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An Evening with grammar guru Benjamin Dreyer

In conversation with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Join us for a virtual evening of conversation about the art, craft, and grammar of writing with Benjamin Dreyer.

The New York Times bestselling author of Dreyer’s English began his publishing career as a freelance proofreader and copy editor. In 1993, Ben became a production editor at Random House, overseeing books by writers including Michael Chabon, Edmund Morris, Suzan-Lori Parks, Michael Pollan, Peter Straub, and Calvin Trillin. He has copyedited books by authors including E. L. Doctorow, David Ebershoff, Frank Rich, and Elizabeth Strout, as well as Let Me Tell You, a volume of previously uncollected work by Shirley Jackson. A graduate of Northwestern University, he lives in New York City.

This meeting will take place on Zoom and is free of charge (donation only)

Time: May 18, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Write up of speaker series event with Elizabeth Marro and T. Jefferson Parker

In case you missed it, writer Chelsey Drysdale did a detailed write-up. Right here.

Recap of speaker series/salon with Bret Anthony Johnston, Aline Ohanesian, and Lisa Glatt

Essayist and editor Chelsey Drysdale wrote this incredibly detailed recap of last Tuesday night’s event.  If you were there and didn’t take notes, or if you weren’t there but wish you had been, check out her blog. Right here. Thank you, Chelsey!

Author T. Jefferson Parker, two-time guest of the
Pen on Fire Writers Salon:

T. Jefferson Parker T. Jefferson Parker's new novel, The Jaguar "What a terrific evening with you at the gallery. You've got some really fine readers/writers/fans. It was an enjoyable night for me. I felt much appreciated and not a little spoiled!"

- T. Jefferson Parker
featured author at the Pen on Fire Writers Salon
January 18, 2011

Comments from Pen On Fire Writers Salon Attendees

"Thanks for Tuesday evening with Heidi Durrow and Danzy Senna. I hesitated when I paid my $20, as I was not sure this was the program for me. When I arrived to realize I was the only man, I was convinced of it. The only thing I remembered was that by far the majority of writers and readers are women. But I was committed, and sitting by the wall; leaving wasn't an option. But then the authors started talking and reading. Wow! It was then that I knew why I came. I listened to every word. And each word was valuable.

—Frederick R. Andresen

Past guests include authors, literary agents, and editors: Bret Anthony Johnston, Chris Bohjalian, Lisa See, Dani Shapiro, Seth Greenland, Diana Wagman, Jillian Lauren, Dana Johnson, Martin J. Smith, Susan Straight, Tatjana Soli, Jess Walter, Pam Houston, Suzanne Redfearn, Jane Porter, Anita Hughes, Kaira Rouda, Betsy Amster, Stacy Berlein, Eric Puchner, Claire Bidwell Smith, James Brown, Dinah Lenney, T. Jefferson Parker, Merrill Markoe, Karen Karbo, Heidi Durrow, Danzy Senna, Taylor Martindale, Sally van Haitsma, Elise Capron, Katie Arnoldi, Marisa Matarrazo, Lisa Fugard, Andrew Winer, Dan Smetanka, Dennis Palumbo, Daniel Pyne, Aimee Bender, Michael Jaime-Becerra, Jill Marr, Stacy Chilton Weiss, Gary Phillips, Mary Castillo, Martin J. Smith, Patricia McFall, Ron Carlson, Tod Goldberg, Victoria Patterson, Carolyn See, Norman Ollestad, Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum, Kelly Sonnack, Debra Ollivier, Aline Ohanesian.