Writing • Teaching • Editing
LOCK & LOAD: ARMED FICTION: the National Tour continues
Lock & Load on the Road: NOVEMBER
The Gayton Kirk, Henrico, November 18, 12:15 PM
Reynolds College, Parham Campus—Around the World with Books: 7 PM, November 15
Worthington Woman's Club, Chesterfield, November 8, 7 PM
LOCK & LOAD on the Road: OCTOBER
Chop Suey Books, Richmond, October 12
LOCK & LOAD on the Road: SEPTEMBER
Lit Youngstown Fall Festival, September 21–22
"Bull's-eye: How Two Women Beat the Odds, Built a Book, and Found a Publisher"—the story of Lock & Load: Armed Fiction
Kentucky Women Writers Conference, September 13–16
"The Whole Shooting Match: Everything You Wanted to Know about Building a Literary Anthology (and Why You Should Do It Anyhow)"
Lock & Load on the Road: JUNE
University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, June 1
Alumna BettyJoyce Nash signs Lock & Load at Mary Washington Alumni Weekend
Asheville Pechakucha, June 1:
CLICK TO WATCH How We Built Lock & Load and Why
LOCK & LOAD on the Road: APRIL
Richmond, April 30
The Shepherd's Center, Richmond, April 30
Lunch, followed by audience's gun histories. Intro was terrific, discussion lively, audience thoughtful.
The Book Cellar, Chicago, April 21
Lock & Load contributor Gale Walden joined us in reading to a great crowd, followed by lots of give-and-take, wonderful Q&A—and cake.
Baltimore, April 14
Greedy Reads, April 14
• Greedy Reads, Act II: the four banditos discussed and read at Greedy Reads, Fells Point's newest bookstore. In response to a question about the editorial process, an editor ’fessed up about Mavis and Lakshmi.
Baltimore's CityLit Festival, April 14
• “Always Loaded, Never Safe: Guns on the Page and in the Streets”
April 14, 1:30-2:30, University of Baltimore
William H.Thumel Business Center, BC 143
Reading and discussion, including contributors Patricia Schultheis and Daniel Cox, before an engaged audience on a pressing subject.
LOCK & LOAD on the Road: MARCH
Maggie L. Walker Governor's School, March 30
It's not about the title, the salary, the stuff.
It's about knowing what you're hungry for: knowledge, skill, mastery.
It's about feeding and schooling that, and pouring it out in the world.
A reading from Lock & Load to kick off what wasn't the get-a-job-and-conquer-the-world pep talk but the find-your-calling-and-work-to-be-good-at-it discussion.
James River Writers—the Writing Show, March 28
Editors talk about gathering, editing, and publishing anthologies.
March 28, 6 p.m., Firehouse Theatre, Richmond
Robust audience full of excellent questions.
The Virginia Festival of the Book, March 21
Kicking off the Virginia Festival on DAY ONE!
March 21, 2 p.m., New Dominion Bookshop, Charlottesville:
“The Short Story: Moments of Truth.”
Standing-room-only crowd despite surprise snowfall. Warm reception and wonderful questions
Association of Writing Programs (AWP) Tampa, March 7–10
• AWP Conference, Tampa, March 7-10: Lock & Load shows up, signs, meets, and greets, writers, readers, mentors, publishers, editors. Crowds gather, word spreads.
LOCK & LOAD on the Road: FEBRUARY
The New School, New York, February 22
The New School, New York, February 22: Publication Party
Books in the Bay, Richmond, February 15
Books in the Bay, Richmond, February 11
Politics & Prose at the Wharf, Washington DC, February 6
Audiences were engaged, amused, entertained. We heard from them, we read the hair-raising and enchanting bits. And we signed!
NOW OUT from the University of New Mexico Press: Lock & Load—writing that hits the mark!
Meet the book, hear the stories in Charlottesville, Richmond, Greensboro, and points south and west.
Lock & Load, an extraordinary collection of literary fiction, includes work by such American masters as
Annie Proulx, John Edgar Wideman, Rick DeMarinis, Pinckney Benedict, Jim Tomlinson, and Bonnie Jo Campbell, as well as a host of fresh new voices.
Beautiful, surprising, and thought-provoking all the way through.
YOU WANT TO WRITE. Grapple with the Dragon of Doubt.
Start with fiction classes at the Visual Arts Center.
Occasional: Private Classes, by invitation
Everyone Needs an Editor
As you start . . .
• Developmental editing—
Before it's a book, it's an idea, a set of notes, an outline, a bunch of pages.
Developmental editing takes your project from these beginnings to a completed manuscript,
paying special attention to:
-beginning and ending
As you draft . . .
The editor helps the writer make sure the work is
After you've written . . .
• Manuscript evaluation—
-Is it good?
-Is it ready?
• General Editing—
• Substantive Editing—
• Submission guidance—
-What to send
-Where to send
Proven, experienced guidance finding the right
– MFA program
• Informed, sophisticated help—
-Crafting better applications
-Improving chances of success