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Every Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Route 202 Dunkin Donuts in Belchertown.
Meet other writers, talk about writing challenges, get advice for how to overcome them.

The format is: People introduce themselves, say what they're working on, and, if they're facing a challenge, explain the problem and get advice. Time available for each person will depend on the number of attendees.

I used to run a group like this for entrepreneurs in Shanghai, and this format worked well. I plan to hold these meetings weekly, to create an opportunity for folks to really get to know one another and develop relationships that could turn into beta reading partnerships, support teams, writing mastermind groups, editing and marketing help, and so on.

My background: I've been a professional writer and editor for 30 years. I've written for the Chicago Tribune, reported from war zones in Chechnya and Afghanistan, and ran a news bureau in China for five years. These days, I'm writing about artificial intelligence and cybersecurity and extended reality, and am in the process of moving into science fiction writing and publishing.


Reading September 15

Book Launch Party for A Book of Fields by Stephen Billias

Engaged Mindfulness Institute, 595B River Road, Deerfield, Massachusetts,

Saturday, October 19th from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Odeon Press is publishing a collection of fictional short stories by Stephen Billias: A Book of Fields: Tales from the Pioneer Valley, in mid-September. We’re having a book launch party at the Engaged Mindfulness Institute, 595B River Road, Deerfield, Massachusetts, on Saturday, October 19th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Music by The Green Sisters. A Book of Fields is about people in the Pioneer Valley. Twenty-five “field” towns, twenty-five stories to delight the imagination and soul of the reader.

Make it a literary double header.

Attend the book party in the afternoon and the Dead Writers Dance in the evening!


 Bela Breslau, Publicist: belabreslau@comcast.net

Lesléa’s Journey: The Story of a Jewish Children’s Book Writer

Lesléa Newman will talk about her journey to becoming a children’s book author, and present and discuss some of her Jewish children’s books including Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island Story. Lesléa will also show a short film entitled “We Are a Country of Immigrants” in which she interviews Phyllis Rubin, her godmother and daughter of the real Gittel. 

 Thursday, September 19, 2019, 2:00 - 4:00

Jewish Family Services Community Room, 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA

For more information, call Jewish Family Services:



Write with Patricia Lee Lewis at Stump Sprouts, October 3-6

This 4-day retreat will provide a safe place for new writing with attention to mind and body. Beginning and experienced writers find a supportive, encouraging context from which to write from their deepest selves. You’ll write in response to exercises Patricia offers and be invited to read your work aloud. In the circle, members affirm what they like and what stays with them thus encouraging what is strongest in the writing.  Teri Anderson will lead an affirming yoga practice every morning, creating in you a sense of physical well-being, while bringing you back to your body and your senses.


New Memoir Workshop Series Begins September 15

LENOX, MA—Veteran writing teacher Jennifer Browdy, PhD, launches a new series of monthly memoir workshops open to anyone interested in exploring their life stories through writing. The series, entitled “The Alchemy of Purposeful  Memoir,” will focus on a different theme each month, beginning with “Seeking Love” on September 15. Each session will take place from 2 – 4 pm at the Church on the Hill Annex, 55 Main Street, Lenox. The cost is $35.

 “Whether you are already embarked on a memoir project, or just want to spend some productive time writing about your life in good company, this transformative series of workshops will give you new insights and entry points into your life story,” Dr. Browdy says. “We start from our positive experiences, and also spend some time ‘transmuting’ the challenges we’ve experienced. That’s where the alchemy comes in!”

Dr. Browdy has been teaching writing and literature at the college level for more than 30 years, including 25 years at Bard College/Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington. She is the author of an award-winning guide to writing memoir, The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir, as well as her own memoir, What I Forgot…And Why I Remembered, one of six finalists for the International Book Award.

Her popular memoir workshops offer thought-provoking writing catalysts as well as carefully designed opportunities for optional sharing and peer feedback. The focus is on deep listening to self and others, honoring the commonalities and differences among those in the circle.

Participants are welcome to drop in to a single session or sign up for the whole season. Upcoming sessions include: 9/15, Seeking love; 10/27, Seeking Confidence; 11/17, Seeking Acceptance; and 12/8, Seeking Community. For more information and registration, visit JenniferBrowdy.com.

Nerissa Nields writing it up in the garden




  • Regular, 10-week Courses
  • Generative (first draft) writing
  • Manuscript group (by invitation only)
  • Spring 2019
  • Northampton, MA

Tuesday afternoons: 12:30-2:30pm starting April 2, 2019
Wednesday afternoons: 12:30-2:30pm starting April 3, 2019
Wednesday evenings: 7-9pm starting April 3, 2019
Thursday evenings: 7-9pm starting April 4, 2019

Thursday manuscript group (Weeding & Pruning): 3:30-5pm by application only. To apply, please send a letter and a 300 word sample of writing to Nerissa@nields.com.

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Pioneer Valley Writers Workshop


Are you looking for a summer writing retreat in a beautiful place?

New Dates for Spring & Summer Workshops and Weekend Retreats 

with Patricia Lee Lewis at Patchwork Farm Retreat

Sign up soon to save yourself a place!  Patricia has been leading writing retreats at Patchwork Farm Retreat for over 25 years. She celebrates our relationship to the earth as sacred, to writing as a way of finding what is deepest within us, and to teaching writing as a participatory, supportive endeavor. Jump start your writing and find support and engagement with your fellow writers.

MORE at http://writingretreats.org



Submissions are open until November 15 for the 2020 Perugia Press Prize

Submissions are open until November 15 for the 2020 Perugia Press Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry by a Woman.
Perugia Press is seeking full-length collections by women, or women-identifying writers.
The submission fee is $27.00, and full-guidelines can be viewed on our website:
Questions? Email Editor/Director Rebecca Olander at editor@perugiapress.com


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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