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.



Valley Gives – 

Valley Gives LogoOn December 10th, Straw Dog joined 462 local non-profits to participate in Valley Gives. We raised nearly $1500 and it all came from you, our wonderful followers, writers, and patrons of the arts. We know that you could have made many other choices about donating but you chose us, and we are so grateful. We will see you in 2016 with a full schedule of events.

If you missed the event, it’s not too late to donate – simply click on the button below – and thank you!


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Upcoming Events…

Poetry, Creative Connections and Electric Rest

“But work might be electric Rest/to those that Magic make”

– Emily Dickinson

with Janet Aalfs and Mary Clare Powell

Sunday, January 18  –  3:00-5:00 pm

Northampton Friends Meeting House

 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, January 6

              7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

         at The Basement 

            (formerly Bishop’s Lounge)

              More information here.

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