Straw Dog Events

Writers Night Out…!



Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016

        7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

    at The Basement 

     (formerly Bishop’s Lounge)

21 Center Street, Northampton


Featured Reader:  Cammie McGovern


Cammie McGovern is the author of the much-acclaimed YA novel, Say What You Will, published in 2014. Her next YA novel, A Step Toward Falling, featured characters with disabilities and was published in 2015. Her book for middle-grade readers, Just My Luck, was published in 2016. Cammie also wrote three adult novels, The Art of Seeing, Eye Contact, and Neighborhood Watch. She of one of the proud founders of Whole Children/Milestones, a resource center for children and young adults with disabilities and their families. She lives in Amherst with her husband and three sons, the oldest of whom has autism.



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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 – Oct. 4, 2016

Featured Reader:  Emily Arsenault


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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.


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


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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