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Belchertown Writers Meetup Sundays at 2:30pm 


The Personal And the Political: Writing the Social Protest Novel – Oct. 29 at 6:30pm

Please join Straw Dog Writers Guild author and founding member, Ellen Meeropol with authors Sanderia Faye, Tina Egnoski, and Andrew Altschul for a reading hosted by Book Moon Books in Eastampton on Oct. 29 at 6:30pm:


The Personal And the Political: Writing the Social Protest Novel

The American social protest novel inhabits a unique place in the literary landscape, but can it thrive in today’s rapidly changing and often toxic political climate? Is the social protest novel dead, or more vital than ever? Can novels provoke change or simply reflect on it?

Four authors of contemporary protest fiction read from their work and discuss how elements of craft and context can combine activist themes with a compelling character-driven narrative.

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Pioneer Valley Writers Workshop

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 rees you to write what you want to write. Craft enables art.”




Writers in Progress Workshops

Nerissa Nields writing it up in the garden


Writing It Up in the Garden:
March 20-22, 2020 Weekend Retreat, Spring Equinox
June 26-28, 2020 Adirondack Retreat, Keene NY
July 13-17, 2020 Summer Writing Camp

Please visit here for up to date listings

No Bull Writing Workshops with Terianne Falcone aka Miss T

We meet twice a week. One session is feedback, the other, writing exercises. Reasonably priced. I currently run an M-F workshop, 9am-11am. I will start an afternoon or evening workshop depending on student availability.
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


Poet's Seat Poetry Contest for adults and youth in Franklin County

Poet's Seat Poetry Contest for adults and youth in Franklin County


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


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.

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