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Perugia Press Book Launch Events for New Release Girldom: Thursday and Friday, November 1-2

The 2018 Perugia Press Prize winner, Texas poet Megan Peak, will visit the Valley to launch her first book, Girlomin November. On Thursday 11/1, Peak will be reading at Westfield State University in the Arno Maris Art Gallery at 3:00pm. Also on Thursday 11/1, the Collected Poets Series at Mocha Maya’s Cafe in Shelburne Falls will feature Megan Peak and Jennifer Wallace at 7:00pm. On Friday, 11/2, Iconica Social Club in Northampton will host Perugia Press for a public poetry party from 5:30-7:00pm featuring poet Megan Peak and a screening of a documentary short (8 min) about Perugia Press made by local filmmaker Kate Way. See the Perugia Press website for details.

Local authors who are members of the Straw Dog Writers Guild and friends will read from their books and manuscripts. There will be snacks and books available for signing. Snow day is January 27, 4-6 PM.

Readers include: Mary Warren Bartlett, Justine Dymond, Francesca Forrest, Marianne Gambaro, Ellen Evert Hopman, Melanie S. Lewis, and Jo Watson.


Manuscript Group in Northampton this Fall

Manuscript group. Linda McCullough Moore will be starting her fourth manuscript group in Northampton this fall. She welcomes writers of poetry and prose and promises a supportive community in which to develop and see Works through to publication. Groups meet monthly.

For info email wazzup44@juno.com

Pioneer Valley Writers Workshop

September 4: Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop Radical Revision Poetry Workshop with Adam Grabowski, Williamsburg, 1-4 PM

September 22: Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop Narrative Recycling: Retelling Familiar Stories with Eleanor Lane, Williamsburg, 1-4 PM

September 23: Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop Monthly Nonfiction & History Writing Group with Ken Mondschein, Williamsburg, 1-3 PM

September 8: Writers in Progress, Wrangling and Writing a Nonfiction Book Proposal, with Kenneth R. Rosen, Florence, 9 AM

September 10: Dynamic Dialogue, with Emily Lackey, Mondays, 6-9 pm: 4-week Fall Session begins September 10  ($150) Register Now

September 15: Writers in Progress, Critical Craft Elements, with Seth Harwood, Florence, 9:30 AM

Sept 13: Dreaming on the Page, a writing workshop with Tzivia Gover, Thursdays, 6-9 pm; 6-week Fall workshop begins Sept 13 ($285)  Register Now

October 13: Writers in Progress, Plot Is Character, with Jacqueline Sheehan, Florence, 9 AM

Publishing Your Poems with Gail Thomas

Saturday, Sept. 29, 1-4 p.m. in Williamsburg
Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshops
Whether you want to submit individual poems to journals or publish a complete manuscript, this workshop will give you practical advice for presenting your best work. We’ll explore how to find journals and contests that best fit your writing style, and the importance of formatting, titles, and cover letters. Publication involves risk-taking, so we’ll also talk about dealing with rejection. Please bring five poems for the hands-on demonstration of how these might work as a manuscript.

Workshops with Tzivia Gover

Tzivia Gover, MFA,  Certified Dream Professional & Author of  The Mindful Way to a Good Night's Sleep

Dreaming on the Page Writing Workshop at Writers In Progress, use dreams to inspire your writing (all genres), 6 weeks beginning Thursday, Sept. 13, Northampton, Mass. Click here for details.

Professional Dreamer Course: Boost your business with dreams and dreamwork, 2-Part Mini-Course, 2 Tuesdays, Sept. 25 and Oct. 16, 12-3 p.m. US Eastern Time (GMT -4) Space is limited. Register with the Institute for Dream Studies now. Click here for details.

The Yoga of Dreams, November 16-20, at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas, Paradise Island. Click here for details.

Gateway City Arts to host Screening/ Monologue Workshop on topics of identity and gentrification

On October 11, 2018, Paloma Valenzuela comes to Gateway City Arts in Holyoke to conduct a monologue workshop accompanied by a screening of her work. Paloma has been writing since she was 15 and is currently living in Boston as a screenwriter and director. This workshop is open to all, a focus of this event is to promote representation in television and cinematic storytelling by empowering those in the POC communities to share their stories through dramatic writing; in this case, monologue writing. Paloma is a Boston-based writer and director. She is the Creative Director of La Gringa Loca Productions and the writer and creator of the Boston-based comedic web series "The Pineapple Diaries". This event begins at 7pm. Doors are at 6:30pm. Tickets are $15.   gatewaycityarts.com.


Furnished two-bedroom house in Ashfield, MA, available for your writing retreat!

Peaceful, secluded hilltop setting with mountain views, surrounded by forests, fields and walking trails. Three miles to breakfast at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield and ten-minute drive to the food co-op, shops and restaurants in Shelburne Falls. Available for mid-week, weekend, or week-long rentals.

Please contact Deborah Dill at deedah31@aol.com for more information.

Stump Sprouts this fall with Patricia Lee Lewis and Tzivia Gover for “Dreaming on the Page.

3-day Retreat, November 30 to December 2, 2018.

Join them in the Berkshires for a weekend of collaboration to further incorporate the role of the unconscious in your work. See how doing so can create a deeper well to draw from. Enjoy the crisp fall air, community with other writers and wonderful food. Single rooms available.

More information here: http://writingretreats.org/stump-sprouts/


looking for a peer-led writing/critique group

I am looking for a peer-led writing/critique group that will challenge me and keep me accountable. Only those serious about improving their writing should inquire. I write mainly YA magical realism and historical fiction. I don't care if you're like minded as long as you're civil and bring sincerity to the discussion.

We should keep to the guidelines offered but the Straw Dog Guild as well as some of the Writer's Loft suggestions for critique. 6-8 people max. Must be able to meet monthly and likely move to twice per month. If you cannot commit long term you will not be considered.

If interested please contact me directly:  jordanjhall@gmail.com

Collaborative Writing Project

Open doc. here, learn more and join our writing project 


Anthony Ivan Wilson:  I am the project lead.  I am an attorney in the Springfield, MA, where I  live with my wife and two children.  I currently serve as the City Clerk for the City of Springfield.  In my spare time, I like to write and experiment with other forms of expression.  Currently, my interest is in using Computer Programming as an expressive medium.

L'Kuicha Parks:  Is the founder and manager of Jelupa Productions.  JELUPA Productions, Inc. is a vehicle for cultivating and addressing the needs of minority artists in the greater Springfield area. We bring quality productions that showcase, relate and involve minority artists to the area.  Ms. Parks has produced dozens of plays in the Springfield Area as a means of supporting minority artists.

Darryl Moss: Is a poet, activist and community organizer in the Springfield Area.  Mr. Moss is the founder and organizer of the annual Indie Soul Music Festival in Springfield.  He also coordinates several open mic poetry events throughout the city.

Straw Dog Member News!

We are pleased to announce continued funding for another year

of Straw Dog Writers Guild Writing Residencies at Patchwork Farm Retreat. 

Applications will be accepted three times during the coming 2018 – 2019 year. Applications are now being accepted to fill five residencies for the Fall Quarter.  The deadline is Aug. 28, 2018. Future deadlines will be announced later in the year. 

Jane Yolen's newest poetry book Mixty-Maxie-Motley Squad: Poems About Dead Authors

Jane Yolen's newest poetry book Mixty-Maxie-Motley Squad: Poems About Dead Authors: think Dorothy Parker for the 21st century, and enjoy: the special edition can be bought only through August 15th:

Learn More Here

You are invited to 'Writers In Progress' Fall Open House & Reading!

 Fall Open House and Reading on September 29th from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m

Writers in Progress, 221 Pine Street, Studio #359
Florence, Massachusetts 01062


The 2019 Perugia Press Prize contest is open for submissions until November 15, 2018

The 2019 Perugia Press Prize contest is open for submissions until November 15, 2018. Perugia Press publishes one book a year, the winner of The Perugia Press Prize for a First or Second Book by a Woman, chosen during our annual national contest. Check out the full guidelines on the Perugia Press website. Contact: Rebecca Hart Olander, Editor/Director at editor@perugiapress.com.

Literary Journals & Presses

Send us your information, with links for submitting literary work!


Do You Want to Publish?

If you’re ready to push the envelope and write poems that publishers will take seriously I’m offering one-on-one tutorials. I’m a working poet with a wide publication. I offer rigorous and experienced feedback. The first session is free, and $60 per meeting after that. If you are far away and can only respond by email, my fee is $50 per meeting. Note, I also do full manuscript critiques. They will be priced differently, according to how long they are and how much work needs to be done on the poems.

Bio:  Doug Anderson’s first book of poems, The Moon Reflected Fire, won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award.  His second, Blues for Unemployed Secret Police, a grant from the Academy of American Poets. His third book, Horse Medicine, was published by Barrow Street in 2015. He has won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Massachusetts Cultural Council, Poets & Writers, and other funding organizations. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Field, The Massachusetts Review, the Southern Review, Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, and other journals, magazines and anthologies. He has written plays, fiction, and his memoir, Keep Your Head Down, was published by W. W. Norton in 2009. He has taught in the MFA programs at Bennington College and Pacific University of Oregon.


Manuscript Review by D M Gordon

Diana GordonWant your writing to be the best it can be? Aching to be published? Thinking of an MFA? Why not work with an individual editor first. I’m less expensive than a low-residency program, with more focused, extensive attention. I work with post-MFA grads towards publication, poetry, and prose, as well as writers first seeking to share their work. From query letters to self-publication, we can discuss your immediate goals and how to achieve them. A prize-winning poet and fiction writer, and an experienced, respectful editor in multiple genres, I’d love to talk with you.

Visit my website at www.dmgordoneditorial.com for more information, then write to me, Diana Gordon, at dmgordon@comcast.net.

SGCG Illustration

Tattoo design, book illustration, and art commissions by SGCG Illustration, based in Northampton, MA. Specializing in animal characters and horror. 10+ years experience in digital and traditional art! I’d love to draw you something.sgcgillustration.weebly.com

Consultation w/ Gail Thomas

Poet and teacher Gail Thomas is available for individual consultation on your poetry submissions, manuscripts and residency applications. With more than 40 years of publishing and teaching experience, Gail offers feedback that not only focuses on your writing goals, but also strengthens your craft.

Contact her at gailthomaspoet@gmail.com    Website: http://www.gailthomaspoet.com/

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