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FSG Originals and the Writer/Editor Relationship at AWP Tampa

FSG Originals and the Writer/Editor Relationship

Virginia Barber Middleton Memorial Stage, Sponsored by USC, Exhibit Hall, Tampa Convention Center, T
Friday, March 9, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Since 2011, FSG Originals has maintained a mission to publish "voices that insist on being heard, stories that demand to be told, writers who are compelled to show us something new. They defy categorization and expectation. They are, in a word, original." It's a mission exemplified in the relationship that editor Emily Bell, Director of FSG Originals, has built and sustained with a number of authors, such as Amelia Gray, Lindsay Hunter, Catherine Lacey, and Laura van den Berg, among others. Bell introduced these writers' work to mainstream publishing, and insisted on developing their second—and sometimes third—books, in the face of consolidating and shifting market expectations. On this panel, Emily Bell will join a handful of the authors published at FSG Originals to discuss the writer/editor relationship, the virtues of experimenting with established systems, and standing up for weird books.

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7:00 PM19:00

Lit & Luz in Mexico City


7 pm-  Tamayo Museum ( Paseo de la Reforma, 51 , Col. Bosques de Chapultepec)

Closing of the Festival: "Live Magazine Show"

Collaborative teams of artists and writers from Chicago and Mexico participating in this edition, who will present their creations, hybrid performances with multimedia base.

This year's participants include:

  • Aura Xilonen + Coya Paz
  • Eduardo Rabasa + Danny Giles
  • Carla Faesler + Selina Trepp + Nate Marshall
  • Amalia Pica + Jac Jemc
  • Erika L. Sanchez and special guests

These works will be presented for the first and only time in the Festival LIT & LUZ In previous editions Luis Felipe Fabre, Guadalupe Nettel, Julieta Venegas, Verónica Gerber Bicecci, Álvaro Enrigue and many others participated.

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to Feb 23

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Conference at the Virginia P. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University

When Words Won't Come
Jac Jemc, Malka Older, Amy K. Nichols

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

What happens when the page stretches out in front of you and the words remain stagnant? How do you bring yourself to write when the words just won’t flow? All writers have ideas and hesitations on where to begin. Learn from these authors on how to spin stories from the everyday and how the act of writing becomes as important as the writing itself.

Location: Heritage, University Club
Type: Panel
Genre: Mixed Genre, Writing Life

Haunting: Mining Memory to Add Depth and Intrigue
Jac Jemc

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 2:45 to 3:45 p.m.

From the absences of Sappho to the specters of Henry James, the idea of haunting presents itself in many forms throughout literature. In this session we'll explore haunting as narrative driver and resonance builder. Whether you're interested in building a traditional ghost story, a tale of unrequited love or lingering grief, or lacing your work with outside influences, this session will help anyone looking for ways of building theme and image-based collateral in a variety of genres.

Location: Basha, Old Main
Type: Presentation
Genre: Fiction, Mixed Genre

Frame Work
Jac Jemc

Friday, February 23, 2018, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

In his essay, “The Perception of Reality,” William James posed the question, “Under what circumstances do we think things are real?” We’ll use this question as a jumping off point to examine how it is we generate feelings of authenticity in our fiction using different frameworks. How can voice be used to indicate truth? How can stories within stories aid the attempt at making meaning? How can a structure that supports multiple levels of fact or fiction strengthen the overall effect of the narrative and serve as a platform for the objective of the piece?

Location: Traditions, University Club
Type: Presentation
Genre: Fiction

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1:00 PM13:00

MAKE X: A Decade of Literary Art

A conversation between Jac Jemc (The Grip of It) and Jessica Anne (A Manual for Nothing) related to MAKE magazine’s new book featuring a decade of its best work. They will discuss their own writings, blurring the lines of fiction and nonfiction, the meaning of literary art, and participating in MAKE’s Lit & Luz Festival.

Room 837

Columbia College Chicago 

1104 S Wabash, Chicago IL


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10:00 AM10:00

Haunting: A Writing Workshop, Northwestern Summer Writers' Conference

From the absences of Sappho to the ghosts of Henry James to the longing-fueled chases driving Laura van den Berg's stories, the idea of haunting presents itself in many forms throughout literature. In this session we'll explore haunting as narrative driver and resonance builder by reading examples of different modes of haunting and appropriating their forms. Whether you're interested in building a traditional ghost story, a tale of unrequited love or lingering grief, or playing with erasures of source materials, this course can help anyone looking for ways of building theme and image-based collateral in a variety of genres.

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1:00 PM13:00

The Art of the Agent Query, Hugo House, Seattle WA

You have a solid manuscript of your novel and you’re ready to find it a home, but where do you start? Getting a novel published takes time, consideration, and tons of research. In this class we’ll explore how to find agents that might be a good fit for your work.We’ll look at examples of strong query letters, and then draft our own to ensure that the craft of those letters is as compelling as the novel you’re pitching

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7:00 PM19:00

Six Points Reading Series

Join the Poetry Center of Chicago at Innertown Pub for the July installment of the Six Points Reading Series!

In 2016 we continue to move to a variety of rotating locations throughout Chicago, and we're grateful for the community partnerships we've been able to develop as a result of this. As always, our readings are free and open to the public. This reading is 21+

This month we are pleased to welcome Kevin Coval and Jac Jemc. Curated and hosted by Danielle Susi.

Innertown Pub

1935 W Thomas St, Chicago, Illinois 60622

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to Aug 24

Get Your Work Out Online Submission Workshop at The Loft

In this class, we'll focus on finishing up pieces that have been lingering in the almost finished state and getting them ready to send out for submission. We'll workshop stories that are in the near-final draft state for fine-tuning and polishing, discuss the formatting and structure that will be received best by editors, and explore the possible venues that might be a good fit for work. We'll draft and revise cover letters and talk about how to track and manage our work in the process of submitting it.

Students should bring at least one (more welcome) story or essay that is in progress to revise and prepare for publication during the course of this class. Week One: Why Publish? The Benefits of Community. Week Two: Final Draft Workshop. Week 3: Formatting and Reading with an Editor's Eye. Week 4: Finding the Proper Venue. Week 5: Cover Letters. Week 6: Tracking Submissions and Creating Good Submission Habits. This class is appropriate for anyone looking to begin sending work out or refine their methods of doing so.

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to Aug 2

Submission Bootcamp at StoryStudio Chicago

The world of publishing stories and essays can be overwhelming and inscrutable. How strong a piece needs to be, what editors look for, how to find the right outlet for your work: there are no shortage of do’s and don’ts.

Demystify the publication process with this 4-week bootcamp on how to get published in literary journals. We’ll cover the major steps: making sure your piece is polished, identifying the best market for your work, and keeping careful track of your submissions.

You’ll write and get feedback on query letters, and talk about best practices when communicating with journals and editors. We’ll also discuss resources that can make the publishing process easier.

The class is perfect for writers who are ready to submit their short stories or essays, or who want to learn about the world of publishing.

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