Thursday, May 7, 2015

"Pinch" Workshops; "Impossible" Readings

Posted By on Thu, May 7, 2015 at 4:09 PM

If you’re a poet, a fiction writer, or a writer of creative nonfiction, your deadline date is Friday, May 15th. That’s when online applications (including writing samples) are due for a series of June workshops conducted by staff members of The Pinch, the literary journal of the creative-writing program at the University of Memphis.

The full-day workshops, held at story booth (438 N. Cleveland), will be next month and run on three consecutive Saturdays: June 6th (poetry); June 13th (fiction); and June 20th (creative nonfiction).

Costs to attend are $25 for one workshop; $40 for two workshops; and $65 for all three. For more information, application forms, and where to send writing samples, go to

“It's a great opportunity for writers age 16 and up,” Ashley Roach-Freiman, MFA student at the U of M, recently wrote in an email.

“The workshops are one day each, genre-specific, and incredibly cheap! They are taught by Pinch editors who are also MFA students and seasoned creative writing teachers, so they will be a great experience.”

Roach-Freiman, who will be co-teaching the poetry workshop, also coordinates the “Impossible Language” reading series, and the next big event is on Saturday, May 23rd, at 7 p.m.

That’s when Ruth Baumann, P.J. Williams, Ashley Chambers, and Heidi Staples will be reading from their work at 430 N. Cleveland. Except for Baumann, the poets are recent graduates or faculty of the University of Alabama. For updates on the evening, go to “Impossible Language” on tumblr. •

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