Fiction, Monologues, Plays & More
A few years ago, I started a little writers group at The Eclectic Company Theatre in North Hollywood, California. It was a selfish endeavor, I’ll admit – I was fresh out of college and just finding my feet in the Los Angeles arts community – and I needed a way to start connecting with my fellow writers (AND maybe set some deadlines for myself too).
Eventually we dubbed this little group Eclectic Voices, and since it started up in 2008, the name has grown to encompass a Reading Series at ECT as well as a series of monologue shows, including a complete full length monologue play called The Theory of Silence, following the fictional mysterious disappearance of the Johnson Family.
This literary journal is just the next step in the Eclectic Voices evolution. Many of our writers are playwrights, but while we love to bring exciting new work to the stage, we want to push beyond the theater walls and share our stories to a wider readership. The Eclectic Voices literary journal will feature emerging and established writers of fiction, monologues, playwriting and more, who want to share their work with you, even if you can’t make it to the theater.
Great stories can be found in every medium and every genre, so we make no judgements when it comes to those things. A sci-fi fantasy can be just as astounding and heartbreaking as the latest Pulitzer Prize winner. A well-crafted webisode can be just as invigorating a read as a short story. As the great Kurt Vonnegut would say:
“Literature should not disappear up its own asshole, so to speak.”
As we grow, we hope to explore more complicated territories, such as publications, full-scale play productions, and cross-media collaborations. But it all starts with the word on the page. I hope you’ll enjoy visiting us as our group and our individual writers continue to grow and evolve.
Chelsea Sutton holds a BA in Literature from The College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Her plays have had readings and productions in Santa Barbara, New York and Los Angeles and she is currently participating in workshops with the Skylight Theatre Playlab and The Vagrancy Writers Group, as well as spearheading ECT’s writers group, Eclectic Voices. Her play The Dead Woman, was recently named a Semifinalist in the Eugene O’Neill Playwrighting Conference 2013. Her fiction has appeared in The Best of Farmhouse Magazine, The Catalyst, Spectrum, and Fictionade, and she was the 2011 Winner of NYC Midnight’s Flash Fiction Contest. Her story The Tick and the Tocking received Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers. She is a member of the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative. WithCoffeeSpoons.com