inkins writing lab #6 with special guest: Professor Jon L Peacock

About Jon L Peacock: We're thrilled to have Jon joining us as our very first special guest. He's an actor, a writer, and a professor of English at St. John's University — a true Renaissance man and one of the kindest people you'll ever meet. He holds an MFA degree in Creative Writing from Long Island University and a BA in Theater Studies from Arizona State University. He's published several pieces and co-authored the book "Occupying Wall Street: The Inside Story of an Action that Changed America," published by Haymarket Books in 2012. His first novel, "Wayward," is forthcoming.


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What's inkins writing lab? First off, we're not a traditional writers' group. Our entire process is experimental and each session is a chance for us to test out new ideas. Our main goal is to create a safe space for you to share your writing. Regardless of where you stand as a writer, there's no room for negativity or judgment — only constructive insight and support to help you move forward.


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What should I bring? Please bring one printed copy of your story, no longer than 500 words, at least 12-point font size. You may share anonymously, so you decide whether or not to include your name on the page. You might also consider writing a brief introduction to your piece, especially in case of excepts.


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What kinds of stories are accepted? All kinds. This session is open to any written material you'd like to share — fiction, nonfiction, poetry, plays, screenplays, or anything experimental. These might be complete pieces or selections from longer stories.

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How does it work? Our structure allows for honest feedback to push your boundaries as a writer. After settling in, we jump straight into silent reading and feedback exchange. Your story goes around the group and each of us gets to contribute targeted written feedback. We then have a group discussion to share observations and get to know each other. It'll be happy hour at Yaffa Cafe, so we can enjoy $5 drinks afterwards!

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Do I have to commit to attending regularly? Not at all. Though we're hosting bi-weekly meetups, you're free to join us whenever you'd like.

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Do I pay anything to attend? No, our meetups are always free.

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Don't be lonely. Write together. Join us at inkins writing lab!


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  • Glory

    Had a great time with you all! Thank you for making it worthwhile.

    1 · February 21, 2014

    • Mike G.

      Thanks for coming, Glory! It was great meeting you, and I hope to see you again soon.

      1 · February 22, 2014

  • C.A. S.

    I had a wonderful time yet again! The feedback here is definitely valuable.

    1 · February 20, 2014

    • Mike G.

      It's always great seeing you and reading your stories!

      February 20, 2014

  • nam

    Amazing!

    2 · February 19, 2014

  • Diane P.

    ugh: looks like i won't be able to make it after all! but have fun, everyone!

    February 17, 2014

    • Mike G.

      Thanks for letting us know, Diane. Hope to see you next time!

      February 18, 2014

  • Jessi R.

    Hey everyone! I'm super excited for tonight's meet up! This is probably the biggest group we've had thus far. Can't wait to read your works! :-)

    1 · February 18, 2014

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