August short story workshop: 8/10-9/7

We’re leading a short story workshop next month and we’re super stoked about it! The details:

What it is: A generative workshop. The goal is to complete a piece of short fiction in five weeks. We’ll start with writing prompts and reading to get some ideas flowing and end with group workshops of the stories in progress.

This workshop is open to writers of all ages and all levels—whether you have an MFA or are just starting in fiction, starting a story and seeing it through to the end takes more than just writing talent. It takes commitment and dedication—and having other people around to help out can oftentimes keep you on track. The goal of this workshop is to get everybody to the finish line on a new piece.

When it is: Wednesday nights from 7-9pm (August 10, 17, 24, 31, and September 7).

Where it is: East End Book Exchange (4754 Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield)

How to sign up: E-mail Jess Simms (jrsimms29@gmail.com).

What it costs: We’re asking for a $20 donation. There’s two reasons for this:
1) Something that costs money is easier to stay committed to than something that’s free (sad but true, psychologically)
2) It will help the Haven keep doing readings and workshops and other cool literary events in the city

…having said that, we in no way want the cost to be prohibitive. If you want to join the workshop but don’t have an extra $20, just e-mail Jess (jrsimms29@gmail.com) and we’ll work out an alternative (like bringing food to the reading, or something similarly awesome).

What you get: Aside from writing a story, you’ll get a collection of short stories to read, study, and keep. You’ll also get a chance to read part of your story to an audience at the final reading (date and time TBD).

Who’s in charge: Three members of the Rahnd Table will be moderating this workshop: Liz Abeling, Nate Kukulski, and Jess Simms (and we’ll be writing stories, too, because we practice what we preach, yo).

…we’re really excited to start this workshop and we hope you’ll be equally stoked to take this journey with us. Let’s make some words happen, Pittsburgh!

Upcoming Readings: Gender Swap date change and a Bean Feast

Gender Swap: May 19, 8PM
Cyberpunk Apocalypse

With both the Submit-In and the Sausage Party in mid-April, we felt we were getting a little overly-ambitious doing another reading on April 30 (we’re still kinda new at this and we get so excited about ideas we sometimes forget about the logistics). So we’ve pushed the Gender Swap back to May 19. More details about the line-up and whatnot to follow soon!

Bean Feast (and maybe Clam Bake!) coming in June
To finish out our gender-themed reading series, we’ll be doing an all-female reading in June. Details on this one are still forthcoming, but we’re excited to announce we may be exploring a new venue for this one, an outdoor spot that looks just lovely.

As always, if you’re interested in sharing your words with the world, let us know! Gender swap will involve stories or poems written from the narrative voice of a gender not your own (interpreting this however you will for those who don’t fall on the gender binary) while the Bean Feast will be open only to readers who identify as female (sorry dudes, you already had your sausage party).

November 25: Prose Party at Cyberpunk Apocalypse

The second Haven Presents at the Cyberpunk Apocalypse is coming up next Tuesday, November 25th. The details:

November 25

Given that we recently had the coldest November day in Pittsburgh history, I will hazard a guess that we will be inside the Cyberpunk performance space which–though we haven’t posted any pictures lately–is now much further along in the renovations than when that wall picture was posted many moons ago.