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Congratulations to member Candace Curran who won Slate Roof Press’ 2022 Elyse Wolf Prize for her manuscript, The Sound of Her Good Name. Check out her blog. And keep an eye on the National Beat Poetry Foundation, where her poem “Gonna Stop My” was accepted for the 2022 New Generation Beats Anthology.

Congratulations to member Cherryl Jensen who shares, “Very happy to report that I’ve had two essays published recently — one titled “My Secret Lover,” in a journal called Psychiatric Services, and a short piece titled “The Letter,” in Persimmon Tree, an online journal for women over 50.”

Congratulations to member Cheryl J. Fish’s on her debut novel OFF THE YOGA MAT, now available for pre-order at Amazon, Bookshop, Livingston Press, SPD. Cheryl will be doing an event at Broadside Books in Northampton on Monday, Nov. 7. Details to come.

Congratulations to member Kelsey Socha on her literary speculative novella An Archive of Brightness, which was published by Lanternfish Press on August 30, 2022. Visit www.kelseysocha.com for more details.

Congratulations to member Melenie Flynn who received a 2022 Artist Fellowship from Massachusetts Cultural Council.

After the publication of Straw Dog member Madelaine Zadik’s essay “Avoidance” in Consequence, New England Public Media was interested in airing a shortened version as a commentary during Morning Edition. The task was to cut a 5,000 word essay down to 400 words and record it herself on her phone. You can hear the results online at NEPM.

Congratulations to member Candace R. Curran, winner of the 2022 Elyse Wolf Prize/Slate Roof Press Annual Chapbook Contest!

Congratulations to member Elaine Burnes for her new adult science fiction novel, Endurance. “What if you were stranded. On a spaceship. Four light years from Earth. With a hundred tourists. And you are the captain. Then things start to go wrong. Welcome aboard the Endurance. It’ll be the trip of a lifetime.” Information and purchase links can be found here: http://elaineburnes.com/endurance/

Congratulations to member Susan E. McKenna published her short story, “Sudoku Xmas” in Issue 6.2 of Collateral Journal, www.collateraljournal.com. “Sudoku Xmas” is the story of a young girl who plays Sudoku as a way to negotiate growing up in a military family under the threat of deployment while also navigating the constant bullying that accompanied the interstitial experience of living off base as a “military brat.” Collateral publishes fiction, essays, poetry, and art by people who are directly and indirectly impacted by military violence.

Congratulations to member Lesléa Newman for her newly published children’s book, “Alicia and the Hurricane: A Story of Puerto Rico/Alicia y el huracán: Un cuento de Puerto Rico.”

Congratulations to member Chris O’Carroll on his new new poetry collection, Abracadabratude. The book is available from White Violet Press/Kelsay Books.

Congratulations to member Janet Aalfs for her new book of poems, What the Dead Want Me to Know, Human Error Publishing. Can order HERE through Amazon.


MEET UPS

Distracted Writers’ Study Hall

Tuesdays and/or Thursdays 1:30-4:00pm, Six-Week Session, Tuesday, June 7 – Thursday, July 14, 2022.
Join Linda Castronovo in her home for a distraction-free space. This is not your typical writing group. After a quick warm-up, we’ll have two full hours to work on our own projects. No craft discussions. No reading aloud. No comments on one another’s writing. Coffee and tea will be available, but no snacks. Come well-fed. If there is unanimous interest, we’ll read excerpts on the last day. Register 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

Soul Embodiment: what it means to be a Soul living a sacred human life

A newly created workbook is available for those seeking a spiritually integrated experience of life, where the personality/ego self and the Soul Self work together harmoniously. This small group process helps people accelerate healing and spiritual development. The work helps people to understand themselves as a soul, explore their relationship to the spirit world, examine which spiritual principles are operating in their life and work with the energies of light and those that oppose it. Each section has some teaching on metaphysical topics, guided questions and creative exercises. A new group is starting soon. All of my work is done from a pay from the heart model. Please contact diana@doorsoflight.org with any questions.


BOOK LAUNCHES/READINGS/SHOWINGS/CONCERTS

Elaine Burnes Reads at New Salem Public Library Sept. 22

Elaine Burnes will read from her new novel, Endurance, at the New Salem Public Library on Thursday, September 22, from 7-8 p.m. 23 South Main Street. Books will be available for purchase. This is an in-person event, and masks are required. Endurance is a science fiction adventure…What if you were stranded. On a spaceship. Four light years from Earth. With a hundred tourists. And you are the captain. Then things start to go wrong. Welcome aboard the Endurance. It’ll be the trip of a lifetime. More about Endurance at http://elaineburnes.com/endurance/

Book Tour and Book Launch Party for Pilgrim Maya, A novel by Bela Breslau and Stephen Billias

Congratulations to Stephen Billias and Bela Breslau on the publication of Pilgrim Maya. Celebrate them on their book tour in September. Review the dates and locations at: https://billiasbreslauwriters.com/our-book-tour/

Odeon Press invites you to the book launch party for Pilgrim Maya, A novel by Bela Breslau and Stephen Billias on Saturday, October 29, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Windhorse Hill Retreat Center, 595B River Road, Deerfield, MA. Music by Jon Zax and Friends. Come celebrate! Enjoy the music! There will be a reading with a Q & A following. www.billiasbreslauwriters.com

Readings with Gail Thomas

Gail Thomas will read from her two new books, Trail of Roots, a chapbook which won the Seven Kitchens Press A.V. Christie Series, and Leaving Paradise, a full-length book from Human Error Publishing.
Book Launch Reading, November 2, 7:00 p.m., Broadside Bookshop, Northampton
Reading, Dec. 13, 7:00 p.m., Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA
Reading/talk, Dec. 15, 6:45 p.m., Longmeadow Adult Center, Longmeadow, MA
Also, her four-week online workshop, Memory & Desire: Poetry of Mid-life, will be offered through Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshops from Nov. 5-26, 10-12 p.m. To register click HERE.

WORKSHOPS

Alternative Roads to Publishing a Debut Novel

Now, more than ever, hybrid, independent, and university presses offer more options to get your book published. On Wednesday, September 21, 7:00-8:30pm, hear how the authors Cheryl J. Fish, Celia Jeffries, and DeMisty D. Bellinger were able to go an alternative route to getting their novels published and into the hands of readers. For more details and to register for this Zoom panel go to: wnba-nyc.org/product/alternative-roads-debut-novel

Bringing Dreams to Life: Tapping into Creativity with Group Dreamwork and Writing with Tzivia Gover

Saturday Oct. 15, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
In-Person, Florence MA, with Tzivia Gover, MFA, CDP & Nancy Grace, MA. Join for a day-long workshop using group dreamwork and creative writing to receive their gifts of inspiration and guidance. You’ll receive tools for working with dreams alone and with others, as well as poems and stories to carry your dream’s images and energies with you. Limited enrollment to ensure personalized attention, and to more safely spend quality time together. $75 (sliding-scale on request) For info: hello@tziviagover.com Click HERE to register.

Miss T’s No Bull Writing Workshops

Miss T here and I’m developing a series of two-hour $10 workshops on various writing topics. Cool, right? The first will be backstory. I call it “Don’t Put the Backstory in the Front.” Future topics include dialogue, show don’t tell, an editing cheat sheet, personal essay, cutting down on adverbs, using power verbs, etc. And, of course, I am open to your suggestions. For the workshop, I’d like you to bring a doubled-space page 12 pt font – about 250 words. It would be best if you could bring in the beginning of your story, or somewhere where you think you may be having an issue with backstory.
To indicate your interest in this or future $10 workshops, click on the link DON’T PUT THE BACKSTORY IN THE FRONT!

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.”

Writers in Progress

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Writers in Progress, the Valley’s Literary Arts Studio, is excited to re-open our gorgeous physical space this September, launching our Fall Session with a huge variety of weekly, half day and one-day generative and craft workshops. We will also continue to offer many workshops online. Some of our many offerings this fall include: Morning Jumpstarts, with Dori Ostermiller, Writing From Life with Emily Lackey, the Craft of Memoir with Cathy Luna, the Blueprint Your Book Series, with Susanne Dunlap, Fiction Essentials with Jacqueline Sheehan, Poetry Workshop with Sarah Browning, Word for Writers, Tarot for Writers, and many more. We also host a monthly community writing workshop, the first Sunday of each month, open to all. Founded in 1992 by author Dori Ostermiller, WIP has been supporting writers and creating community for three decades and has ‘midwifed’ dozens of published books. Our workshops are limited to 8 participants and emphasize writing time, community and craft development, nurturing voice, giving and receiving constructive, encouraging feedback. We believe that the writing process calls for both rigor and playfulness, both craft and inspiration. We also offer our legendary year-long manuscript intensive for writers working on book-length manuscripts, a six month revision intensive, as well as one-on-one coaching, editing and consulting. Our published alums include Ellen Meeropol, Steve Bernstein, JoAnne Jones, Dusty Miller, Ruth Lehrer, Dinah Mack, Kris Holloway, David Lovelace and many, many more. We host a seasonal Live Literature reading series in our studio and online. Check out our amazing lineup of fall workshops and events at www.writersinprogress.com. Hope to see you soon!


SERVICES

Manuscript Consultations and Editing Services with Jan Freeman
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

<strong>Terianne Falcone</strong>
Terianne Falcone

Terianne’s specialty is comedy. She can help you inject laughs, humor, or just a dash of levity into your comic or more serious pieces. Bringing readers a smile in the middle of a heavier work can deepen the power of your writing. Promise! She recently held a successful “Writing Funny” workshop for Straw Dogs Writing Guild. Here are two of her stories, the first rather somber and the second decidedly comic. You’ll see how some lightness works in that first piece. misst@teriannefalcone.com.

Mentoring and Editing Services with<br>Michael Favala Goldman
Mentoring and Editing Services with
Michael Favala Goldman

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.

Dreaming on the Page Writing Consultations with Tzivia Gover
Dreaming on the Page Writing Consultations with Tzivia Gover

This one-on-one consultation is appropriate for writers at all stages of the journey, from journalers to published authors and anyone in between.
More of a coaching session than a critique, our time together will be spent setting goals and intentions for your writing in general, or specific projects. Sessions may include:
* Reviewing your goals, habits, and rituals as a writer, and exploring ways to tap into dreams, imagination, and the subconscious to support and sustain your creativity.
* Identifying the big dream for your project and setting intentions and next steps to help you get there.
* Implementing Dreaming on the Page techniques, tips, and prompts as appropriate.
* Receiving guidance on up to 500 words of your writing or a project summary submitted in advance of the session.

Mentoring Services with Lesléa Newman
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.

Consultation w/ Gail Thomas
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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