Mastering our Craft, Finding our Confidence, Killing our Fear & Shame: A Writing Retreat at Ghost Ranch
Mar
18
to Mar 23

Mastering our Craft, Finding our Confidence, Killing our Fear & Shame: A Writing Retreat at Ghost Ranch

As a benefit for ROAR, writers Erika Wurth and Anna March are partnering to teach a special, intimate writing workshop March 18-23, 2018, at Georgia O'Keeeffe's Ghost Ranch in NM.

Allison Wright, esteemed executive editor of VQR, graciously joins us as guest faculty on this trip. Allison will lead a robust session about authenticity and truth in writing and talk about the writing that as an editor makes her seek more—that ineffable quality. She will also lead a talk about working with editors and publications and navigating the literary landscape.

STRICTLY LIMITED to 10 participants, all levels welcome. $1400 single room, $900 shared room. (Option to extend your time at Ghost Ranch is available.) Email anna@annamarch.com with "ghost ranch" in the subject line.

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Q&A with Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
May
19
6:30pm 6:30pm

Q&A with Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Join us for an evening with award-winning writer Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, in conversation with Virginia Quarterly Review executive editor Allison Wright. Alexandria will discuss her new book, The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir, followed by a signing. RSVP on Facebook or email rsvp@eastcitybookshop.com. RSVPs are appreciated, but not required. This event is free and open to the public.

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"From the Slushpile to the TOC: The Editors' Panel" & Speed Dating with Editors
Apr
22
9:00am 9:00am

"From the Slushpile to the TOC: The Editors' Panel" & Speed Dating with Editors

At the tenth annual Barrelhouse Conversations & Connections: Practical Advice on Writing conference at George Mason University, Allison will represent VQR on the Editors' Panel, titled "From the Slushpile to the TOC," and she will participate in Speed Dating with the Editors, where conference participants bring material and have nine-minute meetings with editors who give them on-the-spot feedback.

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Panel on Literary Publishing at the Virginia Festival of the Book
Mar
25
10:00am10:00am

Panel on Literary Publishing at the Virginia Festival of the Book

Mike Curtis (fiction editor for The Atlantic), Dallas Hudgens (novelist and founder of publishing houses Relegation Books and Stillhouse Press), and Erica Wright (poetry editor for Guernica) discuss literary publishing. Allison Wright (executive editor for Virginia Quarterly Review) moderates.

Editors and publishers share the details of their work in the contemporary publishing world of literary magazines and small presses, including the type of work they see and the work they seek.

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Emerging Voices: Critically Acclaimed Debut Novels at the Virginia Festival of the Book
Mar
24
10:00am10:00am

Emerging Voices: Critically Acclaimed Debut Novels at the Virginia Festival of the Book

  • Central James Madison Regional Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Allison will moderate a conversation between authors Viet Dinh (After Disasters), Emily Fridlund (History of Wolves), and Jung Yun (Shelter) on the topic of their acclaimed debut novels, taking readers from the woods of northern Minnesota to post-earthquake India and behind closed doors in family homes everywhere.

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Jeanine Michna-Bales & Through Darkness to Light at the Virginia Festival of the Book
Mar
21
6:00pm 6:00pm

Jeanine Michna-Bales & Through Darkness to Light at the Virginia Festival of the Book

  • Jefferson School African American Heritage Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Photographer Jeanine Michna-Bales (Through Darkness to Light) discusses her work with Allison Wright, executive editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review. Attendees will be invited to view the exhibition and enjoy a free reception before and after the discussion.

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AWP Panel: Socially Conscious Fiction: Writing That Can Change the World
Feb
8
to Feb 12

AWP Panel: Socially Conscious Fiction: Writing That Can Change the World

  • Washington Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

During the 2017 AWP conference in DC, Allison will join fiction writers Jabari Asim, Garth Greenwell, Naomi Jackson, and Anna March to explore the topic of socially conscious fiction and its ability to lift us in today's sociopolitical climate. The panel will consider race, gender, sexuality, religion, class, ethnicity, and disability. Examples from relevant work will be offered and. Handouts: craft and bibliography.

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American Studies in the World Today: Mediated Worlds
Nov
4
10:15am10:15am

American Studies in the World Today: Mediated Worlds

  • Prothro Theater, Harry Ransom Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As part of the 75th anniversary symposium of the American Studies graduate program at the University of Texas at Austin, Allison will join fellow graduates Carly Kocurek (Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and Media Studies, Illinois Institute of Technology), Rebecca Onion (Staff Writer, Slate), Donn Rogosin (Independent Filmmaker and Producer), Siva Vaidhyanathan (Robertson Professor of Media Studies, University of Virginia), and David Wharton (Director of Documentary Studies, University of Mississippi) on this panel moderated by Eddie Whitewolf.

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BinderCon NYC
Oct
30
4:15pm 4:15pm

BinderCon NYC

BinderCon is a professional development conference for women and gender-nonconforming writers. At the 2016 BinderCon NYC, Allison will moderate a keynote conversation with Elif Batuman and Porochista Khakpour.

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Little Magazine, Big Influence
Sep
15
3:00pm 3:00pm

Little Magazine, Big Influence

Over the past ten years, several titans of the magazine industry have floundered or folded. Meanwhile, a host of small magazines and journals have emerged as enclaves of cultural criticism and creativity. N+1Los Angeles Review of BooksJacobinThe Point, VQR and Public Books all join a tradition of magazines and journals with small but committed readerships that continue to flourish, such as The Baffler, The Boston Review, and The Hedgehog Review. What role do little magazines play in American public and cultural life? And what might the future hold? Panelists: Mark Greif, Lorin Stein, Laura Marsh, Jay Tolson, Chris Lehmann, Medaya Ocher, Allison Wright, Robert Wilson. Part of the HUMAN/TIES events in honor of the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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AWP 2016
Mar
30
to Apr 2

AWP 2016

  • Los Angeles Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers.  It is now the largest literary conference in North America, bringing more than 12,000 participants to a different city each year to network and exhaust themselves on the topic of contemporary literature. This year: Los Angeles!!!

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Inside the Writer's Studio with Allison Wright and Trudy Hale
Feb
28
11:00am11:00am

Inside the Writer's Studio with Allison Wright and Trudy Hale

This time we hear from editors!

James Lipton may have the corner on the actor's studio, but WriterHouse aims to shed some light on the writer's studio. It’s not a reading—it’s a brunch-time brain massage for writers. Join us for a fun and engaging discussion by writers for writers about any and all aspects of writing.

Our February event will be on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 11:00 AM, with WriterHouse hosting writer-editors Allison Wright and Trudy Hale, who will be discussing what they look for in submissions, whether knowing how to edit helps them in their own work, and other inside scoops on what editors wish writers knew. We’ll have bagels and bubbly, light-brunch–style.

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Bread Loaf Writers' Conference 2015
Aug
17
to Aug 20

Bread Loaf Writers' Conference 2015

Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, founded in 1926 and boasting a rich literary and intellectual tradition, gathers together emerging writers to work closely with a diverse and talented faculty. For 10 days in August, conference attendees experience the intensity—and challenge—of working under the guidance of notable writers, including MacArthur Fellows, U.S. poets laureate, and recipients of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. The conference’s rural and scenic setting amid the Green Mountains on the Middlebury College Bread Loaf campus provides an ideal environment for discussing manuscripts, sharing insights, getting to know agents and editors, and becoming acquainted with the next generation of significant writers.

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2015 VQR Writers' Conference: Panel on Fiction
Aug
15
1:00pm 1:00pm

2015 VQR Writers' Conference: Panel on Fiction

Saturday, August 15, 2015

1:00 - 1:45pm

Boar's Head Inn—Original Ballroom

Ann Beattie, author of The State We're In: Maine Stories and The New Yorker Stories

Bret Anthony Johnston, author of Remember Me Like This and Corpus Christi: Stories

Thomas Pierce, author of Hall of Small Mammals

Moderated by Allison Wright, Managing Editor, VQR

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AWP 2015
Apr
8
to Apr 11

AWP 2015

  • Minneapolis Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

AWP is now the largest literary conference in North America, bringing more than 12,000 participants to a different city each year to network and exhaust themselves on the topic of contemporary literature. This year: Minneapolis!

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Sports Media Panel
Jan
8
6:30pm 6:30pm

Sports Media Panel

  • Virginia Club of New York - Yale Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

How have changes in technology, distribution, and consumer behavior created new growth opportunities for media surrounding the game?

Come learn from fellow Wahoos how media has changed the game in sports and the opportunities we look forward to in 2015.

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VQR Writers' Conference: Panel on Memoir Writing
Aug
10
9:30am 9:30am

VQR Writers' Conference: Panel on Memoir Writing

  • Boar's Head Inn -- Original Ballroom (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

W. Ralph Eubanks, Editor, VQR, and author of The House at the End of the Road
Sarah Beasley, author of Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life
Scott Stossel, author of My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind

Moderated by Allison Wright, Associate Editor, VQR

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Always a Stranger: The Poetry of Refugees and Others on the Margins—a Literary Salon with poet Cecilia Llompart
May
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

Always a Stranger: The Poetry of Refugees and Others on the Margins—a Literary Salon with poet Cecilia Llompart

What does it mean to be an outsider? Is it as black and white as "Us versus Them," or are we all outsiders in one way or another? And how do you speak for those that cannot speak for themselves? Cecilia Llompart will discuss her new book The Wingless and writing as a way of finding your place in the world. 

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