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January 2018

How Does it Work to Work with an Editor?

January 13, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lilly Library, 19 Meadow Street
Florence, MA United States
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How Does it Work to Work with an Editor?   You’ve written and rewritten, on your own and in a group, but how do you decide when your writing could benefit from the input of an editor? Where do you begin the process, and what should you expect when you put your manuscript in the…

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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

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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June 2018

Poetry Critique Meet-up 

June 24, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Poetry Critique Meet-up  Moderated by poet and translator Michael Goldman   Sunday June 24, 1-3pm Sunday July 15, 1-3pm Sunday August 12, 1-3pm Click here - TO REGISTER Poetry Critique Meet-up is a chance for poets to give and receive immediate constructive feedback on their poems by everyone in attendance.  Learn what is working in…

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September 2018

Poetry Critique Group – Register today!

September 16, 2018 @ 1:00 am - 3:00 am
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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October 2018

Poetry Critique Group – Register today!

October 14, 2018 @ 1:00 am - 3:00 am
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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December 2018

Giving & Receiving Manuscript Feedback – Workshop with Celia Jeffries

December 1, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lilly Library, 19 Meadow Street
Florence, MA United States
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Giving and receiving manuscript feedback No one writes in a void. Although we may sometimes deny it, most of us write to be read. But there are times when having your work read by others can be damaging or even silencing, particularly when you are in the formative stages of a project. Many workshops have…

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Poetry Critique Group – Register today!

December 9, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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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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March 2019

Writing for Children Workshop with Lesléa Newman & Jane Yolen

March 10 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED --- Registration is FULL - To be added to the waitlist please email info@strawdogwriters.org Jane Yolen and Lesléa Newman will walk us through the definition and limits of the genre; the parameters of emotion/motion; the range of topics; subgenres without picture books; to rhyme or not to rhyme; how much is…

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April 2019

What Happens When Your Character Calls 911? Writing Workshop with Jacqueline Sheehan & Detective Sergeant Vic Caputo

April 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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What Happens When Your Character Calls 911? On Sunday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to noon, author Jacqueline Sheehan and Detective Sergeant Vic Caputo present an overview of what happens when your character calls 911. This introductory program is designed to help writers increase your understanding of law enforcement and forensics, with the overall eye…

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Read it Again! – Workshop with Jane Yolen and Lesléa Newman

April 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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 APRIL 28, 1-3:30pm Workshop / 3:30- 4pm Book Signing.  Registration is FULL - Jane Yolen and Lesléa Newman will walk us through the definition and limits of the genre; the parameters of emotion/motion; the range of topics; subgenres without picture books; to rhyme or not to rhyme; how much is too much/too little; and what are…

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May 2019

“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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