Friday, January 19, 2018

Upcoming Classes with Moi!

Two upcoming classes…maybe your resolution for 2018 was to reach more deeply into your creative self? HERE YOU GO!  

Wednesday, January 31
6:30 to 9 p.m.
Politics & Prose Bookstore
Washington, DC
Class: Right Brain Writing: Relationships
Explore your creative side in this session, one of a series of stand-alone classes with prompts designed to get your subconscious flowing. Through guided exercises, we’ll focus on writing about the variety of relationships we have in our lives, significant people, people who are still with us, people who are lost, even relationships with people we don’t know. No writing experience necessary! This is a great class for beginners and also for those fiction writers and/or memoirists with more experience who might be stuck in their current projects and are looking for a jolt of inspiration. Our goal is to have fun in a supportive, nurturing environment and to go home with several promising pieces to work on further. Please bring lots of paper and pen/pencil or a fully charged computer. Note: new exercises!


Thursday, February 1
1 to 4 p.m.
Politics & Prose Bookstore
Washington, DC
Class: Elements of Writing: Mastering Effective Dialogue
Dialogue is tricky. It’s not simply recorded speech; conversation must sound natural—while also creating a sense of a character and advancing the action. How does the writer learn that balance, knowing when characters should talk and when maybe they should keep quiet? How can your conversations build layers of meaning? This hands-on, interactive class will focus on helping you learn the tricks needed to get your characters to talk the talk! This class is appropriate for fiction writers, memoirists and anyone looking to sharpen their dialogue skills. All levels of experience are welcome. Please bring a notebook/pen or charged computer for writing exercises.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

DMV: Mark Your Calendars; Silver Girl DC Launches on 3/3

The SILVER GIRL book launch is set for Saturday, March 3, 2018, at Politics & Prose Bookstore, at 3:30 PM. I’ll read/talk/answer questions/pass out Tylenol/tap dance [not really that]/and be delighted to see you!

Here’s my FB write-up:

Help me celebrate the publication of my new novel, SILVER GIRL, set in 1980s Chicago, during the time of the Tylenol killer. Publishers Weekly calls it "a profound, mesmerizing, and disturbing novel that delves into the vagaries of college relationships and how the social-financial stratum one is born into reverberates through one’s life." Kirkus adds, "A dark, intense novel on a hot subject: female friendship complicated by class and privilege."

Dark? Disturbing? Intense? No worries...I'm still the same cheerful gal as ever, and I'd love to see you there!!

Here are the other SILVER GIRL events I have set up, in case there’s a location/date that works better for you. Updated information is always available at my website:

Saturday, March 3
 3:30 PM
Politics & Prose Bookstore
Washington, DC


March 7 ~ 10
AWP Conference
Tampa, Florida
(Must be registered participant to attend)
Thursday, March 8, 11:30 am-12:00 pm
Friday, March 9, 11:00 am-12:00 pm

Thursday, March 29
City Lit Books
Chicago, IL

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
6 p.m.
Chop Suey Books
Richmond, VA
In conversation with author Patricia A. Smith


Thursday, April 5
In conversation w/ best-selling author Krista Bremer
Flyleaf Books
Charlottesville, VA


Tuesday, May 8
Reading w/ William Wall
The Ivy Bookshop
Baltimore, MD


Thursday, May 10
Reading w/ Tim Wendel
One More Page Books
Arlington, VA


Wednesday, May 16
Bards Alley Bookstore
Vienna, VA


July 19 ~ 22, 2018
West Virginia Writers Workshop
Faculty: fiction workshop
West Virginia University campus
Morgantown, WV

Friday, January 12, 2018

A Star from PW for SILVER GIRL

I'm so thrilled with the review from Publisher's Weekly, which singled out SILVER GIRL for a STAR, calling it  "a profound, mesmerizing, and disturbing novel." !!!!!

Here's the review:
Silver Girl
Leslie Pietrzyk. Unnamed (PGW, dist.), $17 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-1-944700-51-5
The latest from Pietrzyk (Pears on a Willow Tree) is a profound, mesmerizing, and disturbing novel that delves into the vagaries of college relationships and how the social-financial stratum one is born into reverberates through one’s life. The unnamed narrator—hailing from a poor family headed by an abusive father in Iowa—is befriended by her roommate, Jess, a charismatic Chicago socialite, during their freshman year at an unnamed university in Evanston, Ill. She wants to hide her past and reinvent herself. Meanwhile, Jess’s father sends his mistress’s daughter to live with the two girls after she accidentally poisons her mother. This strains the alliance between the two young women, already tenuous because of underlying jealousies and competitiveness. The narrator makes the same mistakes over and over again in her personal life, and the author posits that there is a way out, but at a cost. In addition to capturing college life on a Midwest campus, Pietrzyk brilliantly depicts the push-and-pull dynamics between the two women, resulting in a memorable character study. Agent: Kerry D’Agostino, Curtis Brown. (Feb.)

Here's the link so you know I'm not lying!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Distinguished Fellowships at Hambidge....App deadline 1/15

Act fast! I love-love-loved my two weeks at Hambidge, in the lovely mountains of north Georgia…highly recommended:

Creatives of all kinds applying to the Hambidge Creative Residency Program Summer Session will be considered for a Distinguished Fellowship which provides a 2-week residency and a $700 scholarship for outstanding first-time residents.

We are now accepting applications for the 2018 Summer Session (May-August). The deadline is January 15, 2018Find out more and apply online at our website.

Distinguished Fellowships for Summer 2018

The CPT Bill Badoud Fellowships for Veterans for an outstanding Veteran in any discipline.

The Patricia Callan Fellowship for Ceramics for an outstanding ceramicist working in either sculpture or functional pottery.

The Fulton County Fellowships (multiple) for outstanding applicants in any discipline who resides in Fulton County, Georgia.

The Garland Fellowship for an outstanding applicant in any discipline.

The Griffith Fellowship for an outstanding applicant in any discipline.

The Lee and Margaret Echols Fellowship for Musicians for an outstanding musician and/or composer.

The Wisebram Culinary Fellowship for an to applicant working in or writing about the culinary arts: chefs, cooks, cookbook writers and/or those whose work involves the artisanal preservation or production of food.


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.