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Literary journal engages borough

Write with neighbors April 13, 14

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Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:34 am, Thu Apr 11, 2013.

Next weekend burgeoning writers from all over will be writing on the 7 train and in a couple of cafes in the borough as part of the Queens Writes! program.

The event on April 13 and 14 is sponsored by the fledgling Newtown Literary, a Queens-centric journal that launched in December.

“The goal of this event is to help the people of Queens be a part of the burgeoning literary scene happening in our home borough,” said Newtown Literary editor Tim Fredrick, an elementary school teacher from Long Island City who started the publication in an effort to unite Queens writers.

A few of the sites have been decided, but Fredrick is still on the lookout for more site captains. Find out more at newtownliterary.org/queens-writes-weekend2013/.

So far Fredrick will be writing with a group on Saturday, April 13, from 12 to 2 p.m. in Flushing Meadows Corona Park by the Unisphere — or inside the the Queens Museum of Art if it rains — and on the 7 train on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Writers will ride from Flushing to Long Island City, starting at the northeast corner of Roosevelt Avenue and Main Street.

Two more groups will meet, one on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Momento Restaurant, 25-13 Queens Plaza North in LIC, and the other on Sunday at Cafe Marlene at 41-11 49 St. in Sunnyside from 1 to 3 p.m.

There is a suggested donation of $5 at each of the spots, which will help fund the journal’s second issue as well as a low-cost writers’ workshop this summer and a kids’ writing contest for the next school year.

“We wanted to have a fundraising event and our goal is engage the entire borough,” Fredrick said.

A typewriter will be traveling Queens as well. Residents can pay a $1 to use it to add a poetic line to an everlasting poem that will be published in the third Newtown Literary edition in the fall.

“Everyone is invited — even those who haven’t written anything more than a to-do list recently,” Fredrick said. “This isn’t about creating a publishable piece of work; it’s about Queens flexing its literary muscle and celebrating what the residents of Queens have to say and write about.”

Welcome to the discussion.