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321 S 4th St
Philadelphia, PA, 19106
United States

267-702-6744

An independent book publisher and writers' workshop that creates innovative relationships between the authors and the work they produce.

Events

Sep
15
11:30 am11:30

Welcome to the Physick House!

  • Physick House

Come see our new space! This is open to members as well as the general public. We want to take an hour or so and show your around our new digs. Come by and meet the staff, have a drink, and walk around our new bizarre, historic, little house of stories. 

When: Tuesday, Sept. 15th 7-8pm

Where: The Head & The Hand Workshop @ Physick House

321 S. 4th St. (ring bell around the corner on Cypress St.)

Cost: Free!

Sep
21
6:00 pm18:00

Monday Night Writers' Group

  • Physick House

Get out of your head and into our writer's group! The fortress of solitude can blind a writer to the magic of inspiration. Or at least, to the helpful perspective of some fellow writers. In this group we will follow a syllabus of works by various writing teachers to better see our work objectively, and to guide inspiration's hand to our page. We'll begin our focus with Brooke Berman’s Nine Juicy Weeks to a Wonderfully Imperfect First Draft, the Zen Buddhist perspective of Natalie Goldman’s Writing Down the Bones, and Writing From the Senses – an inspired set of exercises by Laura Deutsch. This group is for professional writers, aspiring writers, and those who have yet dared to put word on paper. All genres and perspectives welcome.

 

When: Every Monday, from 6-8

Where: The Head & The Hand Press Writers' Workshop @ Physick House

312 S. 4th St. (ring bell around the corner on cypress st.)

Cost: This workshop is currently full. Please email info@theheadandthehand.com for wait-list info.

Sep
28
6:00 pm18:00

Monday Night Writers' Group

  • Physick House

Get out of your head and into our writer's group! The fortress of solitude can blind a writer to the magic of inspiration. Or at least, to the helpful perspective of some fellow writers. In this group we will follow a syllabus of works by various writing teachers to better see our work objectively, and to guide inspiration's hand to our page. We'll begin our focus with Brooke Berman’s Nine Juicy Weeks to a Wonderfully Imperfect First Draft, the Zen Buddhist perspective of Natalie Goldman’s Writing Down the Bones, and Writing From the Senses – an inspired set of exercises by Laura Deutsch. This group is for professional writers, aspiring writers, and those who have yet dared to put word on paper. All genres and perspectives welcome.

 

When: Every Monday, from 6-8

Where: The Head & The Hand Press Writers' Workshop

321 S 4th St. (ring bell around the corner on Cypress St.)

Cost: This workshop is currently full. Please email info@theheadandthehand.com for wait-list info.


Aug
31
6:00 pm18:00

Monday Night Writers' Group

  • The Physick House

Get out of your head and into our writer's group! The fortress of solitude can blind a writer to the magic of inspiration. Or at least, to the helpful perspective of some fellow writers. In this group we will follow a syllabus of works by various writing teachers to better see our work objectively, and to guide inspiration's hand to our page. We'll begin our focus with Brooke Berman’s Nine Juicy Weeks to a Wonderfully Imperfect First Draft, the Zen Buddhist perspective of Natalie Goldman’s Writing Down the Bones, and Writing From the Senses – an inspired set of exercises by Laura Deutsch. This group is for professional writers, aspiring writers, and those who have yet dared to put word on paper. All genres and perspectives welcome.

 

When: Every Monday, from 6-8

Where: The Head & The Hand Press Writers' Workshop

The Physick House: 321 S 4th St. Phila, PA

Cost: This workshop is currently full. Please email info@theheadandthehand.com for wait-list info.

 

Aug
24
6:00 pm18:00

Monday Night Writers' Group

  • 2012 Sepviva St Philadelphia, PA, 19125 United States

Get out of your head and into our writer's group! The fortress of solitude can blind a writer to the magic of inspiration. Or at least, to the helpful perspective of some fellow writers. In this group we will follow a syllabus of works by various writing teachers to better see our work objectively, and to guide inspiration's hand to our page. We'll begin our focus with Brooke Berman’s Nine Juicy Weeks to a Wonderfully Imperfect First Draft, the Zen Buddhist perspective of Natalie Goldman’s Writing Down the Bones, and Writing From the Senses – an inspired set of exercises by Laura Deutsch. This group is for professional writers, aspiring writers, and those who have yet dared to put word on paper. All genres and perspectives welcome.

 

When: Every Monday, from 6-8

Where: The Head & The Hand Press Writers' Workshop

2012 Sepviva St, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Cost: This workshop is currently full. Please email info@theheadandthehand.com for wait-list info.

 

Aug
20
6:30 pm18:30

The Life of a Short Story w/ Tim Fitts

  • 2012 Sepviva St Philadelphia, PA, 19125 United States

In this workshop, we will be looking at the organic nature of the short story, and most importantly, voice.  We will be looking at blurring the lines between 1st and 3rd person and the relationship between point of view and plot.  We will also be considering the lifecycle of the story – when stories need to begin making their rounds for publication submission, and when they need to ripen.  Please feel free to bring along examples for consideration.

Tim Fitts lives and works in Philadelphia with his wife and two children.  His stories have appeared in journals such as The Gettysburg Review, Granta (online), Shenandoah, CutBank, Day One, The Xavier Review, among others.  His novel, The Soju Club will be published this fall as a Korean translation by The Open Books, in Seoul.

When: Thurs, August 20th 6:30-8pm

Where: 2012 Sepviva St. Philadelphia, PA 19125

Cost: $6 for nonmembers (click here to purchase), free for workshop members

 

Aug
19
6:00 pm18:00

4th Dimension Poetry w/ Maryan Captan and Tyler Antoine

  • 2012 Sepviva St Philadelphia, PA, 19125 United States

Poet Dorothy Laskey once wrote that "poetry is hard for most people / because of sound." And hey, she was onto something! No one ever said that writing a poem is child's play, except maybe that smarmy kid in your Creative Writing workshop with the horn-rimmed glasses and the snotty attitude, but who cares what that kid has to say anyway. 

 

But don't worry! Thanks to the work of M.H. Abrams, who was once referred to as "an iconic name" on the back of his own book jacket, writers Maryan Captan and Tyler Antoine can help you learn what's come so easily to that brat in the front row by exploring THE FOUR DIMENSIONS OF A POEM.

What are those four dimensions? It's all in the words, baby. They're how the words look on the page. They're how the words sound when read. They're the meaning of the words. And, lastly, they're the act of reading the words aloud. 

Join Captan and Antoine for a workshop where we'll all examine the dimensions of poems through writing exercises and casual conversation. Don't worry about bringing your own pen and paper, baby, because we've got you covered. Just bring that sweet brain of yours and all the words it's got shaking around inside of it. We'll take care of the rest.

When: Wednesday, August 12th 6-8pm

Where: 2012 Sepviva St. Philadelphia, PA 19125

Cost: Free for workshop members, $6 for nonmembers (click here to purchase)

Aug
17
6:00 pm18:00

Comma Talk Reading Series feat. Apiary Staff w/ Maryan Captan @ LOTS

  • 2200-08 Frankford Ave Philadelphia, PA, 19125 United States

Come join us for our infamous Comma Talk Reading Series! Unlike a normal reading, these are round-table, intimate readings with interactive discussion surrounding the reader's craft, process, and execution. This is an extra special occasion, as we are going to be outdoors collaborating with LOTS, a local organizing group who is turning the corner of E Susquehanna and Frankford Ave into an outdoor arts venue. And this is an EXTRA extra special occasion because our dignified panel of readers includes the entire staff of Apiary Magazine. 

Come one, come all. This is a night you won't want to miss. 

When: Monday, August 17th from 6-8pm

Where: Corner of E Susquehanna St. and Frankford Ave. 

Cost: Suggested $6 donation

Aug
17
6:00 pm18:00

Monday Night Writers' Group

  • 2012 Sepviva St Philadelphia, PA, 19125 United States

Get out of your head and into our writer's group! The fortress of solitude can blind a writer to the magic of inspiration. Or at least, to the helpful perspective of some fellow writers. In this group we will follow a syllabus of works by various writing teachers to better see our work objectively, and to guide inspiration's hand to our page. We'll begin our focus with Brooke Berman’s Nine Juicy Weeks to a Wonderfully Imperfect First Draft, the Zen Buddhist perspective of Natalie Goldman’s Writing Down the Bones, and Writing From the Senses – an inspired set of exercises by Laura Deutsch. This group is for professional writers, aspiring writers, and those who have yet dared to put word on paper. All genres and perspectives welcome.

 

When: Every Monday, from 6-8

Where: The Head & The Hand Press Writers' Workshop

2012 Sepviva St, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Cost: This workshop is currently full. Please email info@theheadandthehand.com for wait-list info.

 

Aug
13
7:00 pm19:00

"I've Totally Read Infinite Jest" Book Club w/ Alexis Bourbeau

  • 2012 Sepviva St Philadelphia, PA, 19125 United States

You've been talking the talk, now it's time to walk the walk. There is no better time than the present to get together with great folks, great snacks, and chat about one of America's greatest novels, Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. This a monthly book club modeled off of the Infinite Summer reading schedule. Our modified schedule, and book club ground rules, can be found here.

This first meeting is just a get-to-know-you session to provide context for the book and a chance to meet your fellow readers. No need to have begun reading.

Who: The Head & The Hand Press

When: Thursday, August 13th 6:00-8:00pm

Where: 2012 Sepviva St. Philadelphia, PA 19125

Cost: Free

Aug
10
6:00 pm18:00

Monday Night Writers' Group

  • 2012 Sepviva St Philadelphia, PA, 19125 United States

Get out of your head and into our writer's group! The fortress of solitude can blind a writer to the magic of inspiration. Or at least, to the helpful perspective of some fellow writers. In this group we will follow a syllabus of works by various writing teachers to better see our work objectively, and to guide inspiration's hand to our page. We'll begin our focus with Brooke Berman’s Nine Juicy Weeks to a Wonderfully Imperfect First Draft, the Zen Buddhist perspective of Natalie Goldman’s Writing Down the Bones, and Writing From the Senses – an inspired set of exercises by Laura Deutsch. This group is for professional writers, aspiring writers, and those who have yet dared to put word on paper. All genres and perspectives welcome.

 

When: Every Monday, from 6-8

Where: The Head & The Hand Press Writers' Workshop

2012 Sepviva St, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Cost: This workshop is currently full. Please email info@theheadandthehand.com for wait-list info.

 

Aug
3
6:00 pm18:00

Monday Night Writers' Group

  • 2012 Sepviva St Philadelphia, PA, 19125 United States

Get out of your head and into our writer's group! The fortress of solitude can blind a writer to the magic of inspiration. Or at least, to the helpful perspective of some fellow writers. In this group we will follow a syllabus of works by various writing teachers to better see our work objectively, and to guide inspiration's hand to our page. We'll begin our focus with Brooke Berman’s Nine Juicy Weeks to a Wonderfully Imperfect First Draft, the Zen Buddhist perspective of Natalie Goldman’s Writing Down the Bones, and Writing From the Senses – an inspired set of exercises by Laura Deutsch. This group is for professional writers, aspiring writers, and those who have yet dared to put word on paper. All genres and perspectives welcome.

When: Every Monday, from 6-8

Where: The Head & The Hand Press Writers' Workshop

2012 Sepviva St, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Cost: This workshop is currently full. Please email info@theheadandthehand.com for wait-list info.

 

Jul
29
6:00 pm18:00

Comma Talk feat. Tyler Antoine and HB Irwin w/ Maryan Captan

  • 2012 Sepviva St Philadelphia, PA, 19125 United States

Come hear Tyler Antoine and HB Irwin followed by an in-depth discussion moderated by Maryan Captan. 

Tyler Antoine is a writer who currently moves between Delaware, where he co-runs a VHS company called Trashmonger Video, and Philadelphia. He is currently working on his first manuscript, tentatively titled “My Morkie Is Shaved And Ready For Easter: Poems." You can find previous examples of his writing in Bedfellows, Mad House, Painted Bride Quarterly, and in his own self-published quasi-annual zines. He has a written record of every hot dog he’s eaten since 2011, and he is 26 years old.

HB Irwin was born and raised in rural Arkansas, and studied English at Temple University. She's written a chapbook called "Sour Milky Way". You can read some of her poems in Bedfellows, SEMIPERFECT, COY DUP, and Jupiter 88. After a recent escape attempt to Prague, she now happily resides in the event horizon of Philadelphia.

When: Wednesday, July 29th 6-8pm

Who: The Head & The Hand Press 

Where: 2012 Sepviva St. Philadelphia, PA 19148

Cost: $6 suggested donation for nonmembers, free for workshop members

 

Jul
27
6:00 pm18:00

Monday Night Writers' Group

  • 2012 Sepviva St Philadelphia, PA, 19125 United States

 

Get out of your head and into our writer's group! The fortress of solitude can blind a writer to the magic of inspiration. Or at least, to the helpful perspective of some fellow writers. In this group we will follow a syllabus of works by various writing teachers to better see our work objectively, and to guide inspiration's hand to our page. We'll begin our focus with Brooke Berman’s Nine Juicy Weeks to a Wonderfully Imperfect First Draft, the Zen Buddhist perspective of Natalie Goldman’s Writing Down the Bones, and Writing From the Senses – an inspired set of exercises by Laura Deutsch. This group is for professional writers, aspiring writers, and those who have yet dared to put word on paper. All genres and perspectives welcome.

 

This class will be accepting new participants until July 13th. If you haven’t signed up by July 13th - you will be able to register again on October 28th.

 

When: Every Monday, from 6-8 pm

Where: The Head & The Hand Press Writers' Workshop

2012 Sepviva St, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Cost: This workshop is free for workshop members and $6 per class for non-members (click here to purchase)

Jul
23
6:30 pm18:30

Past & Present of Print w/ Marcus Benuvides of Fishtown Engravers

In this workshop we will discuss both the history and contemporary uses of the Printmaking medium. How this age old method of reproduction began by printing books, and continues through to the current day. A demonstration of the printing method will be given in the studios of Fishtown Engravers.

 

If you've ever been to the Press, and ventured downstairs into the Fishtown Engravers studio, this is your chance to see the machines in action.

 

Who: The Head & The Hand Press

When: Thursday, July 23rd 6:30-8:00pm

Where: 2012 Sepviva St. Philadelphia, PA 19125

Cost: $6 for nonmembers (click here to purchase) and free for workshop members

 

Jul
20
6:00 pm18:00

Monday Night Writers' Group

  • 2012 Sepviva St Philadelphia, PA, 19125 United States

Get out of your head and into our writer's group! The fortress of solitude can blind a writer to the magic of inspiration. Or at least, to the helpful perspective of some fellow writers. In this group we will follow a syllabus of works by various writing teachers to better see our work objectively, and to guide inspiration's hand to our page. We'll begin our focus with Brooke Berman’s Nine Juicy Weeks to a Wonderfully Imperfect First Draft, the Zen Buddhist perspective of Natalie Goldman’s Writing Down the Bones, and Writing From the Senses – an inspired set of exercises by Laura Deutsch. This group is for professional writers, aspiring writers, and those who have yet dared to put word on paper. All genres and perspectives welcome.

 

This class will be accepting new participants until July 13th. If you haven’t signed up by July 13th - you will be able to register again on October 28th.

 

When: Every Monday, from 6-8 pm

Where: The Head & The Hand Press Writers' Workshop

2012 Sepviva St, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Cost: This workshop is free for workshop members and $6 per class for non-members (click here to purchase)

Jul
19
5:00 pm17:00

Farm Fresh Fundraising Dinner with The Head & The Hand Workshop

  • The Physick House

We invite you to celebrate another great year of The Head & The Hand Workshop. It is our community's support that has allowed us to provide over 50 writers with over a dozen classes per month, opportunities for readings to share their work with the Philadelphia literary community, over 20 hours of editing sessions and most importantly fun events like this dinner to get people from the literary community together and strengthen our bonds. But we need your support so we can continue serving Philly's literary community. To do this, we are bringing together a selection of our fine authors Sarah Grey, Jon McGoran, Nathaniel Popkin, Eric Smith, and Joey Sweeney, as well as dedicated members and friends for a fundraising dinner to support the literary community we build each day and the monthly programming of our Writers' Workshop.

Each ticket includes:

  • A cocktail hour in the lovely Physick House Garden from 5-6 plus drinks all night of Literature-inspired cocktails crafted by our friends at Art in the Age and flavored with herbs grown on Emerald Street Community Farm
  • The chance to silently bid on a plethora of goods from our good friends in the artist, restaurant and maker communities of Philadelphia
  • Intimate, small-table dining from 6-8 with our authors at the Physick House in Old City, as well as literary toasts and self guided tours of the Physick House museum
  • A family-style meal prepared by Ben Bigler of the Soup Kitchen Cafe in East Kensington and cooked up with vegetables from Emerald Street Community Farm and meat from Philly Foodworks
  • Wacky and wonderful ice cream creations from Little Baby's Ice Cream

We hope to see you there. Can't make it to the dinner, then please consider buying a ticket for a friend who can. And if you don't know anyone who can attend, but would still like to make a contribution, then please use the donation option on the "Get Tickets" page. As always, we appreciate your support.

Thanks to our partners at PhilaLandmarks for use of their lovely Physick House.

Space is limited! Please click here to purchase your ticket.

Jul
16
7:00 pm19:00

"I've Totally Read Infinite Jest" Book Club w/ Alexis Bourbeau

  • 2012 Sepviva St Philadelphia, PA, 19125 United States

You've been talking the talk, now it's time to walk the walk. There is no better time than the present to get together with great folks, great snacks, and chat about one of America's greatest novels, Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. This a monthly book club modeled off of the Infinite Summer reading schedule. Our modified schedule, and book club ground rules, can be found here.

 

Who: The Head & The Hand Press

When: Thursday, July 16th 7:00-9:00pm

Where: 2012 Sepviva St. Philadelphia, PA 19125

Cost: Free

Jul
15
6:00 pm18:00

Third Omniscient, Head Hopping, Internal Monologues, I/We: let's talk Point-of-View w/ Maryan Captan

  • 2012 Sepviva St Philadelphia, PA, 19125 United States

 

In this workshop we'll explore how POV works in fiction and poetry, highlight the nuances between the many approaches, and experiment with writing the same stories from multiple POV's. We'll look at work by David Markson, William Faulkner, and Italo Calvino.

 

Bring excerpts, questions, and ideas, it's time to tackle POV. And yes, we will be writing in second person.

 

Who: The Head & The Hand Press

When: Wednesday, July 15th 6:00-8:00pm

Where: 2012 Sepviva St. Philadelphia, PA 19125

Cost: $6 for nonmembers (click here to purchase) and free for workshop members

Jul
13
6:00 pm18:00

Monday Night Writers' Group

  • The Head & The Hand Press

Get out of your head and into our writer's group! The fortress of solitude can blind a writer to the magic of inspiration. Or at least, to the helpful perspective of some fellow writers. In this group we will follow a syllabus of works by various writing teachers to better see our work objectively, and to guide inspiration's hand to our page. We'll begin our focus with Brooke Berman’s Nine Juicy Weeks to a Wonderfully Imperfect First Draft, the Zen Buddhist perspective of Natalie Goldman’s Writing Down the Bones, and Writing From the Senses – an inspired set of exercises by Laura Deutsch. This group is for professional writers, aspiring writers, and those who have yet dared to put word on paper. All genres and perspectives welcome.

This class will be accepting new participants until July 13th. If you haven’t signed up by July 13th - you will be able to register again on October 28th.

 

When: Every Monday, from 6-8

Where: The Head & The Hand Press Writers' Workshop

2012 Sepviva St, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Cost: This workshop is free for workshop members and $6 per class for non-members. The full course can be purchased in our online store!

Jul
9
6:30 pm18:30

FLASH! What Genre is Your Work & Does it Matter? w/ Kim Southwick of Gigantic Sequins

What makes your work “flash fiction” rather than “prose poetry”? Or how about what’s the difference between “prose poetry” and “flash non-fiction”? With the advent of the internet, the bookstore model for genre labels is not always relevant to writers. Yet we at Gigantic Sequins still ask you to pick/ a genre label for your work in one way or another. This workshop will focus on musing on what to call your work—but also learning not to worry about it. GS recently held a flash non-fiction and poetry comics contest, two genres that can be widely interpreted. Sometimes the limitation of flash is fun and motivating; other times, it can be discouraging. Learn how to figure out which box to put your work in without feeling boxed in. We’ll be especially focusing on Flash Fiction, as we have a summer contest in Flash Fiction running July-September!

 

Kimberly Ann Southwick is the founder and editor in chief of the biannual print literary arts journal GIGANTIC SEQUINS.  She has two poetry chapbooks, EVERY SONG BY PATSY CLINE (dancing girl press, February 2014) & the forthcoming EFS & VEES (Hyacinth Girl Press, July 2015). She is moving down South this coming August to begin pursuing her PhD in English/Creative Writing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She will greatly miss Philadelphia.

Who: The Head & The Hand Press

When: Thursday, July 9th 6:30-8:00pm

Where: 2012 Sepviva St. Philadelphia, PA 19125

Cost: $6 for nonmembers and free for workshop members

Jul
6
6:00 pm18:00

Monday Night Writers' Group

Get out of your head and into our writer's group! The fortress of solitude can blind a writer to the magic of inspiration. Or at least, to the helpful perspective of some fellow writers. In this group we will follow a syllabus of works by various writing teachers to better see our work objectively, and to guide inspiration's hand to our page. We'll begin our focus with Brooke Berman’s Nine Juicy Weeks to a Wonderfully Imperfect First Draft, the Zen Buddhist perspective of Natalie Goldman’s Writing Down the Bones, and Writing From the Senses – an inspired set of exercises by Laura Deutsch. This group is for professional writers, aspiring writers, and those who have yet dared to put word on paper. All genres and perspectives welcome.

This class will be accepting new participants until July 13th. If you haven’t signed up by July 13th - you will be able to register again on October 28th.

 

When: Every Monday, from 6-8

Where: The Head & The Hand Press Writers' Workshop

2012 Sepviva St, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Cost: This workshop is free for workshop members and $6 per class for non-members. The full course can be purchased in our online store!

Jun
22
Jun 30

Monday Night Writers' Group

  • The Workshop

Get out of your head and into our writer's group! The fortress of solitude can blind a writer to the magic of inspiration. Or at least, to the helpful perspective of some fellow writers. In this group we will follow a syllabus of works by various writing teachers to better see our work objectively, and to guide inspiration's hand to our page. We'll begin our focus with Brooke Berman’s Nine Juicy Weeks to a Wonderfully Imperfect First Draft, the Zen Buddhist perspective of Natalie Goldman’s Writing Down the Bones, and Writing From the Senses – an inspired set of exercises by Laura Deutsch. This group is for professional writers, aspiring writers, and those who have yet dared to put word on paper. All genres and perspectives welcome.

When: Every Monday, from 6-8

Where: The Head & The Hand Press Writers' Workshop

2012 Sepviva St, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Cost: This workshop is free for workshop members and $6 per class for non-members or $50 for a nine week bundle. The full course can be purchased in our online store!

Registration is limited - please email workshop@theheadandthehand.com to register.