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Editors to Offer One-on-One Critique Sessions at 2019 CityLit Festival


Do you have an essay, memoir, screenplay, story, or poetry sitting in a drawer or deep in your hard drive that shows promise? Back, by popular demand, the 2019 CityLit Festival is offering One-on-One, 30-minute Critique Sessions, from 10 am to 12 Noon. The fee is only $10. Here are this year’s group of expert editors:

Tafisha Edwards (Poetry) - Available: 11:00, 11:30

Karen Houppert
(Nonfiction. Memoir) - All Slots Filled

Lauren LaRocca  (Nonfiction) - Available: 10:30, 11:00

Bret McCabe (Nonfiction. Memoir. Fiction.) - Available: 11:00, 11:30

Brian Price
(Screenwriting) - Available: 10:00, 10:30, 11:30

See below for bios

Registration is Required!

Here are the scheduled slots:
10:00 am

10:30 am
11:00 am
11:30 am

UPDATE: Slots fill up fast. Register Soon.

Registration is Required. The cost for the Critique Session is a $10, tax-deductible donation to CityLit.

To register, CLICK HERE:
1. Make a $10 donation
2. In the comment section, note that you are registering for the Critique Sessions
3. Be sure to note the Author and the Time Slot you prefer

(Materials may be emailed ASAP in advance to: Subject line should read “One on One".)

If you have any questions about the Critique Sessions, call CityLit Executive Director Carla DuPree, 410-271-8793.

Editor Bios

is the Poetry Editor of Gigantic Sequins and author of THE BLOODLET, winner of Phantom Books’ 2016 Breitling Chapbook Prize. Her work has appeared in Poetry Northwest, Bettering American Poetry Volume 2, Bodega Magazine, Fjords Review, Washington Square Review, Winter Tangerine and other print and online publications. Her non-fiction work has appeared in TIDAL, VICE, Cosmopolitan and other publications. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s Jiminéz-Porter Writers’ House, and a Cave Canem Graduate fellow.

is the Associate Director of the M.A. in Writing Program at Johns Hopkins. She was a contributing writer for The Washington Post magazine for several years, was Editor-in-Chief of Baltimore City Paper and now freelances for many magazines, covering social and political issues. She is also the author of three nonfiction books. Her most recent book, Chasing Gideon: The Elusive Quest for Poor People’s Justice, takes the pulse of the public defense system fifty years after the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Gideon v. Wainwright and was selected as one of the Top 10 Books Investigative books of 2013 by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.

has been an arts and culture writer for 13 years and a former staff editor at The Frederick News-Post and Baltimore magazine. She earned a BA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina, and her poetry, essays, and articles have appeared in Frederick Magazine, The Washington Times, The Washington Examiner, Pittsburgh City Paper, Lines + Stars, and Hidden City Quarterly, among others. She’s also an herbalist and astrologer and periodically publishes zines and chapbooks.

has been an arts and culture reporter, critic, and a freelance features writer/editor for 20 years. His work has appeared in the Baltimore City Paper, Dallas Observer, BmoreArt, among other magazines, newspapers, and websites. He was a 2010 finalist for the Nieman Foundation for Journalism Arts & Culture Fellowship and a 2010 fellow at the NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera at Columbia University. He is a senior writer at the Johns Hopkins Magazine.

is an award-winning screenwriter and director who has worked with major studios, independent producers, and television networks from around the world, including Universal, Warner Bros., Canal +, Blaspheme, Scanbox, Hudson River, and Mother Films. As an educator, Brian has taught screenwriting at the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television, Yale University, Johns Hopkins University, Hollins University, and the Brooks Institute, where he developed their MFA Screenwriting program. His students have gone on to direct for folks like Steven Spielberg and to be nominated for Emmys and Golden Globes. His book Classical Storytelling and Contemporary Screenwriting: Aristotle and the Modern Screenwriter was published by Focal Press this year.

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