Why is language? Language is that we may mis-unda-stand each udda.

—Krazy Kat

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Beauty has no evident usefulness, and yet without it, we could not endure our lives.

—Freud

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Art does not reproduce the visible. Rather, it makes it visible.

—Paul Klee

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Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus

Schwandorf, Germany, summer 2016

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Time, space, and colleagues in the beautiful Blue Ridge, spring 2012

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VCCA France, September–October 2014

Work-filled weeks, fine food, halcyon weather, delightful company.

Writing • Teaching • Editing

LOCK & LOAD: ARMED FICTION: the 2018 National Tour continues!



Stay tuned for Lexington, Kentucky, this fall!



Lock & Load on the Road: JUNE


Lock & Load’s national tour moves ahead, starting June off with a bang!

Fredericksburg, JUNE 1:

Alumna BettyJoyce Nash signs Lock & Load at Mary Washington Alumni Weekend



Asheville, JUNE 1:

Deirdra McAfee shows and tells Asheville PechaKucha how we shepherded Lock & Load from concept to reality.



LOCK & LOAD on the Road: APRIL


Richmond, April 30


The Shepherd's Center of Richmond, April 30
Lunch, followed by audience's gun histories. Intro was terrific, discussion lively, audience thoughtful.

Chicago, April 21


The Book Cellar, Chicago, April 21 at 6 p.m.
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.

Lock & Load cake was as popular as the book.

Baltimore, April 14


Greedy Reads Bookstore, Fells Point
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.

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


• MLWGS Alumni Showcase, March 30


Alumni Showcase, 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


James River Writers, “Breaking into Anthologies”
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


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

• 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


Lock & Load: Armed Fiction. Visit nineteen new worlds—strange, amazing, troubling, beautiful.
You'll be engaged, amused, entertained. We'll hear from you, we'll read the hair-raising and enchanting bits. And we'll sign!

• February 22, 6:30 p.m.: Publication Party, the New School, New York NY
• February 11, 3:30 p.m.: Books in the Bay, Richmond VA
• February 6, 7 p.m.: Politics & Prose at the Wharf, Washington DC

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.



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YOU WANT TO WRITE.
Grapple with the Dragon of Doubt.
Begin!
Start with fiction classes at the Visual Arts Center.



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Occasional: Private Classes, by invitation


Knowledgeable, sophisticated instruction; congenial surroundings.

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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:
-structure
-content
-plot
-beginning and ending

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As you draft . . .


• Copyediting—
The editor helps the writer make sure the work is
-correct
-clear
-grammatical
-not wordy
-factually accurate
-readable
-meaningful

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After you've written . . .


Manuscript evaluation—
-Is it good?
-Is it ready?
-What now?
General Editing—
-grammar
-spelling
-syntax
-usage
Substantive Editing—
-organization
-coherence
Submission guidance—
-What to send
-Where to send
Consultation—
Proven, experienced guidance finding the right
– MFA program
– fellowship
– residency
– grant
Informed, sophisticated help—
-Crafting better applications
-Improving chances of success

To discuss or arrange evaluation,
editing, or consultation, click
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Fiction
Behind him, flashy in red Hong Kong sharkskin, loomed Staretz, Yacovlev, and Rodchenko. The custom suits couldn't contain the bulky bulges that made them all stand so awkwardly.
Chosen by The Iowa Review
Nat Tate was unreal. Hart Crane was real. The story is a fiction on a fiction, the brushy vital verge between fact and dream.
Chosen for this delicious anthology, "A Period of Silence" examines time’s meaning in a marriage.
Winner, STYLE Fiction Prize
The Georgia Review, fall 2009

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