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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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Writers Read/Hilltowns – Featured Reader Janet MacFayden

November 3, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Janet MacFadyen is the author of four poetry collections, including Waiting to Be Born (Dos Madres Press 2017), In the Provincelands (Slate Roof 2012), and A Newfoundland Journal (Killick Press 2009). Her work has been nominated for the Forward Prize (UK) and two Pushcarts. It also has been anthologized in 50/50: Poems and Translations by Women over 50, and has appeared in The Atlanta…

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Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Mary A Koncel

November 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Basement

Mary A. Koncel has published three books of prose poetry – Closer to Day (Quale Press), You Can Tell the Horse Anything (Tupelo Press), and The Last Blonde (Hedgerow Books). She was a recipient of a poetry fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. Her…

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“Mastering Beginnings and Endings in Your Writing” Workshop with Kate Senecal

November 10, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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"Ann Hood once wrote that Beginnings "put into motion the events that will drive the story to its resolution. And the resolution is often the inverse of the opening. " Come join Kate Senecal on Sunday, November 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Northampton Center for the Arts for this writing workshop. She'll investigate…

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Poetry Critique Meet-Up – Registration now Open for Nov & Dec 2019

November 16, 2019 @ 1:00 am - 3:00 pm
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Poetry Critique Meet-Ups - registration now open for Nov and Dec Loading…

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December 2019

Writers Read/Hilltowns – Featured Reader: Alexis Johnson

December 1, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Belding Memorial Library, 344 Main Street
Ashfield, MA
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Alexis Johnson is co-founder and was Executive Director of International Language Institute for 31 years.  Her undergraduate degree in in languages and linguistics. Her double masters is in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Teaching Spanish. Before that she lived and taught in Barcelona for 9 years.  Her first book,Playing With A Full Deck, is a…

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Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Karen Skolfield

December 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Basement

Karen Skolfield’s book Battle Dress (W. W. Norton, 2019) won the Barnard Women Poets Prize. Her book Frost in the Low Areas (Zone 3 Press) won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry, and she is the winner of the 2016 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in poetry from The Missouri Review. Skolfield is…

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January 2020

Writers Read/Hilltowns – Featured Reader Libby Maxey

January 5 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Belding Memorial Library, 344 Main Street
Ashfield, MA
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Libby Maxey, of Conway, MA, is a senior editor at the online journal Literary Mama; she also edits for Amherst College and as a freelancer. She reviews poetry for The Mom Egg Review and Solstice, and her own poems have appeared in Crannóg, Kestrel, Naugatuck River Review, Pirene’s Fountain, Emrys and elsewhere. Her first chapbook, Kairos, won Finishing Line Press’s 2018 New Women’s Voices Chapbook…

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Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Jovonna Van Pelt

January 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Basement

Jovonna Van Pelt considered a college degree for a career in Journalism but was advised that she wasn’t tough enough; it may even have been true. Instead, she earned her MA degree in Ethics. Through the years, her writing has served colleagues, non-profits, corporations, and puppeteers. Jo started writing for herself in 2014 and has…

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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

Writers Read/Hilltowns – Featured Reader Suzanne S. Rancourt

February 2 @ 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. Ms. Rancourt,…

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Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Julia McKenzie Munemo

February 4 @ 7:00 am - 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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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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March 2020

March Medley Workshop – Screenwriting Basics – Pamela Marin

March 1 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Writers Read – Featured Reader Faith Kindness

March 1 @ 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. Long-time resident…

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Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Susanne Dunlap

March 3 @ 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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March Medley Workshop – Rivers, Bridges & Spines Workshop with Janet E. Aalfs and María Luisa Arroyo

March 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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March Medley Workshop – How to Speak in Public with Nicole M. Young

March 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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April 2020

Writers Read/Hilltowns – Featured Reader Jan Maher

April 5 @ 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. Jan Maher's…

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