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UPCOMING EVENTS

~2015~


EVENTS FOR "THIS ANGEL ON MY CHEST"


Wednesday, September 30
6 PM
Fall for the Book Festival
George Mason University
Fairfax, Virginia
Research Hall, Room 163

More information: http://fallforthebook.org/

Thursday, October 8, 2015
7 p.m.
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
One Schenley Park
Pittsburgh, PA  15213
For info, call 412-383-2493
More information: http://bit.ly/1UnA3E2


Saturday, October 10, 2015
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Conversations & Connections Writing Conference
Chatham University
N Woodland Rd
Pittsburgh, PA
Featured speaker


Saturday, October 17, 2015
6 PM
Politics & Prose Bookstore
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC
More information: www.politics-prose.com

Saturday, October 24, 2015
4:30 PM
Wisconsin Book Festival
Madison, WI


Tuesday, October 27, 2015
8 p.m.
Converse College
Bain Room, Wilson Hall

Spartanburg, SC

Thursday, November 12, 2015
6 p.m.
Powell's Books Chicago (University Village)
1218 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL


Sunday, November 15, 2015
2 p.m.
The Writer’s Center
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD
More information: https://www.writer.org/



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Thursday, March 12
8:00pm
Upshur Street Books
827 Upshur St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20011
Come enjoy readings, food, drinks, and music! Copies of Folio Literary Journal will be available for purchase. Please come ready to contribute a donation to the wonderful Folio!

Writers reading:
Carolyn White
Jenna Ogilve
Leslie Pietrzyk
Mark Cugini
Paulette Beete
Tyler Christensen
Jonathan Harper


After 11pm, the party continues in the Petworth Citizen Reading Room.

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AWP Reading
Friday, April 10
11:30am - 6:00pm
Minneapolis Convention Center: Room M101BC

The Third Annual HEAT Reading, HEAT: Hotter Than Hell, will take place at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Room M101BC (1st Floor). It is a free, fiery offsite event MC-ed by the fantabulous Antonia Crane. Indulge in our cash bar. Make your $5 contribution to VIDA (if you can). Win gift certificates to Powell's you can use online.

The Breakdown:
DOORS OPEN AT 11:30AM.
READERS READ FOR 4 MINUTES EACH, FROM THE TOP OF THE HOUR UNTIL QUARTER OF THE NEXT.
RECESS (15 MINGLE MINUTES)
"LET'S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN" UNTIL 6 PM.

FOUR PM
Leslie Pietrzyk
Anna Leahy
Ben Tanzer
Janée J. Baugher
Robin E. Black
Bonnie West

Jane Neathery Cutler


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April 10, 2015
6:30 PM ~ 8:00 PM
AWP Reading
Sponsored by The Sun Magazine
Open to the public
Minneapolis Central Library
Pohlad Hall 
300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN

With:
Sy Sarfransky
Krista Bremer
Joe Wilkins
Leslie Pietrzyk



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Class
Wednesday, January 21, 1 – 3:30 p.m.
Right Brain Writing
Politics and Prose, Washington, DC

Explore your creative side at this afternoon of guided writing exercises designed to get your subconscious flowing.  No writing experience necessary!  This is a great class for beginners and also for those fiction writers and/or memoirists with more experience who might be stuck in their current project, looking for a jolt of inspiration.  The goal is to have fun in a supportive, nurturing environment and to go home with several promising pieces to work on further.  Please bring lots of paper and pen/pencil or a fully charged computer. For more information.


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January 1 – January 10, 2015
Converse College Low-Residency MFA
Public reading: Monday, January 5, 2015
8PM
Spartanburg Marriott, Conference Center
Panel, moderator: Thursday, January 8, 2015
“Social Media for Writers”
7PM
Spartanburg Public Library | Sponsored by Hub City Books.
Join us for a casual, talk-show format panel on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads and more with these featured panelists:
Marybeth Whalen, Charlotte novelist and co-founder of She Reads.
Anna Sutton, marketing assistant at John Blair, Publisher.
Marlanda Dekine of Spoken Word Spartanburg.
Meg ReidHub City Writers Project Assistant Director.

Moderator: novelist and blogger Leslie Pietrzyk, a member of the Converse MFA faculty.

More information.




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See previous events after the jump.




~2014~

September 18 and October 16
Politics & Prose Bookstore
Class: Right Brain Writing

Explore your creative side at this afternoon of guided writing exercises designed to get your subconscious flowing.  No writing experience necessary!  This is a great class for beginners and also for those fiction writers and/or memoirists with more experience who might be stuck in their current project, looking for a jolt of inspiration.  The goal is to have fun in a supportive, nurturing environment and to go home with several promising pieces to work on further.  Please bring lots of paper and pen/pencil or a fully charged computer.
www.politics-prose.com


June 26, 2014
Politics & Prose Bookstore
Class: In the Beginning: Get Your Novel/Story/Memoir Off to a Great Start!

Most writers know they have to “hook” their reader from the start of the story or novel, but how exactly do we do this? What are the elements that make a great beginning to a story or novel or memoir?  You’ll find out in this class, as we explore ways to strengthen your opening pages.  Everyone is invited to bring 16 copies of the first two pages of one of their stories/novels/essays/memoirs for some hands-on advice (optional).


June 2014
Teaching Residency
Spartanburg, SC
Fiction Workshop


April 30, 2014
Politics & Prose Bookstore
Class: Right Brain Writing

Explore your creative side at this afternoon of guided writing exercises designed to get your subconscious flowing.  No writing experience necessary!  This is a great class for beginners and also for those fiction writers and/or memoirists with more experience who might be stuck in their current project, looking for a jolt of inspiration.  The goal is to have fun in a supportive, nurturing environment and to go home with several promising pieces to work on further.  Please bring lots of paper and pen/pencil or a fully charged computer.



April 5, 2014
Conversations & Connections
1-day Writing Conference
Johns Hopkins University
Washington, DC
Panel:  “Who’s Talking?: Point of View”

March 2014
Writing Residency
Virginia Center for Creative Arts

January 2014
Teaching Residency
Spartanburg, SC
Fiction Workshop



 ~2013~

Residency:
The Hambidge Center
Rabun Gap, GA
July 9-28, 2013




Tuesday, June 18, 1-3:30 p.m.

Right Brain Writing: Guided Prompts

Politics & Prose Bookstore, Washington, DC



Explore your creative side at this afternoon of guided writing exercises designed to get your subconscious flowing.  No writing experience necessary!  This is a great class for beginners and also for those fiction writers and/or memoirists with more experience who might be stuck in their current projects, looking for a jolt of inspiration.  The goal is to have fun in a supportive, nurturing environment and to go home with several promising pieces to work on further.  Please bring lots of paper and pen/pencil or a fully charged computer.  We will be using as our inspiration work fromSpeed Enforced by Aircraft, a book of poetry by local author Richard Peabody. It will be helpful if you bring a copy to class.



Teaching, Converse Low-Residency MFA

Converse College
Spartanburg, SC
May 31 – June 8, 2013

Residency:
Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts
Nebraska City, NE
April 8 - May 10, 2013

Write Now! Beach Retreat
Featured workshop presenter
March 15-17, 2013
Rehoboth, DE
(sold out)

 Right Brain Writing: Prompt Class
January 28, 2013
1:30 – 3:30 PM
Politics & Prose bookstore
Washington, DC
(sold out)

Teaching, Converse Low-Residency MFA Program
January 2 – January 11, 2013
Pinecrest Inn
Tryon, NC
 
~2012~


Summer 2012
Teaching, Converse College Low-Residency MFA Program
Spartanburg, SC
May 31 ~ June 9


Saturday, April 21
Conversations & Connections: 1-Day Writing Conference
Dupont Circle
Washington, DC
Panel: 3-4 PM
From Here: Your Guide to Readings, Workshops, Magazines, and Presses in the DC Area: So you’ve come to this great conference and met these wonderful people but now you have to go home. How can you keep the energy up? How can you keep honing your craft? How can you get more involved in the literary community? Our panelists will provide a map to the literary landscape, detailing the resources and opportunities available in the DC area. Barrelhouse Poetry Editor Dan Brady leads this panel discussion, with novelist Leslie Pietrzyk, CityLit’s Gregg Wilhelm, and Andre Perry from the Mission Creek Festival.


Saturday, March 3, 2012
AWP Annual Conference
Chicago, IL
Panel Discussion: “Connecting With Readers Via Your Website and Social Media”
Saturday, March 3
9:00 AM to 10:15 AM
Boulevard Room A,B,C, Hilton Chicago


Winter/Spring 2012
Teaching, Johns Hopkins Master of Arts in Writing Program
“Writing the Novel Workshop”
January-May 2010


Winter 2012
Teaching, Converse College Low-Residency Program
December 30, 2011-January 8, 2012






~2011~

Class: The First Pages: What Makes a Good Beginning

The Writer’s Center / http://www.writer.org/
4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD 20815
Time: 7:00-10:00 P.M.
Date: 11/1/2011
Most writers know that they have to “hook” their reader from the start of the story or novel, but how exactly do we do this? What are the elements that make a great beginning to a story or novel? You’ll find out in this workshop, as we explore ways to strengthen your opening pages. Everyone is invited to bring 15 copies of the first two pages of one of their stories/novels/essays/memoirs for some hands-on advice.
Registration/more info:  http://www.writer.org/

Class: Flex Your Creative Muscles: A One-Day Workshop
The Writer’s Center / http://www.writer.org/
4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD 20815
Time: 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.
Date: 10/22/2011
Spend the afternoon doing a series of intensive, guided exercises designed to shake up your brain and get your creative subconscious working for you. You can come with a project already in mind and focus your work toward a deeper understanding of that—or you can come as a blank slate (that will quickly fill up!). Fiction writers and memoirists of all levels are welcome. Please bring lots of paper and pen/pencil or a computer with a fully charged battery. (1 hour lunch break)
Registration/more info: http://www.writer.org/


Converse College Low-Residency MFA
June 1-June 10, 2011
Spartanburg, SC
Many events are open to the public
More information: http://old.converse.edu/mfa/

Conversations and Connections Literary Conference
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Johns Hopkins University Advanced Writing Program campus, Washington, DC

1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
one block from the Dupont Circle (Red line) Metro station’s south entrance.
$65 for full day
Debut Writers and How They Got There Panel discussion: Dylan Landis, Eric Goodman, Janice Shapiro, Robin Black,
Moderated by Leslie Pietrzyk

For more information: http://writersconnectconference.com/word/


Doing a Low-Residency MFA: Pros & Cons
sponsored by AIW (American Independent Writers)
Monday, April 4, 2011
7:00 p.m.
Free for AIW members and non-members

Leslie Pietrzyk teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Converse College (located in Spartanburg, South Carolina) and in the graduate writing program at Johns Hopkins. She is the author of two novels, Pears on a Willow Tree (Avon Books) and A Year and a Day (William Morrow). Her short fiction has appeared in many journals, including Shenandoah, The Iowa Review, The Gettysburg Review, and The Sun Magazine.

Rimas Blekaitis is currently a student and MFA candidate in writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts low-residency MFA program. The VCFA program was recently ranked as the top low-residency writing program in the country by Poets and Writers magazine, and as one of the top five programs by The Atlantic magazine. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Location: AIW Office
Suite 701
1001 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
The street entrance is on K Street, between 17th and Connecticut, near the K Street entrance to the Farragut North Metro station.
Metro: Farragut North on the Red line, Farragut West on the Orange and Blue lines.

Saturday, February 5, 20117:30 -8:30 PM
Reading with writers and editors of The Sun magazine
In conjunction with the AWP Conference
Go Mama Go!
1809 14th St NW
(between S St & Swann St)
Washington, DC 20009
(U Street metro station)

January 24-May 2, 2011
Teaching: Johns Hopkins Advanced Academic Programs
Washington, DC
Fiction Workshop

December 31, 2010-January 9, 2011

Teaching: Converse College Low-Residency MFA Program
Spartanburg, SC


Teaching: Converse College Low-Residency MFA ProgramSpartanburg, SC
June 1-June 11

Thursday, June 3, 2010“The Lay of the Land: The First Chapter” (recommended reading: Chapter 1 of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Chapter 1 of Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney)
10:30–12:00 p.m.
Dalton Auditorium, Converse College campus
Spartanburg, SC

Friday, June 4, 2010

Reading with Dan Wakefield
Reception to follow
7:30–8:30 p.m.
Montgomery Student Center, Converse College campus
Spartanburg, SC

AWP Conference: April 7-10, 2010
Hyatt Regency Hotel
650 15th Street
Denver, CO 80202

Declarations of Independence: Voices from The Writer's Center
Friday, April 9
1:30 PM to 2:45 PM
Room 401, 402 – CCC

Shhh!: Librarians, Archivists, and Writers Discover Research
Saturday, April 10
3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
Room: Agate ­ Hyatt

Thursday, March 18, 2010Reading
7:30 PM
Riverviews Artspace
901 Jefferson Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504
434.847.7277

Thursday, March 4, 20107:00 to 10:00 PM
The Writer’s Center
4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD 20815
Phone: 301 654-8664
Registration here.
Click here for Directions

The First Pages: What Makes a Good Beginning?
A One-Night Workshop
Most writers know that they have to “hook” their reader from the start of the story or novel, but how exactly do we do this? What, in other words, are the elements that make a great beginning to a story or novel? You’ll find out in this workshop, as we explore ways to strengthen your opening pages. Everyone is invited to bring 20 copies of the first page of one of their stories/novels/essays/memoirs for some hands-on advice.



Monday, January 25, 2010The Writer’s Center7:00 to 10:00 PM
4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD 20815Phone: 301 654-8664
Registration here.
Click here for Directions

How to Talk the Talk: Focus on Dialogue
A One-Night Workshop
Dialogue seems as though it should be easy since we all talk! But written dialogue should reverberate beyond the sounds of everyday conversation, serving many purposes: revealing character, moving the story forward, supporting your setting. How to accomplish these effects in your own fiction and memoir? This supportive, hands-on workshop offers tips and techniques that will help the voices of your characters come alive. We’ll be doing a number of exercises in class, so bring pen/paper!


Winter 2010Teaching,
Converse College Low-Residency Program

Teaching, Johns Hopkins Master of Arts in Writing Program
“Voice in Modern Fiction”
January-May 2010


Thursday, September 24, 2009
The Writing Show: Novel Help From Writing Groups
Sponsored by James River Writers
How a writing group can prepare writers to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this November or write the novel of a lifetime anytime.
Featuring:
Carolyn Parkhurst, author of The Dogs of Babel and Lost and Found.
Leslie Pietrzyk, author of Pears on a Willow Tree and A Year and A Day.
Susann Cokal, author of Mirabilis and Breath and Bones.

September 24, 6:30-8:30 PM
The Children's Museum of Richmond
2626 West Broad Street
$10 in advance/$12 at the door/$5 for students
For more information and online registration visit
jamesriverwriters.org


Fall 2009Teaching, Converse College Low-Residency Program


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January 2009
Converse College, Spartanburg, SC
Writer in Residence

Thursday, February 12, 20091:30 pm – 2:30 p.m.
Book signing
Book Fair,
AWP conference
Converse College table
Hilton Chicago
720 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

Thursday, February 12, 20096:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The
Polish Museum of America
The Great Hall
984 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL
Five Polish writers (John Guzlowski, Anthony Bukoski, Linda Foster, John Minczeski, Leslie Pietrzyk) read and discuss how they have been shaped by the culture of the Mid-West and the culture of Poland.

There is free parking to the west of the building. The Museum can also be reached by the 56 Milwaukee Ave. bus (Augusta stop) or the blue line (three long blocks from either the Division or Chicago Avenue stops. A small donation is requested.

Friday, February 13, 20094:30 pm-5:45 pm
Hilton Chicago
720 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
Ontario Room, 8th Floor
The Country They Come From: Polish-American Writers Read about the Midwest and Poland. (John Guzlowski, Anthony Bukoski, Linda Foster, John Minczeski, Leslie Pietrzyk) Polish-American writers have been writing in and about the Midwest for a 150 years. They have written novels, travel narratives, poems, songs and memoirs that commemorate the Midwest while memorializing the country these writers or their ancestors came from. Five recent Polish-American writers will demonstrate that this tradition is very much alive and vital. Free.
Sponsored by the
AWP Writing Conference.

Saturday, April 11, 2009
Conversations and Connections Writer’s Conference
Johns Hopkins University
1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW
(Dupont Circle)
Washington, DC
Details:
www.writersconnectconference.com/wordpress/

Spring Classes 2009The Writer’s Center
TBA

Friday, May 1, 2009
Unlocking Your Creative Side Through Word Collage
Northern Virginia Writers (NVW): First Friday Event
Leesburg Town Hall
25 West Market Street
Leesburg, VA 20176
7:30 to 9:30 PM
Lower Level Meeting Room
Free-write exercises are meant to let your mind simply flow onto paper. Using these exercises, see how you can pick out the words and phrases that really sing and how they can be gathered and combined to create new stories or enhance something you’re working on. Bring paper and pen and be ready to unlock your creativity!
Details:
https://www.writer.org/about/index.asp?id=19

May 15–17, 2009The Sun magazine gathering
Rowe Conference Center
Rowe, Massachusetts
Details TBA

May 28-June 6, 2009
Converse College Low-Residency MFA Program
Open readings and lectures TBA
Spartanburg, SC

June 1, 2009

Memoir/Fiction workshop (SOLD OUT)
Have you always wanted to write but couldn't quite find the courage to pick up a pencil? Or perhaps you're a secret writer, scribbling stories in private notebooks, compulsively filling the pages of your journal? This supportive, hands-on workshop will give you courage to write and direction about how to proceed. Through discussion and writing exercises, participants will learn some basic techniques of fiction/memoir writing.The goal is to leave with several promising pieces to finish at home
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
$25 ($20 for members); sold out--
Email to join Wait List
Hub City Writers' Project
149 South Daniel Morgan Ave STE 2
Spartanburg, SC 29306
(864) 577-9349

Saturday, June 13, 2009AIW Writer’s Conference
The George Washington University

Cafritz Conference Center
Marvin Center Building 800 21st St. N.W.Washington, D.C.
Details:
http://www.washwriter.org/
Craft Lecture: