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June 2021

Lighthouse Lit Fest: Interiority Complex

June 10, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Lighthouse Writers Workshop
$75

The great advantage of prose (over theater, film, and life) is that we’re privy to characters’ interior states. But how can a writer get thoughts and emotions across, other than by stating them flat-out or by updating us constantly on breathing and heart rate? We’ll explore ways to use tangent, gesture, backstory, action, association, and more to give characters a rich internal life without resorting to the old cardiopulmonary check-in. This class accommodates 25+ writers.

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Society For The Study Of Midwestern Literature Celebrates Mark Twain Award Winners Marilynne Robinson and Rebecca Makkai

June 14, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
$5

Marilynne Robinson and Rebecca Makkai, winners of the 2020 and 2021 Mark Twain Award for Distinguished Contributions to Midwestern Literature, in conversation with Phil Christman, author of Midwest Futures. (Free for current SSML members; open to non-members for a $5 registration fee.) SSML Members Register HERE Non-Members Register HERE

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Hugo House Workshop: “Blind Date”

June 24, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hugo House, 1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
$150

This brainstorming workshop will explore the alchemy of combining seemingly disparate concepts into one narrative. We’ll each take our own unused, unloved ideas and, after we discuss the fine art of narrative matchmaking, set them up together for a lifetime of happiness—or at least a few paragraphs of fun. In addition to something to write with, bring whatever notebook or computer file contains your miscellaneous ideas. You’ll leave with the makings of several new pieces. Due to COVID-19, all classes…

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August 2021

Kate Reed Petty in conversation with Rebecca Makkai Virtual Event | True Story

August 4, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
Free

Ticketing This free event will be streamed live on the Novel Neighbor’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Registration is optional, but recommended. Signed bookplates are available with purchases made through the Novel Neighbor. You may buy a copy as an add-on with your free event registration. Please note that we are not able to process international orders through Eventbrite. If you would like to order from outside the United States, please email hello@thenovelneighbor.com. About TRUE STORY “A gripping, ripped-from-headlines tale.” —People…

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Ragdale Ring 2021

August 18, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Ragdale Foundation, 1230 North Green Bay Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045 United States
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$20

Ragdale welcomes guests to our campus for the third event of our 9th annual Ragdale Ring season. This event features accomplished and acclaimed performers and authors. Masks are recommended when outside, and required when inside. Maintain social distance throughout your visit. Be respectful of others who may feel more apprehensive during this phase. Do not attend the event if you are sick. We recommend that you bring: Blankets and chairs Bug spray Masks Ragdale will provide: Unopened beverages (see ticket…

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Exile in Bookville Presents: Authors on Tap: Nick Flynn and Rebecca Makkai

August 26, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Exile in Bookville, 410 S. Michigan Avenue (2nd Floor)
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Authors on Tap: Nick Flynn and Rebecca Makkai Thursday August 26, 2021 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM CT Join us on August 26th at 7:00pm to help celebrate the paperback release of Nick Flynn's memoir, This Is the Night Our House Will Catch Fire.  Nick will be in conversation with Exile VIP Rebecca Makkai! Nick Flynn is a writer, playwright, and poet. His most recent books are This Is the Night Our House Will Catch Fire (2020), a hybrid memoir, and…

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OnWord 2021 | Annual Event to Support The American Writers Museum

August 31, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Radisson Blu – Atlantic Ballroom, 221 N. Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL 60601 United States
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The American Writers Museum Presents: OnWord 2021 Annual Benefit The American Writers Museum celebrates the breadth of American writing through interactive exhibits, programming, and educational activities that honor the past, promote the present, and inspire the future. Proceeds from OnWord2021 help support the American Writers Museum’s operations, including its youth education program that inspires the next generation of writers through specially-designed on-site and online field trips, games, writing exercises, and live programs with authors. The program serves students in Chicago and…

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September 2021

Unabridged Books Presents: “The Talented Miss Farwell” Virtual Event with Emily Gray Tedrowe & Rebecca Makkai

September 1, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Unabridged Bookstore, 3251 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL
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Celebrate the paperback release of The Talented Miss Farwell with author Emily Gray Tedrowe on Wednesday, September 1st at 7:30 pm CDT! The author will be joined for a conversation by Rebecca Makkai! About the book: Catch Me If You Can meets Patricia Highsmith in this "stylish" (New York Times Book Review) page-turner of greed and obsession, survival and self-invention that is a piercing character study of one unforgettable female con artist. At the end of the 1990s, with the art market finally recovered from its…

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Speakeasy Workshop: Reading Like A Writer

September 8, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$400

Wednesdays September 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th join me to learn to read like a writer. In this discussion- and lecture-based class, we'll use short assigned texts to become stronger and more engaging writers. This workshop has four sessions. We tend to read as readers and then write as writers, missing out on many of the craft lessons we could be learning from the stories, novels, and memoirs we love. You might pause to admire a great line, but when was the…

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Speakeasy Workshop: Reading Like A Writer

September 15, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$400

Wednesdays September 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th join me to learn to read like a writer. In this discussion- and lecture-based class, we'll use short assigned texts to become stronger and more engaging writers. This workshop has four sessions. We tend to read as readers and then write as writers, missing out on many of the craft lessons we could be learning from the stories, novels, and memoirs we love. You might pause to admire a great line, but when was the…

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