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Everyday Ecstasy Readings by Mary Clare Powell

If you haven’t heard me (Mary Clare Powell and Violet play the saw), We hope you will choose one of these venues.  I’m having a great time sharing these new poems about aging.  Thanks for your support

Friday, September 7, 2pm. Amherst Senior Center.  70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst, MA

Tuesday, September 18, 3pm, Northampton Senior Center,  67 Conz St., Northampton, MA




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

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.


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

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


Fifth Annual Robert P. Collén poetry competition!

The Wheeler Memorial Library is proud to announce the Fifth Annual Robert P. Collén poetry competition! Starting in August, contestants may submit up to three poems about this years theme 'A River Runs Through It'. The submission deadline is Saturday, October 13th and any mailed submissions must be postmarked on or before the deadline date. See the attached flyer for more details about the competition, poetry submissions, and prizes!

Literary Journals & Presses

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


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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