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“From Idea to Book”

A Seminar with Michael White

Saturday, December 3, 10:30 a.m. – noon **

Click Workspace, 9 1/2 Market Street, Northampton, MA

white_michaelMichael White presents a seminar to help the writer of long prose works (novels and memoirs) develop a process for planning, researching, writing and revising. He will use examples from his recent prize-winning novel, Resting Places, including the genesis of the novel, the research that went into it, including “field” research, as well as the writing and revision process.

Michael White’s latest novel Resting Places (March 2016) won the Tuscany Prize for Best Novel. His six other novels include Soul Catcher, which was a Booksense and Historical Novels Review selection, as well as a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award; A Brother’s Blood, which was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers nominee; The Blind Side of the Heart, an Alternate Book-of-the-Month Club selection; A Dream of Wolves, which received starred reviews from Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly; The Garden of Martyrs, also a Connecticut Book Award finalist and made into an opera of the same name; and Beautiful Assassin, which won the Connecticut Book Award. A collection of his short stories, Marked Men, was published by the University of Missouri Press. He has also published over 45 short stories in national magazines and journals, and has won the Advocate Newspapers Fiction Award and been nominated for both a National Magazine Award and a Pushcart. He was the founding editor of the yearly fiction anthology American Fiction as well as Dogwood. He was the founder and former director of Fairfield University’s low-residency MFA Creative Writing Program. He lives on an old horse-farm in Madison, CT with his wife Reni and his two Labs Henry and Falstaff, and writes in a cabin in the woods.

** Bring a brown bag lunch if you’d like to hang out afterward and carry on the conversation generated by the program.


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Writers Night Out…!


Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

  at The Basement, 21 Center St., Northampton



Featured Reader:  Michael Goldman

While working on a pig farm in Denmark over 30 years ago, Michael Goldman taught himself Danish to win the heart of a beautiful Danish girl.  After many years of enjoying Danish literature, he left a successful career as a remodeling carpenter in 2012 to translate full-time.  Since then he has had published over 85 pieces of translated poetry and prose in dozens of national and international literary and translation journals.  He has also taught translation workshops at UMASS, the Univ. of Wisconsin, and for local schools and literary events. 



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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:  Beth Filson (404) 509-7911,

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

Please join us!

Sneak Preview… 

Writers Night Out! – Jan. 3, 2017

Featured Reader:  Jeannine Atkins

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Getting it Right: Resources for Authentic Detail

January 14, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.**
Click Workspace, 9-1/2 Market Street

Anchoring your story with accurate details draws the reader in, and inaccuracies are distracting and cause the reader to lose confidence in the writer’s authority. Learn where you can find answers to questions such as:

  • Would this flower be found in a swamp?
  • What was the weather like in Denver on November 9, 1972?
  • Who lived at 32 Beacon Street in Boston in 1911?
  • What happens to a body buried in a septic tank?
  • How do you pronounce the Latin name of a particular plant?

Two experienced librarians, Nora Blake and Maxine Schmidt, will demonstrate some free resources that will help you give the ring of truth to your writing. Bring your questions, or, better, if you already have questions, please e-mail them to Maxine by January 10th at

noraOver the past 20 years Nora has worked in a variety of library settings. Most of her work has been to train and support staff at small libraries throughout Massachusetts. For the last year Nora has been the Director of the Emily Williston Memorial Library and Museum, Easthampton’s public library. Nora is an avid rower, competing at regattas all around New England, and she lives quietly in the town of Chesterfield with her partner Dan and her two cats.



maxineMaxine has worked in libraries off and on since high school, with time off for graduate studies and a career in geology and public health. She is the head of the Science and Engineering Library at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Before she became a librarian, she studied 18th and 19th century English literature and geology. She lives in Northampton with her partner Becky and their junkyard cat.


** Bring a brown bag lunch so you can hang out afterward and carry on the conversation generated by the program.

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