Straw Dog Events




Writers Night Out…!



Tuesday, July 5, 2016

        7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

    at The Basement 

     (formerly Bishop’s Lounge)

21 Center Street, Northampton



Featured Reader:  Ellen Wittlinger



Wittlinger_E (5)Ellen Wittlinger has an M.F.A. in poetry from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Following her graduate studies, she had back-to-back fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. Ellen has published a book of poetry, Breakers, as well as a number of plays which received staged readings in Boston and New York.

After a stint as a children’s librarian, she began to write novels for young adults. The novel Hard Love won a Printz Honor Award from the American Library Association and also a Lambda Literary Award. She has published fifteen novels and has two more under contract. Her newest book, Local Girl Swept Away, will be published in June 2016.  More…





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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

Anna Bozen Bowan at WNOAnna Bozen Bowen at the Basement

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 – August 2, 2016

Featured Reader:  Daniel Brown


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(formerly known as Straw Dog Treats)

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

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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Straw Dog Craft Presentations and Salons are Now Free!

Donations Warmly Accepted

You grumbled and we listened.  Back in the fall of 2013, Straw Dog decided to charge a small fee for our craft presentations – $5 for members and $15 for non-members for a ninety minute presentation on some aspect of writing craft. Why did we do this? Because we are committed to paying writers for their work, and lots of work goes into preparing and delivering a presentation. Attendance fees helped to pay the writer for their time and expertise, and sometimes for the rental as well.
But we heard a seismic grumble about this so we are returning to our original approach, which is “Donations warmly accepted.” So like Public Radio and Public TV, we will gladly accept donations and we understand when circumstances prevent people from giving.


Your generosity at the programs, and your membership, will now be even more critical if Straw Dog Writers Guild is to continue current programming, and expand our offerings. We exist solely through volunteer help, membership fees, and your support.


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