Bulletin Board


Submit a free listing on our bulletin board for a reading, workshop, or service you're offering



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.


THE FINAL SAY - A play by Meryl Cohn

THE FINAL SAY, a new full-length play, will be fully produced by Strident Theatre at Smith College in Northampton MA from Friday JUNE 28th to Sunday July 14th. 

Tickets are available here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4255729  


Woven Word Young Writers:  Now Enrolling For Semester II Workshops

Woven Word Young Writers:  Now Enrolling For Semester II Workshops and Summers on the Houseboat.   Every person has stories and poems that belong to them alone.  Woven Word helps young writers unlock this core material.  Together we build a tight community of writers.  We step away from school assignments and create a powerful space for young writers to explore poetry and fiction on their own terms. Based in Hadley, Woven Word Young Writers offers a variety of workshops for upper elementary - high school writers, including after-school workshops, home school options, and sessions of Summers on the Houseboat.     Woven Word Young Writers director is Lynn Bowmaster.  Lynn has more than 20 years experience leading workshops for youth.  Before directing Woven Word Young Writers, Lynn was a community organizer, and staff of the Amherst Writers & Artists.


Contact Lynn at Lrbowmaster@gmail.com

or www.wovenwordyoungwriters.weebly.com for more information.

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.

Please visit here for up to date listings

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

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.


Looking For Poetry Editor

I am looking for someone to edit my chapbook for a nominal fee. Its' title is On The Edge Of Grace. There are twenty poems in it. I have been over it too many times and would like a pair of fresh eyes to see it. Any and all suggestions would be appreciated; including punctuation, line breaks, the order the poems should appear in, ideas on how the poems could be improved. Thank you.

Don Fisher
Chicopee, MA

Looking for an Editor

For my book, Slaying the Dragon: Overcoming Life's Challenges and
Achieving Your Goals. This is an educational/self-help hybrid book for
the general public, featuring the research-supported cutting edge in
healing from psychological trauma. Please contact Ricky Greenwald:


From Seed To Fruition

2019 Western Massachusetts Visual Arts Biennial

OPEN CALL: May 15th - Aug 1st, 2019, 11:59 pm

Visit http://www.northamptonartscouncil.org/p/biennial.html for a clickable link to artcall.org 

or submit directly to https://wmassbiennial.artcall.org/


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/

Click here to Submit to the Bulletin Board

Events, Readings, Workshops, "Looking for..." or Services can be posted The Straw Dog Bulletin Board

(We ask that events be in or within driving distance of the Western MA area.)

  • Text of up to 100 words
  • optional photo or logo
  •  Link to website or email where further information is available.
  • Please send at least six weeks before the event to be placed in our newsletter.

We offer this as a free service for the community 

  • Straw Dog members get unlimited entries, and services posted can stay as space permits.
  • Non-member postings receive 1 free newsletter posting and 6 weeks posted on the bulletin board.