Bookfest, Juniper, Community!

Straw Dog Writers Guild had a wonderful weekend, attending the Juniper Literary Marketplace, and the Easthampton Bookfest, both on April 13, 2019. We had a pack of members volunteer to run the tables and help support each other in selling books and sharing our Straw Dog Writers Guild Mission. Michael Goldman, hosted an excellent poetry Read More

Why shop at an independent bookstore?

When you shop at an independently owned business, your entire community benefits:   The Economy • Spend $100 at a local and $68 of that stays in your community. Spend the same $100 at a national chain, and your community only sees $43. • Local businesses create higher-paying jobs for our neighbors. • More of Read More

On Retreating (Straw Dog Writers Residency)

On Retreating retreat noun re· treat |  ri-?tr?t   1 : an act or process of withdrawing  2: a place of privacy or safety  3: a period of withdrawal for prayer, meditation, study, or instruction For five days, I woke not to the alarm on my phone, but to sun pouring into my room at dawn accompanied by the musical conversation of birds in a gingko tree Read More

Straw Dog Writers Guild Board News!

December blog for SDWG newsletter Every few years, we change up the leadership of Straw Dog Writers Guild. It’s healthy for the organization, bringing new ideas and approaches. It also offers an opportunity to reflect on what we’ve accomplished, and where we want to go next. We’re at such a crossroads now, with two new Read More

Membership updates & opportunities

Hello Straw Dog Writers Guild Members, We are so grateful to all of you for your loyalty and continued support as Straw Dog Writers grows and develops as an organization. Without you, we would not have Straw Dog Writers, and all the offerings and opportunities we provide to the literary community of Western MA. Thank Read More

Give Me My Ham by Lauren Marie Schmidt

On my first day of service at the Haven House, a transitional housing program for homeless women and children, the social worker put her hand on my shoulder and said, “They’re tough girls, but I think you can handle yourself. Don’t let them scare you away. They might actually like this.” And by “this,” she Read More


Originally published in Fired Up! Green Fire Writers   When the picketing started at Glen Echo Amusement Park, I was 14 and my mother wouldn’t let me go. “It’s too dangerous,” she said. “Besides, you have a job.” My family had moved to the suburban Maryland neighborhood called Bannockburn two years earlier. I had my Read More