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Writers Night Out!

Sept. 5th, 2017

7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The Basement - 21 Center St, Northampton, MA 


FEATURED READER Ed Orzechowski is a journalist whose features and columns have appeared in The Springfield Republican, The Daily Hampshire GazetteThe Journal Register, Early American Life magazine, and other publications.

Ed is president of Advocacy Network and editor of Advocacy Network News, a newsletter for families and guardians of individuals with developmental disabilities. He is also a board member of COFAR, a sister organization in eastern Massachusetts. He has written for The Voice, the newsletter of VOR, and has participated in VOR’s annual conferences and visited Congressional offices in Washington, D.C., in support of legislation to protect the rights of the intellectually disabled. A retired high school English teacher and radio newsperson, Ed lives with his wife Gail in Florence, Massachusetts.

In November, Levellers Press of Amherst published his narrative nonfiction book: You’ll Like It Here—The Story of Donald Vitkus, Belchertown Patient #3394.

Doors open at 7 - with an open mike. 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 of the venue. 

Please join us!   Further information: Beth Filson at


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Invitation to our Annual Meeting /Roundtable Discussion -

Sept. 9th, 2017 10:30-Noon

at The Lilly Library in Florence

We have a very short annual meeting every fall. This year, we invite all members and interested writers to join us for the meeting, followed by a Roundtable Discussion.  We want to hear your thoughts about how Straw Dog Writers Guild is doing, and what you would like to see in the future. We will be holding this meeting at

The Lilly Library in Florence on Saturday, Sept. 9th from 10:30 - Noon.

We look forward to seeing many of you there!

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Writers Read @ The Inn at Norton Hill

September 10th, 2017!

3:00–5:00 pm. 
The Inn at Norton Hill, (across from Elmers)

10 Norton Hill Road, Ashfield, MA


Co-sponsored by Straw Dog Writers Guild, Elmer's Store & The Inn at Norton Hill.

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

 A featured writer reads recent work and describes the journey to publication, followed by Q & A.

Then the floor opens to other writers. If you want to read, put your name in the hat before 3:15. (Hint: you get three minutes.)


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The Easy Way to Write 30 Poems in 30 Days For Fun and Your Favorite Non-Profit!* 

(namely - *The Center for New Americans)


A Workshop for Poets and Non-Poets Alike by Tommy Twilite

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

10:30-Noon at Click Workspace in Northampton

Using simple prompts, found objects, family photographs, musical compositions, blind luck, and a small amount of consistent effort and imagination, Tommy will demonstrate some of the “tricks of the trade” he used to complete his wildly successful 2016 campaign to write “30 Poems In November” and how he was able to lead the Center For New Americans effort to far surpassing its fundraising goals.  The emphasis of this 90-minute workshop will be on having fun, and on using your creativity and positive energy to fulfill your own dream of writing 30 Poems in 30 Days. Feedback, discussion, and participation from the group is expected and strongly encouraged.  

Tommy Twilite, a.k.a. Tom Clark, is a retired Fire Captain, former EMT, woodworker, amateur chef, vintage car enthusiast, musician, songwriter and poet who lives in Florence, Massachusetts.  He is the Co-founder and Director of the Florence PoetsSocietyy and Executive Editor of Silkworm.  Tommy broadcasts a weekly radio show on WXOJ-FM Valley Free Radio called the Twilite Poetry Pub which features an eclectic selection of music, poetry, and guests.  He was also the 2016 chairperson for "30 Poems In November", a fundraising event for the Center For New Americans.  Tommy believes that poetry has the power to change the world.

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