CityLit Festival presents One-on-One 30-Minute Editorial Critique Sessions

CityLit Festival presents One-on-One 30-Minute Editorial Critique Sessions

One-on-One 30-Minute Editorial Critique Sessions with Rebekah Kirkman (Creative Nonfiction), Bret McCabe (Creative Nonfiction), Kathy Flann (Fiction, Creative, Nonfiction), Lisa Snowden (Journalism), Chelsea Lemon Fetzer (Poetry, Fiction), Rosalia Scalia (Fiction), and DuEwa Frazier (Experimantal, Afro-futurism)

10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Governor Member Lounge (upper right from the lobby entrance)



Registration is required.

Please register here:


For those serious writers looking to grow in their craft, seeking a second take on their work,revising a draft that’s been sitting in your drawer, or starting a new piece that has gotten your attention – this is for you. One-on-One. Thirty minutes of me time. Why not have an editor take a look at it? Why not get a seasoned, accomplished writer to dive into the wreck with you and talk about all of the things you can do to make your piece breathe. Guidelines are below. Don’t be overzealous. Rules matter. Think as if you’re submitting to a journal, you’d properly prepare for the outcome, wouldn’t you? These editors will help you see your work differently, and allow you to grow in your craft. Sign up…sooner than later. If the editors get to see your work in advance, you stand to have a more meaningful conversation.



• Five pages of poetry OR Five pages of prose:

• Double-spaced
• 12 pt. font
• 1 inch margin

• Numbered pages

• Name must be included

• Manuscripts must be received in advance.

(If you are feeling ambitious, please know only the first five pages will be critiqued!)


Genre: Creative Nonfiction

Rebekah Kirkman is a writer and editor in Baltimore whose work centers on art, community, and collective effort. Her writing has appeared in the Baltimore Banner, the Real News Network, Johns Hopkins Magazine, BmoreArt, Baltimore City Paper, and many other publications..
Twitter: @rebekahkirkman
Instagram: @slidingdice


Genre: Creative Nonfiction

Bret McCabe has been a Baltimore-based arts writer since 2001, contributing to local publications such as the Baltimore City Paper, Baltimore Beat, BmoreArt, as well a number of free weeklies, city magazines, and arts journals around that country that, well, no longer exist. He’s currently a communications specialist, higher-ed for “in-house writer/editor/typist,” at the Peabody Institute..
Twitter: @bretmcbret
Instagram: @bretmcbret


Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Kathy Flann is the author of two award-winning short story collections and a craft book. Her humor book – How to Survive a Human Attack: A Guide for Werewolves, Mummies, Cyborgs, Ghosts, Nuclear Mutants, and Other Movie Monsters – was a pick in The New York Times/Wirecutter’s “Gifts We Want to Give.” Her personal essays and humor pieces have appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Slate, and other publications. Honors include residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Bulgaria, and Le Moulin a Nef in France, as well as Maryland Arts Council grants and a Baker Artist Award.
Twitter: @kathyflann
Instagram: @keflann


Genre: Journalism

Lisa Snowden is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Baltimore Beat, a digital and print-based news product based in Baltimore City. Passionate about storytelling and community empowerment, Snowden has dedicated her life to journalism, seeking to elevate underrepresented voices and drive meaningful conversations around pressing societal issues. With over 15 years of rich experience in local journalism, she’s shaped Baltimore Beat into an innovative and inclusive platform, focusing on literary reportage and insightful, impactful reporting.
Twitter: @lisamccray
Instragram: @lisamccray


Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Chelsea Lemon Fetzer earned her MFA in Fiction at Syracuse University. She is a 2019 Rubys recipient for the Literary Arts and a recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council’s 2022 Independent Artist Award. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in journals such as Callaloo, Tin House, Mississippi Review, and Minnesota Review. Her essay “Speck” appears in The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives about being Mixed Race in the 21st Century. Fetzer teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Baltimore and Goucher College, serves on the board of CityLit Project, and is a contributing editor at BmoreArt Magazine..


Genre: Fiction

Rosalia Scalia is the author of the story collection, Stumbling Toward Grace (Unsolicited Press 2021). Her second collection, Under the Radar, is forthcoming from Unsolicited Press in January 2025. She holds an MA in writing from Johns Hopkins University and is a Maryland State Arts Council Independent Artist’s Award recipient. She won the Editor’s Select award from Willow Review and her short story in Pebble Lake was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives with her family in Baltimore City.
Twitter: @Rscalia
Instagram: @citygirlro


Genre: Experimental, Afro-Futurism

DUEwa Frazier is a poet, essayist, scholar, digital creator, TEDx and keynote speaker, and Assistant Professor of English. Frazier’s research, creative nonfiction, and digital writings focus on hip-hop and popular culture, culturally responsive pedagogy, education, Black women and Black literature. She is the editor of, Teaching Humanities with Cultural Responsiveness at HBCUs and HSIs (2024) and the forthcoming volume Introduction to Afrofuturism: A Mixtape in Black Literature & Arts (2024). Her poetry has featured in Arlington Literary Journal, Split this Rock, Black Renaissance Noire, Tidal Basin Review, Poetry in Performance, and others. She is the author of several published volumes of poetry and children’s stories. She has been a writing fellow at the Hurston/Wright Foundation and Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. She holds advanced degrees in Creative Writing, Curriculum and Teaching, and Higher Education Leadership. Frazier earned an MFA in Creative Writing at The New School.


CityLit Project and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in partnership with Chesapeake Shakespeare Company present CityLit Festival: Dismantling the Culture of Silence. This celebration of the arts showcases a bevy of leading poets and writers on April 20, 2024. We’re talking fiction, nonfiction, poetry galore, and ways to up the ante on your craft.

Download the CityLit Festival: Dismantling the Culture of Silence flyer.