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October 2021

Writing Residency Applications Due November 1, 2021

October 1 @ 8:00 am - November 1 @ 5:00 pm

The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home is collaborating with Straw Dog Writers Guild to offer a unique residency experience for nine emerging writers. Residencies will be for one week and include lodging at Seven Hills Inn in Lenox, a workspace at The Mount, breakfast, lunch, and a $500 stipend. The residencies run weekly from March 6 – March 26 and three writers will be selected for each week. How to apply: Applications open on October 1 and close on November 1.  The…

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November 2021

Writers Night Out/In November

November 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
zoom

Join us for Writers Night Out/In Open Mic on Tuesday, November 2, 7:00pm. Registration required. Our featured writers are Jason Montgomery and Alexandra Woolner, joint poet laureates of Easthampton. Register in advance for this meeting: Click HERE to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email (within 24 - 48 hours) containing information about joining the meeting. For security purposes, all attendees must register via this link. Names not on the registration list will not be admitted at the…

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SDWG Annual Meeting

November 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
zoom

PUBLIC NOTICE: Straw Dog Writers Guild Annual Meeting Thursday, November 4, 7:00 - 8:00pm. Agenda: Welcome and accomplishments Vote in Board of Directors SDWG Programs and Committees A Path Forward Website performance for this past year Hear from the Membership SDWG members who are interested in participating in the Annual Meeting, please email admin@strawdogwriters.org to request zoom link for registration.

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Writers Read Hilltowns November

November 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
zoom

Join us for Writers Read / Hilltowns on Sunday, November 7 from 2-4pm. Our featured reader is Rebecca Hart Olander. To attend, email Jane Roy Brown at brownjaneroy@gmail.com for a link to the Zoom meeting. Bio: Rebecca Hart Olander’s poetry has appeared recently in Crab Creek Review, The Massachusetts Review, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and her collaborative work has been published in multiple venues online and in They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing (BLP). Rebecca is a…

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Exploring Some Japanese Poetry Forms: Writing Haiku and Tanka

November 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
zoom

Straw Dog Writers Guild presents: Exploring Some Japanese Poetry Forms: Writing Haiku and Tanka with Eileen P. Kennedy on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 from 6:30 - 8:00pm. Haiku and Tanka are traditional Japanese poetry forms. How do we go about developing our creative thoughts into these highly structured styles of poetry? In this short workshop, we’ll begin to answer this question. Through a brief talk, reading and discussion of some traditional and modern texts, and in-session writing, we’ll explore these…

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December 2021

Craft in the Real World Book Discussion

December 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
zoom

Have you always understood writing craft topics, such as plot, setting or tone, to be objective subjects? In his book Craft in the Real World, Matthew Salesses argues that “what we call craft is in fact nothing more or less than a set of expectations. … These expectations are never neutral.” Reviewer Leni Zumas, author of Red Clocks, says that Salesses “explores how beliefs about ‘good’ writing are profoundly marked by race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, and national identity; and…

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