News, events, opportunities

A few new exciting area literary events and opportunities, including additional classes or workshops, are available. Please go to my new website to find out about them. The list below remains as an archive.

Flash Fiction writing course at the College of Marin
The art of writing a complete story in 500 words or less. Some of our best contemporary authors write flash fiction. The practice of writing these short-shorts causes you to flex your best writing muscle: precision. Learn how to write these brief stories, and where to publish.

Feb. 2-Mar. 16, 2011  Wednesdays, 1:10-3 pm.
Kentfield Campus
Course #15082 EC
You can register online. This class fills up quickly; register ASAP.

Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series
I curate and host the Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series, which showcases the area’s best prose (defined as narrative other than poetry) writers at Studio 333 in Sausalito, 7 PM, $5 donation.  Every 2nd Thursday of the month. Emerging writers are invited to submit work to read.

Reading:
Quiet Lightning
Tuesday Nov 30, 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna St @ 2nd St, SF
7-9pm | $5
http://www.111minnagallery.com

Past events and opportunities:

ART OF THE NOUN: PEOPLE, PLACES, and THINGS
Writers Studio with Marianne Rogoff & Peg Alford Pursell
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. January 3-10, 2011.

Writing sample deadline: Sept. 25. See the separate page for more information.

Readings:
September 26, 5 PM, for The Portuguese Artists Colony. Theme: “Omphaloskepsis.” Fivepoints Arthouse, 72 Tehama St.

Oct. 9, 7:15 PM at Litquake’s 2010 Litcrawl event. Bianca Starr at 3552 20th St.

Writing from Experience — a lecture by Stephen Elliott with Peg Alford Pursell
April 29, Thursday, 6:30-9:30 pm; Studio 333, Sausalito; $35. Check out this website here for more information. This will fill up fast; register now.  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/100628

Your experiences, and how you process them, are what make you unique as an individual. They are also the most valuable things we can offer readers. We’ll talk about writing from experience in fiction and nonfiction, and how to use our lives as jumping off points and framing devices for the stories we tell about ourselves and others. We’ll also talk about the dangers of writing from experience and overcoming the blocks set in place (often unnecessarily) by our fears of exposure. We’ll look at strategies for getting past those fears and for dealing with friends and relatives whose memories might be different from our own. Finally, we’ll focus on unlocking our lives and the joy and value of integrating the worlds we know with the worlds we create.

How to Write Flash Fiction—and Why You Want to
Saturday, April 10, 2010
at Book Passage in Corte Madera
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

In addition to being fun to write, flash fiction—unlike many other writing exercises—has a market. You can hone your writing skills creating these short-shorts and publish your stories in an increasing number of print and online lit mags as well as anthologies. Some of our best contemporary authors write flash fiction — find out why in this class.

Flash Fiction writing course at the College of Marin
March 31-May 19, 2010,  Wednesdays, 1:10-3 pm.
Kentfield Campus
Course #35079 EC

In the SF Chronicle
My literary community-building activities were featured on the front page of the Chronicle’s Dateline section.

Drive-by Shorts
Radio Sausalito announces the December 2009 premier of Drive-by Shorts, a weekly spoken-word radio show of ultra-short fiction, hosted by local writers A.T. Lynne and Peg Alford Pursell.  Stories just long enough to drink one beer or drive Sausalito end to end.

Writers are invited to submit their work for broadcast consideration.  Send your finest flash-fiction pieces (500 words or less) to drivebyshorts@radiosausalito.org

Get flashed by fiction! Radio Sausalito broadcasts throughout Southern Marin at 1610 AM Radio and on Cable 26/27. Programs are also available via iTunes Music Store (Free) and online at http://www.radiosausalito.org

How to Write Flash Fiction—and Why You Want to
Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009
at Book Passage in Corte Madera
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

In addition to being fun to write, flash fiction—unlike many other writing exercises—has a market. You can hone your writing skills creating these short-shorts and publish your stories in an increasing number of print and online lit mags as well as anthologies. Some of our best contemporary authors write flash fiction — find out why in this class.

Hear me read!

I have two readings coming up in December. The first is for Evan Karp’s brand new endeavor,  Quiet Lightning! Whispers in the Dark. I’ll be reading a flash fiction piece (500 words). Details:

Monday, December 14, 6 PM until 8ish
Cantina
580 Sutter St

“The event is free and we will have our own personal bar, so bring $10 —  no, bring $11 – dedicate 10 to your liver and 1 to our candle + postcard fund. ” — Evan

The second is at James Warner’s Inside Story Time, on the theme of “Happiness.” I actually have a story that even uses that exact word — a couple times — which I’ll read from (and which won an award, come to think of it.) Details:

December 17th, 6.30-8.30 PM
Cafe Royale (which displays a sign for writers: “Relatively Happy Hour…”)

Litquake and more

Litquake, San Francisco’s Literary Festival celebrates its 10th year.  The West Coast’s largest lit festival runs October 9 through 17.  Hear me read from my novel October 11, at the The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, 6:30 PM.

You can now hear this reading online here thanks to Evan Karp, who does a great job of keeping up-to-date on literary happenings and who also dedicated a column to my teaching and literary activities here.