This Week is Lit

If you're interested in getting a mid-day jump start on your writing, check out the Grub Street Center for Creative Writing’s 45-minute Brown Bag Lunch Series. On Wednesday May 5th, at 12:30pm EST, join renowned instructors and fellow writers for an engaging workshop aimed to stimulate and inspire.


This free event will be hosted remotely of course, in a live Zoom meeting. Please register in advance and you will receive an email 15 minutes before the class with a link to the meeting. Prepare to leave with constructive feedback or a new perspective! To attend, visit the event URL here.


For those who want to take their creative workshopping to the next level, Las Positas College will be offering a multi-genre panel and workshop at their inaugural Literary Arts Festival on Saturday May 8th, at 12:30pm EST. This event will fit anyone’s literary preference with classes and talks on poetry, publishing, screenwriting, memoir writing, poetry, novel, writing, and fiction.


Learn and listen to performances from literary powerhouses and utilize the workshop space to develop your own pieces. The event’s keynote speaker, Reyna Grande is a critically acclaimed memoirist and author of A Dream Called Home.


Noted screenwriter Paul Guay will be leading a screenwriting outline workshop as well as a craft and business talk. You can see his work featured in the films, Liar Liar and The Little Rascals.


Author Regina Louise will host a discussion on “Why Black Voices Matter”. Her memoir Somebody's Someone has been featured on The BBC World Service, Narrative.ly Literary Magazine, Epoch Times, NPR's All Things Considered, The CBS Early Show, and PBS's Tavis Smiley Show.

All in all, this is a literary extravaganza that you won't want to miss. Registration is required for this event. To attend, click here.


Please note that the Saranac Review’s This Week is Lit series will be going on hiatus for the summer, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to connect to the literary communities you love. Here are some other notable events to mark on your calendar!

More Literary Events

Thursday, May 13, 8:00pm EST -- Aunt Lute Books

Drawing on the emotional and mental impact of living in pandemic for the past year, this event hosted by Aunt Lute Books in collaboration with POC United, will offer readings focused on the feeling of isolation. Continuing to recognize the power of hearing POC experiences, acclaimed writers Naima Coster, Devi S. Laskar, Nayomi Munaweera, Alba Hernandez, Tom Pyun will share pieces dealing with the trials and tribulations of isolation.

For more information, click here.

Thursday, August 5, 7:30pm EST -- Writers and Books

Join Writers and Books for their latest installment of Visiting Authors Event series with poet Meg Kearney. She will be reading from her recently published collection of poetry All Morning the Crows, which won the 2020 Washington Prize for poetry.

Click here to attend this free online event.