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NikKorpon from Baltimore is reading Book and books and books and January 29, 2013 - 10:43am

I probably should have posted this a couple weeks ago, but that's how I roll. 

The good people at the CityLit Project were crazy enough to let me teach a class at the Patterson Theater in Baltimore this winter. It will be on Thursday nights from 7-9, starting 7 February and running for six weeks. There’s going to be some history talk, some theory talk, some craft talk, and a whole lot of geeking out.  You should sign up and tell your friends to sign up. Come get gritty with us.


At Creative Alliance: N is for NOIR FICTION. Feb 7 – March 14. Fedoras, femme fatales, bootleg hooch and … text messages? Classic noir fiction has inflicted its indelible images on us, but is it still relevant? You’d be surprised. Through craft-based discussion and short-story critiques, we’ll explore ways to effectively use the tropes established by classic noir and crime fiction; new ways to approach and subvert those conventions; and techniques to create compelling characters you’d follow into the shadows. This class is geared towards newbies or Underwood veterans, novelists or short story writers. All you need is a love for the dark. Nik Korpon—author, editor, teacher, grifter and vagabond—leads the group through the history of noir fiction, from the early pulps to contemporary incarnations. 7-9 pm. Adv. reg $150, $140 mbrs. Walk-in $160, $150 mbrs. 

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest January 29, 2013 - 11:25am

Dammit! I'd kill Ray Lewis to go to this. Should do one in Pittsburgh, you know, The City of Champions. Yea, I'm bitter this year. It's a no win situation. Baltimore wins, it sucks for Pittsburgh, arch enemies and all. San Fran wins, tied Super Bowl wins. Ill give you this though, Atomic Books is fucking great. Nothing like that here. 

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Ben Freeman from Charlottesville, Virginia is reading everything I can January 29, 2013 - 12:10pm

I hate that I'm not THAT far from Baltimore and would possibly be crazy enough to make that ridiculous commute for noir and pit beef, so thank you for making it thursday evenings which is the only night I have standing commitment so I don't have to think about it.

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NikKorpon from Baltimore is reading Book and books and books and January 29, 2013 - 12:28pm

@Ben- It's not a coincidence that the best pit beef in Baltimore is in the parking lot of a strip club. That plus a noir class? Just sayin'. (I would do an emoticon but I'm morally opposed to them.)

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones January 30, 2013 - 5:35pm

Nik, if it were online, I'd be there. 

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angelic007 from Washington is reading Possessed January 30, 2013 - 5:51pm

Next class you should make available online, like a skype situation. This sounds super interesting.

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Dino Parenti from Los Angeles is reading Everything He Gets His Hands On January 30, 2013 - 7:19pm

Dammit! Like Charles above, if this were online, a no-brainer! 

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NikKorpon from Baltimore is reading Book and books and books and February 1, 2013 - 9:20am

Thanks, guys. I'm trying to work out some kind of online thing (albeit slowly) and will whore it out appropriately if the time comes.