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REQUESTS

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Congratulate Jayne Pearl on her new book: Dog Days of Summer: Fun with Cliches!

Purchase Jayne’s book HERE. To learn more about Jayne’s work go to: https://kidsandmoney.com/

Congratulate Lanette Sweeney on her new book: What I Should Have Said: A Poetry Memoir About Losing a Child to Addition

Purchase Lanette’s book HERE.

Congratulate Mark Luebbers on his debut poetry collection, “Flat Light”!

Watch Mark’s video promo HERE.


MEET UPS

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


READINGS

Celebrate the release of Suzanne Rancourt’s 3rd book: Old Stones, New Roads

Celebrate the release of Suzanne Rancourt’s 3rd book: Old Stones, New Roads, forthcoming April / May from Main Street Rag Book Publishers. To buy advanced copies, go to: https://mainstreetragbookstore.com/product/old-stones-new-roads-suzanne-s-rancourt/

Old Stones New Roads by Suzanne Rancourt

May 2, 2021 Suzanne S. Rancourt is the Featured reader at Writers Read / Hilltowns Straw Dog Writers’ Guild. Via the Zoom platform, hear Suzanne read from her 3rd book, Old Stones, New Roads, Main Street Rag Book Publishers. To register for the event contact: Jane Roy Brown brownjaneroy@gmail.com

May 12, 2021 Suzanne S. Rancourt, reading from her 3rd book, Old Stones, New Roads, Main Street Rag Book Publishers, is the Featured River Heron Review author. Human Beings Being Human – the narrative of self – is both a reading and Salon discussion of the creative process with a special focus on survivors of trauma and indigeneity. How can you access your narrative in ways that affect your everyday life? Join us for this free event. Register NOW for this Zoom event by contacting: Robbin Farr rfarr@riverheronreview.com Explore Suzanne’s other works: https://www.expressive-arts.com/Artists–Page.html


WORKSHOPS

Writing Through Nature and Art Poetry Workshop

Writing Through Nature and Art Poetry Workshop, April 12 – May 17. This 6-week poetry workshop will begin via Zoom on Monday, April 12 @ 7:00 p.m. EST. Each workshop will include constructive feedback on poems; writing prompts accompanying images from art and the natural world to open your imagination and creative expression; in-class exercises to heighten your senses and awareness of your perceptions while you write; and inspiring poems by poets from the U.S. and around the world. The workshops are 90 minutes. New and experienced poets are very welcome. Tuition is $360. Payment via Venmo preferred. PayPal or checks accepted. Click here for more information. To sign up, email Jan Freeman at janfreemanpoetry@gmail.com.

MASS MoCA Poetry retreat announcement

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 aYear-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.”

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
www.teriannefalcone.com


SERVICES

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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