NEWS & EVENTS
We are thrilled to welcome four exceptional New York literary agents to Asheville for our Agent Panel and Pitch-Slam on October 13th:
Michelle Brower (Aevitas Creative Management) has represented National Book Award finalist Erika L. Sánchez, the New York Times bestseller The House Girl by Tara Conklin; bestselling historical fiction author Hazel Gaynor; the Barnes & Noble Discover Pick The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler; and After Disasters by Viet Dinh, which was named a finalist for the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Prize. After graduating from New York University with a MA degree in literature, Brower began her career in agenting at Wendy Sherman Associates. Before joining Aevitas, she was a Senior Vice President at Folio Literary Management. Brower represents fiction and narrative nonfiction out of the New York office of Aevitas. Her interests include book club fiction (a commercial concept with a literary execution), literary fiction (including with an element of genre), and smart women’s fiction. She also represents select young adult, middle grade, and memoir projects. Some of her favorite non-client writers are Emily St. John Mandel, Maggie Shipstead, Tana French, and Barbara Kingsolver.
Allison Hunter (Janklow & Nesbit Associates) began her publishing career in 2005 working for the Los Angeles-based literary publicity firm Kim-from-L.A, and was an agent at InkWell Management and the Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency before joining Janklow & Nesbit. Allison’s clients include Rosie Walsh, author of the New York Times bestselling novel GHOSTED, as well as memoirists, journalists and various experts in their field. She was also thrilled to work with InkWell client Lena Dunham on her bestselling memoir NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL. She is actively acquiring literary and commercial fiction, especially women's fiction, as well as memoir, narrative nonfiction, cultural studies and pop culture. She is always looking for funny female writers, great love stories, campus novels, family epics, smart beach reads and for non-fiction projects that speak to the current cultural climate. Allison has a B.A. in American Studies and Creative Writing from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, she lives in Brooklyn.
Annie Hwang (Folio Literary Management) represents literary fiction and select nonfiction. She gravitates toward literary fiction featuring diverse characters and authentic voices; rich historical fiction where the setting takes on a life of its own; visceral literary thrillers with dark psychological grit; and nuanced speculative/science-fiction that explores what it means to be human in the age of technology. She loves to champion underrepresented voices and is particularly drawn to complex characters with emotional resonance, deftly braided narratives, and captivating layered plots. Above all, she is always on the hunt for gifted storytelling that stretches its genre to new heights. When it comes to nonfiction, she is open to fresh, smart, well-branded nonfiction in the areas of pop science, pop culture, diet, wellness, fitness, food, lifestyle, and humor.
Anjali Singh (Ayesha Pande Literary) has spent over 20 years in publishing. She has worked as an international literary scout, as an editor at Vintage Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Simon & Schuster and as Editorial Director at Other Press. She is best known for having championed Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis after stumbling across it on a visit to Paris. She has always been drawn to the thrill of discovering new writers, and among the literary novelists whose careers she helped launch are Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Samantha Hunt, Preeta Samarasan, Victoria Patterson, Natalie Bakopoulos and Brigid Pasulka. As a literary agent, she is looking for new voices, character-driven fiction or non-fiction works that reflect an engagement with the world around us, YA and MG literature and graphic novels for all ages. Some of her current and forthcoming projects include Arif Anwar’s debut novel The Storm (Atria, June 2018); Bridgett Davis’ memoir The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers (Little, Brown Jan 19); Sherine Hamdy and Myra El-Mir’s YA GN about a Muslim-American girl’s coming-of-age (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2020) and Rebecca Hall and Hugo Martinez’s GN WAKE: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts (37ink/2020).
We are excited to offer this opportunity to the many talented writers in our region. This event is made possible in part by a Grassroots Arts Project Grant from the Asheville Area and North Carolina Arts Councils, and the generous donation of space by Lenoir-Rhyne University.
"THIS IS THE PLACE: WOMEN WRITING ABOUT HOME"
with CATINA BACOTE, NAIMA COSTER, and LINA FERREIRA
A packed house at the FWR on April 28th for three extraordinary writers: Catina Bacote, Naima Coster, and Lina Ferreira, reading from their work in the anthology This Is The Place: Women Writing About Home.
Thanks again to these three talented authors and to all who attended!
NONFICTION BOOK PROPOSAL
WITH DENISE KIERNAN & JOE D'AGNESE!!!
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The FWR had the great honor in November of hosting the Nonfiction Book Proposal Boot Camp taught by award-winning authors Denise Kiernan and Joseph D'Agnese. The Bootcamp sold out and was an extraordinary weekend of shared ideas and nuts and bolts how-to's in putting together a book proposal. From the pre-bootcamp cocktail party on Friday to the private consults on Sunday, our feedback from every participant was that they came away feeling ready to take on the world with their nonfiction book concept. Best of all, Joe and Denise taught the Bootcamp as a fund-raiser for the FWR and we raised close to $3000 from student attendance. Thank you Joe and Denise!!!
Thursday, July 13th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Writers and booklovers, join us on our lovely porch for Game Night at the Flatiron Writers Room! Admission cost is a donation of $5 or more to Asheville Writers in the Schools and Community.
Bring your own beverage. We’ll supply popcorn and the games. Show off your prowess at Scrabble, Bananagrams, Author Cards (think “Go-Fish”) and a Pride & Prejudice Trivia Game.
Asheville Writers in the Schools and Community (“AWITSC”) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which connects working writers with students, teachers, and community members to foster critical literacy skills, confident imaginations, and equitable relationships.
You can donate on line and show us your receipt, or donate at the door by cash or check.
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We hope to see you!
Saturday, May 6th, 2017 from 4pm-8pm
Enjoy food and drink on our lovely porch, see our space, and learn about our writing workshops, retreats and events. You can even enter a drawing to win a free class!
Free & open to the public - bring your reader and writer friends!
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JOIN US SATURDAY APRIL 8TH at 12:45pm
Our Crafting Sketch Comedy class will present their work on the stage of UpCountry Brewing
1042 Haywood Rd., Asheville 28806
(directly next door to the FWR)
Come watch instructors Maryedith Burrell & Tom Chalmers and class participants discuss their process and read some short samples of the comedy sketch work crafted by the class during their 8-week workshop.
Free and Open to the Public
Come have a Beer and a Burger and Cheer Them On!
Join us for our First-Ever Malaprop's Event at the Flatiron Writers Room!
Friday March 3rd, 6pm
V.E. Schwab Presents "A Conjuring of Light"
Writing is a Lonely Business -- But it Doesn't Have to Be!
Pop-Up Writing Retreat
Flatiron Writers Room
Saturday January 28, 2017
Our first official event at the Flatiron Writers Room! On January 28th, twelve committed writers gathered for our Pop-Up Writer's Retreat in our brand-new space in West Asheville to flex their creative muscles and find community. The all-day event included a guided writing prompt, a consultation with writer, author, and teacher Heather Newton, a chance to write communally and share work, lots of private writing time, an energy-charged lunch next door at UpCountry Kitchen, an optional massage, and a wine and cheese social hour when all was done.
"I left feeling energized, satisfied, and like I had given myself a gift—the gift of time to create, while around like-minded individuals."
"The feedback and affirmation of my consultation with Heather was delightful."
"Connecting with other writers and having targeted writing time was just what I was looking for."
"I would definitely come back - when's the next one?"
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And watch our website for the date of the next Retreat in June!