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

February 1, 2015

Sisterhood is Still Powerful Guest Blogger: Ellen Meeropol Sisters are great, for people and for nonprofits. Sisters share the ups and downs of life. They share friends and values (well, not always), and clothes (okay, so nonprofits don’t wear clothes). For a nonprofit organization like Straw Dog Writers Guild, relying entirely on volunteer labor, sister Read More

January 1, 2015

Finding My Way Back Home Guest Blogger: Jenny Sechler When author and critic Elizabeth Janeway first encountered Louise Fitzhugh’s “Harriet the Spy,” in 1964, her response was prophetic. “I hope that hundreds of snoopy little girls will go and buy themselves notebooks and start writing down their observations,” she wrote. I was one of the legions Read More

November 1, 2014

The Mitten String: An interview with local author Jennifer Rosner by Missy Wick When her family invites a deaf woman and her baby to stay, Ruthie, a talented knitter of mittens, wonders how the mother will know if her child wakes in the night. The surprising answer inspires Ruthie to knit a special gift that Read More

October 1, 2014

 Write Angles …a day of literary and gustatory delights! On October 18, 2014, Western New England celebrates the 29th anniversary of its very own Write Angles Conference, by writers, for writers. If you decide to go, bring your appetite – it is a day of literary and gustatory delight.   In addition to the panels, workshops, Read More

September 1, 2014

 E-Publishing: a Serendipitous Conversation  . Weather report: heavy rain mingling with severe thunderstorms.  Flash floods as well.  This was too much tumult for my tender nerves, so I traveled to a late summer writer’s conference a day early.   Lucky for me, the “Blue Room” at the Chipman Inn in Ripton, Vermont was available.  Built in Read More

August 1, 2014

In Their Own Voices… Missy Wick, Straw Dog Blog Editor . August in the Pioneer Valley – the blueberries are in bloom, the tomatoes are ripening on the vine, and there is abundant local fiction to pick from your independent bookstore or library shelves. For a third summer, reporter Karen Brown and her colleagues at Read More

July 1, 2014

An Invitation to Read Missy Wick, Straw Dog Blog Editor They say that you can’t tell a book by its cover, but the first words can make or break the relationship.  “How can the writer,” asks author Stephen King, “extend an appealing invitation — one that’s difficult, even, to refuse?”*  Here are some answers – Read More