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Writers Read Co-host Needed

Jane Roy Brown is seeking a volunteer partner to co-host Writers Read/Hilltowns for the remainder of 2021 and to assume the role of primary host in 2022. In the event we resume meeting in person, the co-host ideally would be a Hilltowns resident. Please contact Jane at brownjaneroy@gmail.com.

Mid-Month Open Mic

SDWG member Terianne Falcone is interested in running a mid-month open mic. She is in the planning stage and is seeking a buddy or two to help her run the open mic. Contact Terianne at tfgottalaugh@gmail.com if interested in co-creating this program.

Development Committee Members Needed

Straw Dog Writers Guild is seeking three people to serve on our Development Committee. Tasks include researching for suitable grants, assisting with grant writing, event sponsor cultivation, and meeting monthly for 1 hour. Experience in development is a plus but not essential.
If interested please contact the administrative director at admin@strawdogwriters.org.


Straw Dog Writers Guild Steering Committee member and professional translator Michael Goldman is featured in World Literature Today!
Congratulations! Read the feature article: Treading a Fine Line: On Translating Tove Ditlevsen’s Gift.

Congratulations to new member Katharine Gregg on her new book of poetry, Mere Thread. For more information and to read samples of her work, click HERE. To purchase Katharine’s book go to Amazon.

Congratulate Howard Faestein on his new book: Out of Order! Purchase book HERE.

Congratulate Jayne Peal on her new book: Dog Days of Summer: Fun with Clichés! Purchase Jayne’s book HERE. To learn more about Jayne’s work go to: https://kidsandmoney.com/

Congratulations to Lanette Sweeney on her new book: What I Should Have Said: A Poetry Memoir About Losing a Child to Addiction. Purchase Lanette’s book HERE.

Congratulations to Mark Luebbers on his debut poetry collection: Flat Light! Watch Mark’s video promo HERE.


Belchertown Writers Meetup Sundays at 2:30-4:00pm

A group of writers from all genres get together to discuss current writing projects, and share advice and resources. Newcomers are always welcome!
Meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/Belchertown-Writers-and-Futurists/
Meeting is now a ZOOM meeting! https://zoom.us/j/152083261

Forbes Library Writing Room Wednesdays at 9:00am-12:30pm

This is a free, structured, facilitated drop in community writing group. We check in at 9:30, then write together for two hours, followed by the opportunity to read what you wrote (5 minutes). Follow the link for ZOOM meeting


Phosphorescence Poetry Reading with Featured Poets Gail Thomas, Nicole M. Young and Amina Jordan Mendez

June 24, 6 – 7 pm. Gail Thomas, Nicole M. Young, Amina Jordan Mendez will be featured readers in the Phosphorescence Poetry Series at the Emily Dickinson Museum. Competition for proposals was fierce, but this powerhouse of writers were offered the June reading as part of Pride Month.
A little background on this trio: Nicole initiated the Straw Dog Writers Guild Emerging Writers Fellowship, Amina was the program’s first recipient, and Gail is her poetry mentor. For more information visit the Emily Dickinson Museum Phosphorescence Poetry Reading Series.

Fantastic Worlds: A Reading & Conversation with Brenda Peynado & Sequoia Nagamatsu

June 27, 5 – 6 pm. Joy writes, “We couldn’t be more excited to feature these two authors on the vanguard of genre-bending storytelling! Both weave elements of fabulism, science-fiction, myth, and fairytale into stories that resonate deeply with our times. We’ll listen to a short reading from each of the authors, followed by a discussion which will also incorporate questions and comments from the audience.” Moderated by PVWW Founder/Director Joy Baglio. For more information and to register for this Zoom event, click HERE.


Dreaming on the Page Online Meetings

Experience creative empowerment and personal growth through writing and the imagination 5 Weekly, Interactive, Online Meetings, Thursdays, May 13-June 10, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. EDT. Our small class sizes ensure personal attention and meaningful connections. PURCHASE THE ENTIRE COURSE and save when you enroll in all 5 sessions together: $245 or PURCHASE BY THE SESSION Enroll in one or more sessions separately: $49 per session. In Dreaming on the Page workshops you’ll receive prompts and exercises to combine writing with dreamwork and open up stores of creativity, wisdom, and guidance. You’ll discover how writing can serve your dreamwork, and how dreamwork enhances your writing. Be in touch to request our Pay-What-You-Can option if finances are an issue, especially in these challenging times. REGISTER TODAY.

Virtual Spring Immersion: Focus on Submissions

On Saturday, May 22, join Nerissa and a panel of acclaimed writers to focus on your writing and how to bring it to the next level. Panel will feature Jehanne Dubrow, Rosanna Gargiulo and Naomi Shulman. We will discuss the ins and outs of submitting your work for publication. Panel is from 12-1pm. A full day of exercises, prompts and time for writing and revision. 9am-5pm EDT $149. For more info and to register, click here.

MASS MoCA Poetry Retreat

Join Jan Freeman, acclaimed poet and Paris Press founding director (1995–2018), for the fifth Writing Through Art: MASS MoCA Poetry Retreat, June 9 –15, with art from around the world. In this 6-day poetry retreat, you will explore the ways in which paintings, sculptures, and installations can open a portal, inviting new perceptions, memories, and emotions as you experiment, play, and create drafts. The focus of the retreat is on opening your imagination and all of your senses as you write. New and experienced poets are welcome! For more information, click here. To sign up or request additional information, email janfreemanpoetry@gmail.com.

Pioneer Valley Writers Workshop

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Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop is a Northampton MA-based literary arts organization, now completely online for the foreseeable future, offering a wide array of one-day and multi-week writing workshops for experienced and aspiring writers of all levels, genres, and backgrounds. Founded by Joy Baglio in 2016, PVWW has a team of over 30 professional writers, authors and editors and a constantly changing lineup of workshops and events. All our workshops are limited to a small number of writers (8, 10, or 12, depending on the particular class) and are held live on Zoom. In addition to seasonal workshops, PVWW runs a Year-Long Manuscript Group Program for writers working on book-length projects, open for applications every year October – January. In addition to our classes and workshops, we host a FREE twice-a-month generative Community Writing gathering open to writers everywhere and frequent virtual author readingsFor writers looking for more direct hands-on help with their projects, we offer professional one-on-one manuscript consulting and editing services. Our focus is on a rigorous understanding of craft and technique, while also creating a supportive and fun environment for writers of all levels. As Ursula K. Le Guin says: “Skill in writing frees you to write what you want to write. Craft enables art.”

No Bull Writing Workshops with Terianne Falcone aka Miss T

No Bull Workshops:
1. Thursday Workshop, once a week: Starting February, we’ll meet on Thursdays, 4pm-6pm for eight weeks. We’ll be doing a combination of feedback and writing exercises. Sign up here.
2. Monday & Wednesday, twice a week. One session is feedback, the other, writing exercises. I currently run an M-F workshop, 8:30am-10:30am. Next one starts March 8th. Sign up here.
3. THE ONE DAY WORKSHOP: Sunday, March 14, 1:00-4:00pm. In this workshop, students will start off with a few silly (and non-silly) writing exercises. No one does writing exercises like Miss T! Then people will read the short pieces (or excerpts) they brought. Miss T will discuss the most productive way to give feedback and then…participants will give feedback to each other! Even in only three hours, you’ll learn tons about writing—including your own—and have a ridiculous amount of fun! Cost: $20-$60 sliding scale. Register HERE.
One student from Singapore says: “I’m on my third run of the workshop – truly no bull (with heart). Loads of actual writing and workshopping. Terianne has given me the gift of writing ‘in flow’; the inner critic is silenced and my just fingers tap away. A godsend for the neurotic writer!” ~ CS


Mentoring and Editing Services with
Michael Favala Goldman

Michael Favala Goldman hammerandhorn.net. I know how difficult it is to be objective about one’s own writing. Having skilled readers and mentors helped me gain the skills to publish16 books of prose translations, poetry translations and original poetry. I have been leading poetry critique groups since 2018. I give direct, compassionate feedback, to help clarify and magnify the author’s voice. I am happy to look at a few short pieces or an entire manuscript. hammerandhorn@gmail.com.

Manuscript Consultations and Editing Services with Jan Freeman

With 40 years of editorial experience, I am available to review works of prose and poetry, including full-length manuscripts, chapbooks, and selected collections. Through multiple readings, I evaluate literal and emotional narratives and a manuscript’s organization, texture, shape, tension, and emotional flow. I am author of 3 books of poetry and co-editor of Sisters: An Anthology; from 1995–2018, I directed Paris Press (now an imprint of Wesleyan University Press), which published critically acclaimed books by Emily Dickinson, NBCC award winning Ruth Stone, Virginia Woolf, and many others. Jan Freeman, janfreemanpoetry@gmail.com www.janfreeman.net

Mentoring Services with Lesléa Newman

Lesléa Newman has created 75 books for readers of all ages and mentored hundreds of writers including Newbery Award-winner Kwame Alexander (The Crossover), novelist, Leah Henderson (One Shadow on the Wall) and poet Floyd Cheung (Jazz at Manzanar). If you are working on a manuscript, I’d love to take a peek and see how I can help you make your book the best it can be. Whether you write for kids, teens or adults, whether you write poetry or prose, whether you write fiction or non-fiction, you name it, I can critique it. I will mark up your manuscript in purple ink, write you a long, editorial letter, read one revision, and if appropriate, offer publishing suggestions. More information can be found here: https://lesleanewman.com/mentoring/

Consultation w/ Gail Thomas

I am available for individual consultation on your poetry submissions, manuscripts and residency applications. With more than 40 years of publishing and teaching experience, I offer feedback that not only focuses on your writing goals, but also strengthens your craft. If you are assembling a chapbook or full-length manuscript, I will work with you to organize and present your best work for publication. Gail Thomas, gailthomaspoet@gmail.com

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