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Abel Meeropol Social Justice Writing Award Event

Patricia Smith awarded the Abel Meeropol Social Justice Writing Award by SDWG Board President Ellen Meeropol & Robert Meeropol Patricia Smith Robert Meeropol SDWG Board President Ellen Meeropol and Advisory Board member Bill NewmanPhotos by Doug Anderson  It is rare and wonderful when several important elements of a life come together and make joy. That’s Read More

Emily Dean

High School Scholarship Recipient 2017

  Emily Dean is a first-year student at Greenfield Community College studying liberal arts. Emily loves reading, writing, and taking pictures with her friends. She is very grateful to have been a recipient of the 2017 Straw Dog Scholarship.   When did you first begin to care about writing? My father was an English major, Read More

Becky Jones on Summer Writing Goals

Setting your summer writing goals  and our recent Roundtable Discussion Eight of us met on Saturday, June 10th to talk about our summer writing goals. Our goals ranged from the basics of getting back to our writing to sending our work out for publication: goals within the group were varied and unique; such as brainstorm Read More

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SDWG Writing Residencies

WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE  a new benefit for our members— the Straw Dog Writers Guild Writing Residencies at Patchwork Farm Retreat. A Straw Dog Writing Residency will include 6 days, 5 nights, Sunday at 3:00 pm through Friday noon, in one of the lovely, unique places at Patchwork Farm Retreat in Westhampton MA. Residencies Read More

Blog by Christopher J. Sparks

Like any writer, I know how important craft can be. Straw Dog Writer’s Guild, a group of the Valley’s own writing talent, offers workshops by our, often quite accomplished, neighbors. In mid-March, I attended a lecture on crafting Magical Realism with Andrea Hairston. Andrea is a playwright, novelist, and professor of theater at Smith College. Andrea knows that Read More

“What sustains you as a writer?”

Two writers tell us what they got out of participating in Straw Dog’s first Writers Roundtable -held February 11th. The topic was “What sustains you as a writer?” –  The next Roundtable will be June 10th.  Sustain – once removed, by Jess Martin How does one dart, weave and unwind words into some semblance of beginning, middle Read More