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!