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.

Launch Party for Rich With Pizza! 61 Local Brooklyn – BE THERE!


Launch Party for Rich With Pizza, by Patrick Morris

When: May 13, 2014, 7pm – 10pm

Where: 61 Local

LitWrap helped inspire a book! Many of you probably remember Patrick Morris, the hilarious ginger who read with us at some of our early events. He (over-generously) credits those readings with helping him get rolling on this – his first ever book of essays and short fiction: Rich With Pizza.

I’ve read it and I can’t say enough how funny, sweet, honest, well remembered, and/or deftly imagined it is. If you want proof, check out this excerpt from the introduction. 

Come say hi, give your compadre a pat on the back, and celebrate with us at our spot, 61 Local in Brooklyn. So excited to see you there!


Virginia WoolfDon’t be like David Gilmour, the writer and professor who sparked controversy last year when he said he was not interested in reading books by female authors (save Virginia Woolf.)

In light of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize for The Goldfinch, Time has come up with a list of seminal women writers and why you should be reading them. Hop to it! And if you’re on Twitter, check out the hashtag  #readwomen2014 for great new books by women.