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The Depressed Novelist’s Complaint

The Depressed Novelist’s Complaint, or How I Learned to Love the Gray By Jane Yolen Having just finished a major Holocaust novel for young adults,* I find myself at loose ends while waiting for editorial feedback. I’m not new at the writing game. My first book was published in 1963, my first novel (for middle-grade Read More

August 15, 2016

Meet Andrew Connelly, Straw Dog’s First Scholarship Recipient by Becky Jones Andrew Connelly was chosen by his teachers at the Easthampton High School as the recipient of the first Straw Dog Writers Guild Scholarship given to a senior with a promising future in writing. Andrew is soon heading off to Fordham University’s NYC campus across Read More

July 15, 2016

Notes from the Tunnels By Liz Bedell I spend most dawns curled up on the ratty old sofa in my study, trying to find the red thread of narrative. Some mornings I clutch at it convulsively, willing its taut energy to remain long enough to guide me out of the labyrinth’s depths, away from my Read More

May 1, 2016

Writing Life By Jane Roy Brown My friend Martha had just retired, and we were having a typical conversation about what she wanted to do next. Martha ticked through a list—serve on the town conservation commission, maybe take a class at the community college, read more, spend time with her grandchildren, travel. Then she paused. Read More

Listening to Other Voices By Ellen Meeropol

Listening to Other Voices Guest Blogger:  Ellen Meeropol We read for so many reasons – to be entertained, to armchair-travel, to be goosed into other ways of thinking, to learn, to experience lives very different from our own. To expand our world.   We choose our books in many ways too. We browse bookstore and Read More

March 1, 2016

Reflections on the New Year By Patricia Lee Lewis When the new year dawned, I was in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, watching the tops of snowy mountains glow pink in the rising sun and listening to Alasdair Fraser play his fiddle on the radio. For this turning of the year, he’d chosen a tune from the Read More

February 1, 2016

Nervous? Breathe and Speak Up Guest blogger: Becky Jones Susan Daniels, in her recent program on Dynamic Presentation, borrowed from her acting career to give the Straw Dog audience useful tools to enhance reading our writings to an audience. Her instruction gave us ways to appear strong and confident, even when we’re afraid. Her suggestions Read More

WORDPEACE by Lori Desrosiers

Guest Blogger: Lori Desrosiers In November, Lori Desrosiers joined a panel of esteemed local editors to discuss publishing in literary journals. During their compelling conversation, Lori mentioned a new venture, Wordpeace (http://wordpeace.co). I invited Lori to tell us more about this important new project, the kind that – in my opinion – we desperately need Read More

December 1, 2015

For Your Consideration: A Panel of Editors Guest Blogger: Samantha Wood This article appeared in The Recorder online edition, Wednesday, November 25, 2015, and in print the following day. Straw Dog Writers Guild is grateful for the author’s permission to republish it here.   If you are a writer who aims to get published, then it is likely you know what Read More

November 1, 2015

Join us for 30 Poems in November! Guest Blogger: Jean Blakeman Now in its 7th year, 30 Poems in November! is an important and inspiring fundraiser for Center for New Americans. Center for New Americans, headquartered in Northampton, Massachusetts, provides free English classes, citizenship assistance, and other services to the immigrant and refugee population of Read More