May
26
May 29

Balticon 51 - confirmed

I will have a table at Balticon this year, and will be speaking at panels! Details to follow!

 

http://balticon.org/wp51/

Jun
16
Jun 18

Awesome con

I will be at Awesome Con this year, selling copies of my novel with California Coldblood! I will also be on the worldbuilding in scifi/fantasy and fairy tale panels!

 

Aug
7
Aug 28

Online Workshop: Poetry Chapbook Workshop

Number of Sessions: 4

Weeks Start Date: 8/7/2017 End Date: 8/28/2017

For more information, visit The Writer's Center website: https://www.writer.org/online-workshops

Sep
14
Sep 17

Hampton Roads Writer's Conference

September 14 - 16, 2017 -- HRW's 9th Annual Writers Conference @ Holiday Inn Virginia Beach - Norfolk Hotel & Conference Center, 5655 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. WATCH FOR DETAILS

For a full schedule and details on how to register, visit: http://www.hamptonroadswriters.org/2017conferencepresenters.php

Oct
20
Oct 21

HallowRead

I'm happy to share that I'll be a featured author at HallowRead this year, signing books and speaking at the panel: Writers As Fans! 

 

http://hallowread.com/


Apr
15
7:00 pm19:00

Artomatic reading

6:30-7:00 - cocktail (half)hour

7:00-7:15 - introduction by Diana Smith Bolton and Leslie Pietrzyk

7:15-7:30 - Katherine E. Young

7:30-7:45 - Kim Roberts

7:45-8:00 - Meg Eden

8:00-8:15 - Marlena Chertock

8:15-8:30 - J. D. Smith

8:30-8:45 - CL Bledsoe

8:45-9:00 - intermission

9:00-10:00 - open mic

 

1800 South Bell Street, Crystal City, VA 22202

Apr
8
10:00 am10:00

Cecil Con - confirmed!

Environmental Storytelling: Learning to Write through Playing Video Games

The popular saying goes: “A picture’s worth a thousand words.” With the rapid developments in technology, our storytelling is changing to not just be on the page, but through movies, television, and video games--highly visual mediums. Through the power of images, we can convey a whole narrative in a short space. Think about how games like Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Gone Home use environmental storytelling to give us pieces of characters’ lives. In this workshop, we’ll discuss examples of games that tell stories through objects, and go into our own writing exercises inspired by video games.

For more info, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/685300154960693/

Apr
3
Apr 24

(Online) Poetry Chapbook Workshop

This workshop provides participants with the tools for forming and submitting poetry chapbooks. Lessons will focus on identifying what makes a chapbook, exploring your voice in the chapbook medium, choosing and ordering poems within your chapbook and research publishers. By the end of the four-week course, participants will have a chapbook manuscript that can be sent out to publishers.

 

https://www.writer.org/online-workshops?&nccsm=21&__nccspID=5317

Mar
13
Apr 24

Workshop: Poetic Forms Workshop

Workshop: Poetic Forms Workshop

Number of Sessions: 6 Weeks

Start Date: 3/13

End Date: 4/24

Location: Online

For more details, visit: https://www.writer.org/online-workshops

Mar
4
10:30 am10:30

Workshop: Build Your Own Author Website

  • Annapolis Hall

Workshop: Build Your Own Author Website

Number of Sessions: 1 Saturday

Start Date: 3/4

End Date: 3/4

Start Time: 10:30 AM

End Time: 1:30 PM

For more info, visit; https://www.writer.org/online-workshops

Jan
10
Feb 10

Poetry Chapbook Online workshop

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 8:00 AM to Friday, February 10, 2017 at 8:30 AM.

For more info, visit: https://www.writer.org/online-workshops

Dec
3
1:00 pm13:00

Build Your Own Author Website

  • The Writer's Center

Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 12/3
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing

Workshop Leader: Meg Eden
In this workshop, we will discuss the importance and function of having an author website, and will walk through the process of getting a custom domain, as well as actually building the website through Squarespace. Participants will be able to get real-time feedback on their website design. During the three hour block, all participants will be able to walk away with some of their website done--maybe all of it! We may also discuss social media and other elements of having an online presence. Please bring a laptop or mobile device.

Oct
22
1:00 pm13:00

The Secrets to Publishing in Literary Magazines

  • The Writer's Center

Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 10/22
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing

Workshop Leader: Meg Eden
Want to submit your work to magazines but don't know how? In this workshop, we'll talk about what literary magazines are, what editors are looking for in submissions, tips on how to get the most out of a lit mag, and the secrets to writing a great cover letter to get an editor’s attention. The skills you learn in this session can easily apply to other publication realms, including writing to agents and editors of small book presses. All participants will receive a complimentary magazine of their choice.

Oct
14
Oct 15

10th Annual Western Maryland Independent Lit Festival

Mark it on your calendars! Marlena LynneDiana BoltonKelly Ann Jacobson and I have a panel for this year's Indie Lit Fest!

 

 

The Frostburg State University Center for Creative Writing, in partnership with the Allegany County Library System, is excited to announce that the ninth annual Western Maryland Indie Lit Festival is scheduled for Oct. 14 & 15 at Main Street, Frostburg. The event brings together editors and publishers with writers and educators of the local community. Panel discussions and roundtable sessions include topics on various creative genres, DIY publishing, self-publishing, promotion and marketing, writing local, and reading and writing online.

In the days leading up to the Indie Lit Fest, we've scheduled several kickoff events:

Thursday, October 13: 

  • Poetry Slam at Dante's Bar (14 W. Main Street). Writers of any experience level are invited to bring self-written poems verbally duke it out for cash prizes.  $2 to attend and/or participate. Registration begins at 7:00 PM, and we will be slamming at 7:30.  For poetry slam guidelines, check out out Poetry Slam page.

Friday, October 14:

  • Indie Lit Kickoff Reading at Main Street Books (2 E. Main Street). Four editors introduce an author their press has published to give a reading.  This year's featured authors are Michael Ratcliffe (Free State Review), Mark Brazaitis (Autumn House Press), Margaret Bashaar (Sundress Publications), and Michael Gerhard Martin (Braddock Avenue Books).  Reading begins at 5:30 PM.
  • Indie Lit Kickoff Reception at the Center for Creative Writing (22 E. Main Street). Meet and greet writers, editors, and other Indie Lit participants over snacks and refreshments immediately following the Kickoff Reading.
  • Indie Lit Kickoff Panel Discussion at the Frostburg Public Library (65 E. Main Street).  Featured authors/editors from the Kickoff Reading sit on a panel and discuss the author/editor/publisher relationship.

All Friday events are free of charge.  
The public is welcome to attend all of these events.



Leading up to the Indie Festival, we will feature interviews and information about participating presses and journalists at the Center’s blog.

Says Gerry LaFemina about the event: "This is a literary arts festival. We're celebrating the writers, the teachers, the libraries, the readers and the publishers, but most of all we're celebrating that fire inside of us that wants to make up stories, that wants to be heard."

Registration for presses is free until July 1, 2016.  After the July 1 deadline, late registration for presses is $20.  For more information, contact the Washington Street Library at (301) 777-1200 or the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing at (301) 687-4340.

To reserve a table for the Indie Lit Festival, download this year's registration form here and email to cla@frostburg.edu
 

Click here to view this year's panel and roundtable schedule!

This year's panel topics include 

  • Fairy Tales 
  • Writing Love / Writing Sex 
  • Arts as Muses
  • Publishing 101: A Primer on Sending Work Out
  • DIY and Self-Publishing: A How-To
  • Ask the Editor
  • Building Community: Reading & Writing Groups
  • Writing for Kids of All Ages
  • Continuing Your Craft: MFA, Writers Conferences, and Other Options
  • Speculative Fiction: A Roundtable
  • Finding Funding: Grants for Writers and Presses
  • Poetry: A Roundtable
  • Marketing: Getting The Word Out
  • Fiction: A Roundtable
  • Creative Nonfiction: A Roundtable
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Bible Belt Almanac Reading with Philly Homebrew West
Oct
6
7:00 pm19:00

Bible Belt Almanac Reading with Philly Homebrew West

  • Philly Homebrew Outlet West

Ben Franklin is often quoted as saying, “Beer is proof that God exists and wants us to be happy.” We want you to be happy too, whether or not you believe in heaven, hell, and everything in between. In the spirit of theology and beer, The Head and The Hand is collaborating with Philly Homebrew West to bring The Bible Belt Almanac to life! We’re pairing Bible Belt authors with brewers from Philly Homebrew to tell stories about God, booze, and how often the two seem to come together. Enjoy readings from Bible Belt Almanac authors, Meg Eden and Chris DiCiccio with Nic Esposito reading for Tim Fitts, stories from brewers about their unique creations that you get to sample. If you’re still looking for proof that God exists or if you just want to sample beer, join the congregation at Philly Homebrew Wst on October 6th.

The event begins at 7:00pm at Philly Homebrew West 1314 S. 47th St Philadelphia, PA

Sep
16
Sep 18

Intervention Con

I will be moderating panels and leading workshops at Intervention con! See the schedule here:

 

https://interventioncon.com/programming/programming-descriptions/

Sep
15
7:00 pm19:00

Third Thursday Poetry Reading

The Takoma Park Community Center
7500 Maple Avenue
Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 PM

The popular series, now in its 11th year, features the work of a wide range of poets from across the region.

Sep
12
Oct 3

(Online) Poetry Chapbook Workshop

Develop the skills for forming and submitting poetry chapbooks. Lessons will focus on identifying what makes a chapbook, exploring your voice in the chapbook medium, choosing and ordering poems within the chapbook, and how to research potential publishers. By the end of the course, writers will have a chapbook manuscript ready to send out to publishers.

For more info, visit: 

https://www.writer.org/online-workshops?erid=2013409&trid=0f1d3ab1-04a4-400c-8d61-c88538985cd3&nccsm=21&__nccspID=5143

Poetry I Online Workshop | Aug 2016
Aug
1
10:00 pm22:00

Poetry I Online Workshop | Aug 2016

Poetry I is the study of and creation of authentic poems with a focus on personal experience and developing voice. This course explores language, musicality, rhythm and form and offers contemporary, innovative reading assignments along with interesting writing prompts that will take you out of your comfort zone. Poetry I also invites discussion about reading style and performance.

Jul
29
7:00 pm19:00

Lines + Stars: Big Light Reading Series

Lines + Stars presents the Big Light Reading Series: three DC-area writers, once a month, at Bossa Bistro + Lounge.

About the readers for our first installment:

Meg Eden's work has been published in various magazines, including Rattle, Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, and Gargoyle. She teaches at the University of Maryland. She has four poetry chapbooks, and her novel "Post-High School Reality Quest" is forthcoming from California Coldblood, an imprint of Rare Bird Lit. Check out her work at:www.megedenbooks.com.

Diana Smith Bolton is the founding editor of District Lit. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals, including 32 Poems, anderbo, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Cider Press Review, Coldnoon, The Fem, The Gambler, Gargoyle, If and Only If, Jet Fuel Review, Lines + Stars, Magic Lantern Review, The Northern Virginia Review, The Pedestal, The Pinch, and elsewhere. Her debut chapbook, "Just Universes," is forthcoming from L+S Press.

Lacey N. Dunham's fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in Saltwater Quarterly, The Collagist, Ploughshares’ blog, and Full Stop, among others, and she reads submissions for the literary journal A Public Space. She received her degree in creative writing from Hollins University, where she was awarded the Melanie Hook Rice Award for Creative Fiction. She currently works as Programs Director for the arts education and literacy nonprofit 826DC. 


To be considered for future readings, send a brief bio and three poems to editor@linesandstars.com.
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REALITY IS AN ACTIVITY OF THE MOST AUGUST IMAGINATION
by Wallace Stevens

Last Friday, in the big light of last Friday night,
We drove home from Cornwall to Hartford, late.
It was not a night blown at a glassworks in Vienna
Or Venice, motionless, gathering time and dust.
There was a crush of strength in a grinding going round,
Under the front of the westward evening star,
The vigor of glory, a glittering in the veins,
As things emerged and moved and were dissolved,
Either in distance, change or nothingness,
The visible transformations of summer night,
An argentine abstraction approaching form
And suddenly denying itself away.
There was an insolid billowing of the solid.
Night’s moonlight lake was neither water nor air.

Jul
23
12:00 pm12:00

Lilith Poetry Conference Online

The Lilith Writers’ Conference is an international, English-speaking, online writers’ conference and workshop. It is a one-day conference that also includes individual instructor feedback on submitted work. (Optional instructor-led local gatherings.) Writers will not be talked at, but rather, will engage in online discussions, will submit creative work and will receive individual written feedback from workshop leaders on submitted work. This conference is a project of The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review and The Eckleburg Workshops. Grow your network and exercise your word talent in a diverse and innovative conference venue.

This is an inclusive literary and intermedia conference that focuses on female-identified writers/artists and created works. All genders, identities and aesthetics welcome. We encourage diversity through the inclusivity and discourse of all writers/artists while leveraging works of female-identifying craft. Conference attendance will be by submission and acceptance. Fellowships and scholarships available: The Gertrude Stein Fellowship and The F. Scott Fitzgerald Scholarship. We encourage you to apply early.

Jul
15
7:00 pm19:00

On that one-way trip to Mars Book Blastoff Party!

  • Walls of Books - Washington, DC

Come celebrate the launch of Marlena Chertock's first collection of poetry, "On that one-way trip to Mars" from Bottlecap Press!

There will be drinks, snacks, and readings from several local writers! And the book will be available for purchase or you can always buy it online here:http://bottlecap-press.myshopify.com/products/mars

GUEST READERS

In addition to hearing poems from my new book, we're being graced with several amazing local writers.

Tara Campbell (www.taracampbell.com) is a Washington, D.C.-based writer of crossover sci-fi. With a BA in English and an MA in German Language and Literature, she has a demonstrated aversion to money and power. Previous publication credits include stories in Barrelhouse, Punchnel’s,Toasted Cake Podcast, Luna Station Quarterly, SciFi Romance Quarterly, Masters Review and Queen Mob's Teahouse.

Meg Eden’s work has been published in various magazines, including Rattle, Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, and Gargoyle. She teaches at the University of Maryland. She has four poetry chapbooks, and her novel Post-High School Reality Quest is forthcoming from California Coldblood, an imprint of Rare Bird Lit. Check out her work at: www.megedenbooks.com

Grace Pasco is an Asian-American spoken-word poet from Silver Spring, MD. She writes poetry to translate emotions, package experiences, and … to play! You can reach her at gspasco@gmail.com. As for her Instagram name, it’s thisgirlgrace.

Tyler Vile is a writer, performer, and activist from Baltimore, MD whose novel-in-verse, Never Coming Home, is available on Topside Press. She is a member of the Baltimore Transgender Alliance leadership team and speaks regularly in Baltimore and D.C. Her interactive poetry zine, Hassidic Witch Murderer, is available on her blog tylervile.wordpress.com and she can be reached at authortylervile@gmail.com.

Jun
11
10:00 am10:00

Make Your Own Author Website Workshop

Make Your Own Author Website Workshop

Saturday, June 11th 10am-1pm

University of Maryland College Park, ANA 0103

Cost: $30

RSVP to: mkuyatt@megedenbooks.com by June 6th. 

 

Back by popular demand!

In this workshop, we will discuss the importance and function of having an author website, and will walk through the process of getting a custom domain, as well as actually building the website through Squarespace. Students will be able to get real-time feedback on their website design. During the 3 hour block, all participants will be able to walk away with some of their website done--maybe all of it! We may also discuss social media and other elements of having an online presence.

Price: $30 per person

Light refreshments will be provided.

Location: Anne Arundel Hall 0103 on UMD campus. You can park in Lot 1 for free, which is about a 3 minute walk from ANA. If you walk from Lot 1, you will walk past Tawes Hall, cross Campus Drive, and ANA will be directly on the other side of the street. If you metro in, take a free shuttle to campus, then walk from the Stamp Student Union across the street to Dorchester Hall, and ANA will be next to Dorchester, across from Tawes Hall. You can also look at a UMD campus map for clarification.