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Event Space for rent

What we do.

We host a variety of events at A Novel Idea, from author readings and signings to workshops to book clubs and story times. We have numerous events that run monthly, such as our open mic, book club, and pay-what-you-can tarot salon. We also host the Philadelphia Poet Reading Series, that features four different local poets and runs every few months. Our goal is to offer regular events to the community that are interesting and innovative. To stay up to date on A Novel Idea events, check out our calendar. If you’re interested in hosting an event, please reach out to us. We are currently booking events for Winter 2020.

Upcoming Workshops


September Tarot Salon

We are honored to welcome Grace Duong, Philadelphia artist & creator of the Mystic Mondays tarot deck! Grace will be sharing her creative approach to the traditional tarot imagery & will be answering your questions about her deck. Plenty of copies will be in stock for purchase with a 10% discount the day of the event. We will be following up her talk with our usual practice reading time & discussion.

Bring your own tarot deck or purchase Mystic Mondays when you arrive. All experiences welcome!

Pre-registration required. Tickets for this special event will be a flat rate of $20/person.


Demystifying the Blank Page: Creative Content Generation

As a playwright, Stephanie Kyung Sun Walters know that the most intimidating part of the writing process is STARTING!  Over the years, she has created a series of different exercises to relieve this stress and turn that blank page into something conquerable and manageable. Join us for this four-week creative writing workshop where you’ll be taught various generative exercises.

Monday, September 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th 6-8pm

You can sign up for individual sessions at $50.00 each or sign up for all four for $175.00, saving $25.00/session.

Demystifying the Blank Page

Witch 101

Interested in witchcraft but don’t know where to begin? This 5-week course is perfect for you! You will learn about four types of divination–tarot, crystals and gems, herbs, and candle magick–from four local experts. Each week will focus on a specific type of magic, and the final session will be a reflection on what the group has learned and a discussion on ways to take this new knowledge and apply it to our personal practices and rituals.

The schedule will be as follows:
Sunday, September 29th 5-8pm Herbal 101 with Amy Blackthorn
Sunday, October 6th 5-8pm Tarot 101 with Amber Astronauta
Sunday, October 13th 5-8pm Crystals 101 with Alex Sayer
Sunday, October 20th 5-8pm Candles 101 with Christina Rosso-Schneider
Sunday, October 27th 5-8pm Final Class/Reflection & Discussion/Celebration

Witch 101