Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Feeling Cinderella-ish? Attend the Writers Ball!

D.C. poet Brandel France de Bravo invites us all to this fun-sounding event (for a good cause):

You (and your ipod) are invited on October 17th from 8:00 to 11:00 pm to the first annual


What do writers like to do besides write? Drink and dance, of course! Poets, journalists, novelists, playwrights, speechwriters, essayists, short-story writers, and friends of writers--you are all welcome!

Join us in raising the roof and raising money for Washington Writers' Publishing House, a nonprofit, collective press celebrating its 35th year. WWPH is the only literary press in Washington, D.C. dedicated to publishing and promoting local writers. It has published over 80 books of poetry and fiction from some of Washington, D.C.'s best writers--many of them nationally recognized.

Tickets are $25 and entitle you to 2 free drinks, appetizers and all the dancing, schmoozing, and book browsing you can handle. Buy your ticket online and we'll give you one free raffle ticket when you arrive at the Ball (you are welcome to buy additional raffle tickets at the Door!).

The grand prize is 2 nights for 2 with spa treatments at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel!

Other sponsors are: Diageo; Whole Foods of Georgetown; Occasions Caterers; Andy Shallal, owner of Busboys and Poets & Eatonville Restaurant; and WWPH. There will be free salsa lessons and much, much more!

A portion of the ticket price will constitute a tax deductible donation to WWPH, a 501(c)(3) charity.

WHERE'S IT AT? Danzón Art Gallery, 1848 Columbia Road, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009

WHEN DOES THE BALL BEGIN? Doors open at 8:00 p.m. We turn into pumpkins at 11:00 p.m.

HOW DO I GET THERE? Look for the gated walkway ("Danzón alley") with the sign pointing to Danzón. Real writers have no trouble finding the place. Walking and public transportation are best. If you come by car, there's a garage at 2328 Champlain St NW, Washington, DC 20009. (202) 295-8200.

WHAT DO I BRING? Bring your ipod loaded with your 10 favorite dance tunes. All music, all languages accepted. Free your mind, the rest will follow.

Hurry! Get your ticket now at Tickets will also be sold at the door but will not include a free raffle ticket ($5 value, but the grand prize is worth $2,500!!!). Bureaucrats permitted entry by special permission. REMEMBER TO PRINT YOUR PAYPAL RECEIPT. THIS IS YOUR TICKET!

Visit WWPH's website for additional information (, including how to enter the annual contest with manuscript submission guidelines. The deadline for poetry and fiction is November 1st!!!


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