 per person ($20 for SSNDs). If you would like to attend the lecture only, there is no fee to attend, but registration is required. The lecture, discussion and book signing will begin at 7pm.
Please register at rsvpbook.com/mcdermott.
CityLit Festival
Saturday, April 13, 2013, 10-5pm, Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
The very first CityLit Project event took place in April 2004 at Pratt Library. Called CityLit Festival, it featured an array of concurrent programming from diverse writers representing a variety of genres, numerous panels, the first incarnation of the Literary Marketplace, and Pulitzer Prize winner author Edward P. Jones. Since then, every April, CityLit Project and Pratt Library have presented world famous writers, critically acclaimed poets, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners, the region’s very best literary artists, and hundreds of journals, organizations, and self-published authors in the Literary Marketplace.

Our 10th annual edition of CityLit Festival promises to be the best version yet, with special guest GEORGE SAUNDERS.

Smartish Pace Reading and Party
Saturday, April 13, 2013, 7-11pm at CopyCat Building, 1501 Guilford Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21202
Issue 19 Reading & Party featuring poets Aaron Belz, Joseph Capista, Michael Collier, Patricia Davis, Deborah Doolittle, Hayden Saunier, and Amy Woolard followed by the super hot The Great American Canyon Band! $10 gets you a copy of Issue 19, free beer/wine & a mindblowingly good time. All profit goes to Smartish Pace–a nonprofit organization–and helps fund the printing of our next issue.  More information here.
Self-Publishing Your Book
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 9:30-12pm, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Parkway, Arnold, MD 21012
$44 (AACC registration)
Led by Gregg Wilhelm, publisher and literary arts center director.  Examine self-publishing options and assess the potential advantages and disadvantages. Explore e-publishing and on-demand publishing. Outline steps and financial commitments for self-publishing. Assess popular self-publishing companies and identify methods of promoting publications. $44.  Register here.
Revise Your Poems
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 2-4 pm at Union Mill, 1500 Union Avenue, Baltimore MD, 21211
What if Robert Frost had ended “Stopping by Woods on Snowy Evening” with the line, “And ten miles to go before I sleep”? This workshop will focus on the most crucial stage of writing a poem, when you get rid of everything that is weighing the poem down and let it get up and walk in whatever direction it needs to go.  We will look at some well-known poems and examine what went on “behind the scenes” as they were being written, and we’ll share some of the strategies other poets have used to get “unstuck.”  As you get older, the poet Geoffrey Hill once said, the inspiration comes at the end, not at the beginning.  So join us as we free our poems and see where they take us.
Your instructor, Sue Ellen Thompson, is the author of four books of poetry and winner of the 2010 Maryland Author Award. Since moving to the Eastern Shore in 2006, she has taught at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda and Annapolis, the University of Delaware, and the Bay-to-Ocean Writers’ Conference. You may have heard Garrison Keillor read her poems on “The Writer’s Almanac” or Tom Hall’s interview with her for WYPR’s “Maryland Morning.”
Send a check ($60) by April 18 made out to CITYLIT PROJECT to:
CityLit Project
120 S. Curley Street
Baltimore MD 21224
Or pay by credit card at the link below. Click on DONATE. Simply insert this message in the message box:
“Registration for April 20 2013 poetry workshop”

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