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Local authors who are members of the Straw Dog Writers Guild and friends will read from their books and manuscripts. There will be snacks and books available for signing. Snow day is January 27, 4-6 PM.

Readers include: Mary Warren Bartlett, Justine Dymond, Francesca Forrest, Marianne Gambaro, Ellen Evert Hopman, Melanie S. Lewis, and Katherine Holzman.


6:00 PM

Ms. McIntosh will discuss how living in western Massachusetts has influenced her writing. What Amazon Reviewers say about NIAGARA FONTAINE “suspenseful”          “fast-paced”      “with interesting characters that will keep you guessing until the end”  “this murder mystery works on several levels”.

Special Storytime with Lesléa Newman

March 2, 2019
Free with Museum Admission

Gittel and her mother were supposed to immigrate to America together, but when her mother is stopped by the health inspector, Gittel must make the journey alone. How will she find her family? Both a heart-wrenching and heartwarming story, Gittel’s Journey offers a fresh perspective on the immigration journey to Ellis Island. The book includes an author’s note explaining how Gittel’s story is based on the journey to America taken by Lesléa Newman’s grandmother and family friend.

Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop atshop@carlemuseum.org.


3-Week Revising & Polishing Your Poems

Sundays, February 24, March 3, & March 10 (1 - 3pm)
3-Week Revising & Polishing Your Poems
with Gail Thomas
If you aren't receiving regular feedback from a writing group or would value a different perspective, this workshop will provide tools for discovering what your poems need. We'll explore issues of craft, including line breaks, tense, voice, form, and imagery. Each session will focus on giving and receiving feedback on poems that you want to improve, in an atmosphere of respect. Between sessions, you will revise and polish.


Nerissa Nields writing it up in the garden

Pioneer Valley Writers Workshop


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 Writing Coach

I am looking for a writing coach to "with author" to help me write a "Personal Learning"book/handbook for educators in developing countries. i am based in Cambridge MA but can imagine someone with whom I could connect periodically on something like Zoom.   -  please contact Richard Rowe @ richard.rowe@ole.org

Straw Dog Member News!

New book published by member Chris O"Carroll

Straw Dog Member Chris O'Carroll new poetry book The Joke's on Me is now out!

White Violet Press (a division of Kelsay Books) has published The Joke’s on Me, a new collection of poems by Chris O’Carroll.  Melissa Balmain, editor of Light, describes O’Carroll as “one of the smartest, deftest poets around” and “a guy whose wit is a quantum leap ahead.”  This book features his award-winning comic verse alongside nature poems, love poems, and other more serious stuff.  Well, it was more serious before he started writing about it.

Chris will be the featured reader at Writers Night Out in Northampton on Feb 5.


Literary Journals & Presses

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


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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