“What We Wore” event RESCHEDULED

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Sunday’s 650 live reading event, “What We Wore,” at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge, NY has been POSTPONED by the college due to forecasted hazardous weather conditions. The show has been RESCHEDULED for 2pm Sunday, March 19. If the new date doesn’t work for you, the cost of your seats can be promptly refunded by calling Brown Paper Tickets, 24/7, at (800) 838-3006. We apologize for this inconvenience.

“What We Wore” Deadline Extended!

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screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-8-55-29-amDear Writers:  We’ve extended our submission deadline for “What We Wore” to December 20, 2016, and are looking for five minute essays that address the age old question: Do clothes really make the man—or woman?

Were you a Boy Scout or a bridesmaid? Have you ever had a “wardrobe malfunction”? Rented a tuxedo? Stood for a fitting? Modeled for a figure drawing class? Tell us about dressing for your first job, your prom, your blind date, your court appearance, your wedding.

The live event is slated for late January-early February 2017 and will likely take place in New York’s Hudson Valley. The date and venue will be confirmed later this month.  Click here for Submission Guidelines.

Writer Wednesday: Mourka

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650-writer-wednesday-graphics2650 Introduces Writer Wednesdays

Each Wednesday, 650 highlights one of our talented writers. This week, we feature Margarita Meyendorff, known professionally as “Mourka.” The daughter of a Russian Baron, Mourka was born in a displaced persons camp in Germany—far from the opulence of Imperial Russia that was her birthright. Mourka is a frequent contributor to 650 and a clear audience favorite. Here she is, recorded at a live 650 event in New York City, reading a story about adapting to American life in “Chewing Gum.”

Mourka has just published a brand new memoir, “DP: Displaced Person.” This Sunday, November 13 at 4pm, she’ll be featured in a Nina Shengold Word Café “Author Duet” with Laura Shaine Cunningham at the Golden Notebook in Woodstock, NY. Admission is free.

Live Stream: “The Sound of Music”

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Screen Shot 2016-04-23 at 9.54.58 AMSunday’s sold out Writers Read event, “The Sound of Music”, will be live-streamed on our YouTube channel at 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.  Dial us up for a carefully curated baker’s dozen of short, music-related essays ranging in scope from The Beatles to Mozart, from Jimi Hendrix to Hitler, from Ani DiFranco to The Marines.  I hope you’ll join us.

Click HERE to view a ninety-second trailer from our last sold-out show, “The First Time.”

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Colum McCann on Storytelling and Healing

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IMG_8446The stories we tell—to each other and ourselves—help us communicate the things that are most important, offering clarity and insight to the listener and the world.

Last night, writer Colum McCann spoke at Narrative Rounds at the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) about the value and magic of storytelling and his work with Narrative 4, an initiative that fosters empathy by breaking down barriers and shattering stereotypes through the simple exchange of stories.

IMG_7790Congratulations to Donna Bulseco and her colleagues at Columbia University’s Program in Narrative Medicine on this successful, standing-room-only event.  Free and open to the public, “Narrative Rounds” take place the first Wednesday of each academic month. Visit NarrativeMedicine.org for information on upcoming events and to join the mailing list or Facebook page.IMG_8433IMG_8435IMG_7784 IMG_7795



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