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Readings by Students from The Literacy Project

Readings by Students from The Literacy Project - Amherst

December 7  at 7-8 P.M.

Jones Library

45 Amity Street, Amherst



The Gallery of Readers Series Presents Barbara Lucey & John M. Corbett

John M. Corbett reads from Bird Life

December 10, 2017at4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Bird Life book launch celebration, with writer Barbara Lucey

free and open to the public

 Seelye Hall 106

Smith College

Northampton, MA



The Art and Business of Audiobooks with Steven Jay Cohen

When: Saturday, December 9 (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. 
RSVP (by December 2nd) at www.pioneervalleywriters.com


The Second (third, fourth . . .) Draft:  Practical Strategies for Revising Your Novel, with Randy Susan Meyers

The first (or second, or third…) draft is finally done! Manuscript pages, boxes of critique and a thousand to-do’s cover your desktop. How do you start? Where is that great scene? Does your dialogue work?  Should you switch back to third person? And how do you organize everything?

Revision can be overwhelming.  This workshop offers structural techniques to make the task approachable.  We will cover three areas of revision: organizational tools; strategies for reading and editing your own work; and managing manuscripts with online and digital tools.  We will also discuss ways to evaluate and incorporate critique into your revision. You will leave with new and sharpened tools for bringing that messy draft to the next level!

Saturday, December 2nd, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm ($150)  Register Now

Randy Susan Meyers is the author of four novels: The Murderer’s Daughters (a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award), The Comfort of Lies, Accidents of Marriage,  and recently, The Widow of Wall Street.  Meyers teaches writing at Grub Street Writers Center.  Find out more…

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

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


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  


Announcement - 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."




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/


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.

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