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January 2018

Writers Night Out!

January 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Basement,

FEATURED READER: INFO COMING SOON!   Doors open at 7 – with an open mike. If you’d like a chance to read, place your name in the hat up until 7:10. Ten names will be randomly selected. The reading starts at 7:15, and each reader will have five minutes. Admission is free; participants are encouraged…

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Writers Read @ The Inn at Norton Hill w/ JANE YOLEN

January 7 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Inn at Norton Hill, 10 Norton Hill Road
Ashfield, MA United States
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Writers Read @ The Inn at Norton Hill 1st Sunday of the month. 3:00–5:00 pm. 10 Norton Hill Road, Ashfield, MA FEATURED READER:  Jane Yolen is an author of children’s books, fantasy, and science fiction, including Owl Moon, The Devil’s Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? She is also a poet, a teacher of…

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How Does it Work to Work with an Editor?

January 13 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lilly Library, 19 Meadow Street
Florence, MA United States
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How Does it Work to Work with an Editor?   You’ve written and rewritten, on your own and in a group, but how do you decide when your writing could benefit from the input of an editor? Where do you begin the process, and what should you expect when you put your manuscript in the…

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February 2018

Writers Read @ The Inn at Norton Hill w/ Erik Sherman

February 4 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Inn at Norton Hill, 10 Norton Hill Road
Ashfield, MA United States
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Writers Read @ the Inn at Norton Hill Sunday, February 4, 3:00–5:00 p.m. Main St. (Rt. 116) & Norton Hill Rd., Ashfield  Cosponsored by Straw Dog Writers Guild and Nan Parati (owner, Elmer's Store and the Inn at Norton Hill) Featured Reader: Erik Sherman Featured Reader: Erik Sherman is an independent journalist, author, consultant, and playwright. His work covering business, technology, economics, finance, law, science, and public…

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Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Ruth Lehrer

February 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Basement,

Writers Night Out with Featured Reader Ruth Lehrer February 6, 2018 7-9pm Ruth Lehrer is a writer and sign language interpreter living in western Massachusetts. Her writing has been published in journals such as Lilith, Jubilat, and Trivia: Voices of Feminism. Her poetry chapbook, TIGER LAUGHS WHEN YOU PUSH, is available from Headmistress Press. Her…

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“What’s so important about setting?” Writers Workshop

February 10 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Lilly Library, 19 Meadow Street
Florence, MA United States
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What’s so important about setting? Are you curious about world building? Do your characters inhabit living rooms in the future, or trek miles at the turn of the century? Setting connects readers to a narrative and is part of the allure that transports them from one place to another, but setting is so much more…

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March 2018

What Can Social Media Do For You As a Writer?

March 3 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Come listen to presenter Marya Zilberberg discuss how to break down the barriers and put Twitter, blogs and other online formats to work. Social media seem to be a necessity for marketing anything in the 21st century. But are they? What are the best approaches for a writer? We will discuss some of the successful…

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Finding the Voice of Your Story with Dori Ostermiller

March 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Finding the Voice of Your Story with Dori Ostermiller REGISTER BELOW DESCRIPTION: There’s lots of talk these days about voice in narrative, but what is it, exactly? If the voice of our story is the doorway through which readers enter, how do we let them in? How can we consciously create a voice that is…

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Writers Read @ The Inn at Norton Hill with Donna Jenson

March 4 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Inn at Norton Hill, 10 Norton Hill Road
Ashfield, MA United States
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Writers Read @ the Inn at Norton Hill Sunday, March  4, 3:00–5:00 p.m. Main St. (Rt. 116) & Norton Hill Rd., Ashfield, MA (co-sponsored by Straw Dog Writers Guild and Nan Parati (owner, Elmer's Store and the Inn at Norton Hill) Featured Reader: Donna Jenson Featured Reader: Donna Jenson founded Time To Tell™ in 2009 with a mission to spark stories from lives affected by…

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Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Tzivia Gover

March 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Basement,

Tzivia Gover is the author of The Mindful Way to a Good Night’s Sleep; Joy in Every Moment, Learning in Mrs. Towne's House, a book about teaching poetry to teen mothers in Holyoke. She is a writer, educator, and certified dreamwork professional and the director of the Institute for Dream Studies. Her poems, stories, essays and articles have been…

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Collage and Writing with Becky Jones

March 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Collage and Writing with Becky Jones REGISTER BELOW  DESCRIPTION:  The workshop will provide images, paper, scissors, glue sticks and tape, though you are free to bring images of your own, if you would like. You provide your openness to the process of discovery, along with pen and paper. People will have the optional opportunity to…

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How to Begin Writing 10-Minute Plays with Meryl Cohn

March 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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How to Begin Writing 10-Minute Plays with Meryl Cohn REGISTRATION CLOSED - WORKSHOP IS FULL DESCRIPTION:  One of the most common questions about writing plays is how to get started. The germ of an idea for a play may present itself in theme, in situation, or in character. We will discuss various ways to enter…

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Songwriting 101 with Pamela Means

March 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Songwriting 101 with Pamela Means REGISTER BELOW DESCRIPTION: There is no such thing as writer's block. Dubious? Come to the Pamela Means Songwriting Workshop and learn new tools, tips and tricks of the craft to tease out more brilliance from your brain. You will never suffer from blank pages again. Acclaimed songwriter, Pamela Means, will…

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April 2018

Writers Night Out – Featured Readers Kris Holloway and John Bidwell

April 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Basement,

John D. Bidwell is consulting editor of Monique and the Mango Rains, the critically esteemed book authored by his wife Kris Holloway that chronicles their time in Peace Corps with the Malian midwife Monique Dembele. He is the Executive Director of the United Way of Hampshire County, and a branding and marketing consultant, frequent presenter,…

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Writers Read @ The Inn at Norton Hill – Featured Reader – ERNIE BRILL

April 8 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Writers Read @ the Inn at Norton Hill Sunday, April 8,  3:00–5:00 p.m.  ( ***Second Sunday) Main St. (Rt. 116) & Norton Hill Rd., Ashfield, MA (co-sponsored by Straw Dog Writers Guild and Nan Parati (owner, Elmer’s Store and the Inn at Norton Hill) Featured Reader - ERNIE BRILL Born in Brooklyn, Ernie Brill writes fiction and poetry. His short story "Crazy Hattie Enters The…

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Compass Roads - Jane Yolen

Compass Roads – Book Launch!

April 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Florence Civic Center, Florence Civic Center, Park St.
Florence, MA 01062 United States
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  Straw Dog Writers Guild presents our first Poetry Anthology - Compass Roads, Poems about the Pioneer Valley. w/ Editor Jane Yolen. http://www.strawdogwriters.org/poetry April 10 @ 7 pm. Florence Civic Center Florence, MA POETS READING Anna Bozena Bowen Michael Goldman DM Gordon Nina Gross Kathleen Kelley Marian Kent Patricia Lee Lewis Rich Michelson V Jane…

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EASTHAMPTON BOOKFEST – Compass Roads Reading

April 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
White Square Books, 86 Cottage St
Easthampton, MA 01027 United States
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POETS READING: Gail Cleare Deborah Dill Tzivia Gover Ray Homstead Phyllis Katz Eileen Kennedy Jan Maher Ellen Meeropol Rebecca Hart Olander Christine Ann Pratt Diane Rachele Laura Rodley Cynthia Suopis Hilde Weisert Jane Yolen Straw Dog Writers Guild presents our first Poetry Anthology – Compass Roads, Poems about the Pioneer Valley. w/ Editor Jane Yolen. http://www.strawdogwriters.org/poetry EASTHAMPTON…

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Paths to Publishing – A Roundtable Discussion

April 21 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lilly Library, 19 Meadow Street
Florence, MA United States
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This roundtable about the pros and cons of different paths to publication can help you figure out where (and where not) to place your writing. Five Straw Dog authors will briefly describe their experiences working with diverse kinds of presses - corporate, indie, hybrid, self-publishing, as well as working with an agent. Then everyone is…

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May 2018

Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Kathy Ford

May 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Basement,

Featured Reader - Kathy Ford grew up in Rochester, New York, graduated from Hobart & William Smith Colleges in 1980 with a major in design theory, and moved to New York City to pursue a career in architecture. She received her Masters in Architecture from Harvard University in 1985 and has been practicing architecture in…

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Writers Read @ The Inn at Norton Hill – Featured Reader – Lesléa Newman

May 6 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Writers Read @ the Inn at Norton Hill Sunday, May 6, 3:00–5:00 p.m. Main St. (Rt. 116) & Norton Hill Rd., Ashfield, MA (co-sponsored by Straw Dog Writers Guild and Nan Parati (owner, Elmer’s Store and the Inn at Norton Hill) Featured Reader - Lesléa Newman is the author of 70 books for readers of…

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