Story Sprint

Thursday, March 30, 7 pm

Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA

About the Event

In this evening of off-the-cuff writing, three authors will be given one line with which to start a story, one with which to end it, and 20 minutes to do it. The authors featured this year are Tara Campbell, author of the spooky, fabulist story collection Cabinet of Wrath, Michael Landweber, author of the mind-bending novel The Damage Done, and Nathan Leslie, author of the strange, caustic story collection The Invisible Hand. Mystery writer Laura Ellen Scott will emcee the festivities.  

A light reception will be held at 7pm, and the main event will begin around 7:15 pm.

Tara Campbell is a writer, teacher, Kimbilio Fellow, and fiction co-editor at Barrelhouse. She received her MFA from American University. Previous publication credits include SmokeLong Quarterly, Masters Review, Wigleaf, Jellyfish Review, Booth, Strange Horizons, and CRAFT Literary. She’s the author of a novel, TreeVolution, and four collections: Circe’s Bicycle, Midnight at the Organporium, Political AF: A Rage Collection, and Cabinet of Wrath: A Doll Collection. Connect with her at or on Twitter: @TaraCampbellCom

Michael Landweber lives and writes in Washington, DC. He is the author of the novels The In Between, We, and Thursday, 1:17 pm. His short stories have appeared in literary magazines such as Gargoyle, Fourteen Hills, Fugue, Barrelhouse and American Literary Review. He is an Associate Editor at Potomac Review and a contributor for the Washington Independent Review of Books.

Nathan Leslie won the 2019 Washington Writers’ Publishing House prize for fiction for his short story collection, Hurry Up and Relax. He is also the series editor for Best Small Fictions. Invisible Hand (2022) and A Fly in the Ointment (2023) are his latest story collections. Nathan’s previous books of fiction include Three Men, Root and Shoot, Sibs, and The Tall Tale of Tommy Twice. He is also the author of a collection of poems, Night Sweat. Nathan is the founder and organizer of the Reston Reading Series and the publisher and editor of the online journal Maryland Literary Review

Laura Ellen Scott is the author of five novels, including three Books in The New Royal Mysteries series. Her most recent publication is a short story based on the song, “Lawyers, Guns, and Money” in the Lawyers, Guns, and Money: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Warren Zevon anthology. Born in Ohio, she now divides her time between Virginia and West Virginia. She teaches fiction writing at George Mason University. 

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