KGB: Now Edit This - Paul Assimacopoulos

May 11, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Paul Assimacopoulos Literary Event

Guerrilla Writing/Editing Workshop, Q&A, and Reading!

Now Edit This kicks off with a candid “ask the editor"-style guerrilla writer workshop where writers can convene one-on-one (first come, first served, and free of charge) with working editor-rewriter-book doctor-ghostwriter and longtime creative catalyst Paul Assimacopoulos, to receive quick, but instructive assessments of their work and immediately applicable, prose-enriching takeaways.

After the workshop, ensues an interactive dialogue/Q&A, covering such topics as style, voice, the use or misuse of vocabulary, metaphor, and rhyme, and the perils and challenges of self-editing; strategies to eliminate clutter, evade cliché, maintain creativity, and transform nostalgia into “prostalgia”; plus suggestions for wading through the reeds of intellect, imagination, angst, enthusiasm, physical habit, worry, fear, experience, and memory, to take deeper, more oxygenated dives into the narrative pool (without drowning). Also offered will be real-world practical insights into how to dilate shorter works, scene jumbles, outlines, and ideas, into novel-length ones.

Later in Now Edit This, Assimacopoulos will share tales culled from his new experiences in the “old” crafts of writing and editing, and read excerpts from two works in progress: The Near and Distant Lim—which their author describes as “poésie brut” ("raw poetry") scribed via an experimental, “thumb diary” method—and “The Flummoxing Vision of Phaelix V.,” a new long-format short story.

Paul Assimacopoulos is a writer-editor whose editing credits include books and writings by authors such as Michelin-starred chef, humanitarian, filmmaker, cookbook author, and novelist, Vikas Khanna (The Last Color, Bloomsbury 2018), Columbia/Barnard University historian, Dr. Hossein Kamaly (God and Man in Tehran, Columbia University Press 2018), and a diversity of other writers, creative artists, students, and professionals. Assimacopoulos is himself the author of the travelogue, Drinking and Driving in Ürümqi (written as Andrew Demetre, Strangers Gate Books 2013), the performance photo-monograph, Brazilian Sisters: A Spectacle For One (Strangers Gate Books 2011), and is currently drafting his first novel. He lives in New York, has traveled extensively, and holds a degree in psychology.