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February 2018

“What’s so important about setting?” Writers Workshop

February 10, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Lilly Library, 19 Meadow Street
Florence, MA United States
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What’s so important about setting? Are you curious about world building? Do your characters inhabit living rooms in the future, or trek miles at the turn of the century? Setting connects readers to a narrative and is part of the allure that transports them from one place to another, but setting is so much more…

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March 2018

What Can Social Media Do For You As a Writer?

March 3, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Come listen to presenter Marya Zilberberg discuss how to break down the barriers and put Twitter, blogs and other online formats to work. Social media seem to be a necessity for marketing anything in the 21st century. But are they? What are the best approaches for a writer? We will discuss some of the successful…

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Finding the Voice of Your Story with Dori Ostermiller

March 4, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Finding the Voice of Your Story with Dori Ostermiller REGISTER BELOW DESCRIPTION: There’s lots of talk these days about voice in narrative, but what is it, exactly? If the voice of our story is the doorway through which readers enter, how do we let them in? How can we consciously create a voice that is…

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Collage and Writing with Becky Jones

March 11, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Collage and Writing with Becky Jones REGISTER BELOW  DESCRIPTION:  The workshop will provide images, paper, scissors, glue sticks and tape, though you are free to bring images of your own, if you would like. You provide your openness to the process of discovery, along with pen and paper. People will have the optional opportunity to…

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How to Begin Writing 10-Minute Plays with Meryl Cohn

March 18, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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How to Begin Writing 10-Minute Plays with Meryl Cohn REGISTRATION CLOSED - WORKSHOP IS FULL DESCRIPTION:  One of the most common questions about writing plays is how to get started. The germ of an idea for a play may present itself in theme, in situation, or in character. We will discuss various ways to enter…

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Songwriting 101 with Pamela Means

March 25, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Songwriting 101 with Pamela Means REGISTER BELOW DESCRIPTION: There is no such thing as writer's block. Dubious? Come to the Pamela Means Songwriting Workshop and learn new tools, tips and tricks of the craft to tease out more brilliance from your brain. You will never suffer from blank pages again. Acclaimed songwriter, Pamela Means, will…

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April 2018

Compass Roads - Jane Yolen

Compass Roads – Book Launch!

April 10, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Florence Civic Center, Florence Civic Center, Park St.
Florence, MA 01062 United States
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  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 April 10 @ 7 pm. Florence Civic Center Florence, MA POETS READING Anna Bozena Bowen Michael Goldman DM Gordon Nina Gross Kathleen Kelley Marian Kent Patricia Lee Lewis Rich Michelson V Jane…

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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 @ 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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February 2019

Good Storytelling in Nonfiction With Suzanne Strempek Shea

February 10 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Sunday, February 10th from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. At the Northampton Center for the Arts 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.…

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March 2019

Writers Read/Hilltowns – Featured Reader S. Forrest Nomakeo

March 3 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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