If you're an aspiring writer and you live in the New York/New Jersey area, you should know about the bi-monthly Writing Matters Series hosted by Watchung Booksellers in Montclair NJ.

"Writing Matters is a series of informal panel talks about the craft and business of writing.  Moving beyond a reading or book signing, our purpose is to facilitate a discussion among readers and writers, and to explore the rapidly changing landscape of contemporary publishing." (http://www.watchungbooksellers.com/writing-matters)

In 2011, Writing Matters will start the year with a two-part examination of the craft of writing, by focusing on the distinction between literary and genre fiction and asking the panelists to consider whether or not that distinction is real.

On Friday evening, January 28, a panel composed of authors of literary fiction will explore the question.  The authors include Laurie Lico Albanese, Elizabeth Brundage, Alice Elliot Dark, Peter Golden and Christina Baker Kline.

Then on Friday evening, March 25, a panel composed of authors of genre fiction will tackle the same question.  The March panelists will include Steve Rigolosi, Chris Redding, Todd Ritter and yours truly, Jeff Markowitz.

For more information, take a look at Writing Matters.

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