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

June 1, 2014

Ancient Shadows Editor’s note:  Winter was an endurance test this year. We are due for a bit of summer pleasure – words that spice the afternoon heat; mind treks for lazy days. When Claire Day read this piece in writing workshop, it inspired thoughts of “summer reading” and the Virtual Clubhouse.  In the spirit of summer Read More

May 1, 2013

Tightly Structured and Wildly Thought  Interview with Celia Jeffries   Guest Blogger:  Sarah Feldman, Straw Dog Literary Correspondent    .Celia Jeffries is a writer, teacher and editor whose published memoir pieces tackle subjects ranging from group therapy to breast cancer, through forms that include narrative, flash nonfiction and collage essay. From 2011-2013 Celia served with the Read More

April 1, 2014

My Inner Critic and I… . Guest Blogger:  Linda M. Rowland-Buckley . I love to sit at my desk and watch words fall onto the page and into the mouths of my characters. The dialog between them grows and their conversations expand until I have a complete story. Then the questions arrive:  What do I Read More

March 1, 2014

An Interview with Michael White Guest Blogger: Sarah Feldman, Straw Dog Literary Correspondent  . Michael White is the author of six novels and a collection of short stories.  A two-time finalist for the Connecticut Book Award, he has received nominations for the Pushcart Prize and the National Magazine Award. His novel, A Brother’s Blood, was a New York Read More

February 1, 2014

  A Note from Missy Wick, Blog Editor . For people like me – a digital immigrant, born and raised in the land of paper, white out pencils, and Correcto type – the migration to the Internet has been both daunting and thrilling. In truth, I do not miss all the old country ways. I Read More

January 1, 2014

 An Interview with Naila Moreira Guest Blogger: Sarah Feldman, Straw Dog Literary Correspondent    Naila Moreira is a writer and journalist living in western Massachusetts.  Her journalism and nature essays have been published in The Boston Globe, The Seattle Times, The Common Online, Science News, and other venues.  She works at Smith College as a writing Read More

December 1, 2013

Who Knew an Annual Meeting Could Be So Magical? Guest Blogger: Patricia lee Lewis . What I loved most about the Straw Dog Members party was the way each person walking through the front door of Jacqueline Sheehan’s wonderful home discovered that what seemed, from the outside, to be a tiny, fairytale farmhouse quickly became the Marvelous Expanding House Read More