The following is the Press Release being sent out to print and online media sources:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ANNOUNCING DZANC DAY: MARCH 20, 2010
2010, Ann Arbor, MI - Dzanc Books, the award-winning
publishing house, is pleased to announce our latest project: DZANC DAY.
Dzanc's new effort to expand our mission and bring the creative world to a
national audience, DZANC DAY, takes its cue from the popularity of our Dzanc Creative Writing Sessions. On March 20,
2010, Dzanc will run over 30 creative writing
workshops in 25 cities across
the country.These workshops will be held in cities from Portland,
OR to Orlando, FL, from New Haven, CT to Los
Angeles, CA and
All monies raised from DZANC DAY will go
toward supporting Dzanc's charitable programs which, in part, bring creative
writing programs to students who could not otherwise afford the
authors from across the country have volunteered their time, experience, and
expertise to run these individual workshops:
BJ Hollars/Tuscaloosa, AL; Scott Beal/Ann Arbor, MI;
Jeff Kass/Ann Arbor, MI; Anna Clark/Detroit, MI; Peter Markus/Ferndale, MI;
Rachael Perry/Brighton, MI; Amelia Gray/Austin, TX; Michael
Czyzniejewski/Chicago; Fred McGavran/Cincinnati, OH; Dave Housley/Washington DC;
John Domini/Des Moines, IA; Philip F. Deaver/Orlando, FL; J.A. Tyler/Fort
Collins, CO; Anis Shivani/Houston, TX; Stefan Kiesbye/Los Angeles, CA; Susannah
Felts/Nashville, TN; Claudia Zuluaga/New York, NY; Dawn Raffel and Pamela
Ryder/New York, NY; Derek Green/New Haven, CT; Jennifer Spiegel-Bell and Bhira
Backhaus/Phoenix, AZ; Marcel Jolley and Hobie Anthony/Portlant, OR; Anne Leigh
Parrish/Seattle, WA; Kyle Minor/Columbus, OH; Darren Defrain/Wichita, KS; Katy
Vopal/Milwaukee, WI; Sherrie Flick/Pittsburgh, PA; Nancy Krygowski/Pittsburgh,
PA; Jen Michalski/Baltimore, MD; Seth Harwood/Berkeley, CA; and K.
Kvashay-Boyle/Los Angeles, CA.
workshop will allow students to work face-to-face with the instructor in
specific venues with each locationfocusing on a specific aspect of the writing
world. For example:
Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction Award
winning author, Philip F. Deaver, will run his Short Story Crank Workshop at the Urban Think Bookstore in Orlando, FL.
In it he will use a series of prompt exercises designed to get an author well
into a first draft of a short story in a short period of time.
In NYC the
combination of Dawn Raffel and Pamela Ryder, two writers well known for their
innovative usage of language, will be co-running a workshop at the Mercantile Library
Center for Fiction, analyzing short fiction, as well as discussing voice,
stance, and the acoustical effects of writing, plus using exercises to get
students up and running on work of their own.
This link will take you to the DZANC DAY page at our website where specific
details regarding each session including location, time, details of the
workshop, and author biographies. The page is also where individuals
wishing to sign up for one of the workshops will be able to, either via Paypal, or by sending an email and check to the address
listed. Most of the workshops will run for 4 or 5 hours and will cost
$50, while another runs for 8 hours and will cost $100, rates far lower than
any comparable program.
The DZANC DAY workshops serve not only to expandDzanc's effort
to bring inexpensive, face-to-face workshops to a wider audience, but
also to help us generate income that will, as noted, allow Dzanc to continue
that effort in our other charitable arenas - publishing literary fiction, awarding the annual Dzanc Prize, running Dzanc Writer in Residence Programs in schools across
the country, and more.
For more information please visit the DZANC DAY page at the Dzanc
website. Questions can be directed to Dan Wickett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dzanc Books was created in 2006 by Steven Gillis and Dan Wickett
to advance great writing and to champion those writers who do not fit neatly
into the marketing niches of for-profit presses. As a non-profit, 501(c)3
organization, Dzanc Books not only publishes literary fiction, but works in
partnership with literary journals to advance their readership at every level.
Dzanc is also fully committed to developing educational programs in schools and
organizes workshops and Writer-In-Residence programs in Michigan and elsewhere to meet that goal.