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Writers Night Out -

Featured Reader: Ellen Meeropol

May 2nd, 2017  7-9pm

Ellen Meeropol is the author of three novels, Kinship of Clover, On Hurricane Island, and House Arrest. A former nurse practitioner and part-time bookseller, Ellen’s recent short fiction and essay publications include Guernica, The Bridges, The Writer, DoveTales, Cleaver, Portland Magazine, Necessary Fiction, and The Writers Chronicle. Ellen holds an MFA in fiction from the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine. She is a founding member and the current board president of Straw Dog Writers Guild.

If you want to read, put your name in the hat up until 7:10.  

The reading starts at 7:15,  and each reader will have five minutes.

Further information:  Beth Filson (404) 509-7911,

Admission is free; participants are encouraged to buy a drink in support of the venue.

Please join us!


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 Saturday, May, 13th, 2017 at 10:30 am:     

"She Did What? Using the Element of Surprise in Fiction"

             presented by Lisa C. Taylor                  

Click Workspace, 9 1/2 Market Street, Northampton

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Tension is everything to a story. When characters go through predictable paces, readers lose interest quickly. Join Lisa C. Taylor for an immersive journey into using the element of surprise so that it not only works, it transports your story. Keep your reader with you for the whole bumpy ride. Be prepared to write, listen, and ask questions. Her workshops are interactive and hands on. You will leave with new ways to take risks with your fiction.

Lisa C. Taylor’s debut collection of short fiction, Growing a New Tail was released in November 2015 (Arlen House/Syracuse University Press). She’s the author of four collections of poetry including Necessary Silence (2013) and The Other Side of Longing (2011), written in collaboration with Irish writer, Geraldine Mills. Lisa’s honors include the 2015 Hugo House New Works Award for short fiction, a Spotlight feature in January 2015 for the Associated Writing Programs, an L.L.Winship PEN New England nomination, Pushcart nominations in both fiction and poetry. Her poetry, fiction, and book reviews have appeared in numerous literary magazines including Birmingham Poetry Review, Midwest Review, Worcester Review, and WomenArts Quarterly Review. She's been a guest on numerous radio and television shows in New England and Ireland. Lisa has received residencies from Vermont Studio Center and Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland. She holds an MFA from Stonecoast/University of Southern Maine's writing program.




Sept. 27th, 2017 at Forbes Library

Invitation to all Straw Dog Members!

We would like to extend an invitation to recent authors to participate in our annual Author Showcase on Wednesday, September 20 at Forbes Library. If you are a member of Straw Dogs with a book published in the last two years we would like to hear from you.

Please contact Linda Rowland-Buckley at if you are interested.


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Writers Night Out -

Featured Reader: Naila Moreira

June 6th, 2017  7-9pm

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