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Events


May
5
1:00 PM13:00

Jac Jemc @ Northbrook Writes

Northbrook Public Library, Pollak Room AB

Feeling stumped or stagnant? Have an idea, but don't know where to start? Not a "writing from ideas" kind of writer? In this workshop, led by Jac Jemc, an award-winning author who has taught English and Creative Writing at many area universities, will explore ways of tricking ourselves into writing. We'll create language banks, dig up gluts of memory, and then hunt for the narrative hiding in these resources. We'll also look at writers who have developed unique methods of generating work and mimic these efforts at spinning raw material into stories.

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May
3
6:30 PM18:30

Jac Jemc @ Off Campus Writers' Workshop in Winnetka IL

Haunting as Narrative Driver and Resonance Builder

 

Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, IL

From the absences of Sappho to the ghosts of Henry James to the longing-fueled chases driving Laura van den Berg's stories, the idea of haunting presents itself in many forms throughout literature. In this session we'll explore haunting as narrative driver and resonance builder by reading examples of different modes of haunting and appropriating their forms. Whether you're interested in building a traditional ghost story, a tale of unrequited love or lingering grief, or playing with erasures of source materials, this course can help anyone looking for ways of building theme and image-based collateral in a variety of genres. Jac will accept manuscripts for critique. 

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Apr
21
to Apr 22

Jac Jemc @ UntitledTown Festival, Green Bay WI

Writing Powerful Fiction Workshop

Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:15pm
KI Convention Center Room A1

Feeling stumped or stagnant? Have an idea, but don’t know where to start? Not a “writing from ideas” kind of writer? In this workshop we’ll explore ways of tricking ourselves into writing. We’ll create language banks, dig up gluts of memory, and then hunt for the narrative hiding in these resources. We’ll also look at writers who have developed unique methods of generating work and mimic these efforts at spinning raw material into stories.

I Can't Even Right Now: Dealing With Writers' Block - Panel

Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
KI Convention Center Room A4

Is it writer's block or procrastination -- or is non-writing time actually required and productive? These panelists will explore tips and tricks for working through writer's block and also why not writing is sometimes the best answer. With Tara DaPra, Mike Eserkaln, Ami Irmen, Jac Jemc and Caitlin Roach

Book Signing with Jac Jemc

Sunday April 22, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Old Fort Square 211 N Broadway, Green Bay, WI 54303 

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Apr
13
7:30 PM19:30

Jac Jemc @ Arlington Heights Library

Arlington Heights Memorial Library

500 N. Dunton Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL

Join us this Friday the 13th for a haunted evening with author Jac Jemc. Explore a chilling reading from The Grip of It, her literary horror novel about a young couple haunted by their newly purchased home. Library advisor Neal Parker will lead Jemc in conversation about her writing, what haunts her and more.

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Apr
7
12:30 PM12:30

C2E2: Horror in Fiction and Nonfiction

McCormick Place South, Chicago IL 

Whether it’s a haunting, a monster, or a mobster, horror is just one of those genres that crosses borders, from fiction to non-fiction. What does it take to make a story “horrific,” and why do we love it so much? Join authors Max Allan Collins (Scarface and the Untouchable), Stephanie Hemphill, Jac Jemc and James S. Murray (Awakened) as they discuss their love of things that go bump in the night and IRL scary stories.

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Mar
9
12:00 PM12:00

FSG Originals and the Writer/Editor Relationship at AWP Tampa

FSG Originals and the Writer/Editor Relationship

Virginia Barber Middleton Memorial Stage, Sponsored by USC, Exhibit Hall, Tampa Convention Center, T
Friday, March 9, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

 

Since 2011, FSG Originals has maintained a mission to publish "voices that insist on being heard, stories that demand to be told, writers who are compelled to show us something new. They defy categorization and expectation. They are, in a word, original." It's a mission exemplified in the relationship that editor Emily Bell, Director of FSG Originals, has built and sustained with a number of authors, such as Amelia Gray, Lindsay Hunter, Catherine Lacey, and Laura van den Berg, among others. Bell introduced these writers' work to mainstream publishing, and insisted on developing their second—and sometimes third—books, in the face of consolidating and shifting market expectations. On this panel, Emily Bell will join a handful of the authors published at FSG Originals to discuss the writer/editor relationship, the virtues of experimenting with established systems, and standing up for weird books.

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Feb
24
7:00 PM19:00

Lit & Luz in Mexico City

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24

7 pm-  Tamayo Museum ( Paseo de la Reforma, 51 , Col. Bosques de Chapultepec)

Closing of the Festival: "Live Magazine Show"

Collaborative teams of artists and writers from Chicago and Mexico participating in this edition, who will present their creations, hybrid performances with multimedia base.

This year's participants include:

  • Aura Xilonen + Coya Paz
  • Eduardo Rabasa + Danny Giles
  • Carla Faesler + Selina Trepp + Nate Marshall
  • Amalia Pica + Jac Jemc
  • Erika L. Sanchez and special guests

These works will be presented for the first and only time in the Festival LIT & LUZ In previous editions Luis Felipe Fabre, Guadalupe Nettel, Julieta Venegas, Verónica Gerber Bicecci, Álvaro Enrigue and many others participated.

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Feb
21
to Feb 23

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Conference at the Virginia P. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University

When Words Won't Come
Jac Jemc, Malka Older, Amy K. Nichols

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

What happens when the page stretches out in front of you and the words remain stagnant? How do you bring yourself to write when the words just won’t flow? All writers have ideas and hesitations on where to begin. Learn from these authors on how to spin stories from the everyday and how the act of writing becomes as important as the writing itself.

Location: Heritage, University Club
Type: Panel
Genre: Mixed Genre, Writing Life

Haunting: Mining Memory to Add Depth and Intrigue
Jac Jemc

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 2:45 to 3:45 p.m.

From the absences of Sappho to the specters of Henry James, the idea of haunting presents itself in many forms throughout literature. In this session we'll explore haunting as narrative driver and resonance builder. Whether you're interested in building a traditional ghost story, a tale of unrequited love or lingering grief, or lacing your work with outside influences, this session will help anyone looking for ways of building theme and image-based collateral in a variety of genres.

Location: Basha, Old Main
Type: Presentation
Genre: Fiction, Mixed Genre

Frame Work
Jac Jemc

Friday, February 23, 2018, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

In his essay, “The Perception of Reality,” William James posed the question, “Under what circumstances do we think things are real?” We’ll use this question as a jumping off point to examine how it is we generate feelings of authenticity in our fiction using different frameworks. How can voice be used to indicate truth? How can stories within stories aid the attempt at making meaning? How can a structure that supports multiple levels of fact or fiction strengthen the overall effect of the narrative and serve as a platform for the objective of the piece?

Location: Traditions, University Club
Type: Presentation
Genre: Fiction

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Oct
29
1:00 PM13:00

MAKE X: A Decade of Literary Art

A conversation between Jac Jemc (The Grip of It) and Jessica Anne (A Manual for Nothing) related to MAKE magazine’s new book featuring a decade of its best work. They will discuss their own writings, blurring the lines of fiction and nonfiction, the meaning of literary art, and participating in MAKE’s Lit & Luz Festival.

Room 837

Columbia College Chicago 

1104 S Wabash, Chicago IL

 

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Aug
19
10:00 AM10:00

Haunting: A Writing Workshop, Northwestern Summer Writers' Conference

From the absences of Sappho to the ghosts of Henry James to the longing-fueled chases driving Laura van den Berg's stories, the idea of haunting presents itself in many forms throughout literature. In this session we'll explore haunting as narrative driver and resonance builder by reading examples of different modes of haunting and appropriating their forms. Whether you're interested in building a traditional ghost story, a tale of unrequited love or lingering grief, or playing with erasures of source materials, this course can help anyone looking for ways of building theme and image-based collateral in a variety of genres. 

http://sps.northwestern.edu/program-areas/summer/institutes/writers-conference/workshops.php#SaAMg

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Aug
9
1:00 PM13:00

The Art of the Agent Query, Hugo House, Seattle WA

You have a solid manuscript of your novel and you’re ready to find it a home, but where do you start? Getting a novel published takes time, consideration, and tons of research. In this class we’ll explore how to find agents that might be a good fit for your work.We’ll look at examples of strong query letters, and then draft our own to ensure that the craft of those letters is as compelling as the novel you’re pitching

https://hugohouse.org/store/class/art-agent-query-jac-jemc/

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