Before it became a call to action on the Interwebs, chance encounters happened in real life, with real people. And what better fodder for literature? Remember that guy you met on the train to Munich, the one who gave you a cigarette and told you that you would fail at many things? Or that woman on the street who gave your dog a pat on the head and began a conversation with her about the UFOs?Be entertained by four current workshoppers who’ll read works in progress that address the theme and energy of chance encounters. We can’t tell you what will happen, but we can guarantee it will make your Facebook status afterwards.


  • Jessica Austgen (novel)
  • Beth Bell (short story)
  • Carmel Mawle (novel)
  • Jody Sorenson (poetry)