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Queens Writes!

Flex Literary Muscle April 13 &14

Local wordsmiths will have a chance to flex their literary muscle Apr. 13 and 14 during Queens Writes! Weekend 2013.

The event will bring together amateur and professional scribes of all stripes to celebrate the written word and Queens’ blossoming literary legacy.

Residents and non-residents alike can stop at several sites across the borough next weekend for writing workshops and exercises.

The event is being staged by Newtown Literary, a Queens-centric, semi-annual literary journal published in electronic and paper formats publishing fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, and poetry.

The suggested donation for attending the event is $5. Proceeds will go to pay for the journal’s second issue, as well as low-cost writing workshops set to launch this summer and a writing contest for kids slated for the 2013-14 school year, according to a press release from Newtown Literary.

So far, sites have been designated in Long Island City, Sunnyside, Corona, Forrest Hills and Flushing, but more may be chosen before the weekend of the event.

One group will ride the 7 train, parlaying the train’s elevated view into transcendent prose and poetry.

Attendees need only bring a pen and paper, though laptops and tablets are allowed as well.

There will even be a travelling typewriter, and for a $1 donation, residents can contribute one line to a collectively written poem to be published in the journal’s third edition this fall.

“The goal of this event is to help the people of Queens be a part of he burgeoning literary scene happening in our home borough,” said Newtown Literary Alliance Founder and President Tim Frederick.

More information, as well as a full list of times and locations can be found at newtownliterary.org/queenswrites weekend-2013/.

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