Reality is Overrated: Newsflash from Miranda July

41Qu2jj8qQL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_Miranda July’s recent novel, The First Bad Man, is the story of Cheryl: a slightly lost, often mistaken, out of touch, middle aged, single woman with a shifting relationship with reality. As she slips in and out between what’s reliably happening and her own fantasies, she enters a space where anything goes. And it’s her laissez faire attitude toward life that makes this book fun to read.

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Watch This Space! LitWrap is Growing.

Since 2012, Emily and I have worked to provide LitWrap subscribers with useful, inspiring content about the art, the craft, the craziness of creative writing. 

And we’ve had some hugs successes, including:

  • hosting awesome works-in-progress readings at 61 Local in Brooklyn;
  • partnering with the Slice Literary Conference in Brooklyn to send 5 LitWrap subscribers to the conference as volunteers; 
  • earning a grant for one emerging novelist and LitWrap member (Kris Waldherr);
  • interviewing over thirty published writers about their books, their process, and their advice for emerging writers

We’ve also amassed a group of passionate, creative followers: You. You may have noticed that LitWrap newsletters are coming less often. You’re right. But we haven’t gone away. We’re working behind the scenes to cohere our content to better serve you, our brilliant writer members, friends, mentors.

Thank you for staying with us. We hope you like it.


LitWrap Partners with Slice!

LitWrap volunteers are gearing up to help with the Slice Literary Conference this weekend, in our first partnership with Slice Magazine. Thanks and congrats to the following members of the LitWrap community!

MaryLannonMary Lannon. Mary is an assistant professor of English at Nassau Community College where she teaches composition and creative writing. Currently finishing a sabbatical, she is at work on a second novel and seeking publication for her first novel, a coming-of-age story is called An Explanation of the Fundamentals of the Derivation of Dilapidated Brown Station Wagon Theory aka How I Became A Scientist and Discovered the Truth About Getting Stuck in the Wrong Universe by Miranda  J. McCleod.

MelissaMcDanielMelissa McDaniel. Melissa is a Brooklyn-based writer originally from Atlanta and an editor at theNewerYork Press. Her writing tends to be character-driven with a touch of speculative fiction (her biggest influences are Karen Russell and Margaret Atwood). At the Slice Literary Conference, she looks forward to connecting with other literary folk and learning more about how to revise and publish her novel length manuscript. You can find her writing at She will be tweeting events @melissamcd29. 

LizRiggLiz Rigg. Liz Rigg is a writer based in Brooklyn. Her debut novel Casey Barnes Eponymous was published in 2013. Her short story “Rachel’s List” won first prize in the 2007 Paul Gillette writing contest and was adapted for radio. Her short story “One Hundred Santas” was honored in the 2007 Carve Contest as well as nominated for a Million Writers Award, and her screenplay Zoey’s Listwas a Quarter-Finalist in the 2012 Big Bear Lake International Film Festival Screenwriting Competition as well as a Semi-Finalist in the Visionfest 12 Feature Screenplay Competition. She is currently working on her second novel and is excited to be volunteering at Slice.

Amelia_smAmelia Harnish. Writer/Editor living in Brooklyn, NY. Her current project is a present-day novel following a young woman from Norman, Oklahoma (a.k.a The Tornado Capital of the World) who is trying to outrun her tragic past.



JeanEllenWhatleyJean  Whatley. Jean Ellen Whatley, is an Emmy Award-winning journalist cum author of the breakthrough memoir, Off the Leash, published by Blank Slate Press. Whatley has been featured in Huffington Post, and has been a guest columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Winston-Salem Journal  and the Albuquerque Tribune. She publishes a weekly self-syndicated column called “Off the Leash,” and is very excited to be attending the Slice Literary Conference for the camaraderie and to gain some insight into next steps on her new book.


Laura van den Berg, Isle of Youth Interview


I had the opportunity to interview Laura van den Berg, author of the collection of short stories, The Isle of Youth, about her inspirations and how she conceived of the haunting and magical stories in this collection. The Isle of Youth has been shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize, and received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction from the American Academy of Letters. One of the stories in the collection, “Opa Locka”, has also been awarded the O. Henry Prize for 2014.

van den Berg’s debut novel Find Me is expected out by FSG in 2015.

WIP Reading, Tuesday, July 29th, 7 – 9PM @ 61 Bergen St – Brooklyn

2014_XX-LITWRAP-Writing_in_Progress-illo-r1-1LitWrap Summer Party
Tuesday, July 29th, 7 – 9PM
61 Local (Cobble Hill)
61 Bergen St, Brooklyn

We are so excited to bring you our third LITWRAP Works-In-Progress reading, with an awesome
lineup of local writers: Kris Waldherr, Brian Erickson, Ilana Kramer, Sarah Seltzer, Rachel Lyon, Max Bean, Mary Lannon, and Gerard Cabrera. Grab a drink downstairs and join us UPSTAIRS for some words and inspiration. Hope to see you in real life for hugs and high fives!


Supported by a grant from Poets and Writers

Let’s Kick It on July 29th for a Works-In-Progress Reading!

12680Has that novel deadline started to feel further and further afield?  If so, we invite you to the third installment of our works-in-progress series to read aloud.  There’s something about those words hitting the air that will tell you all you need to know about your current draft.

Interested readers: email with 1200 words to save your spot for our July 29th reading at 61Local from 7-9pm.  Works-In-Progress only!

What are your goals as a writer? Be specific

imagesThis is the second question of the “Short Answer” section of the Pen Center Emerging Voices Fellowship application for 2015.  The first — why are you applying for the fellowship — is a little easier to answer.  There are considerable benefits: a professional mentorship with a published author, classes at the UCLA Writer’s Extension Program and a series of genre specific master classes, to name a few.  But specific goals as a writer?  That’s a little harder to say.

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