Fall 2018 Events
The path from aspiring writer to published author requires tenacity, intention, and planning. The prestige and support structure offered by traditional publishers continues to be a desirable path for many writers. Yet, with the proliferation of professional, low-cost printing options and the ubiquity of e-books, self-publishing is on the rise and here to stay. No matter which path they choose, authors need to build a team around them. Panelists, including a literary agent, attorney, editor, publicist, and two authors, will help navigate the benefits and challenges as well as the legal and business issues along the path from idea to manuscript to publication. Presented in partnership with The Porch, Nashville’s independent center for writing.
This course has been approved by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education for a maximum of one (1) hour of general credit.
Assistant General Counsel, HarperCollins
Jennifer Chesak runs an indie publishing and editing business, Wandering in the Words Press, to help authors cut through industry red tape, take control of their royalties, and get their books to the masses in a polished and professional manner. Jennifer earned her Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism and has had a storied career as a freelance adventure and medical writer for several international publications. She is currently working on a fiction novel set in her native state of North Dakota. Read her work at www.jenniferchesak.com.
An Army kid who grew up at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Claire Gibson is a writer and avid reader whose work has been featured in The Washington Post and The Christian Science Monitor, among many other publications. Her debut novel, Beyond the Point, is forthcoming from Harper Collins' William Morrow Books, April 2, 2019. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband Patrick and their son, Sam. Visit her website at www.clairegibson.com
Margaret Riley King
Margaret Riley King is an agent in the Literary Department at William Morris Endeavor, where she began her career after graduating from Princeton University with a BA in History and a Certificate in Theater and Dance. She represents both literary and commercial fiction, young adult and middle grade, some narrative nonfiction and memoir and lifestyle titles in the areas of food, psychology, health, faith/spirituality, and well-being.
Her recent and upcoming projects include: bestselling author Glennon Doyle’s memoir, Love Warrior, which debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and was selected as an Oprah Book Club pick; Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author Chloe Benjamin’s novel, The Immortalists; award-winning civil rights advocate and interfaith leader Valarie Kaur’s debut, Revolutionary Love; Pantsuit Nation edited by Libby Chamberlain; and NYT bestselling author Ann Kidd Taylor’s new novel, The Shark Club. A selection of clients includes Jacqueline Woodson, Nadia Bolz-Weber, the Robertson family of A&E’s Duck Dynasty, Laura Moriarty, Khalida Brohi, Cammie McGovern, NYT bestselling author, and world-renowned yoga instructor Rachel Brathen, Kristen Howerton of Rage Against the Minivan and Newbery Award winner Sheila Turnage.
A public relations expert with 30 years experience, Julie Schoerke specializes in developing winning book publicity campaigns for authors and publishers. But it’s her infectious smile, always-positive attitude and die-hard support that welcomes authors into the JKS family. Her hallmark is creative campaigns that fit the lifestyle of the author. She’s been on the forefront of industry trends, being among the first to work with book bloggers, to produce and creatively distribute book trailers, and to secure book sale numbers reporting for indie authors to hit bestseller lists. And, in bucking trends, she reinvented the book tour to be more author-friendly. Julie is frequently interviewed on radio, literary blogs and asked to speak before audiences of all sizes. Most recently invited by The University of Chicago, Sarah Lawrence College, Decatur Book Festival, and James River Writing Conference among others throughout the United States, her advice and ideas for promoting books are endless, current and inventive.
Lily Wilson believes that storytelling is a powerful force for good. She has read her work in many of the storytelling shows in the Nashville area and continues to see stories as one of the best ways to open new perspectives, connect humans, and along with humor, help keep us sane. Her first book, “In the Glow of the Lavalamp” was published last year and is available where books are sold. Lily lives and works in Nashville.
Ginny Smith Younce
Ginny Smith Younce is an executive editor at Penguin Press/Penguin Random House. A native of Macon, GA, she lives with her family in Nashville. Ginny is a graduate of Yale and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), and she has also worked at Ecco/HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster. She has worked with authors including Celeste Ng, Nate Silver, Pamela Druckerman, Jonathan Haidt, Greg Lukianoff, Sherry Turkle, and Andrew Delbanco.
The Idle Hour Series returns October 19, 2018 at 7 pm! This free show is short and sweet and sharp: Four writers, five minutes each, endless cold beers. This month we're welcoming to the stage Kristin Russell, Chet Weise, Elena Britos, and Joanna Currey.
Heartbreak Happy Hour -- a contrarian Valentine's Day storytelling bonanza -- is BACK for a fifth year of bad romance, awkward dates, and tears in beers! Join us for stories by Autumn Jones, Alex Pollack, John Lavey, Christy Lynch, and Jeff Zentner.
PLUS: LIMERICKS. Polish up your best heartbreak limericks -- any wild angle on heartbreak you can think of. We'll invite the audience to share a few throughout the night.
FREE! (Donations supporting The Porch will NOT be crushingly rejected, though. And we're on Venmo, Valentines.)
Thanks to David Walker for another devastatingly good poster!
The Porch is thrilled to be one of the local nonprofits to benefit from from Circle Round Home. Please join us!
Circle Round Home is a mini-residency created by Grammy-award winning artists Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, to raise money and awareness for non-profits in Nashville. Proceeds from ticket sales for the concert at Parnassus (December 17th, 5:30 PM) will benefit The Porch Writers’ Collective. Tickets are $40 and include a copy of Bela & Abigail’s new record, Echo in the Valley.
Full listing of Bela & Abigail’s Circle Round Home 2:
December 13th: Station Inn, a benefit for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Trust Fund, 9 PM
December 15th: Puckett’s Grocery in Leiper’s Fork, a benefit for Jailhouse Industries, 7 PM
December 17th: Parnassus Books, a benefit for the Porch Writers' Collective, 5:30 PM
Celebrate the season with your literary community! We'll have snacks and drinks, and our fall 2017 students will be featured at two half-hour open mics. Plus: Book Swap! Bring a book, take a book.
The Idle Hour Series returns April 20, 2018 at 7 pm! This free show is short and sweet and sharp: Four writers, five minutes each, endless cold beers. This month we're welcoming to the stage Casey Boyd, Olatunde Osinaike, Sarah Key, and Bryanna Licciardi. Please join us!
The Idle Hour Series returns July 20, 2018 at 7 pm! This free show is short and sweet and sharp: Four writers, five minutes each, endless cold beers. This month we're welcoming to the stage Kristen Chapman Gibbons, Matt Mauldin, Ashley Trabue, and Rea Frey.
We are a group of creatives—actors, directors, teachers, playwrights—looking to define what it means to be Southern in today’s world. We want to be challenged in how we think about our culture and society.
It starts with a story—your story. Join the dialogue, tune in to the conversation, and rewrite the assumptions of the South. Leave knowing more about the folks in your community.
Through one-on-one interviews, group story circles, and town halls, the State of the South creative team seeks to answer:
Who is the South?
What is the South?
Where is the South?
Tell us your story. Share your definition of the South.
This free, one-hour discussion is hosted in a safe, inclusive space. People from all walks of life and of all shapes, sizes, colors, and capabilities are welcome.
While the conversation thrives on participation, all activities and discussions are optional. Wear comfortable attire and feel free to bring a notebook and/or non-alcoholic beverages.
Learn more about the tour: http://bit.ly/sots2018
Press release: http://bit.ly/sotspr
Follow along: #asfontheroad
RSVP on Facebook
***Please note that photographs and footage will be taken throughout the State of the South tour event. These will be used by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for marketing and publicity purposes, on our website, and on social media. Please contact the event organizer if you have any concerns or if you wish to be exempt from this activity.***
Put your writing on the front burner! Our Write-Ins are casual events, once a month, where we choose a coffee shop or bar to meet and write. Each one features writing prompts, advice, good coffee, and a quiet place to work, uninterrupted.
Next Meet-Up: ZolliKoffee (near The Gulch)
How did you spend your classic American summer? Was it wet, hot and wild, or cool, chill and contemplative? Join The Porch for AMERICAN SUMMER, a night of story and song with Nashville-based musicians and writers paying tribute to what makes summer memorable. AMERICAN SUMMER is a special edition of Books, Bars, and Guitars, a music + literary series sponsored by The Porch. Our line-up includes:
READERS Lydia Peelle, Lee Conell, and Jakob Lewis of the Neighbors podcast
MUSICAL ACTS Caitlin Rose, Grady Wenrich of the Lonely Biscuits, and Matthew Perryman Jones.
Her Bookshop will curate the perfect American Summer reading list and will be on site selling books at the event.
Doors at 6:00pm, show at 7:30
FREE and open to the public
More about our guests:
** Lydia Peelle **
Author of THE MIDNIGHT COOL and REASONS FOR AND ADVANTAGES OF BREATHING, and Whiting Award-winner. NY Times Book Review critics' choice. http://www.lydiapeelle.com/
** Lee Conell **
Author of the acclaimed short-story collection SUBCORTICAL (Johns Hopkins U. Press) as well as contributor to Oxford American, Chicago Tribune, etc. https://leeconell.com/
** Jakob Lewis **
Host of Neighbors podcast and righteous dude. http://nashvillepublicradio.org/people/jakob-lewis