We want to host your events and support you, so don’t be afraid to reach out to us.


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. In our first year, we held an astonishing 233 events! 70% of which were free or suggested donation. We have numerous events that run monthly, such as our open mic, three book clubs, and tarot salon. 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 virtual events for Winter 2021.

Upcoming Special Events

November Witches' Circle (Online)

Join us for our virtual Witches’ Circle, an informal meetup to discuss any and all things magick, witchcraft, and wellness. We meet via Zoom!


Sunday, November 29th 5pm EST


Suggested $5 donation. A handful of free tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Please make sure your name on Zoom matches the name you register with. We will only let in those on the list.


To Reach The Spring Virtual Book Launch

Join us for an evening celebrating the launch of local author Nathaniel Popkin’s latest book To Reach The Spring: From Complicity to Consciousness in the Age of Eco-Crisis (New Door Books).


Wednesday, December 2nd 6:30pm EST via Zoom
Suggested $5 Donation


Nathaniel Popkin is the author of seven books including, To Reach The Spring: From Complicity to Consciousness in the Age of Eco-Crisis, and is the co-editor of the anthology Who Will Speak for America? Popkin co-founded the web magazine Hidden City Daily and helped pilot The Valley of the Possible, a research program and residency in southern Chile. His essays and works of criticism have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Kenyon Review, LitHub, Gulf Coast, Tablet Magazine, and Public Books.


Crash, Bang, Conflict Workshop (Online)

Get ready to raise the stakes for your characters and heighten the conflict in your narrative. Whether you’re working on a novel, thriller screenplay, or new play, Crash, Bang, Conflict will get you to turn up the heat and see if your characters will stay in the kitchen. Over the course of 3 hours, you’ll learn some conflict heightening skills and exercises for developing your work. Bring an existing piece or craft something new.


Led by Stephanie Kyung Sun Walters.


Monday, January 11th 6-9pm EST via Zoom (originally scheduled for 12/3)


$40-50 sliding scale


*Registration ends two hours before the workshop begins.

Sliding Scale

A Virtual Evening with Mason Jar Press Featuring Split Lip & Barrelhouse

Join us for a virtual evening of fiction and poetry featuring Samantha Edmonds and Meghan Phillips. We’re excited to partner with Mason Jar Press for this event.


Friday, December 4th 6:30pm EST via Zoom
Suggested $5 Donation


Samantha Edmonds is the author of the chapbooks Pretty to Think So (Selcouth Station Press, 2019) and The Space Poet (Split/Lip Press, 2020). Her fiction and nonfiction appears in The New York Times, Gay Magazine, Ninth Letter, Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Rumpusamong others. A PhD student in creative writing at the University of Missouri, she currently lives in Columbia. Visit her online at


Meghan Phillips is a 2020 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow. Abstinence Only is her first chapbook. You can find her writing at and her tweets at @mcarphil.


Community Drafts Open Mic (Online)

Join us for the December VIRTUAL edition of Community Drafts Open Mic via Zoom. Open to artists of all genres. Performances will begin at 8pm, with a short intermission halfway through. We ask all performers to keep it to 5 minutes or under.


Friday, December 11th 8pm EST via Zoom


Signups will be taken care of at the beginning of the event.


Suggested $5 donation. A handful of free tickets are available.


This event will be hosted via Zoom. Register now!

An Evening with Alyse Bensel and Eric Tran (Online)

Join us for an evening with Alyse Bensel and Eric Tran.


Saturday, December 12th 6:30pm EST via Zoom

Suggested $5 Donation


Alyse Bensel is the author of Rare Wondrous Things, a poetic biography of Maria Sibylla Merian (Green Writers Press, 2020), and three chapbooks. Her poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly ReviewGulf CoastPoetry International, and West Branch. She serves as Poetry Editor for Cherry Tree and teaches at Brevard College, where she directs the Looking Glass Rock Writers’ Conference.


Eric Tran is queer Vietnamese writer and a resident physician in psychiatry in Asheville, NC, where he is also an associate editor at Orison Books. His debut book of poems, The Gutter Spread Guide to Prayer, won the Autumn House Press Emerging Writer’s contest. He is also the author of the chapbooks Revisions and Affairs with Men in Suits. His work has been featured in Poetry Daily and Best of the Net and appears or is forthcoming in Pleiades, Iowa Review, 32 Poems, and elsewhere.


Holiday Story Time with Joy Waldinger (Online)

Join us for a special holiday story time with local author Joy Waldinger.


Sunday, December 13th 11am EST via Zoom


“An artist, writer, filmmaker, and educator from Philadelphia, I have been published in: PhillyVoice, CRED Philly, and The Sun Magazine. I recently self-published my children’s book: Like The Sun Holds The Moon: A Children’s Book on Amazon. This is the top of my 6th year teaching in Philadelphia, but in many ways, it has felt like my first due to the virtual platform and since I went from teaching high school for 5 years, to teaching elementary. Now as I read children’s books to my kindergarten through 2nd-grade students every day, I am reminded of how important magic is to kids, especially during these challenging times. I write under the pen name J. Eliza Wall, and you can find out more about me and my work at”

Tarot Salon (Online)

Tarot Salon is a casual, discussion-based workshop where you can learn something new, share your own experiences, and practice reading tarot with your friends and neighbors!


This month, we’ll pull cards and set intentions for 2021. We’ll use a 12 card spread to focus in on the energies we want to call in and cultivate each month. We’ll take time to learn the spread together, to pull cards and journal, and to discuss what comes up as a group. This is such a fun spread to work with as the year comes to an end, and it’s a great way to expand your practice in the year ahead!


Sunday, December 13th 4-5:30pm EST via Zoom


December Tarot Salon Promo

A Novel Idea Event

Inside the World of Sentience – A Reading and Q&A Session with Author, Courtney Hunter (Online)

Join us for an evening with local author Courtney Hunter. The event will feature a reading and Q&A. We will meet via Zoom!


Wednesday, December 16th 6:30pm EST

Suggested $5 Donation


Courtney Hunter is a serial creator from Philadelphia, PA with experience in writing, the fashion industry, and live performance. After eighteen years of studying contemporary dance, she set out to carve herself a path in fashion and retail buying. Upon graduating from Philadelphia University and settling into her career, she turned back to dance. While working as a retail buyer for Burlington Stores, Courtney began producing contemporary dance and burlesque performances under her production company Stolen Fire Collective, aptly named after Prometheus the fire-stealing god. Sentience, her debut Science Fiction novel, is a written extension of a contemporary dance piece that was produced for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival in 2017 based on artificial intelligence.


She still resides in Philadelphia with her partner, Will, and her rescue pups, Rickie and Billie. In her free time, she records a podcast called The Sentience Podcast, which started as a behind the scenes look at the making of her novel and has evolved into an auditory hub for all things science fiction, creative process, true crime, and the occult.

The New New Weird Reading (Online)

Four authors step on stage to deliver a narration of our most unusual work. The theme of the night is a modern extension of the genre New Weird.


Friday, December 18th 6pm EST via Zoom

Suggested $5 Donation


Evan Witmer (, duh)
A. C. Wise (
Andres Cruciani (…/show/18706070.Andr_s_Cruciani),
& Phillip Jeffrey Tietbohl (