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Virtual Event / Live on Zoom

Open House & Reading for PVWW's 10-Month Manuscript Program

PVWW's 10-Month Manuscript program offers structure and support for writers (all genres) working on book-length manuscripts, over the course of ten months. The open house is a chance to meet the program instructors and current students, as well as learn more about the program!

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Open House & Reading for PVWW's 10-Month Manuscript Program
Open House & Reading for PVWW's 10-Month Manuscript Program

Time & Location

Nov 19, 2023, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Virtual Event / Live on Zoom

About the event

Are you working on a book-length manuscript that would benefit from a supportive group, feedback, craft study, and community? PVWW's 10-Month Manuscript Program offers structure and support for writers (all genres) over a a ten-month period (from March through December). The open house is a chance to meet the program instructors and current students, as well as learn more about the program! The open house will begin with short readings from several of the program's current students, followed by short readings with the program's instructors:  Liz Harmer, Blair Hurley, Carolyn Zaikowski, and Kim Adrian. After the readings, we'll talk talk more about the program, hear briefly from each instructor, and answer any questions about the program.  Virtual  Event.

 About the Program 

A rigorous, 10-month-long program for writers serious about making big strides on a book-length manuscript, in any genre, who would benefit from the structure, guidance, and support of a monthly workshop group. The workshop groups are each limited to ten writers, meet virtually once a month via Zoom, include access to an additional interactive online classroom, as well as other asynchronous program features. Admission by application. You can learn more about the program, visit the online application, at www.PioneerValleyWriters.com, under "Manuscript Program."

 About the Instructors 

BLAIR HURLEY (Novel First Draft) is the author of THE DEVOTED, which was longlisted for The Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize. Her second novel, MINOR PROPHETS will be published in 2023. Her work is published in New England Review, Electric Literature, The Georgia Review, Guernica, Paris Review Daily, West Branch, and elsewhere. She is a Pushcart Prize winner and an ASME Fiction award finalist.  

LIZ HARMER (Novel Revision) is the author of the novels The Amateurs (2018) and Strange Loops (2023). Her stories, essays, and poems have been published at the Globe & MailThe Walrus, Best Canadian Stories, The New Quarterly, Hazlitt, Image Journal, and elsewhere. A recent fellow at the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, she was also the runner-up for the Mitchell Prize in poetry. She’s the winner of a National Magazine Award for Personal Journalism, a CRAFT Literary Creative Nonfiction Award, and the WAGs-ProQuest Award Distinguished Masters Thesis, among other prizes. She teaches in the MFA program at Chapman University.  

CAROLYN ZAIKOWSKI (Poetry/Hybrid and CNF) is the author of the hybrid novels In Dream, I Dance by Myself, and I Collapse (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016) and A Child Is Being Killed (Aqueous Books, 2013). Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Denver Quarterly, The Rumpus, PANK, West Branch, DIAGRAM, Everyday Feminism, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and is currently an English professor and volunteer death doula. 

KIM ADRIAN (Memoir) is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the AlphabetSock (a Bloomsbury's Object Lessons book), and Dear Knausgaard, which James Wood (literary critic for The New Yorker) described as “a delight from start to finish.” She edited The Shell Game: Writers Play with Borrowed Forms, and wrote the libretto for the chamber opera "The Strange Child." Several of her short stories and essays have been listed as Notable or Distinguished in the Best American EssaysBest American Short Stories, and Pushcart Prize anthologies. Her work has garnered many awards and recognitions, including, most recently, a fellowship from the Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus in Bavaria, Germany.

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