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Virtual Book Discussions
Mar31

Virtual Book Discussions

Convene for a virtual book discussion led by Lynn Rosen! CROSSING TO SAFETY by Wallace Stegner Many readers cite this novel, published in 1987, as one of their favorites. Let’s explore why! Stegner, who was a much-celebrated writer in his time, writes a moving story of two married couples, their relationships and friendships, as well as their career and health challenges over their decades of acquaintance. It’s a look at love and friendship as well as at the writing and the academic life, not to mention a book filled with gorgeous description of natural beauty.Join our discussion of this complex, insightful, and evergreen novel by a treasured American writer! DATE/TIME: Wednesday, April 29th, 7PM – 8:15PMCOST: $25Sign...

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Lunch ‘n’ Learn Short Story Discussion Class
Mar31

Lunch ‘n’ Learn Short Story Discussion Class

Discuss one story in this bite-sized 45 minute class. Stories are available online; links to be provided ahead of time. Now announcing three new classes to be led by Stephanie Feldman! Here’s what attendees had to say about Stephanie’s earlier class: “It took me out of my comfort space to have to speak to a group in a safe space.” “This was something I have not done before, read a short story by an author I had not read before. It was for me, personal enrichment.” “I love hearing how everyone made certain connections to the story and everyone’s interpretations.” Register HERE “Interesting Facts” by Adam JohnsonDESCRIPTION: A woman with cancer faces her own mortality, as her children retreat into imagination and a beautiful rival befriends her famous husband.ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Adam Johnson is the author of Fortune Smiles, winner of the National Book Award, and The Orphan Master’s Son, winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Johnson’s other awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Stegner Fellowship. He teaches creative writing at Stanford University and lives in San Francisco.Led by: Stephanie FeldmanDATE/TIME: Wednesday, April 22nd, 12:15PM – 1:00PMCOST: $20Sign up HERE “Walkdog” by Sofia SamatarDESCRIPTION: A high school student’s term paper about a local legend reveals a story of first love and bullying—and a desperate plea for help.ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sofia Samatar is the author of the novels A Stranger in Olondria and The Winged Histories, the short story collection, Tender, and Monster Portraits, a collaboration with her brother, the artist Del Samatar. Her work has won several awards, including the World Fantasy Award. She teaches African literature, Arabic literature, and speculative fiction at James Madison University.Led by: Stephanie FeldmanDATE/TIME: Wednesday, April 29th, 12:15PM – 1:00PMCOST: $20Sign up HERE “Farangs” by Rattuwut LapcharoensapDESCRIPTION: A young Thai man finds love with an American tourist, and must choose where his loyalty lies.ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rattawut Lapcharoensap, BA, Cornell University. MFA, University of Michigan is author of Sightseeing, a collection of short stories, which received the Asian American Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. His work has appeared in Granta, One Story, The Guardian, Zoetrope, Best New American Voices, and Best American Non-Required Reading, among others. He is a recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award, a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honor, and many more honors.Led by: Stephanie FeldmanDATE/TIME: Wednesday, may 6thn 12:15PM – 1:00PMCOST: $20Sign up HERE Join one class, or join them all! Special price available if you sign up for the series of three. Register...

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Lit Chat Happy Hour
Mar31

Lit Chat Happy Hour

Join Lynn Rosen for a monthly book chat and BYO! Each time, Lynn will present a round-up of brand new just published books. She’ll tell you about new books and their authors and provide great new reading and book club recommendations. She’ll also fill you in on interesting publishing news and developments in the literary world. Come to this virtual meeting with two things: your beverage of choice, and your love of books! Also, there will be prizes! DATE: to be announcedTIME: 7PM – 8:15PMLOCATION: via...

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Book Development Workshop

Now that you’re stuck at home, might this be the perfect time to start that book you’ve been thinking about writing? Join long-time book publishing industry professional Lynn Rosen for a series of classes in which we’ll workshop your book idea. We’ll hone your idea, look at the market, talk about publishing strategies and approaches, and address any other questions and issues that come up related to getting published. Our goal will be to help you make progress along the path from idea to publication.DATE/TIME: Saturday, April 11, 2PM – 3:30PMCOST: $25Sign...

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Kids Write! Virtual Writing Classes for Kids
Mar28

Kids Write! Virtual Writing Classes for Kids

Introducing our new online writing program for kids! We want to encourage young writers, especially during these days when schools are closed, by giving them some new concrete skills that will help them become better writers and feel good about what they are accomplishing as young writers. Our classes combine instruction about craft and writing exercises, all at an age appropriate level. Classes are led by Lynn Rosen, owner of Open Book Productions and English, writing, and publishing instructor. (For more about Lynn see HERE.) What people are saying about Kids Write! Praise from a former student:I really liked this writing class. I’m still enjoying writing the rest of the story I started during the class. We were given time and help to be creative and write what we wanted. Praise from the parent of a previous student:“My daughter, who is in 7th grade, took a class with Lynn in the fall. It was a great experience on so many levels. I knew my daughter was a talented writer but didnt know how to foster this talent without nagging! Lynn got the middle schoolers comfortable with her and each other right away so they could give each other feedback. The fiction piece my daughter ended up writing blew me away. The characters had serious depth and I wanted to read more! I know she is a better writer from this class! I highly recommend Kids Write for teens and tweens!” Class Details BOTH SESSIONS ARE FULL. IF YOU’D LIKE TO BE NOTIFIED WHEN A NEW SESSION BEGINS, PLEASE EMAIL LYNN@LYNNROSEN.COM. Class will meet virtually; details are below. Each class is 2 weeks long, includes 4 meetings, and each meeting is an hour and 15 minutes.Cost per class is $85 Register HERE. (A special discount for two children from one family is available.) KIDS WRITE! GRADES 3 – 5 DATE: Mon/Thur, April 16, 20, 23, 27TIME: 11AM – 12:15PMLOCATION: via ZoomIn this workshop, young writers will exercise their writerly muscles in a series of exercises designed to teach them about how to craft good writing in a fun way.  They’ll learn about how to plan a writing project and what it means to write a good sentence, all in the context of exercises designed specifically for their age group.Register HERE. KIDS WRITE! GRADES 6 – 8 DATE: Tues/Fri, April 17, 21, 24, 28TIME: 2PM – 3:15PM LOCATION: via ZoomIn this workshop, we’ll start to look at what it means to be a writer. What exactly, do writers do? What are the many professions in which writing plays a role? What are some different types of writing? Students will do exercises that explore a variety of writing...

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