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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.

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.

Interested in Flash Fiction Group?

Flash Fiction Group: “After a recent and inspiring Straw Dog Writers Guild workshop on flash fiction and flash memoir, I’m inspired to start a flash fiction group to share and critique each other’s work. If you would like to take part, please contact me at dick@dickbentley.com. Or, if you are already part of such a group and would like another member, let me know! I look forward to hearing from you.” ~ Dick Bentley

Seeking Word Tech Expert

Before I revise my 400 page novel one more time, it needs to be in correct Word format for manuscripts. If you are really good at the technical aspects of Word, please be in touch with me as soon as possible. Glad to pay your fee. Many thanks, Patricia Lee Lewis. Contact me at: pll@writingretreats.org


Congratulations to member Ellen Evert Hopman on her new children’s book: “Once Around the Sun: Stories, Crafts, and Recipes to Celebrate the Sacred Earth Year”. This book will be on sale April 5, 2022 in the U.S. The UK on-sale date is about 6 weeks later. It is available for pre-order at https://www.innertraditions.com/books/once-around-the-sun and other retailers worldwide here: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Once-Around-the-Sun/Ellen-Evert-Hopman/9781644114148

Congratulations to member Jordan Hall for his two published short stories: The Well and The Siren. They can be found in the dark flash anthologies, Nothing Ever Happens In Fox Hollow, Vol I&II. You can buy the books on Amazon now! If you’d like to get some chills to beat the summer heat, for a limited time you can read these creepy tales free on Vocal.Media

Congratulations to member Karen Traub of Shutesbury, MA who is a 2021 graduate of the Newport MFA. She is a contributor to “Voices of the Valley” and the upcoming “Beyond the Pathway”! Quabbin Quills launches their fourth anthology, “Beyond the Pathway” at Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Ave, Phillipston, MA on Wednesday, Sept 22, 6-8 pm.

Congratulations to member Dori Ostermiller of Writers in Progress for her studio re-opening! Dori writes, “We are so excited to re-open our gorgeous studio this Fall, with a wonderful variety of new weekly and half-day workshops and events. Writers will have the choice of in-person, online or hybrid workshops, all from our trusted, experienced faculty of regional published authors. All of our workshops emphasize creativity, community confidence and skill building, and include imaginative prompts, craft tips, business advice, and deeply constructive feedback. Unlike many area workshops, we limit enrollment to eight participants for an intimate, high-quality experience. Online workshops use Zoom as a platform. In-person workshops include light refreshments and take place in our beautiful Florence studio. Some workshops will be hybrid.”

Congratulations to member Patricia Pin for launching her new website https://www.unblockyourstory.com/. This new consulting service Unblock Your Story: Astrological & Tarot Card Consultations for Writing Projects offers a personalized pathway to deliberate writing.

Congratulations to member Cheryl J. Fish on her new book of poetry The Sauna Is Full of Maids! Click here for pr & purchasing info.

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

Literary Open Bar Bi-monthly on Saturdays, 2:00-4:00pm

A bi-monthly reading/discussion group at the Lava Center that includes, but is not limited to: readings of one’s own or other authors work of any genre, discussion of authors, their work, their books, relevance in general or to the individual, writing routines, rituals, the philosophy of language, comparing the spoken word, the written word, what is heard. The hope is that the discussions will begin a thread that follows its own path and will in turn inspire the attendees in their own work. Moderator: Michael Travisano, local author. First meeting October 9th, 2-4pm. Contact Michael Travisano matravisano@hotmail.com for more details.


Writing Can Save Your Life

November 11, Dusty J Miller and Dori Ostermiller discuss how “Writing Can Save Your Life” when Dusty reads from her new Danger Within Alice Ott mystery at the Odyssey Bookshop on November 11 2021. This will be a zoom event. Contact the Odyssey Bookshop for link: 413 534 7307 or info@odysseybks.com

Book Talk with Suzanne S. Rancourt

December 3, 6:30 pm Suzanne is the featured reader at Mike Jurkovic’s CAPS. To register, go to: www.callingallpoets.net/events


MemoryWorks with Q.M. Zhang

Writing in Proximity to History, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 29 (Fridays, 3:00-5:00 PM Eastern)–for those just beginning their own memory work, we will follow images, revisit family myths and origin stories, write into the gaps between memory and history, and consider what it means to be a next generation writer trying to trace an elusive past.

Working with Un/Common Sources, Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10, 17 (Fridays, 3:00-6:00 PM Eastern)–for those who already have a memory work project underway, we will work with conventional archival sources (documents, photographs, interviews) in unconventional ways, and seek out source materials often dismissed as “unreliable”— secrets, lies, propaganda, dreams, hallucinations—in order to get closer to truth.

Writing It Up in the Garden with Nerissa Nields

Friday November 12 to Sunday November 14 Writing It Up in the Garden presents: November Kali Retreat three-day intensive writing weekend. “We will start Friday at 5:30 with a hot dinner, after which we will gather for introductions and a first writing session. There will be time for sharing, and we will end at 9pm.We’ll regroup on Saturday morning at 9am, write all morning, with a break for a home cooked lunch and a quick walk around the nearby park (optional!). We’ll continue writing until 4pm, when we share some of what we’ve been working on. Sunday will be like Saturday, though we might end a bit earlier on Sunday to do a little more sharing. Retreat will end each day at 5pm. I will serve delicious and healthy meals (as I do in the summer camp), and folks can really dig in and write all day. This is just what the NaNoWriMo writer and/or the 30 Poems in November poet needs. Think of this as an extra deep retreat.” Cost for retreat $310 on sale until Oct. 20 for $250. For more information, please contact Nerissa Nields Nerissand@gmail.com. To register click HERE.

Online Workshops with Gail Thomas

November 1-22 Taking Shape: Experimenting with Form in Poetry 4-Weeks, Mondays, 6 – 8pm. Do you have ideas for poems, but haven’t found a way to begin writing? Sometimes the best way to break through is to experiment with form. Participants will be given prompts to write a different form each week. Click HERE for details and to register.

November 20 – December 20 Revising and Polishing Your Poems 4 Weeks: Mondays, 6 – 8pm. This workshop will provide tools for discovering what your poems need. We will explore issues of craft including beginnings and endings, tension, line breaks, form, and diction. Each session will focus on giving and receiving feedback on poems that you want to improve in an atmosphere of respect. Click HERE for more information and to register.

Yes, You Have Something to Say with Suzanne Rancourt

December 4 Join other people in a safe distancing COVID aware writing workshop. All people, genres, and skill levels welcome! In a respectful and supportive creatives’ focused workshop, bring old work, works in progress, new work or no work, and learn how to edit / offer feedback in a supportive and productive style. The workshop will generate new work while cultivating organic strategies for editing, free writing. How to best send out work, Presses, publications suitable for your work or simply, “How do I get started?” writing my story are some of the topics discussed. Location: UU Church, 21 Weeks Road, Queensbury, NY on Saturday, December 4, 2021, 1 – 5pm Cost: $50.00 (some scholarships available.) Fee includes some writing supplies, plenty of prompts, and refreshments : ) To register email: kataahdin@gmail.com. To maintain safe space, maximum number of attendees is 10.

No Bull Writing Workshops with Terianne Falcone aka Miss T

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!


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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