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April 2018

EASTHAMPTON BOOKFEST – Compass Roads Reading

April 14, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
White Square Books, 86 Cottage St
Easthampton, MA 01027 United States
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POETS READING: Gail Cleare Deborah Dill Tzivia Gover Ray Homstead Phyllis Katz Eileen Kennedy Jan Maher Ellen Meeropol Rebecca Hart Olander Christine Ann Pratt Diane Rachele Laura Rodley Cynthia Suopis Hilde Weisert Jane Yolen Straw Dog Writers Guild presents our first Poetry Anthology – Compass Roads, Poems about the Pioneer Valley. w/ Editor Jane Yolen. http://www.strawdogwriters.org/poetry EASTHAMPTON…

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Paths to Publishing – A Roundtable Discussion

April 21, 2018 @ 6:30 am - 8:00 am
Lilly Library, 19 Meadow Street
Florence, MA United States
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This roundtable about the pros and cons of different paths to publication can help you figure out where (and where not) to place your writing. Five Straw Dog authors will briefly describe their experiences working with diverse kinds of presses - corporate, indie, hybrid, self-publishing, as well as working with an agent. Then everyone is…

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May 2018

Writers Read @ The Inn at Norton Hill – Featured Reader – Lesléa Newman

May 6, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Writers Read @ the Inn at Norton Hill Sunday, May 6, 3:00–5:00 p.m. Main St. (Rt. 116) & Norton Hill Rd., Ashfield, MA (co-sponsored by Straw Dog Writers Guild and Nan Parati (owner, Elmer’s Store and the Inn at Norton Hill) Featured Reader - Lesléa Newman is the author of 70 books for readers of…

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June 2018

Voices for Resistance – A Celebration!

June 4, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Forbes Library, Coolidge Museum, 20 West Street
Northampton, 01060
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VOICES FOR RESISTANCE - A CELEBRATION! with special guests Martín Espada, The Nields, and Nicole M. Young! Short readings by Maria Jose Gimenez, Lauren Marie Schmidt, Eileen Kennedy, Ellen LaFleche, Dina Friedman, Christopher J. Sparks & Theresa Vincent OPEN MIC   - slots available on June 4. If you’d like to read (max. 4 minutes) please arrive BY 6:45…

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October 2018

Literary Rendezvous – Open Mic/ Featured Readers: Stewart & Stewart

October 28, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Literary Rendezvous @ The Voo! Turners Falls, MA. Straw Dog Writers Guild offers this new Poetry Open Mic & Featured Poet event. Open to all poets and poetry lovers!  Sign up for open mic by 3:15 pm.  Last Sunday of the month 3-5pm.   Featured Readers - Pamela Stewart & Joshua Michael Stewart Joshua Michael…

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November 2018

Literary Rendezvous – Featured Poet: Beth Filson

November 25, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Rendezvous, 78 3rd Street
Turners Falls, MA 01376
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Literary Rendezvous @ The Voo!  3rd St, Turners Falls, MA 01376 Straw Dog Writers Guild offers this new Poetry Open Mic & Featured Poet event. Open to all poets and poetry lovers!  Last Sunday of the month 3-5pm. Sign up by 3:15pm for Open Mic.  Featured Poet: Beth Filson is a writer, educator, and a self-taught artist. She…

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January 2019

Labyrinth Through Fear: A Gift Event 

January 13, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Title of Presentation: Labyrinth Through Fear: A Gift Event ©  Location: NCA Date/Time: Sunday, Jan.13, 1-3pm This workshop offers participants the opportunity to explore fear as information. Quest-ions (energy for the journey) include "What am I afraid of?" "What do I want?" and "What can I do to move through fear to the next level of courage?"…

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March 2019

Writers Read/Hilltowns – Featured Reader S. Forrest Nomakeo

March 3, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Belding Memorial Library, 344 Main Street
Ashfield, MA
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Here’s how it works: The featured writer reads recent work and describes the journey to publication, followed by Q & A. Then the floor opens to other writers, who can read for five minutes each; we also draw two names for 10-minute readings. If you want to read, put your name in the hat before 2:15. Shirley Forrest…

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April 2019

There is a Brightness – Group Poetry Reading by SDWG Poetry Critique Meetup

April 13, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
White Square Books, 86 Cottage St
Easthampton, MA 01027 United States
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Literary Rendezvous – Featured Readers Trish Crapo & Janet MacFadyen

April 28, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Rendezvous, 78 3rd Street
Turners Falls, MA 01376
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Literary Rendezvous @ The Voo!  3rd St, Turners Falls, MA 01376 Straw Dog Writers Guild offers this new Poetry Open Mic & Featured Poet event. Open to all poets and poetry lovers!  Last Sunday of the month 2:30- 4:30 pm Sign up for Open Mic by 2:45 pm Trish Crapo grew up in Miami, Florida and now…

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May 2019

Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Charlie Bondhus

May 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Basement

OPEN MIC & FEATURED READER Every month we host a  different guest Author to be our evenings Featured Reader. The Featured Reader reads from their writing and shares their experience as a Writer. THE BASEMENT - 21 Center Street, Northampton, MA  If you’d like a chance to read, place your name in the hat up until…

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“To Refract Our Complex Identities: Write an American Ghazal”

May 11, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Lilly Library, 19 Meadow Street
Florence, MA United States
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  Photo by Joyce Skowyra María Luisa Arroyo - Born in Manatí, PR & raised in Springfield, MA, María Luisa Arroyo was educated at Colby (BA), Tufts (MA) & Harvard (ABD) in German, her third language. She earned her MFA from the Solstice MFA program at Pine Manor College. In recognition of her numerous poetry…

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Literary Rendezvous – Featured Reader Tommy Twilite

May 26, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Rendezvous, 78 3rd Street
Turners Falls, MA 01376
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Literary Rendezvous @ The Voo!  3rd St, Turners Falls, MA 01376 Straw Dog Writers Guild offers this new Poetry Open Mic & Featured Poet event. Open to all poets and poetry lovers!  Last Sunday of the month 2:30- 4:30 pm Sign up for Open Mic by 2:45 pm Featured Reader - Tommy Twilite (aka Tom Clark)  is…

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June 2019

Voices for Resistance – a Celebration

June 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Forbes Library, Coolidge Museum, 20 West Street
Northampton, 01060
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Confirmed readers include: Andrea Hairston, Chivas Sandage, Christopher J. Sparks, Doug Anderson, Ilina Singh, India Smith, John Sheirer, Kent Alexander, Lanette Sweeney, Maria Luisa Arroyo,  Marya Zilberberg, Mary Warren Foulk, Nicole M. Young,  Patrick Donnelly, & Theresa Vincent

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Roundtable Discussion – Summer Goals

June 15, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lilly Library, 19 Meadow Street
Florence, MA United States
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Come join a roundtable to discuss your hopes and challenges in writing during the busy summer months. We will converse and share fellow writers’ ways and working routines as well as share ideas on maneuvering through difficult schedules. At the end of the discussion, participants will be asked to set a writing goal for the…

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September 2019

Good Storytelling in Nonfiction With Suzanne Strempek Shea

September 14, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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At the Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St. Northampton, MA FREE TO ATTEND - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC It goes without saying (at least for this writer) that nonfiction - about yourself, someone else, something else - needs to be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. But don’t forget…

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October 2019

Dead Writers Dance – Literary Halloween

October 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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DEAD WRITERS DANCE - Literary Halloween! LOTS OF FUN TO BE HAD!  

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November 2019

Annual Meeting 2019

November 2, 2019 @ 10:15 am - 11:30 am
Lilly Library, 19 Meadow Street
Florence, MA United States
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Come join us for our annual meeting. This is a time to have the community come together and discuss ways in which Straw Dog can further support the writing community in Western MA.  

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January 2020

6th Annual Author Showcase

January 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Forbes Library, Coolidge Museum, 20 West Street
Northampton, 01060
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6th Annual Straw Dog Writers Guild Author Showcase Straw Dog Writers Guild is planning their Sixth Annual Author Showcase for new authors. The showcase features Straw Dog members with a new book published in the last two years.

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February 2020

Roundtable Discussion – The Novel: the Long Haul

February 8 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lily Library Florence, MA United States + Google Map

Roundtable Discussion - The Novel: the Long Haul The novel is a unique project that can take years from that first seed of inspiration to getting it out into the world. Come join other writers, as well as published authors, at our round table discussion to find out the different approaches, skills, and supports that…

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