We love to work with and support all types of creatives.


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 two years, we held an astonishing 400 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 Summer 2021.

Upcoming Special Events

Flash Fiction Festival 2021 (Online)

We’re excited to partner with the fabulous Hoot Review for the second year in a row to bring you a Flash Fiction Festival (this time virtually!). Our Flash Fiction Festival will be the last weekend of February on the 27th and 28th. Both days will start at 10:00 AM ET. Saturday will end around 6:30 PM & Sunday around 5:00 PM ET. Your ticket gives you admission to the whole day, or you can come and go as you please (no pressure! only pleasure!).




Saturday the 27th:

10:00 – 11:30: Writing Workshop w/ Kathy Fish
11:30 – 12:15: Free write time with a provided prompt (only if you want to use it!)
12:30 – 1:30: Panel: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Myth, and Horror in Flash Fiction
1:45 – 2:15: Poetry Palate Cleanser featuring poets specializing in micro poems & more
2:30 – 3:30: Panel: Memoir and Nonfiction in Flash Prose
3:30 – 4:00: Break
4:00 – 5:30: Writing Workshop w/ Jane-Rebecca Cannarella
5:45-6:30: Flash Fiction Readings


Sunday the 28th:

10:00 – 11:30: Writing Workshop w/ KB Carle
11:45 – 12:15: Free write time with a provided prompt (only if you want to use it!)
12:30 – 1:30: Panel: Hermit Crab and Borrowed Form in Flash Fiction
1:30 – 2:15: Poetry Palate Cleanser featuring poets specializing in micro poems & more
2:30 – 3:30: Panel: Micro Flash
3:30 – 4: 00: Break
4:00 – 4:45: Flash Fiction Readings




  • Full Conference Registration – $90 – SAVE $25 (includes access to 3 workshops, 4 panels, 4 readings, & freewriting activities)
  • Two Day Pass – $40 – SAVE $10 – (includes access to 4 panels, 4 readings, & 2 freewriting activities. Does NOT include access to workshops)
  • Single Day Pass – $25 (includes access to 2 panels, 2 readings, & 1 freewriting activity. Does NOT include access to workshops)
  • Workshop 1 – $25 (includes access to Turn and Face the Strange: Surreality in Flash Fiction w/ Kathy Fish) – *Registration for this workshop has met capacity.*
  • Workshop 2 – $25 (includes access to Food & Flash Fiction w/ Jane-Rebecca Cannarella)
  • Workshop 3 – $25 (includes access to The Daily To-Do: Writing the Flash Listicle w/ KB Carle)


Your purchase comes with all kinds of perks. As always, if you are facing any kind of financial hardships please message either HOOT ( or A Novel Idea (, and we are happy to work with you and help.


Daytime Drama Virtual Book Release

Join us for the virtual launch of Daytime Drama by local author Sarahlyn Bruck! She will be in conversation with author Dawn Ius.


Thursday, March 4th 7pm ET via Zoom

Suggested $5 Donation


Sarahlyn Bruck is the author of Daytime Drama (2021) and Designer You (2018). Her debut novel, Designer You won the 2019 Indie Star Book Award and was included on the 2018 “35 Over 35” list.

Sarahlyn grew up in the Bay Area and spent a great deal of time in Southern California, where she attended college before moving to West Hollywood. The years of living and working in L.A. gave Sarahlyn a taste for the fun, fast, ambitious, and creative people involved in the entertainment industry. When Sarahlyn and her family moved to Philadelphia in the summer of 2007, she fell in love with the east coast feeling of being close to the center of politics and culture, but she never forgot or lost her affection for the buzz of the entertainment industry. Her latest novel, Daytime Drama, was born of that love and the cold Philadelphia winter.

When she’s not writing novels, Sarahlyn teaches writing and literature at a local community college. She still lives in Philadelphia with her husband, daughter, and cockapoo. For the latest book news, events, and announcements, check out her website.


Dawn Ius is the author of three young adult novel with Simon Pulse (imprint of Simon & Schuster), the latest, LIZZIE, a modern re-imagining of the infamous Lizzie Borden hatchet murders. She is the Managing Editor of The Big Thrill, a private book coach, and has written for the animated TV show Rainbow Rangers. Dawn is represented by Anne Tibbets at D4E0 Literary Agency for her adult fiction and Mandy Hubbard at Emerald City Literary Agency for her young adult work. When not slaying fictional monsters, Dawn can be found geeking out over grim fairy tales, true love, muscle cars, cocktails, and all things creepy. She lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband and two giant breed dogs. Connect with her on Twitter via @dawnmius.

Community Drafts Open Mic (Online)

Join us for the March VIRTUAL edition of Community Drafts Open Mic via Zoom. Open to artists of all genres. Performances will begin at 8pm. We ask all performers to keep it to 5 minutes.


Friday, March 5th 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.


Through the Woods: An Evening of Fairy Tales (Online)

Join us for an evening of enchanting poems and stories, inspired by fairy tales. Featuring: Cheryl Pappas, Christina Rosso, Jennifer Loring, Monique Quintana, and Rachel O’Hanlon-Rodriguez.


Friday, March 12th 7pm ET via Zoom

$5 entry (100% of proceeds go to readers)

*If the entry fee is cost prohibitive for any reason, please reach out to us!


Cheryl Pappas is a writer from Boston. Her stories have appeared in Juked, Fairy Tale Review, The Chattahoochee Review, Jellyfish Review, and more. Her flash fiction chapbook The Clarity of Hunger will be published by Word West Press in September 2021. You can find her on Twitter at @fabulistpappas.


Christina Rosso is a writer and bookstore owner living in South Philadelphia with her bearded husband and rescue pup. She is the author of SHE IS A BEAST (APEP Publications, 2020), a chapbook of feminist fairy tales. Her first full-length collection CREOLE CONJURE is forthcoming from Maudlin House. Her writing has been nominated for Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, and the Pushcart Prize. For more information, visit or find her on Twitter @Rosso_Christina.


Jennifer Loring’s short fiction has appeared in anthologies such as Tales from the Lake vols. 1 and 4, Nightscript IV, Not All Monsters, Arterial Bloom, and online in The Literary Hatchet and City. River. Tree., among many others. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction with a concentration in horror fiction and is currently working toward a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies – Humanities & Culture, focusing on queer possibility in fairy tales. Jenn lives in Philadelphia, PA, where she and her husband are owned by a turtle and two basset hounds.


Monique Quintana is from Fresno, CA, and the author of the novella Cenote City (Clash Books, 2019). Her short works have been nominated for Best of the Net, Best Microfiction, and the Pushcart Prize. She has also been awarded artist residencies to Yaddo, The Mineral School, and Sundress Academy of the Arts. She has received fellowships to the Community of Writers, the Open Mouth Poetry Retreat, and she was the inaugural winner of Amplify’s Megaphone Fellowship for a Writer of Color. You can find her @quintanagothic and


Rachel O’Hanlon-Rodriguez (she/they) is a Philly based poet, actor, comedian, and teaching artist. Their work echoes generational cycles and trauma while exploring boundaries, borders, and liberation. Rachel was recently published in Toho Journal Vol. 2, Issue 2. To learn more about Rachel’s work visit their Instagram @the.inter.section or at

A Public Conversation: Philadelphia Battlefields and the Future of Grassroots Political Activism in Philadelphia (Online)

A Public Conversation: Philadelphia Battlefields and the Future of Grassroots Political Activism in Philadelphia with John Kromer and State Senator Nikil Saval.


John Kromer’s book, Philadelphia Battlefields: Disruptive Candidacies and Upset Elections in a Changing City, describes how underdog candidates achieved spectacular successes in long-odds Philadelphia elections by promoting grassroots engagement in politics and finding creative ways to exploit the weaknesses of an anemic Democratic Party infrastructure.


These strategies were successfully employed by South Philadelphia resident Nikil Saval in his campaign for 1st District State Senator last year, in which he defeated a veteran incumbent politician endorsed by the Democratic City Committee.


More about Philadelphia Battlefields:


Join the conversation Wednesday, March 17 at 7:00 P.M. EST via Zoom.


Suggested $5 Donation


This I Can Tell You Virtual Book Launch

Join us for the virtual book launch of This I Can Tell You by Brandi Spering. Readers include Brandi Spering, Mimi Tempestt, Zubaida Bello, and Shelby Cook.


This I Can Tell You walks in through the front door and looks under the sofa. It measures the length of the wall, taps to find the beams. It removes the hammer and the nails from the toolbox, places them in a line to find the difference. This is a poetic narrative that examines structures within a home. It navigates Spering’s muffled timeline due to the fragility of memory as a result of trauma and the secrecy maintained within a family, like a well-groomed dog.


Saturday, March 20th 6:30pm ET via Zoom
Suggested $5 Donation


Brandi Spering resides in South Philadelphia where she writes, sews, and paints. Favoring non-fiction and poetry above else, her writing tends to sway between both, carrying a little over each time. Spering has received her BFA in Creative Writing from Pratt Institute. Her work can be found in Forum Magazine, Schuylkill Valley Journal, and elsewhere.

An Evening with Sherry Knowlton, Author of Dead on the Delta (Online)

Join suspense author Sherry Knowlton as she discusses her newest Alexa Williams novel, Dead on the Delta. This Botswana-based adventure begins as Alexa agrees to spend four months doing lion research with boyfriend Reese on the famed Okavango Delta. However, her idyllic sabbatical takes a turn for the worse when the kick-ass lawyer tangles with elephant poachers and conservation politics. Alexa expected to witness the elemental life and death struggle of the wild on the African continent. But, now, she’s about to become one of the hunted.


In this Virtual Book Talk for A Novel Idea, Knowlton will give a brief overview of the novel as well as describe the month she spent on the ground in Botswana and Southern Africa doing research. She’ll also read a passage from Dead on the Delta.


Tuesday, March 23rd 6:30pm ET via Zoom

Suggested $5 Donation


What the critics are saying about Dead on the Delta:

“A well-balanced and intelligent thriller…Suspense and thriller fiction fans have plenty to look forward to with Dead on the Delta.”- Independent Book Review

★★★★ “full of action, adventure, politics, and, of course, animals” – Manhattan Book Review

★★★★★ “great cast of characters and a fantastic female lead. Now I want to read the other books in the Alexa Williams series.” – San Francisco Book Review


Sherry Knowlton is the award-winning author of the Alexa Williams suspense novels, including Dead of Autumn, Dead of Spring, and Dead of Winter. She developed a lifelong passion for books as a child. She was that kid who would sneak a flashlight to bed at night so she could read beneath the covers. All the local librarians knew her by name. Sherry lives in the mountains of South Central Pennsylvania, where the Alexa Williams suspense series is set.

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Witches' Circle (Online)

Join us for our virtual Witches’ Circle, an informal meetup to discuss any and all things magick, witchcraft, and wellness. Open to all.


Sunday, March 28th 5pm ET via Zoom

$5 entry


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