I'll be at the Westport Library's Grand Re-Opening on Sunday afternoon (tomorrow) with the Fairfield Scribes as we lead two writing workshops in the brand-new library.
FROM 2PM-3PM in the Writing Center:
Join local poets Ann Cefola, Ralph Nazareth, Neddy Smith, Jerry Johnson, Edward Ahern, and me as we read our poetry and lead a short workshop on the process of writing and submitting poetry for publication, including an opportunity to write a poem of your own! We'll also do a "drive-by poeting" at the end of the session, where we will be happy to hand-write a personalized poem for volunteer participants to take home with you. Kids are very welcome to join in!
FROM 3PM-4PM in Brooks Place Seminar Room (next door to the Writing Center):
Join me with several of the editors and authors of local small press publisher Fairfield Scribes as we lead an interactive workshop on how to write, edit, and get published a flash fiction story (250 words and under). There will be an opportunity to roll up your sleeves and do some writing of your own, in addition to the opportunity to get your story professionally edited on the spot, and receive a list of suggestions on where to submit your work for publication.
There are also many fun and creative activities for all ages, from live performances to a hands-on maker's space, so check out the Library's events page HERE for a full listing. The Grand Re-Opening goes from 11am-4pm. Hope to see you there!
Those of you who know me will know that the only quiet time I usually have in the day is after my kids go to bed - from about 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. I actually had someone comment recently on the time I sent out an email, which was about 2:30 in the morning. And since I've been neglectful of posting updates on my website, I figure I'll remedy that... at 2 a.m.
There is a LOT of news to share, actually. I'll start out with the big one - the new anthology from the Fairfield Scribes, working in partnership with the WestportWRITES program of the Westport Library, has been published!!! It's called Imagining Monsters, and it's an anthology of fiction inspired by Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. This was a HUGE time crunch in order to get it done in time for the library's opening (this Sunday, June 23rd). But all the authors rallied and worked tirelessly at editing their stories, and together we ended up with a damned good book, if I do say so myself. The print book is currently on sale on Amazon HERE, with the eBook to follow shortly. I was lead editor on the project, and the anthology also carries my short "Herstory," which is a dystopian look at a future run by genociders who have killed half the population of the planet.
In addition to that huge project getting published, I've had a number of stories/poems published/accepted. I'll start out in order.
"Liquid" - Quail Bell Magazine
"Forgotten" (short story) - America's Emerging Literary Fiction Writers anthology
"On Algid Shores" (short story) - America's Emerging Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers anthology
"The First Snowfall" (short story) - America's Emerging Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers anthology
ACCEPTANCES (to be pubbed soon):
"The Princess Prevarication" - Ghosts on Drugs anthology
"Lost Under a Golden Song" (poem) - Polar Borealis Magazine
"Hate" (poem) - Elephants Never
"Starting Over" (poem) - Voice of Eve
"Sultry" (poem) - Voice of Eve
"Littoral" (poem) - Voice of Eve
Also, the lead story in my new collection of short stories, "Enchantress of Books" was recently excerpted at the magazine Bewildering Stories. You can read the full story HERE.
There's more news a-brewin' behind the scenes, so there might be another 2 a.m. update soon. Stay tuned!
Who the heck is Alison McBain?
I am a freelance writer and poet with over two hundred short pieces published in magazines and anthologies. Check out my 2024 writing challenge to write a book a week at Author Versus AI. For more info, please check out my "About Me" page.
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