Straw Dog Events

Writers Night Out…!



Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016

        7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

    at The Basement 

     (formerly Bishop’s Lounge)

21 Center Street, Northampton


Featured Reader:  Emily Arsenault



Emily Arsenault is the author of several literary suspense novels: The Evening Spider, What Strange Creatures, Miss Me When I’m Gone, In Search of the Rose Notes, and The Broken Teaglass. Her first young adult novel, The Leaf Reader, will be released in the summer of 2017. She lives in Shelburne Falls, MA, with her husband and daughter, and is currently at work at another novel.




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If you want to read, put your name in the hat up until 7:10.  

The reading starts at 7:15,  and each reader will have five minutes.

Further information: Jacqueline Sheehan (413) 582-0661

Admission is free; participants are encouraged to buy a drink in support of the venue.

Please join us!

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Sneak Preview… 

Writers Night Out – Nov. 1, 2016

Featured Reader:  Joshua Stewart


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(formerly known as Straw Dog Treats)

Wed., September 21, 2016 – 7:00 P.M.  

Forbes Library Coolidge Museum – Straw Dog Author Showcase 2016

2016 SD Showcase FlyerCo-sponsored by the Forbes Library, includes short readings from newly-published books by members of the Straw Dog Writers Guild, including Jeannine Atkins, Portia Cornell, Michael Goldman, Ellen Hopman, Jane Schneeloch, Molly Scott, Jacqueline Sheehan, Jim Spencer, and Gail Thomas.

Every year, Straw Dog Writers Guild offers members the opportunity to dazzle the public with short excerpts read from their recently published books.

This year, the Straw Dog Author Showcase will be co-sponsored by the Forbes Library and will be held in the gorgeous Coolidge Museum room.

Refreshments will be served, and participating authors will have the opportunity to sell their books and network with other writers. 

So, save the date – Wednesday, September 21st, 7 pm.  And if you are a SDWG member with a book published in 2015 or 2016 (fiction, poetry, nonfiction) and would like to participate, please contact:

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Upcoming events…


Saturday, October 15, 10:30 a.m., Lilly Library, Florence, MA – Novelist Judith Frank offers a Craft Workshop on Writing Dialogue.

Judith Frank photoHow do you write dialogue that sounds realistic, and what do we mean, and not mean, by “sounding realistic”? What kinds of utterances belong in dialogue and what kind belong in indirect speech? How can we make good use of dialogue tags (“he said”) to create pacing and rhythm? What are some of the factors that should guide our use of dialect? These are some of the questions we’ll ask in this workshop on dialogue. We will read examples of great dialogue and write our own mini-dialogues, both individually and collaboratively.

Judith Frank holds a BA from the Hebrew University, and an MFA and PhD from Cornell University. She is the author of Crybaby Butch (Firebrand Books), which was awarded a 2004 Lambda Literary Award, and All I Love and Know (William Morrow). In 2008 she received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She has been a resident at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and has published short fiction in The Massachusetts Review, other voices, and Best Lesbian Love Stories 2005. She teaches English and creative writing at Amherst College, and lives with her partner and two children in Amherst, MA.


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Saturday, November 12, 10:30 a.m. to noon,  Westhampton Library, Westhampton, MA – Panel of local presses (including Green Writers Press, Levellers Press, and Slate Roof ) will discuss book publication opportunities.


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What Do Publishers Really Want?

An inside look at three small local presses who discuss their identities, successes and what they desire.

Green Writers Press, Levellers Press, and Slate Roof Press will participate in the panel. This event will promote and differentiate local publishers, plus demystify the submission process for writers. Each panelist will describe their press and its preferences. Jointly, they will confer on the growth of small publishers and other topics. There will be time for questions from the audience.


Green Writers Press is a low-profit publisher based out of Brattleboro, Vermont, dedicated to telling stories that will make the world a better place.



Levellers Press was formed by the worker-owners of Collective Copies in 2009. Since then Levellers has brought out sixty titles with four more due out this fall. Imbedded in the rich political and cultural environment of Western Massachusetts where many worthy manuscripts go unpublished, Levellers Press hopes to provide a ready vehicle for authors in our area.



Slate Roof Press is a member-run press, which publishes art-quality poetry chapbooks by Massachusetts and regional poets.



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December 3, 10:30 a.m. – Michael White presents a seminar titled “From Idea to Book,” to help the writer of long prose works (novels and memoirs) develop a process for planning, researching, writing and revising.


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