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December 2018

Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Michael A. Ponsor

December 4, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Basement,

Doors open at 7 – with an open mic. If you’d like a chance to read, place your name in the hat up until 7:10. Ten names will be randomly selected. The reading starts at 7:15, and each reader will have five minutes. Admission is free; participants are encouraged to buy a drink in support…

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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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Literary Rendezvous- OPEN MIC

December 30, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Rendezvous, 78 3rd Street
Turners Falls, MA 01376
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January 2019

Writers Read/Hilltowns – Featured Reader Michael J. Ponsor

January 6 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Belding Memorial Library, 344 Main Street
Ashfield, MA
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Michael A. Ponsor graduated from Harvard College in 1969, spent two years at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and received his J.D from Yale in 1975. In 1994, President Bill Clinton appointed him a United States District Judge. Ponsor has taught at Yale Law School, Western New England School of Law, and the University of…

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Writers Night Out /Open Mic – Featured Reader: Debra Immergut

January 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Basement,

Writers Night Out The Basement, 21 Center Street, Northampton, MA OPEN MIC - 2nd Tuesdays 7-9pm Hosts Rick Paar & Jacqueline Sheehan Doors open at 7 – with an open mic. If you’d like a chance to read, place your name in the hat up until 7:10. Ten names will be randomly selected. The reading…

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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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A Winter Reading – Belchertown Authors

January 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Parish Hall at BUCC, 18 Park Street
Belchertown, MA
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Local authors who are members of the Straw Dog Writers Guild and friends will read from their books and manuscripts. There will be snacks and books available for signing. Snow day is January 27, 4-6 PM. Readers include: Mary Warren Bartlett, Justine Dymond, Francesca Forrest, Marianne Gambaro, Ellen Evert Hopman, Melanie S. Lewis, and Jo…

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Literary Rendezvous – Featured Poet: Lauren Marie Schmidt

January 27 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Rendezvous, 78 3rd Street
Turners Falls, MA 01376
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  Lauren Marie Schmidt is the author of three collections of poetry: Two Black Eyes and a Patch of Hair Missing; The Voodoo Doll Parade, selected for the Main Street Rag Author’s Choice Chapbook Series; and Psalms of The Dining Room, a sequence of poems about her volunteer experience at a soup kitchen in Eugene, Oregon. Her…

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February 2019

Writers Read/Hilltowns – Featured reader: Alice Barrett

February 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Bring Your Poetry! Bring Your Prose! Find Your Public! Uplift Our Souls! 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…

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Writers Night Out – Featured reader Chris O’Carroll

February 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Doors open at 7 – with an open mic. If you’d like a chance to read, place your name in the hat up until 7:10. Ten names will be randomly selected. The reading starts at 7:15, and each reader will have five minutes. Admission is free; participants are encouraged to buy a drink in support…

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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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Literary Rendezvous – Featured Reader Christopher J. Sparks

February 24 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Rendezvous, 78 3rd Street
Turners Falls, MA 01376
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  Featured Reader:  Christopher J. Sparks grew up in Northampton, MA through the 1980s and 90s. He writes poetry, travel, and history, the latter regarding Northampton State Hospital. 

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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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Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Amy Laprade

March 5 @ 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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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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Literary Rendezvous – Featured Reader Amy Laprade

March 31 @ 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 – Amy Laprade  .                An…

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April 2019

Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Marion VanArsdell

April 2 @ 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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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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Writers Read/Hilltowns – Featured Reader Gail Thomas

April 7 @ 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. Featured Reader…

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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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