Check back soon!

Thanks so much for all the interest we've had in workshops and scholarships. It's been an exhilirating first summer.

WriteBrooklyn is no longer accepting students for the fall -- but we're scheming up some new plans for what's coming down the pike. If you're interested in getting involved, keep checking this space!

Best,

Morgan

Getting to know... Christopher Hermelin

Christopher Hermelin: Not just a pretty face. 

Christopher Hermelin: Not just a pretty face. 

Our resident agent and Pitch, Query, Proposal workshop leader Christopher Hermelin quotes Don Draper, romanticizes lavender, explores the metaphorical properties of tetris, and pretty much gets real in his answers to the WriteBrooklyn Proust Questionnaire, the second in a series

Check out his workshop, after you check out his answers below:

What's your favorite virtue? Kindness. Empathy will only get you so far. 

What is your chief characteristic? A desire for equilibrium.

What do you appreciate the most in your friends? Enthusiasm! And including me.

What is your main fault? I don't see myself clearly.

What is your favorite occupation? Reading. Followed closely by walking. Audiobooks are a boon.

What is your idea of happiness? I immediately think of Don Draper - "Happiness is the moment before you need more happiness." But luckily I don't quite agree. Happiness is a confluence of smaller triumphs, brought about by myself and mixed with those brought by external forces; a chain reaction of linked good-ery. The longer the chain, the longer the happiness. It's kind of like setting up some good lines on Tetris, and then the long Tetrominoe shows up to clear your screen. That's happiness, both metaphorically, and in Tetris.

What is your idea of misery? Being alone when I would have chosen company.

If not yourself, who would you be? Neil Gaiman. He can and does work in any medium he chooses.

Where would you like to live? Paris, someday. Norwich, again. On the west edge of Central Park. In a sphere in a tree. In a Westfalia. 

What is your favorite color and flower? Favorite color is blue, favorite flower is lavender. Love that lavender booth that sets up in the farmer's market at the base of Prospect Park - that square smells like lavender for most of the week between markets.

Who are your favorite fiction writers? Donna Tartt, Alissa Nutting, Patricia Highsmith, Stephen King, Larry McMurtry, Margaret Atwood, Kelly Link, George Saunders, E. Lockhart

Who are your favorite poets? James Tate, Saeed Jones, Amy Gerstler, Lisa Markuson

Who are your favorite heroes/heroines in fiction? Harry Potter, Tom Ripley (more of an anti-hero), Stargirl, Captain Augustus "Gus" McCrae, Scott Pilgrim, Frankie-Landau Banks, Roger Mifflin, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, and Ender Wiggin. 

Who are your favorite painters and composers (read: musicians)? Marc Chagall, Ralph McQuarrie, Rene Magritte, James Gurney, Edvard Munch, Mark Rothko, Sol Lewitt, Wassily Kandinsky... and then composers... Chilly Gonzales, Danny L Harle, Khaela Maricich, Jeff Lynne, Michael Giacchino, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Yann Tiersen, Max Martin, Ariel Reichstaid, Rostam Batmanglij

Getting to Know: Tess Crain

Tess loves: monks, beers, Talib Kweli. Hates: death. Fears nothing. Has "capacity for extremes."

Tess loves: monks, beers, Talib Kweli. Hates: death. Fears nothing. Has "capacity for extremes."

You want deep? We go deep. 

Tess Crain, our resident fiction workshop instructor, is the first of our writers to answer the WriteBrooklyn Proust Questionaire.

For info about her workshop, go here

What's your favorite virtue? I have great admiration for people with a kind of monkish self-discipline. Also, kindness.

What is your chief characteristic? A capacity for extremes.

What do you appreciate the most in your friends? Their loyalty and insight.

What is your main fault? Self-indulgence. And I'm bad with money.

What is your favorite occupation? Writing, if that's an occupation.

What is your idea of happiness? Reading by myself with a beer at Spain bar.

What is your idea of misery? Death, although I realize the Buddhists disagree. Unconsciousness, whether cognitive or subjective: the result of bodily injury or the result of subjugation. Misery strikes me as more an absence than an experience, abjection rather than torture. Agony, pain, that's the suffering of life: samsara.

If not yourself, who would you be? No one.

Where would you like to live? Here, in Washington Heights, but rent-controlled.

What is your favorite color and flower? Peonies. "Ranunculus" sounds so good. I hate baby's breath: filler flower. I'm not sure I have a favorite color.

Who are your favorite fiction writers? Clarice Lispector, Don DeLillo, Doris Lessing, Elena Ferrante, Bernard Malamud, Thomas Mann, Philip Roth, James Baldwin, Kurt Vonnegut, Joan Didion. I've recently come into Pynchon. Michel Houllebecq and Nell Zink for the laughs, if only as a form of scaffolding over the abyss. For up-and-comers, I love Colin Barrett and Claire-Louise Bennett.

Who are your favorite poets? Adrienne Rich above all. Audre Lorde and Anne Carson. Mallarme, if more for his mysticism than his poems. Baudelaire. Hart Crane. Siegfried Sassoon. Ted Hughes, although it feels a bit grimy, like liking Chris Brown. I would like to read more poetry.

Who are your favorite heroes/heroines in fiction? Lila (Elena Ferrante). Legs (Joyce Carol Oates). Merricat (Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle). The narrator of Lessing's The Golden Notebook. I've recently been spending a lot of time with Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole, for whom I feel a certain affinity. Frankenstein's monster.

Who are your favorite painters and composers (read: musicians)? Van Gogh, because he always makes me cry. Giorgio de Chirico. Most of the Surrealists. Carlo Gesualdo di Venosa. If Mann's Adrian Leverkuhn were real, I imagine I'd like his music. Lil' Wayne. Vince Staples. Talib Kweli. Some Kanye.

Launch Party Pictures!

Our launch party was an incredible time. Thanks to everyone who made it out!

Here are some pictures of the evening, featuring some of our amazing readers, lovely guests and epic mood lighting.

Let's do it again soon!

-Morgan 

 

Guess what. We're having a party....

.... A WriteBrooklyn Kosciuszko Bridge Demolition/LAUNCH PARTY!

After the alleged date of Kosciuszko Bridge demolition, which will be rad, sad, or weird, depending on your state of mind, come check out our beautiful space and help us launch WriteBrooklyn with drinks, music and good times!

We might even have readings from some of our awesome guests.

-> Stay tuned. <-

Here are all the deets:

DATE: July 11th, 2017

TIME: 7PM - 10PM

PLACE: Our spot! 988 Manhattan Ave, Greenpoint, BK. Get directions here

COST: Free, baby. Free. 

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Looking forward to seeing you all there!