Past Events

Apr6

Fall for the Book Spring Reading: Novelist Chloe Benjamin

Friday, April 6, 2018 7:30 PM
Center for the Arts, Grand Tier 3

Benjamin, author of The Immortalists, inaugurates a new spring reading series hosted by the Fall for the Book festival. Admission for this one event is $10 for the general public but is free for Mason students with i.d. and Friends of Fall for the Book.

Read More »
Apr6

Panel Discussion on Jobs Outside of Writing

Friday, April 6, 2018 2:30 PM
Robinson Hall A, English Department Conference Room, Room 447

Philip Dean Walker, author of the story collections At Danceteria and Other Stories and Read by Strangers, and Zach Powers, author of the collection Gravity Changes, discuss work for writers beyond producing books—including discussion of day jobs, life's work versus paychecks, career flexibility, and finding independence in the workplace.

Read More »
Apr6

Literary Agent Howard Yoon

Friday, April 6, 2018 1:00 PM
Robinson Hall A, English Department Conference Room, Room 447

Yoon, a principal with the DC-based RossYoon Agency, discusses various aspects of the author-agency relationship: how to find an agent, what an agent offers first-time writers, how agents can help shape a career. Following the group discussion, Yoon will meet individually with students and alums for short sessions responding to “pitches” of their work. No prior submissions are required before the sessions but appointments will be necessary. Contact Jay Patel at jpatel2@gmu.edu to reserve one of the 15-minute slots between 2 and 5.

Read More »
Apr6

Query/Pitch Workshop

Friday, April 6, 2018 3:30 AM
Robinson Hall A, English Department Conference Room, Room 447

MFA student Sam Ashworth leads a workshop on writing query letters for novels and nonfiction books an pitches for articles and essays. Drawing on sample queries and pitch letters, the workshop explores successful strategies, the etiquette of dealing with agents and editors, the question of money, and more. Participants are encouraged to bring their own drafts of queries/pitches for workshop as well.

Read More »
Apr5

Life on the Line: Bullets into Bells

Thursday, April 5, 2018 7:30 PM
Fenwick Library, Reading Room

Brian Clements, co-editor of Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence, joins contributors to the anthology and members of the Mason creative writing community for a reading and discussion. This event is part of the “Life on the Line” series.

Read More »