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 Luvvie Ajayi – Mount Holyoke College Black History Month Keynote Speaker, Mount Holyoke College

Event date:  
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 7:30 pm
Event address: 
Mount Holyoke College
Gamble Auditorium
South HadleyMA 01075

 Luvvie Ajayi – Mount Holyoke College Black History Month Keynote Speaker  

Luvvie Ajayi is an award-winning author, speaker and digital strategist who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology, and activism.

Lesléa Newman’s short story, “A Letter to Harvey Milk” adapted as Musical, off-Broadway debut!

Lesléa Newman’s short story, “A Letter to Harvey Milk” which was first published in 1988 has been adapted as a musical (with 18 original songs!) and is having its off-Broadway debut. The show opens March 6 and runs through May 13. The story/musical focuses on Harry Weinberg, a 77-year-old widower and Holocaust survivor who takes a creative writing class at his local senior center. When he writes a letter to Harvey Milk as an assignment, his teacher, a Jewish lesbian, opens up to him and both their lives are forever changed.
Information can be found here:

Readings & Book Launch Party - Robert Redick

Thursday, March 8th at 7:00 pm (Reading & book launch party)

Robert Redick, author of fantasy series, “The Chathrand Voyage Quartet” (The Red Wolf ConspiracyThe Ruling SeaThe River of Shadows, & The Night of the Swarm) will read from the first volume in a new series, “The Fire Sacrements Trilogy”—Master Assassins.   Of Redick’s first novel, Terry Brooks wrote “So trust me on this one; you won't be disappointed.”

8 Main Street  Amherst, MA 01002  

Book Launch: Meet Me at the Well with Jane Yolen and Barbara Diamond Goldin

Book Launch: Meet Me at the Well with Jane Yolen and Barbara Diamond Goldin

When: Wednesday, March 14, 5:00 pm
Where: Southampton Public Library, 30 East St, Southampton, MA 01073
Old Testament stories center around men. Leaders, prophets, kings, and priests are all male. But hidden in the background are strong-willed, daring females.

Jane Yolen and Barbara Diamond Goldin’s masterful retellings pair eloquent profiles with stunning art, answering one question: What makes these women heroes? From first woman, Eve, to Deborah the judge, to Queen Esther, savior of her people, females in the Hebrew Bible are resourceful and courageous.


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/

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,

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/

Writers in Progress Workshops


Overcoming the Mid-Manuscript Slump, with Randy Susan Meyers

Too often, we begin our book with burning excitement, race ahead on raw energy alone, only to hit a wall halfway through when we come up against a myriad of challenges. In this one-day workshop, we will identify common mid-manuscript sticking points and explore some literary, emotional and organizational strategies for pushing through to a satisfying first draft!  Examining structural and practical elements, participants will learn new tools to help them break through their mid-manuscript blues and keep writing all the way to the end! Saturday, March 17, 9:30 am -4:30 pm ($150)  Register 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 critically acclaimed, The Widow of Wall Street. Meyers lives in Boston and teaches writing at Grub Street and Writers in Progress.  Find out more…    

Dreaming on the Page, with Tzivia Gover

Dreams contain all the elements of a great story: metaphor, symbolism, humor, and catharsis. It should be no surprise then that writers from Samuel Coleridge to Stephen King have used dreams to craft their work. Dreams can offer writers themes, images, prompts, motifs or entire storylines. Likewise, crafting poems from dreams can help people find new levels of creativity, insight, and healing. In this weekly workshop, we will look to our own dream lives and explore the intersections between dreaming and writing. We will also consider how dreaming can serve the writer, and how writing can serve the dreamer.  Because the aim of this workshop is to encourage creative expression, self-awareness, and growth, this workshop is perfect for writers of all levels and of every genre. Thursdays, 6-9 pm; 6-week workshop begins March 29th ($285)  Register Now Tzivia Gover is the author of The Mindful Way to a Good Night’s Sleep and Joy in Every Moment. She is a writer, educator, and certified dream therapist and the director of the Institute of Dream Studies. Gover has led numerous workshops and panels about dreams, mindfulness, and writing, and she holds an MFA in writing from Columbia University. She is an active member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and the founder of 350 Dreamers, an international network of people who dream together for global healing.  Find out more…

Casting Characters for Memorable Fiction, with Cindy Littlefield

Protagonist, antagonist, mentor, minion, and foil—each and every character plays a necessary role in your stories!  In this one-day workshop, we will delve deep into the psyche of primary and secondary character types, mining for those buried secrets, dicey dynamics, and ulterior motives that make all good stories a must-read. Through a series of fun, imaginative exercises, characters will be put to the test, navigating unexpected challenges and making impossible choices. We’ll also explore the amazing things that can happen when a character goes off script, or when a brand new character makes an unexpected appearance. Workshop participants will leave with a fully fleshed cast ready to take stage plus plenty of inspiration for several brand new scenes!  Register Now  Saturday, April 21, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm ($150)  Cindy Littlefield’s fiction has appeared in Litro, Dogzplot, and the Rose & Thorn Journal, and she was a former finalist in the Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Southern New Hampshire University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University.  Find out more.


Nerissa Nields Writing It Up in the Garden Spring Equinox Retreat

Nerissa Nields Writing It Up in the Garden Spring Equinox Retreat
March 9-11, 2018 in Northampton MA. Retreat starts Friday at 5:30 with dinner served. Ends Sunday at 5. Lunches served Saturday and Sunday.
Cost is $300.
Further details are here.

WRITING RETREAT in Cumbrea, Scotland

Join us June 8-15, 2018
Patricia Lee Lewis, Jacqueline Sheehan, and Jane Mortifee will combine their energies for an unforgettable Creative Writing, Hatha Yoga and meditation retreat on the Isle of Cumbrae.
We will spend 8 days, 7 nights at The College of the Holy Spirit, set in 8 acres of woods and fields and five minutes from the broad seafront. Nearby Millport, with its beautiful curving bay and tiny harbor has from Victorian times been a favorite seaside resort, sheltered from sight of the mainland by its graceful hills and yet only a short ferry ride away. More here.

Writers and Artists Retreat in Ireland!

Join Us -

June 30-July 28, 2018
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!

Yenna Yi - Ring of Fire


Yenna Yi, a Straw Dog Writers Guild member has published her memoir, Ring of Fire.

Ring of Fire:  A story of time and Places about my growing up in the post-war (Korean War 1950-1953) poverty and leaving Korea at the age of 19, living in Hawaii on a home built catamaran sailing big waters of the globe as a family with two sons for 12 years.  It is also about joy of life and sorrow of loss of loved ones.

Her book is available here 

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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