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Date: Monday, April 27, 2020 - 6:00pm
Location: Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Type: Workshop
Writing about family is a sensitive issue, one we usually explore through private history or a personal lens. At the same time, our experiences are conditioned by social, political, and environmental forces. How does the family serve as a microcosm of larger events?

Date: Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 7:00pm
Location: Valley Bar, Reading Room, 130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Type: Salon
What new opportunities does self-publishing offer to authors? Does it create power for authors who may have been or are still marginalized? Does it maintain power within the larger publishing industry? What are the costs of self-publishing? What are the risks? Should writers organizations, review journals, and awards competitions be open to books regardless of how they are published? Is self-publishing legitimate? What does legitimacy in the context of the publishing industry even mean?

Date: Friday, May 8, 2020 - 6:30pm
Location: Burton Barr Central Library, Pulliam Auditorium, 1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Type: Craft Talk, Reading, Talk
In order to prioritize the health of our community, this event has been postponed due to concerns around the potential spread of COVID-19. Future dates will be announced on our website and social media as soon as they become available. If you have any questions, please reach out to Coordinator Ashley Wilkins at Ashley.Wilkins@asu.edu.

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 1:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Meeting

Stay connected with the creative writing community and work towards common goals at the #PhxLitServ meeting on Saturday, May 30, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Zoom.

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Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 8:00am
Location: Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market, 721 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Community Event, Fair, Festival

Save the date! Meet Your Literary Community is Saturday, October 3, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market (721 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004).

Meet Your Literary Community is a mini-literary festival for writers, readers, family and friends. In addition to meeting local authors, publishers, and other literary organizations from all over the Valley, there will also be writing groups, book exchanges, and other creative writing activities.


Global Medievalism into Africanfuturism
Nnedi Okorafor, Malik Toms

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 6:00pm
Location: Armstrong Hall 101, 1100 South McAllister Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Conversation, Discussion, Talk

"Africanfuturism is concerned with visions of the future, is interested in technology, leaves the earth, skews optimistic, is centered on and predominantly written by people of African descent (black people) and it is rooted first and foremost in Africa. It's less concerned with "what could have been" and more concerned with "what is and can/will be". It acknowledges, grapples with and carries "what has been"."