Notes on Notes: The Intersection of Music and Writing
6:00 PM18:00

Notes on Notes: The Intersection of Music and Writing

Join us as we celebrate the interplay between music and literature. The event begins with short readings by featured authors and song writers who all have literary ties to music. A brief panel discussion will be moderated by Kristina Gaddy, an award-winning writer who believes in the power of narrative nonfiction to bring stories from the past to life in order to inform the world we live in today. In 2018, Kristina received a Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Ruby's Artist Award for Well of Souls, a literary exploration of the little known history of the banjo in the Americas, its role as a a spiritual device in the hands of enslaved Africans, and the instrument's legacy in today’s culture and society.

The panel will also feature Zakiah Baker. Baker is a writer residing in Southern Maryland and the author of To Be Her. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore. She has an interest in historic and generational perspectives of black girlhood and womanhood. As a singer and lover of music, Zakiah's work also has threads of sound and music. Although her work is inspired by true events, Zakiah decided to become a fiction writer because she finds great pleasure in allowing her imagination to take full control of her stories.

The audience will then engage in a workshop style songwriting exploration led by Talia Segal, in which participants will have the opportunity to write their own songs, all abilities welcome. Segal has been singing for as long as she can remember. When she was a little kid, she picked up a pencil, started writing, and hasn't stopped, since. She grew up a little, grabbed a guitar, and realized that she could combine her love of music, singing, and writing in exciting and gratifying ways. This led to several years of almost non-stop songwriting and touring around the country; playing coffee shops, college cafeterias, and farmers markets. In that time, she released 3 albums of original material. Segal has earned a degree in songwriting from Berklee College of Music, in Boston. Her original songs have won first place in the Hazel Dickens Songwriting Contest, and have been finalists in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, the Telluride Troubadour Songwriting Contest, the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Songwriters' Showcase, and the Mid Atlantic Songwriting Contest. She's currently recording her fifth studio album, which is due for release next year.

Absolutely no experience necessary in order to participate, young adults and families welcome.

The event will conclude with music by panelists.

November 3, 2019, 6-7pm

Atomic Books
3620 Falls Road
Baltimore Md

This event is brought to you by:

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Free Fall Baltimore is presented by BGE, and is a program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

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Shut Up & Write! (TM) sponsored by Yellow Arrow Publishing
11:30 AM11:30

Shut Up & Write! (TM) sponsored by Yellow Arrow Publishing


Join the Shut Up & Write Baltimore chapter coordinator and the Fall 2019 Highlandtown Arts District Writer-In-Resident, Laura Hazan, for a 2 hour writing session sponsored by Yellow Arrow Publishing.

This special supersized Shut Up and Write is being conducted as part of Laura's residency. Please join writers from around Baltimore for some distraction free writing at Enoch Pratt Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave., on Saturday, November 16 at 11:30 a.m.

Be it a book, blog, script, essay, dissertation, resume, melody, poem or just plain work stuff, you are invited to write it with us. No one will see what you've written or give you unsolicited advice. Instead of just thinking about writing, come and get some real writing done. Stay for 1 hour or 2, entirely up to you. We'd love a big crowd for this event.

11:30 a.m. - Quick introductions
11:40 a.m. - Timer starts for 2 hours
12:40 p.m. - optional 10 min break
1:30 p.m. - (the end) chat / take off / keep writing. The library closes at 5

This is a basic framework for the event. There is no requirement to follow this schedule exactly, come and go as your schedule allows, we're just thrilled to have you! Writing is very solitary. Connecting (and sometimes even commiserating) with other writers is a cool thing. And growing the Highlandtown and Baltimore City writing community is too.

What Should I Bring?
Whatever you need to be able to write!
Bring earbuds/earplugs if you want

Other Important Details:
The library has WiFi: EPFL - no password.
TRAVEL / PARKING: Street parking available.
GUIDELINES: Drink are welcome in the library with a lid - no food.


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The Write Women Book Fest
10:00 AM10:00

The Write Women Book Fest

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The Write Women Book Fest
A presentation by co-hosts Marietta House Museum & Women Authors of Maryland

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019
10am. – 4pm.

The Write Women book festival was created for women authors by women authors. It is intended to be diverse and welcoming to underrepresented groups. The 2019 The Write Woman Book Fest will be held outdoors at Marietta House Museum in Prince Georges County, Maryland.

There will be authors from every genre, artisans, crafters, and other literary-related businesses and organizations represented. There is no attendance fee!

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FREEDOM Garden Party
5:00 PM17:00

FREEDOM Garden Party

Join us for an intimate gathering under the setting sun for readings and discussion on FREEDOM.

September 8, 5-7pm

Patterson Park Annex*

Light food and beverages provided, please bring a lawn/beach chair if possible

As we launch the newest edition of our literary journal, we will gather to hear our Baltimore area authors share their published pieces and engage in an interactive discussion on the meaning of freedom and how this theme was interpreted in our latest publication.

Hand-bound editions of the Yellow Arrow Journal will be available for purchase at the event, or you may purchase one here, subscribe annually here, or download a PDF here.


Raga Ayyagari, Katherine Anderson Howell, Ann Quinn, Ashley Stimpson, Sarah Van Sciver, Nancy Wade, and Matilda Young.

*Note on location: look for a green tent in the annex section of the park nearest to S Ellwood between Gough and Bank streets.

RSVP via the FB event:

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Emerging Writers Festival 2019: Book Fair
1:00 PM13:00

Emerging Writers Festival 2019: Book Fair

Join us for the first annual Emerging Writers Festival Book Fair on Saturday, August 17th from 1-6pm at 121 North Fairfax Street. The fair will take place rain or shine on the Magnolia Terrace behind the Carlyle House

Location: Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Free readings all day, with a free story time and sing-along at 4:30pm. 

Browse books, artwork, and meet representatives from literary organizations!

Our 2019 Book Fair vendors include:

Alexandria Art TherapyAlexandria LibraryThe Art LeagueBarrelhouseDistrict LitEmily DereGeorge Mason University MFA in Creative WritingInk Press ProductionsThe Inner LoopLines + StarsMoonlight BinderyMoonLit DCOld Town BooksPEN America, Poets for RAICESSanta Fe Writers ProjectThe Writer's Center/Poet LoreThe Writer's PassageYellow Arrow Publishing

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Buffalo in the Book: Literary Night in conjunction with Highlandtown First Friday Art Walk
5:00 PM17:00

Buffalo in the Book: Literary Night in conjunction with Highlandtown First Friday Art Walk

Celebrate the literary arts during the August Highlandtown First Friday Art Walk. Meet local authors at participating art galleries and venues and enjoy live author readings on our main stage at Rooftop Hot. Lots of interactive activities and an opportunity to stock up for summer reading.

Learn about featured authors, small presses and literary organizations.

Learn about featured authors giving readings on the main stage.

This event is free! Please RSVP on the Facebook event.

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Buffalo in the Book: The Beauty of Letter Writing
5:30 PM17:30

Buffalo in the Book: The Beauty of Letter Writing

  • Enoch Pratt Free Library, SE Anchor Branch (map)
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Featuring Ann Quinn, Gina Strauss, and Maria Goodson

Join us as we explore letter writing as its own literary art form. When writing a letter, the author never expects to see the piece of writing again. Yet, so many letters throughout history have gained literary significance. In this series, we look to explore this impermanent written form. Attendees will have the opportunity to create their own stationary and letters.

This event takes place at the Enoch-Pratt Public Library Southeast Anchor Branch.

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