5/25: Write to Read Day

I'm gonna be the keynote speaker at the 2018 Write to Read Day! W2R Day is a conference-style event for middle schoolers to celebrate literacy, story telling, and self-expression. Held each May, Write to Read Day is now in its 6th year. The morning consists of a keynote presentation, opening ceremonies, and two break out sessions that students elect ahead of time.  Each student has a customized schedule according to his or her interests.  We hope Write to Read Day inspires our students to be curious, passionate readers, and that it helps them find creative modes of expression for their voices.

Author of the Tribe trilogy, Clay has published short story collections, novels, comics, screenplays, and the stage. His works have been adapted for the screen as shorts and a feature length film, and he created and wrote for the two decade long Pumpkin Pie Show storytelling sessions. Clay joins us courtesy of the Brooklyn Public Library to talk about his career behind the pen, and will run a creative writing workshop afterwards.

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Friday, May 25, 2018 - 12:00am to 12:00pm

Related: The Tribe: Homeroom Headhunters

Rutgers University Writers Conference

On June 2 - 3, 2018, aspiring and established writers, agents, editors, and publishers will converge at the Rutgers Continuing Education Center for the 2nd Annual Rutgers–New Brunswick Writers' Conference! Enjoy keynote presentations from Alice Hoffman and Chris Bohjalian, choose from concurrent sessions across six tracks, meet individually with agents, editors, and publishers, join a panel discussion on publishing options, and attend an evening reading event featuring famous authors.

Clay McLeod Chapman will be leading two workshops:

ADAPTATION FOR STAGE/SCREEN: Sat 2, 2:50pm to 3:50pm

WRITING THRILLERS, CRIME NOVEL: Sat 2, 10:10am to 11:10am

For more info on workshops and the conference, click here. 

Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 12:00am to 12:00pm

8/5-8/10: Southern Gothic Retreat

Anybody wanna tell spooky stories in Savannah? Come on down for a southern gothic writers retreat with Daniel Wallace (Big Fish), Alex Dawson and me. Only 10 spots available. We'll tell ghost stories all night...

WHAT: SO GO in SAVANNAH! Stay in the "8th Most Haunted Hotel in the World" (USA Today) and Write/Workshop Southern Gothic/Speculative Fiction in "America's most haunted city" (Travel Channel) with "horror-drunk storytelling virtuoso" (Time Out New York) Clay Mcleod Chapman (The Pumpkin Pie Show), acclaimed author Daniel Wallace (Big Fish), and Rutgers University Creative Writing professor Alex Dawson (Deep in the Jeeps of Georgia). Daily workshops, topical talks, craft exercises, one-on-one mentoring sessions, nightly readings of participant work, and group excursions to evocative points of interest, like Colonial Cemetery aka "Paranormal Central," considered the most haunted location in Savannah.

WHEN: Aug 5 (arrive by late afternoon) - Aug 10 (depart early/mid-afternoon). Note: Daniel Wallace arrives evening of Aug 7.

LIMITED TO ONLY TEN PARTICIPANTS! If you're interested, e-mail Alex at raconteurbooks@gmail.com ASAP (w. the subject heading "So Go in Savannah!")

WHERE: Savannah, the oldest city in Georgia, and one of the most haunted cities in the country. We'll be staying/workshopping at the Marshall House, whose history as a hospital during the Civil War (and through two yellow fever epidemics) make it easy to believe the many rumors. Frequently featured on the Travel Channel's "Haunted Hotels," Marshall House has been named one of "11 of The South's Most Haunted Places" by Southern Living and the "8th most Haunted Hotel in the World" by USA Today. It was recently highlighted in the Huff Post article: "6 Hotels with Super Disturbing Pasts"

For more info, click here.

Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 12:00am to Friday, August 10, 2018 - 12:00pm

Related: Rest Area


“(Chapman is) a horror-drunk storytelling virtuoso master idiot. ”
— Time Out New York

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