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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

October 1, 2015

Mini Craft Lesson Missy Wick, Blog Editor Last month I had the pleasure of attending the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference and working with Bread Loaf Fellow Brando Skyhorse, author of the novel The Madonnas of Echo Park and memoir Take This Man. In his memoir Skyhorse describes his unusual family history: When he was three years old, Brando Read More

September 1, 2015

Inside The Young Writer’s Nest Youth in Creative Writing Workshops – Part 2   Guest Blogger:  Lynn Bowmaster It’s 4:10 on a Wednesday and I’m preparing to host Woven Word Young Writers. One by one the writers arrive, drop their backpacks at the door and head into my kitchen. S. takes over the air popper so Read More

Zine Radio: by Margaret Crocker, Smith College

Zine Radio Guest Blogger: Margaret Crocker, Smith College Recently, NPR’s This American Life did a story, called “Freedom Fries,” on women’s voices on the radio — and how This American Life receives correspondence criticizing young female contributors.   According to critics, women’s voices suffer from “vocal fry,” a guttural sound that a voice can make Read More

May 15, 2015

Take Your Poet To Work Day Coloring Book Guest Blogger: Missy Wick . Looking for the perfect birthday present for your poetic partner? Check out tweatspeak’s “Take Your Poet to Work Day” Coloring Book. The annual celebration of poetic genius has passed, but the fun continues. Just download the free book (below), cut out your poet Read More

April 15, 2015

The Freedom to Play with Words: Youth in Creative Writing Workshops Guest Blogger: Lynn Bowmaster On any given day or night living rooms across the Pioneer Valley are filled with adults in writing workshops, curled up with their notebooks and laptops. Like plants coaxed in a greenhouse, stories and poetry unfold in these circles, fragile and Read More

March 1, 2015

An Artist’s Tools Guest Blogger: Jenny Sechler I have been picky about pens all my life. I prefer roller balls with a medium or fine tip – extra fine is too scratchy. Felt tips are an acceptable substitute; ballpoints are out of the question. My current writing implement, in place for at least 10 years, is a Read More