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  • Upcoming events

    Harvardwood Heads To... An Evening of Song

    Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 08:00 PM · $15.00 USD
    Besant Lodge in Los Angeles, CA

    Join singer-songwriters Sara Melson & Ryan Dilmore for an intimate evening of dreamy, romantic acoustic music and inspiring community, in a beautiful 100 year-old church in the heart of the Hollywood Hills. $15 early-bird discount tickets on eventbrite ($20 at door). Snacks & Libations included. Doors at 8pm. Kids welcome. Uber/Lyft highly recommended. 

    $15 Advance tickets / $20 at door 
    Entry includes snacks & libations

    Harvardwood Heads To... Calling Indie Authors! Should You Create An Audiobook?

    Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 04:00 PM through October 14, 2019
    Multiple in Washington, DC

    Join us on Sunday, October 13 from 4-6 pm, at Principle Gallery (208 King Street, Alexandria, VA) or on Monday, October 14 from 6-8 pm at Busboys & Poets (14th and V Streets, NW) for a discussion on “How to Make and Market an Audiobook.” 

    Was_1013_Principle_event.jpegRadio and television personality Derek McGinty will headline a panel discussion on the challenges writers face in producing audiobook versions of their work. McGinty will be joined by John Wasowicz MPA ‘88, author of the newly released audiobook Jones Point, and Jim Cuddy, president of MyHomesVideo, a company that has recorded and produced audiobooks. The threesome collaborated on Jones Point; McGinty narrated the legal thriller and Cuddy recorded and produced the book. This lively and informative conversation will provide insights to indie writers and publishers seeking opportunities to introduce, expand, and redefine their literary horizons by producing audiobook versions of their work.


    Harvardwood & PEN America Present José Olivarez AB '10 & Jennine Capó Crucet

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 07:00 PM
    LACE Gallery in Los Angeles, CA

    Poet José Olivarez and author Jennine Capó Crucet discuss their work and the conundrum of finding oneself a stranger in one’s own country. In Citizen Illegal, Olivarez explores Mexican-American narratives with incendiary humor and emotion. And Crucet shares from her wry, fearless essay collection My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education, which examines the limits and contours of the American Dream through her experience as a first generation college student.

    This event is free to attend! Just RSVP below; friends are welcome!

    José OlivarezJosé Olivarez AB '10 is the son of Mexican immigrants, and author of Citizen Illegal, a finalist for the 2018 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award. He is co-host of the poetry podcast The Poetry Gods. In 2018, he was awarded the first annual Author and Artist in Justice Award from the Phillips Brooks House Association, and named a Debut Poet of 2018 by Poets & Writers. A recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, Poets House, the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and the Conversation Literary Festival, his work has been published in BreakBeat Poets, The Adroit Journal, The Rumpus, and Hyperallergic, among other places. He lives in Chicago.

    Jennine Capó CrucetJennine Capó Crucet’s novel Make Your Home Among Strangers was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice book, won the 2016 International Latino Book Award, and was cited as a best book of the year by NBC Latino, The Guardian, and the Miami Herald. Her story collection How to Leave Hialeah won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize, the John Gardner Book Award, and the Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award. Her writing has appeared on PBS NewsHour and in The Los Angeles Review, and she is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She is currently an associate professor at the University of Nebraska. Previously, she worked as a college counselor at One Voice, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit serving first-generation teens.


    PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.

    Suzanne Nossel AB '91, JD '96 is Chief Executive Officer at PEN America. Prior to joining PEN America, she served as the Chief Operating Officer of Human Rights Watch and as Executive Director of Amnesty International USA.

  • Harvard undergrads, apply to Harvardwood 101 now through 10/15

    Harvard undergraduates, looking to learn more about careers in entertainment? Apply to the 2020 Harvardwood 101 program!

    The Harvardwood 101 career exploration program brings two dozen current undergraduates to Los Angeles during the January term and provides a series of career-related activities in order to demystify Hollywood and educate them about careers in the entertainment industry.  The program began in 2003 and is cosponsored by Harvard University's Office for the Arts and the Office of Career Services. 

    Harvardwood 101 begins with a mandatory "bootcamp" week of company visits, speaker panels, and networking mixers with Harvard alums who work in entertainment. Students also attend film and TV panels, in addition to getting a "behind the scenes" look at studios, working film sets, talent agencies, production companies, and music labels (see below for a list of companies that have participated in the past). 

    An optional J-termship is available for students to apply their knowledge in a hands-on, short-term internship experience for the balance of the term. Students can opt to stay only for the mandatory bootcamp week.

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    The Jeff Sagansky Harvardwood TV Writers Program | Now accepting applications

    Apply now to the Fall 2019 semester of the Jeff Sagansky Harvardwood TV Writers Program in Los Angeles! The deadline to submit your application is September 15, 2019.

    The Jeff Sagansky Harvardwood TV Writers Program uses peer review, guest speakers and workshops to foster a motivating and supportive environment for each participant’s writing. There is a high expectation of preparation and writing done outside of the meetings (approx. 15-20 hours per week). Each module will have approximately eight participants, and will meet for approximately eleven sessions over a fourteen-week period beginning in late September 2019 or early October 2019. The program has a strict attendance policy, so please make sure that you can fully commit before applying. Participants are required to give constructive feedback to fellow writers in each session, so there is an expectation that you will have read applicable work prior to the meeting. The modules are successful because of this peer review, and you should expect a "writers room" format for your group.

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    Issue 176 | September 2019


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