CREDO Anthology Call featured on Duotrope

CREDO-FINALThe Cambridge Writers’ Workshop is proud to have CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing featured on Duotrope.  The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2014!  So send in your creative writing manifesto, writing exercise, or essays on writing craft & advice today!  The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop invites writers of all stripes (Poets! Fictioneers! Memoirists! Journalists!  Essayists!  Dramatists!  Genre-benders!) to submit to CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing.  Writers are invited to submit their personal aesthetic philosophies and manifestos for the anthology, writing exercises and prompts that have helped to kick-start their imagination, and short essays on the art of writing, reading, and being creative.

AWP 2014 – That’s A Wrap

AWP14-2The AWP 2014 Conference in Seattle was full of meetings with wonderful writers and friends, great hijinks, and even better literary readings.  During the conference, the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Bookfair Table was featured in the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts’ Scavenger Hunt!  At the CWW, we met some amazing new writers, and got a chance to tell people about our Call for Submissions for CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos & Sourcebook for Creative Writing, our 2014 Summer Yoga & Writing Retreat at the Château de Verderonne, and our upcoming workshops & literary internships!  A very special thanks to Elizabeth Devlin, Jessica Reidy, Pattabi Seshadri, Jessica Day, Alice Marshall,  Rita Banerjee, and Diana Norma Szkolyai for helping man the CWW table!!  On Friday February 28, Diana Norma Szokolyai and Rita Banerjee had featured author signings at the AWP 2014 Bookfair, and later that evening, the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop celebrated “A Night at the Victrola!” at the original Victrola Coffee & Art café in Seattle!

CWW-VictrolaA Night at the Victrola was featured as a top AWP 2014 reading in Vanguard Seattle and included the wonderful fiction, poetry, and nonfiction of Seattle, Portland, and East Coast writers such as Peter Mountford, Rita Banerjee, Diana Norma Szokolyai, Pattabi Seshadri, Nancy Jooyoun Kim, Kevin Skiena, Jessica Day, Anca Szilágyi, Talia Shalev, Carrie Kahler, Dena Rash Guzman, Leah Umansky, Susan Parr, & Johnny Horton.  It was great to see so many UW MFA alumni and affiliates of the CWW at the reading!  Congratulations to Peter Mountford and Anca Szilágyi for having their stories, “Life in the Group Room” and “Sugar” published in the New York Times Magazine and Gastronomica, respectively!  Thanks so much for sharing your work with us before it was published!  Check out our AWP 2014 Equisite Corpse & reading highlights at our Night at the Victrola Gallery.  Also, be sure to check out all the AWP & CWW action in Anca Szilágyi’s wonderful review, “The Best AWP Ever.”

PW-Retreats2014Thanks also to all the wonderful literary organizations and blogs which reviewed the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop at AWP 2014 and featured our readings, authors, and events!  Thanks especially to BREVITY’s Nonfiction Blog, The Furnace, Poets & Writers Magazine, Newpages.com, Harvard Magazine, Duotrope, Dena Rash Guzman, Leah Umansky, Rita Banerjee, Diana Norma SzkolyaiAnca Szilágyi, Jessica Reidy, Raquel Henry, The Writers’ Loft at MTSU, my rite of passage, Sarah Kuntz Jones, Amy King, and Allison Joseph for featuring our events and supporting the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop!  You guys rock!

Until next time,
Cambridge Writers’ Workshop

Novelist Peter Mountford featured in The New York Times Magazine

mountfordPeterCongratulations to Peter Mountford, a good friend of the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop and an excellent fiction and nonfiction writer, whose piece, “Life in the Group Room” was recently published in The New York Times Magazine.  Peter Mountford originally read ‘”Life in the Group Room” at “A Night at the Victrola,” an AWP 2014 Reading sponsored by the Cambridge Writer’s Workshop.  Thank you Peter, for sharing this brave and provocative piece with us!  Peter Mountford’s debut novel, A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), won the 2012 Washington State Book Award and was a finalist in the 2012 VCU Cabell First Novelist Prize. In its full-page review, The Seattle Times wrote: “Debut novels don’t come much savvier, punchier, or more entertaining…the work of an extraordinary talent.”  His second novel, The Dismal Science, was published in early 2014 by Tin House Books. For his work on The Dismal Science, he was awarded a 4Culture Grant, a grant from the city of Seattle, and the Corporation of Yaddo’s Wallace Fellowship for a Distinguished Writer.   Since graduating from the University of Washington’s MFA program in 2006, Peter’s short fiction and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, Best New American Voices 2008, Conjunctions, Salon, Granta, ZYZZYVA, and Boston Review, where he won second place in the 2007 contest judged by George Saunders. He’s currently a writer-in-residence at the Richard Hugo House and at Seattle Arts and Lectures.   Peter grew up in Washington, DC, apart from three years in Sri Lanka during the early stages of the Sri Lankan civil war.

Château de Verderonne Fiction Instructor Jessica Reidy Nominated for a 2014 Puschart Prize

JessicaReidyJessica Reidy’s short story, “We Rise Up” Short Story of the Week in Narrative Magazine, was nominated for a 2014 Puschart Prize!  Jessica will be our Fiction Instructor at the 2014 Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Yoga & Creative Writing Retreat at the Château de Verderonne.  She is a writer, poet, and teacher from New Hampshire with an MFA in Fiction from Florida State University and a B.A. from Hollins University. Her work has appeared in Narrative Magazine as Short Story of the Week, The Los Angeles Review, Arsenic Lobster, and other journals. She’s a staff-writer for Quail Bell Magazine where she writes non-fiction pieces about feminism, Romani (“Gypsy”) rights and representation, social justice, arts and culture, and other topics, plus the occasional poem or short story. She is also part of the Social Media Outreach team for VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts and she’s delighted to be teaching and traveling with The Cambridge Writers Workshop. Jessica is currently working on her first novel about Coco Charbonneau, the half-Romani burlesque dancer and fortune teller of Zenith Circus, in post-WWII Paris, and her quest for vengeance and justice.  Read her review of our Summer 2013 Yoga & Creative Writing Retreat at the Château de Verderonne here.

Cambridge Writers’ Workshop 2014 Retreat Featured in Poets & Writers Magazine

PW-Retreats2014Rita Banerjee, Diana Norma Szokolyai, Elissa Lewis, and Jessica Reidy are featured in the March/April 2014 Writers Retreats Issue of Poets & Writers Magazine for their instruction in the 2014 Yoga & Writing Retreat at the Château de Verderonne.  In this special issue of Poets & Writers, the “Conferences & Residencies” section features the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop 2014 Summer Retreat in France.  The 2014 Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Summer Yoga & Writing Retreat will be held from August 7 to August 20 at the Château de Verderonne in Picardy, France, located approximately 50 miles north of Paris. The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as craft seminars, art classes, time to write, and daily yoga and meditation classes. Optional excursions to Paris and Chantilly are also available to participants. The faculty includes poets Rita Banerjee and Diana Norma Szokolyai, fiction writer Jessica Reidy, and yoga and arts instructor Elissa Lewis. – P&W

Vanguard Seattle Featured Event – Feb 28 – A Night at the Victrola AWP Reading

Screenshot 2014-02-28 00.24.25A special thanks to @VanguardSeattle for featuring the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop’s “A Night at the Victrola” #AWP14 Reading as one of their featured #Seattle events for the week of February 25 – March 2 The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop presents many poets from both coasts and several grads of UW’s MFA program. The lienup includes Peter Mountford, Rita Banerjee, Diana Norma Szokolyai, Pattabi Seshadri, Nancy Jooyoun Kim, Kevin Skiena, Jessica Day, Anca Szilágyi, Talia Shalev, Carrie Kahler, Dena Rush Guzman, Leah Umansky, Susan Parr and Johnny Horton.  Check out more information here.

A Night at the Victrola: CWW AWP 2014 Reading, Seattle

CWW-VictrolaFriday February 28, 2014
8:30-10:00pm

Victrola Coffee & Art
411 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop presents “A Night at the Victrola,” an AWP 2014 Reading, featuring the talents of Peter Mountford, Rita Banerjee, Diana Norma Szokolyai, Pattabi Seshadri, Nancy Jooyoun Kim, Kevin Skiena, Jessica Day, Anca Szilágyi, Talia Shalev, Carrie Kahler, Dena Rash Guzman, Leah Umansky, Susan Parr, & Johnny Horton.  Join us as we celebrate some of Seattle, New York, & Boston’s best writers, and graduates from the University of Washington MFA program.

2014 AWP Featured Book Signing – Feb 28 (10-11:30am) – Diana Norma Szokolyai

normaDiana Norma Szokolyai will be a featured author at the 2014 Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference in Seattle.  She will be signing her book, Parallel Sparrows (Finishing Line Press) on Friday February 28 from 10:00-11:30am at the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop table (BB29) in the AWP Bookfair.  Diana Norma Szokolyai’s writing has also been published in Lyre Lyre, the front page of The Boston Globe, Dr. Hurley’s Snake Oil Cure, Teachers as Writers, Polarity, Up the Staircase, Belltower & the Beach, Human Rights News, and Area Zinc Art Magazine, among others. 

AWP 2014 Featured Book Signing – Feb 28 (10-11:30am) – Rita Banerjee

ritaRita Banerjee will be a featured author at the 2014 Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference in Seattle.  She will be signing her book, Cracklers at Night (Finishing Line Press) on Friday February 28 from 10:00-11:30am at the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop table (BB29) in the AWP Bookfair.  Rita Banerjee’s writing has been published in Poets for Living Waters, The New Renaissance, The Fiction Project, Jaggery: A DesiLit Arts and Literature Journal, Catamaran, The Crab Creek Review, Amethyst Arsenic, The Dudley Review, Objet d’Art, Vox Populi, Dr. Hurley’s Snake-Oil Cure, and Chrysanthemum among other journals.  Her first collection of poems, Cracklers at Night, was published by Finishing Line Press received First Honorable Mention for Best Poetry Book of 2011-2012 at the Los Angeles Book Festival.

CREDO Anthology: Call for Submissions

CREDO-FINALThe Cambridge Writers’ Workshop invites writers of all stripes (Poets! Fictioneers! Memoirists! Journalists!  Essayists!  Dramatists!  Genre-benders!) to submit to CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing.  Writers are invited to submit their personal aesthetic philosophies and manifestos for the anthology, writing exercises and prompts that have helped to kick-start their imagination, and short essays on the art of writing, reading, and being creative.