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Midwinter Fire: Poems of Midlife

"Midwinter Fire: Poems of Midlife", a reading and discussion by Gail Thomas, Leslea Newman, and Joy Ladin as part of the library's reading series.

Where the Real and the Surreal Meet

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
7:00pm - 8:45pm
Coolidge Museum


WRITING IT UP IN THE GARDEN: Writing Workshops with Nerissa Nields in Northampton

Nerissa Nields has been running Writing Workshops and Retreats out of her home in Northampton since 2003. Running on 10-week cycles, a new session begins the week of Jan 8.
She has a spot in each of her writing workshops: 

Tuesday Workshop meets 12:30-2:30pm
Wednesday Workshop meets 12:30-2:30pm 
Wed. evening workshop meets 7-9pm
Cost: $350
She also has 3 spots left in MLK writing retreat, Friday 1.12-Sunday 1.14.  Cost: $350
For more information, email her at Nerissand@gmail.com.

The Art and Business of Audiobooks with Steven Jay Cohen

When: Saturday, January 13, (1-3pm)
Where: Commons Coworking in Williamsburg MA
Cost: $20
Audiobook sales are booming, growing over 20% since 2016 (according to the Audio Publishers Association). Wondering how you can grow your audience, reaching listeners as well as readers? Steven Jay Cohen, Audiobook Producer at Spoken Realms, will walk you through the process from working with audio rights, to production, to publication, to distribution, to marketing, explaining all of the options now available. Open to writers and authors of all levels, traditionally published and independent authors with existing or soon-to-be-published books. 


The Anatomy of a Giggle: Humor and Writing Funny, with Molly BurnhamUnknown

Most people believe that we are either funny or not funny, by design. I believe that like any other aspect of craft, humor can be learned, and it just takes awareness and practice. In this hands-on, half-day workshop, we will set aside our judgments and explore our funny bones. We’ll discuss various types of humor, learn key points to writing funny, and engage in exercises that encourage the playful, humorous side of our brains. Bring an open mind, a pad of paper, and your joyful self, and leave with a fresh approach to humor!

Saturday, January 20th  9:00 am – 12:30 pm ($75) Register Now

Molly B. Burnham, author of the Teddy Mars Series and 2016 recipient of the Sid Fleishman Humor Award, holds a Masters in Elementary Ed. and an MFA in Writing for Children. Find out more about her at www.mollybburnham.com

January Re-Boot Camp, with Diana Gordon:


Are you sick of not sticking to your writing resolutions? Does email eat up your writing time? Have you not yet finished that novel (memoir, essay, book of poems,) because you lack a plan or can’t stick to the one you have?  Diana Gordon’s six-week January Re-Boot Camp is designed to help writers re-order their lives to prioritize creative work, so that writing becomes something we do every day, not just during workshops!  Using Kelly McGonigal’s Neuroscience of Change strategies, we’ll create a plan for building and protecting our writing practice, establish new habits, and examine ways we self-sabotage… Each week, we’ll meet to address individual goals, learn new approaches and share achievements. Participants will emerge from this workshop with an improved daily practice and a plan for continued success!

6 Tuesdays, 6-9, Starting January 23 ($285)  Register Now

Diana Gordon is the author of Fourth World  (Adastra Press, 2010,) and Nightly, at the Institute of the Possible (Hedgerow Books, 2011,) a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award and International Book Award. Gordon’s poems and short stories have been published widely in journals such as The Massachusetts Review, The Northwest Review, and Poetry Daily.  She works as a professional editor.  Find out more…

Writing the Personal Essay, with Sarah Buttenwieser:

We all have powerful stories, and the personal essay is a great way to tell them. But what makes a personal essay work? It turns out there are a few guidelines that can really help you master the form. This daylong workshop is for anyone who wants to write personal essays and is looking for concrete tips on how to do it well. We’ll go over some key elements of successful personal narratives. We’ll read a few essays, brainstorm topics, give and receive feedback on our essay ideas—and then, with some scaffolding in place, we’ll write. You will leave this workshop with a rough draft of your own personal essay. If that sounds impossible, trust me—I know you can do it!

Saturday, Jan 27, 9:30 am– 4:30 pm ($150) Register Now

Sarah Buttenwieser’s essays appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Paste Magazine, Full Grown People and many others. A freelance journalist, she’s also at work on a middle grade novel. She’s taught blogging workshops at WIP. She got her MFA in fiction at Warren Wilson College.

Green Fire Writers' Workshops

Announces Winter/Spring 2018 Class Schedule

Great Barrington—Green Fire Writers’ Workshops, founded by local authors Jennifer Browdy and Jana Laiz, offer a rich array of workshops for writers of every level, beginning January 13 with “Kickstart Your Writing Project,” led by Jana Laiz.

All workshops will be held at the South Berkshire Friends Meeting House, 280 State Road in Great Barrington, for three-hour sessions on weekend afternoons or Thursday mornings. The full schedule is available at Greenfirewriters.com.


Green Fire Writers'- Women's memoir workshop

Women’s memoir workshop intensive led by Jennifer Browdy, limited to 6 memoirists with active projects. A memoir intensive circle led by Jennifer is now forming in Great Barrington, on four Sundays: February, 11, March 4, April 8, May 6, 2018, 1 – 4 p.m. Only four spaces left! Register here. 

February Poetry Workshops with Chris Gonzalez

                  Learn more here: www.nohoarts.org/writers-workshops/


WRITING RETREAT in Yalapa, Mexico

Join Patricia Lee Lewis at the newly refurbished Los Naranjos Retreat Center, January 20-27, for 8 days of Creative Writing, Hatha yoga, meditation, and vegetarian cooking. In Yelapa, Mexico, you arrive by boat to a peaceful old-world village with no cars and find a wide beach, bird-filled jungle mountains, and a sky painted with stars.  

Writers and Artists Retreat in Ireland!

June 30-July 28
County Galway/Kinvara

Share a beautiful 5 bedroom home in the west of Ireland. Double and single rooms available. One week minimum. Shared kitchen, walking distance to town, 30 minutes from Shannon Airport. Master class in Hybrid Writing will be offered. July 16-29 is the Galway Arts Festival, an extravaganza of art, music, writing, and theater. Galway City is 30 minutes away. $400 for a double room per week (double bed) and $350 for a single room (twin bed) for a week. Literary gathering once a week—otherwise you are free to write or do your art. There are ferries to the Aran Islands from Galway and the Burren, Flaggy Shore, and the Cliffs of Moher are nearby. The small harbor town of Kinvara has traditional music and good restaurants. Shopping is about 15 minutes away though there are grocery shops in town and a wonderful Farmer’s Market once a week.
For information, contact Lisa C. Taylor lisactaylor22@gmail.com  

Member News!

Gail Thomas

Gail Thomas

Gail Thomas's poem "Wisteria", chosen by Kaveh Akbar, won first place and $1,000 in the Naugatuck River Review's 9th Annual Narrative Poetry Contest. Her poem, along with those of the finalists and semi-finalists, will be published in the February issue.


Ellen Evert Hopman

My newest herbal book is out (pub date was October 25, 2017) "Tree Medicine Tree Magic contains a wealth of information on some of the most common trees in the North America, Europe and beyond. Each chapter is packed with botanical, historical, herbal, practical, spiritual, mythological, folk magic and even culinary information. A must-have guidebook for working with trees on a spiritual and/or herbal level."


Looking For

Honest reviews needed~

Honest reviews needed for increased book visibility - On Amazon, Goodreads, Twitter, and/or other sites. My novel Earth As It Is available in exchange for your honest review. Please respond with your preference of print or ebook, and if print, your mailing address. (10 total) Thanks in advance.


Contact Jan Maher - jcmaher@aol.com



Green Fire Writers

Do you care passionately about our world? 

Do you want to use writing or other forms of creative expression to make a difference?

If so, you should contribute to Fired Up!

Editors Jana Laiz and Jennifer Browdy seek writing in any genre, along with photography, short videos or podcasts that express positive, forward-thinking perspectives on where we are now as individuals and as a society and envision the better world we hope to create.

We accept submissions on a rolling basis and will publish a new online edition once a month. 
Check out our submission guidelines here: http://www.greenfirewriters.com/firedup/submit/


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/

Manuscript Review by D M Gordon

Want 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. I look forward to hearing from you.

Body-Mind Centering work with Beth Goren

Gentle and effective hands-on sessions in the Body-Mind Centering work. Beth is a certified and registered teacher-practitioner with 40+ years of practice. She offers sliding scale rates for elders via her Hands-on Elders non-profit. Approach bones, muscles, nerves, glands, fluids, organs, voice/reading with integrity. Single session or series.

Learn more: www.bethgoren.com

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