STRAW DOG: a starting place; an idea or story or project whose elements take initial form and are rearranged many times in a process of exploration, revision and discovery.

The New York Times called the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts


Welcome to Straw Dog - supporting the writing community in Western Massachusetts by strengthening, engaging and connecting writers at all levels of development.

.…the most author-saturated, book-cherishing,

literature-celebrating place in the nation.


We embrace this legacy, and strive to sustain it through Straw Dog Writers Guild: a literary hub for writers, readers, and literature-lovers in Western Massachusetts.



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Upcoming Events…

Less is More:

Explorations in Flash Fiction and Flash Non-Fiction

with Michelle Valois

Saturday, December 6: 10:30 – 12:00

Lilly Library, Florence

 More information here..

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Writers Night Out is back!

We’re thrilled to announce the rebirth of the popular

First-Tuesday-of-the-month Straw Dog event, at our new venue.

Tuesday, December 2nd

              7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

         at The Basement 

            (formerly Bishop’s Lounge)

              More information here.

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