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READINGS / EVENTS
7 Women Writers Read
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 6 South Street, Ashfield, MA
Free + open to the public
Women Writers is a writing group from The Heart of Story, a suite of workshops led by Jane Roy Brown.
The Gallery of Readers Series Presents Bonnie Atkins & Meryl Cohn
Book Launch & Reading with Marion VanArsdell
A TEA AND POETRY PARTY
Mary Clare Powell will read from her latest book of poems, Everyday Ecstasy, on Thursday, April 26, at 3 pm at the Charlemont Federated Church, right on the Mohawk Train in the middle of Charlemont, on the right coming from the east.
Tea will be served, along with cookies, and we will eat and drink as we listen to poems in the Social Hall.
Everyday Ecstasy is a collection of poems about aging, but it is not gloomy. Of course, aging brings with it loss, but these poems celebrate things like hanging out laundry on the line, swimming in the river, making up what Dear Abby would advise about growing old, conversing with my GPS on a long car trip, etc. The poems are whimsical, and have been described by a poet friend as “praise songs of the ordinary.”
My partner, Vi Walker, will be playing the musical saw before the reading, and to accompany several of the poems. There will be friends, tea and cookies, poems to hear and good cheer. All are welcome!
Spring Weekly Writing Workshops at Patchwork Farm with Patricia Lee Lewis.
Tuesdays or Thursdays beginning in May. Watch spring turn into summer from the vantage of our little mountain in Westhampton. Walk the trails, meet fellow writers and make progress on your writing project. Experienced and beginning writers alike meet weekly for meditation, guided writing sessions, and inspiring exercises. Individual consultations are included.
The weekly workshop is a wonderful way to take time out and allow the deeper levels of your own creative self to emerge onto the page. Besides all of this, we have fun. More information here: http://writingretreats.org/weekly/
Stories for Justice writing workshop
This workshop is offered by the Sojourner Truth School. Free, but registration is required here.
Upcoming Workshops at Writers in Progress
Casting Characters for Memorable Fiction, with Cindy Littlefield
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, April 28, 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 Peopleand many others. A freelance journalist, she’s also at work on a middle grade novel. She’s taught blogging workshops at WIP. She earned her MFA in fiction at Warren Wilson College.
Research and Backstory: Two Trouble Spots, with Jacqueline Sheehan:
Research and Backstory are essential ingredients in fiction–they bring authority, authenticity, and depth to a story. But making all those fascinating facts work for you and not against you is tricky. Research can lead down a rabbit hole of evermore-tantalizing tidbits of information, bogging down process and product. Backstory is research’s evil twin, occasionally turning into an information dump that can overshadow the plot. In this workshop, we discuss the best sources and practices for research, and how to distill just enough into our stories to lend authenticity without making them dull. A terrific workshop!
Saturday, May 5th, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm ($150) Register here
Jacqueline Sheehan, Ph.D. is the New York Times bestselling author of The Comet’s Tale, Lost & Found, Now & Then, Picture This, The Center of the World, and The Tiger in the House. She writes NPR commentaries, travel articles, and essays including the New York Times column, “Modern Love.” She edited the anthology, Women Writing in Prison. Jacqueline teaches workshops at Grub Street in Boston and around the world. Find out more…
How to Pitch (and Write!) That Freelance Article, with Kenneth R. Rosen
Getting published in a magazine takes perseverance, insight, advanced planning, and above all: patience. From Front-of-Book columns to Back-of-Book essays and all the long-form feature articles sandwiched between, this half-day workshop will cover how to pre-report a story, how to conceive and write a magazine pitch, and how to figure out whom to pitch. Writers need not bring anything other than a desire to learn and explore magazine publishing but feel free to bring 1-2 pre-written pitches if you have them for workshopping.
June 16th, 9 am -12 pm ($75) Register Now
Kenneth R. Rosen is a senior news assistant at The New York Times and an independent journalist covering conflict and vice around the world. He is a Livingston Award finalist in international reporting for his coverage of the Battle of Mosul in Iraq. A contributing writer at Pacific Standard magazine, he has written for Harper’s, WIRED, and The Atlantic, among other print and web publications.
WRITING RETREAT in Cumbrea, Scotland
Writers and Artists Retreat in Ireland!
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June 30-July 28, 2018
Straw Dog Member News!
Fate and Choices: No Regrets - New Memoir
New Straw Dog member - Reda Migeed has a new memoir "Fate and Choices: No Regrets, self-published at Amazon, and it is on sale now and Create Space too, as well as the front page of the Wilbraham-Hampden Times, March 15, 2018.
Reda will be at two Local Author Fairs on Saturday, April 14, 2018 :
10 a.m. to Noon @ Wilbraham Public Library, Wilbraham, MA
12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. @ Springfield Central Library
SUBMISSIONS & CONTESTS
Call for Readers
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
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.
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 email@example.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.
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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