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Red Hen Press at AWP

Are you attending AWP?
If so, please join Straw Dog Steering Committee member Elli Meeropol as these novelists discuss families separated by war and politics, in fiction. Details here.


Join The Common's Weekly Writes Program: 

10 weeks of writing inspiration & editor advice for $15
Volume 4 of The Common's popular Weekly Writes program is back to help you jump-start your New Year's resolutions! Participants receive three writing prompts (choose either poetry or prose) every week for 10 weeks, along with advice and strategies from TC editors and contributors. At the end of the program, you'll receive one free, expedited submission to the magazine. Over 650 writers have completed the program so far – boosting their productivity, getting outside their comfort zones, and committing to a regular writing practice.
"What I love about this program is that, at a very reasonable price, there's a regular, thoughtful, encouraging-without-being-overwhelming connection to writing. The prompts that asked questions, and asked me to brainstorm or research, really helped me get unstuck and start thinking about new possibilities in ways I had not expected." Sign up here by January 26th; the program kicks off on January 27th. You can read more about the program here.

The Writer's Spark Workshops


Kirsten Rybczynski.

The Writer's Spark is a Northampton-based, independent writing workshop for everyone--those of us who identify as writers and those of us who don't. In these workshops, we concentrate on re-connecting to that place in our past where we just made things, without asking the question: "Is this any good?" Freeing yourself from that critical voice allows your stories to reveal themselves to you in unexpected ways. Inspired by the work and teaching of cartoonist/writer, Lynda Barry, participants in these workshops write, draw, color, and more. Anything Can Happen!! 

Nerissa Nields writing it up in the garden


Writing It Up in the Garden:
March 20-22, 2020 Weekend Retreat, Spring Equinox
June 26-28, 2020 Adirondack Retreat, Keene NY
July 13-17, 2020 Summer Writing Camp

Please visit here for up to date listings

Pioneer Valley Writers Workshop


Ekphrastic Poetry Retreat - August 12­–18, 2020, with Jan Freeman.

MASS MoCA Ekphrastic Poetry Retreat, North Adams, Massachusetts

  • August 12­–18, 2020, with Jan Freeman.

Explore the ways that visual art can open your poems and perception, and help you access emotion, memories, and experience. At the height of summer in the Berkshires, the sensual feast of paintings, sculptures, and installations at MASS MoCA and The Clark will help poets of all levels generate new work. Daily discussions, workshops, prompts, readings, and writing time in the galleries and private studios at the museum. 60-minute manuscript consultation included. Accommodations in the MASS MoCA apartments.

Contact janfreemanpoetry@gmail.com.


Reserve your space by January 30, 2020.




Consultation w/ Gail Thomas


I am available for individual consultation on your poetry submissions, manuscripts and residency applications. With more than 40 years of publishing and teaching experience, I offer feedback that not only focuses on your writing goals, but also strengthens your craft. If you are assembling a chapbook or full-length manuscript, I will work with you to organize and present your best work for publication.

Manuscript Consultations and Editing Services with Jan Freeman


With 40 years of editorial experience, I am available to review works of prose and poetry, including full-length manuscripts, chapbooks, and selected collections. Through multiple readings, I evaluate literal and emotional narratives and a manuscript's organization, texture, shape, tension, and emotional flow. I am author of 3 books of poetry and co-editor of Sisters: An Anthology; from 1995–2018, I directed Paris Press (now an imprint of Wesleyan University Press), which published critically acclaimed books by Emily Dickinson, NBCC award winning Ruth Stone, Virginia Woolf, and many others.


Jan Freeman, janfreemanpoetry@gmail.com


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