Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Offering 3-Month Online Chapbook Mentorship with Writing Workshops Dallas

This October (2020), I'm leading a 3-Month Online Chapbook Mentorship through Writing Workshops Dallas.

Why a Chapbook?

Writing and publishing a chapbook can be an excellent way to attract the attention of editors and agents. It can be a big step along your path to publication and the start of a career. Just as publishing individual pieces can make you more findable to decision makers, so can publishing a chapbook. I was regularly contacted by agents who read my chapbook and sent emails inquiring about longer manuscripts and am now working on a first novel with my agent, Ryan Harbage. The process of writing and publishing a chapbook also provides valuable experience: you'll have to write, revise, submit and, upon acceptance, reach out for blurbs, interviews, and reviews. It is great practice for the career you hope to have after you publish your chapbook. I'll share my roadmap with you and help you devise a path to publication tailored for your individual manuscript.

I won the Black River Chapbook Competition for my collection of short tales, Families Among Us. My chapbook, an indie bestseller, was blurbed by Roxane Gay, Ramona Ausubel, and Matt Bell, and my work has been adapted for broadcast on NPR and published by Tin House, McSweeney's, VICE, and over 40 other literary journals. 

More information on this mentorship and application instructions HERE.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

New Work in McSweeney's With My Wife!


Over at McSweeney's, Danielle and I wrote a handy Kama Sutra guide for parents to help you survive the pandemic (trigger warning: no mention of Sting because he is into Tantra). You can read The Parents' Guide to Kama Sutra During A Pandemic right HERE. Thanks, as always, for reading!

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

D Magazine Reading at LitNight on July 14th!

LitNight Reading Series is featuring authors from D Magazine's third annual "Your Summer Reading List" fiction issue on July 14th at 7PM CST via Facebook Live.

The event will be hosted by Sanderia Faye, author of the national award winning novel Mourners Bench, and D Magazine Editor Zac Crain. I'm honored to be included and will be reading with Ben Fountain, Kathleen Kent, Joe Milazzo, Harry Hunsicker, Will Clarke, and Samantha Mabry. 

Join us on Facebook Live on Tuesday, July 14, at 7 pm: facebook.com/LitNightDallas

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

New Fiction in D Magazine!

I'm honored to have a new short story called "Sonic Bloom" published in the annual fiction issue of D Magazine (July 2020)! Each story in this issue was inspired by a song about Dallas or from a Dallas-based band. I chose the 1998 song "Sonic Bloom" by Tripping Daisy.

Thank you to editor Zac Crain for including my work along with so many great Dallas-based writers: Ben Fountain, Kimberly King Parsons, Kathleen Kent, LaToya Watkins, Joe Milazzo, Harry Hunsicker, Will Clarke, Julia Heaberlin, Samantha Mabry, & Sanderia Faye.

AND: as the Executive Director of Writing Workshops Dallas, I'm also thrilled there are short stories from 4 WWD instructors in this issue! Grab a copy on newsstands now or read the story HERE. Thanks, as always, for reading!

Monday, April 20, 2020

Launching The Big Texas Read!

I founded Writing Workshops Dallas three years ago with the simple hope that one workshop would make. In the time since, we've had over 1700 students take our classes. After finding a foothold in Dallas, we've launched a summer workshop in Paris, France with Carve Magazine, in-person classes in Detroit, a full suite of online classes, and much more. I'm so excited to launch The Big Texas Read with Gemini Ink in San Antonio, a statewide book club founded in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to offer those staying at home a way to connect by reading. So far we've received coverage in Poets&Writers, Forbes, The Dallas Morning News, the San Antonio Express-News, and many others. You can join us for The Big Teas Read HERE, or sign up for one of our Online Classes HERE. We would love to be part of your reading or writing journey!

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Feature in The Dallas Morning News


Thank you to The Dallas Morning News for interviewing me and featuring #TheBigTexasRead in their Sunday Arts edition! TBTR is a virtual, state-wide reading series Writing Workshops Dallas has launched with Gemini Ink in San Antonio. Thank you to Tim Diovanni for writing such a great piece and for his thoughtful questions. I hope you'll join us!

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Short Essay in The Dallas Morning News

I have a short essay in The Dallas Morning News Arts Section today on how Dallas writers are embracing their newfound solitude. Fellow contributors include David Searcy, Sarah Hepola, James Donovan, Brantley Hargrove, Joe Milazzo, Greg Brownderville, and Alex Temblador. Thank you to Dan Singer and the Arts Staff for inviting me to contribute to their coverage of how artists and writers are adapting to the pandemic. You can read all of the essays HERE.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

My Screenplay THE COLD RUN Trending at The Black List!

It is a thrill to see my screenplay THE COLD RUN featured and trending at The Black List this week! 🍿 🎥!


LOGLINEBrothers and small-time criminals Odell and Bunny must repay their debt to the FBI by helping to solve a murder and find themselves out of their depth and in the middle of a turf war.

Here are some kind words about my screenplay from an industry reviewer at The Black List:
This hyper-violent and occasionally funny thriller had notes of the Coen brothers and Tarantino. It doesn't take itself too seriously, but without losing the gravity of its serious moments. This could be a draw for big-name talent. This is the kind of movie that would warrant a theatrical release.  -The Black List


Black List movies have won 53 Academy Awards from 262 nominations, including 4 of the last 10 Best Picture Oscars and 10 of the last 22 Best Screenplay Oscars, and grossed over $26 billion in box office worldwide. Over 400 movies have been produced off The Black List. Now all I need is someone to send the screenplay to... 




If you would like to read the screenplay, please send me an email (bgkimzey at gmail dot com).

Saturday, February 1, 2020

New Personal Essay Published by Hobart

I have a new personal essay published by Hobart today. I've started the terrifying exercise of writing more nonfiction. As in my fiction, my brothers are my muse here. This piece is mostly about being a late 80s little shit and just being with them. Thanks so much for reading, which you can do so HERE.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

The Decade in Dallas Culture | Dallas Morning News & WWD

Thank you to Dan Singer and The Dallas Morning News for including Writing Workshops Dallas in their Special Issue on The Decade in Dallas Culture! We’re honored to be part of #LiteraryDallas and excited to see what the next decade will bring for arts and culture in this great city! If you’d like to join us, browse all WWD Course Offerings Here. We’re looking forward to the next 10 years and beyond!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

WWD & Me Profiled in The Advocate Magazine

Thank you to Jaime Dunaway for profiling me in the November 2019 issue of The Advocate Magazine. I got to talk about founding Writing Workshops Dallas, our annual summer workshop in Paris, and my own writing journey up to this point. It is a real honor to be featured in the magazine! If you have a moment, read the profile HERE. Thanks, as always, for reading!

Monday, August 19, 2019

Writing Workshops Dallas Profiled in Poets & Writers Magazine!

Michael Bourne interviewed me about Writing Workshops Dallas for his piece in the September 2019 (MFA) issue of Poets & Writers Magazine. As Founder & Executive Director of WWD, it has been a joy to have so many talented writers find a home teaching at Writing Workshops Dallas AND to have so many wonderful emerging writers trust us with their work. I'm honored to see WWD profiled in this magazine (with a shout out to our summer workshop in France, Writing Workshops Paris)! The issue is on newsstands now!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

An AMAZING Writing Workshops Paris 2019!

Writing Workshops Paris 2019 could not have been more amazing! Thank you to the 18 talented writers who made the workshop brilliant, and to Brandon Hobson and Diana Spechler for guiding them in their work! Thank you to Carve Magazine for partnering with Writing Workshops Dallas to bring this summer workshop to life, and to Mike Franz for leading all of our amazing evening activities around Paris!! We stayed in the Latin Quarter and our fiction and nonfiction writers spent their days in genre workshops, 1-on-1s with their workshop instructors, in afternoon seminars on the craft and business of writing, and had a full line-up of evening activities that brought the beauty and literary history of Paris to life. We’re already excited for Writing Workshops Paris 2020, and will begin taking applications Fall 2019! If you’d like to know more and join the mailing list for WWP 2020 notifications, just click here!

Monday, July 15, 2019

New Fiction in D Magazine!

I'm honored to have a new short story called "Into a Blue White Sky" published in the annual fiction issue of D Magazine (July 2019)! Thank you to editor Zac Crain for including my work along with so many great Dallas-based writers: Joe Milazzo, Harry Hunsicker, Will Clarke, Brooke Egerton, Julia Heaberlin, Samantha Mabry, Joaquin Zihuatanejo, & LaToya Watkins.

AND: as the Executive Director of Writing Workshops Dallas, I'm also thrilled there are short stories from 4 WWD instructors in this issue! Grab a copy on newsstands now. You can also read my story online HERE. Thanks, as always, for reading!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Wishing Drogon the Best!

I love story (obviously). David Benioff is one of my favorite novelists (have you read City of Thieves?!). However, I watched Game of Thrones mostly for the dragons. I love Drogon and hope he finds closure in the east and also a new job! To help him, I made a resume to jumpstart his search for a new horde.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Guest on The Fascinating Podcast!

I'm the guest on The Fascinating Podcast this week! I got to talk about creativity, facing and conquering distraction, and a whole lot of other fun things! A great episode for writers and non-writers alike. Thanks to JR Forasteros and Clay Morgan for having me on! Check it out HERE if you have the time!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

New Work in McSweeney's

Thank you to McSweeney's for publishing my short humor piece "We’re Parents of Young Children and We Binge-Watch TV Minutes at a Time." I'm thrilled to be published by them again. Big thanks to Tendency Editor Christopher Monks for publishing my work! You can read it here.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Guest on Point of Departure Podcast!

I was the featured guest on the Point of Departure podcast this month and got to talk about founding and directing Writing Workshops Dallas, our work in the literary community here in Dallas, teaching, Writing Workshops Paris, and my own writing. I got to go into a studio and wear headphones, which made it a lot easier (and fun!) to talk about all of these wonderful things. Thank you to Brittany Griffiths and Christopher Moock for having me on the podcast! I think it is a great interview thanks to Brittany's questions and you can listen to it HERE if interested. Thanks so much, as always, for your support!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Featured in Voyage Dallas!

I'm exited to share that as founder and Executive Director of Writing Workshops Dallas, I'm featured in Voyage Dallas as part of their Most Inspiring Stories in Dallas series. You can click HERE to read the article and learn a little bit more about our origin story at Writing Workshops Dallas and a bit about my journey as a writer. Thanks for reading! Happy Writing!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

New Story with Aaron Burch!

I co-wrote a story called "ChurchFight" with Aaron Burch and it has just been published in issue two of WOHE LIT. It is the first time I've co-written a story (more are coming with Aaron!) and it was a lot of fun sending this story back and forth. I hope you like it. Thank you to Kevin Maloney for publishing our work! You can read our short piece here. And thanks, as always, for reading!

Sunday, June 3, 2018

New Fiction in Booth

I'm honored to have a new short story published in issue 12 of Booth. Thank you to Robert Stapleton and the entire editorial staff for publishing my story! You can purchase a copy of this beautiful journal here. Thanks, as always, for reading!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Panelist on Literary Community at Interabang Books!

It was such an amazing turnout at Interabang Books on Tuesday night for the panel on Building and Finding Literary Community. I was honored to be part of this amazing night. Thank you to The Writers' League of Texas for putting on this great event and inviting me to be on a panel featuring other Dallas-based authors Kathleen Kent, Tex Thompson, and Melissa Lenhardt.

If it weren't for the literary community I wouldn't be the writer I am today. I have my time at Brookhaven Junior College and an MFA from UC-Irvine to thank for the kind of writer I am today. For many writers, finding a community is an essential step that leads them to take their work and craft more seriously. It's time you found your writing community. If you're looking for an excellent creative writing workshop in Dallas, check out Writing Workshops Dallas. I hope you’ll take your next step with WWD and enroll in one of our many creative writing courses, available on the Classes page.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Featured in D Magazine as an Artist to Learn From in 2018!

As the Founder & Director of Writing Workshops Dallas, I'm honored to be featured in D Magazine's article on artists to learn from in 2018! Thank you to Lyndsay Knecht for featuring me! We had 224 writers around the workshop table at WWD in 2017 and are excited about what we have in store for 2018. Won't you join us in 2018 for a class or seminar and get to THE END of your project this year!

Friday, November 10, 2017

New Fiction in VICE

I'm really excited to have a new short story published by Vice's science fiction magazine Terraform. The story is called "Last Day at the Department of Oxygen" and I can't thank Brian Merchant enough for accepting this story and offering really insightful edits! You can read the story here. Thanks, as always, for reading! I also want to link to all of the amazing artwork that Vice commissioned artist Surian Soosay to make for my short story. You can see all of the images here. They're awesome!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

New Work in The Los Angeles Review

Thank you to The Los Angeles Review for publishing "Mall Shooter," the first piece of non-fiction that I've ever had published. It recounts the time my wife, then nine months pregnant with our first child, and I had to run from a shooter. You can read the piece here. As always, thank you for reading!