Frequency is hiring to fill two Co-Director positions. As our current director, S. Tourjee, transitions to other roles at Frequency and opportunities in the world beyond, we have an exciting opportunity for new leadership at Frequency. Click here to read the job descriptions and to apply.
Sunday, July 23, 6:00-8:00 pm, at Ada Books: 717 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02903.
Frequency will host a reading for local, Rhode Island authors of our annual anthology, City & Sea. Whether you missed the Book Release party in May, are interested in learning more about what we do and how you can become a part of it, or just want to hear more of the incredible authors of this book, join us in the company of stories, books, and friends. This event is free and open to all.
If you are a City & Sea writer and would like to sign up to read at this event, please email us, and we’ll add you to the facebook event listing.
Looking for a way to buy the book?
Visit Ada Books, Books on the Square, or buy a copy online here.
Readers at this event will include the following authors:
So… you’ve taken every Frequency class, and now you have all this writing and you don’t know what to do with it? Good news! Writer, editor, and publisher Erica Mena-Landry is teaching a four-week workshop on Publishing Basics.
Publishing Your Work: Basics
Instructor: Erica Mena
Dates: Mondays, 8/7-8/28
Where: 186 Carpenter Street
Erica took some time to answer some questions about the class—
1. Why should people who have never published before consider the possibility?
People publish their work for all different reasons, but I think the best reason (and the reason I most encourage people to publish) is to be an active part of a literary community. Publishing work helps you find people to be in conversation with — other readers, and writers, and editors, who are interested in the same things you are. Community is so important to writers, though much of what we do happens alone, and through publishing you can find a place in a community with editors and writers and readers who believe in you and the work you’re doing, and whose work you believe in. These relationships can last a very, very long time, and lead to some amazing friendships, collaborations, and of course expand your reading list.
2. How can publishing be a personalized process?
There are literally thousands of places that publish literary work in English, journals, presses, websites, anthologies, and blogs just to name a few formats. Not to mention self-publishing. Figuring out why you want to publish, and for whom, is the first step, and there are lots of answers to those questions. From making a broadside of a poem to give to family and friends to commemorate a special event, to putting a short story on Tumblr, to submitting your work to contests and competitions, how you choose to publish is going to be determined by what your individual goals for each individual work are. Understanding the options, and how to actually do them, is the goal of this workshop.
3. What are some of your favorite presses, and why? How do you hope to guide others through this process?
I have a deep love of the handmade chapbook form (we’ll be talking about that, and that’s what my press publishes) so most of my favorite presses are focused on that form. Ugly Duckling Presse, local favorite Burning Deck, my own Anomalous Press, the exquisite social justice collective Antenna, and the publisher of my book Ricochet Editions are definitely among my favorites. I think the most important thing about publishing is to know your goals, and to be ready to celebrate rejection.
4. What makes a piece publishable? Why should writers consider publishing their (perhaps unpolished) work?
What makes a piece publishable is the writer’s desire to share it with a reader. That reader could be one person, for whom they make a one-of-a-kind handmade version of the piece. Or it could be (a hoped-for) many readers. But the desire to be seen and heard and in conversation with others through a piece (which is definitely not all writing, not all of my own writing for sure!) is enough to make that piece publishable.
5. Can anyone publish? Is this class open to different levels of experience and genres?
YES! Anyone can publish! Absolutely. This workshop will be exploring many different ways of publishing, and will have things for every genre and level of experience. We’ll be exploring motivation, resources for publishing, tracking submissions, writing queries and bios and cover letters, submitting ettiquite, and a ton more. We’ll also be covering things that happen post-acceptance (contracts, royalties, payments, permissions, negotiation, ect.) and post-publication (publicty, archiving, presentation, awards, contests, etc.).
Sign up today!
Erica Mena is a Puerto Rican poet, translator, book artist, and founding editor of Anomalous Press. Her book Featherbone (Ricochet Editions, 2015) is a book-length feminist cyborg poem re-imagining the Icarus myth. Her translation of the classic Argentine sci-fi graphic novel The Eternaut is available from Fantagraphics. She is a visiting lecturer in Book Arts and Literary Arts at Brown University. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or at www.acyborgkitty.com.
Come create outdoor poetry with us at PVDFest 2017!
On Saturday June 3, Frequency Writers invites you to contribute to our urban-park Word Web at the Roger Williams National Memorial, located between North Main, Canal, Smith Street, and Park Row.
The fun starts at 12:00 PM on Saturday and goes until 7:30 PM.
You’re invited: Sunday, June 4, at 186 Carpenter Street from 6:00-7:30 pm.
Meet instructors and mingle with other writers in the Frequency community! The event will include readings by instructors and info about summer classes.
Summer classes include:
6/14-7/19: Literary ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) with Maryann Ullmann / Taller de inglés literaria con Maryann Ullmann
6/22-7/27: Becoming Fiction with Victor Wildman
7/22: Everyday Writing Lab with S. Tourjee
8/7-8/28: Publishing Your Work with Erica Mena
8/12: Writing Our Labors with Rosalynde Vas Dias
More info at https://frequencywriters.org/current-courses/.
RSVP or invite others on the Facebook event page.
Exciting new classes including Publishing Basics, Literary ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), and Becoming Fiction. Click below to view complete course information!
You are invited to our Open House on Sunday, June 4, at 186 Carpenter St. from 6:00-7:30 pm. Meet instructors and mingle with other writers in the Frequency community!