CANCELLED: Pop-Up Lit Night:  Editor Speed Dating & How to Make  a Pitch Workshop

CANCELLED: Pop-Up Lit Night: Editor Speed Dating & How to Make a Pitch Workshop

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 7pm–9pm Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr., Fairfax, VA 22030

This event will include a panel of magazine editors discussing the steps authors should take to get their work published in a magazine, followed by audience one-on-one meetings with editors in a “speed dating” style. 
In the “Editor Speed Dating”, a magazine editor will offer individual comments to the first page or two of your work in ten-minute increments. Your first one-on-one session is free. Each session thereafter is $5 and dependent upon availability.
In addition, while you are waiting for your speed date, you can participate in a “How to Make a Pitch” workshop led by Ananya Bhattacharyya, a writer whose work has appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times, Al Jazeera, & more.

* IMPORTANT: The first 28 people to sign up on Eventbrite will get one free ticket for the speed dating upon arrival at the venue. Please arrive by 6:45pm to receive your confirmed spot. At 6:55 pm we will give away unclaimed spots to walk-ins.

Meet Our Editors

Margaret Guroff is a writer and magazine editor. A former editor of Baltimore magazine, she is now an executive editor at AARP The Magazine. Guroff is also the editor and publisher of Power Moby-Dick, an online annotation of Herman Melville’s classic novel. Her cultural history book, The Mechanical Horse: How the Bicycle Reshaped American Life, was published by the University of Texas Press. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

Tara Campbell is a writer, teacher, Kimbilio Fellow, and fiction editor at Barrelhouse. Prior publication credits include SmokeLong Quarterly, Masters Review, Monkeybicycle, Jellyfish Review, Booth, Strange Horizons, and Escape Pod/Artemis Rising. She’s the author of a novel, TreeVolution, a hybrid fiction/poetry collection, Circe’s Bicycle, and a short story collection, Midnight at the Organporium.

Eli Meir Kaplan Portraits of Ken Budd on Friday, July 15, 2011 in Washington, DC.

Ken Budd is the former executive editor of AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine with 30 million readers, and he continues to write frequently for AARP. He is the author of the award-winning memoir, The Voluntourist, which shares his journey as a volunteer in six countries. His writing credits include The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler,, Smithsonian, The Washington Post, Washingtonian, CityLab, and The Chicago Tribune.

Melissa Wade serves as managing editor for phoebe, a literary journal housed out of George Mason University which has been publishing original work since 1971. She won the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center Travel Grant to France and Switzerland to conduct research for her novel about assisted suicide abroad. She is also working on a collection of short stories and essays.

This event is free and open to the public. Free Parking is available. Refreshments will be provided.