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November 2019

“Mastering Beginnings and Endings in Your Writing” Workshop with Kate Senecal

November 10, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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"Ann Hood once wrote that Beginnings "put into motion the events that will drive the story to its resolution. And the resolution is often the inverse of the opening. " Come join Kate Senecal on Sunday, November 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Northampton Center for the Arts for this writing workshop. She'll investigate…

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Poetry Critique Meet-Up – Registration now Open for Nov & Dec 2019

November 16, 2019 @ 1:00 am - 3:00 pm
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Poetry Critique Meet-Ups - registration now open for Nov and Dec Loading…

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December 2019

Writers Read/Hilltowns – Featured Reader: Alexis Johnson

December 1, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Belding Memorial Library, 344 Main Street
Ashfield, MA
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Alexis Johnson is co-founder and was Executive Director of International Language Institute for 31 years.  Her undergraduate degree in in languages and linguistics. Her double masters is in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Teaching Spanish. Before that she lived and taught in Barcelona for 9 years.  Her first book,Playing With A Full Deck, is a…

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Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Karen Skolfield

December 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Basement

Karen Skolfield’s book Battle Dress (W. W. Norton, 2019) won the Barnard Women Poets Prize. Her book Frost in the Low Areas (Zone 3 Press) won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry, and she is the winner of the 2016 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in poetry from The Missouri Review. Skolfield is…

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January 2020

Writers Read/Hilltowns – Featured Reader Libby Maxey

January 5 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Belding Memorial Library, 344 Main Street
Ashfield, MA
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Libby Maxey, of Conway, MA, is a senior editor at the online journal Literary Mama; she also edits for Amherst College and as a freelancer. She reviews poetry for The Mom Egg Review and Solstice, and her own poems have appeared in Crannóg, Kestrel, Naugatuck River Review, Pirene’s Fountain, Emrys and elsewhere. Her first chapbook, Kairos, won Finishing Line Press’s 2018 New Women’s Voices Chapbook…

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Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Jovonna Van Pelt

January 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Basement

Jovonna Van Pelt considered a college degree for a career in Journalism but was advised that she wasn’t tough enough; it may even have been true. Instead, she earned her MA degree in Ethics. Through the years, her writing has served colleagues, non-profits, corporations, and puppeteers. Jo started writing for herself in 2014 and has…

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6th Annual Author Showcase

January 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Forbes Library, Coolidge Museum, 20 West Street
Northampton, 01060
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6th Annual Straw Dog Writers Guild Author Showcase Straw Dog Writers Guild is planning their Sixth Annual Author Showcase for new authors. The showcase features Straw Dog members with a new book published in the last two years.

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February 2020

Writers Read/Hilltowns – Featured Reader Suzanne S. Rancourt

February 2 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Belding Memorial Library, 344 Main Street
Ashfield, MA
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Here’s how it works: The featured writer reads recent work and describes the journey to publication, followed by Q & A. Then the floor opens to other writers, who can read for five minutes each; we also draw two names for 10-minute readings. If you want to read, put your name in the hat before 2:15. Ms. Rancourt,…

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Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Julia McKenzie Munemo

February 4 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
The Basement

OPEN MIC & FEATURED READER Every month we host a  different guest Author to be our evenings Featured Reader. The Featured Reader reads from their writing and shares their experience as a Writer. THE BASEMENT – 21 Center Street, Northampton, MA  If you’d like a chance to read, place your name in the hat up until…

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Roundtable Discussion – The Novel: the Long Haul

February 8 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lily Library Florence, MA United States + Google Map

Roundtable Discussion - The Novel: the Long Haul The novel is a unique project that can take years from that first seed of inspiration to getting it out into the world. Come join other writers, as well as published authors, at our round table discussion to find out the different approaches, skills, and supports that…

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March 2020

March Medley Workshop – Screenwriting Basics – Pamela Marin

March 1 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Writers Read – Featured Reader Faith Kindness

March 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Belding Memorial Library, 344 Main Street
Ashfield, MA
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Here’s how it works: The featured writer reads recent work and describes the journey to publication, followed by Q & A. Then the floor opens to other writers, who can read for five minutes each; we also draw two names for 10-minute readings. If you want to read, put your name in the hat before 2:15. Long-time resident…

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Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Susanne Dunlap

March 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Basement

OPEN MIC & FEATURED READER Every month we host a  different guest Author to be our evenings Featured Reader. The Featured Reader reads from their writing and shares their experience as a Writer. THE BASEMENT – 21 Center Street, Northampton, MA  If you’d like a chance to read, place your name in the hat up until…

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March Medley Workshop – Rivers, Bridges & Spines Workshop with Janet E. Aalfs and María Luisa Arroyo

March 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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March Medley Workshop – How to Speak in Public with Nicole M. Young

March 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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April 2020

Writers Read/Hilltowns – Featured Reader Jan Maher

April 5 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Belding Memorial Library, 344 Main Street
Ashfield, MA
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We will meet in the Virtual Hilltowns via Zoom on April 5, 2-4 p.m. Here's how it works: To attend, email Jane Roy Brown for a link to the meeting: brownjaneroy@gmail.com.  You can sign up for Zoom video conferencing for free HERE. Hosted by Jane Roy Brown  Jan Maher's writing credits include two novels, Heaven, Indiana and Earth As It Is; one-act plays Ismene and Intruders; Most…

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Writers Night In – Something New!

April 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 pm

Okay so ….  WNO is canceled for April but we are not giving in to the pandemic. We are trying something new, our version of Selected Shorts (NPR), or Writers’ Night In. Here’s how it will work. Send us your 5-minute piece (please time it), prose or poetry (not more than 2 poems) and we will pull…

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Making Effective Submissions – Online Workshop

April 11 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Online

Would you like to get your writing published in literary journals? In this workshop, learn the basics of making submissions to find an audience for your work. We will cover establishing goals, preparing and sending submissions, and managing responses. Please be in touch with us HERE if you would like to attend.   We will send you an…

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May 2020

ZOOM – Writers Read/Hilltowns – Featured Reader Chris O’Carroll

May 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Belding Memorial Library, 344 Main Street
Ashfield, MA
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We will meet in the Virtual Hilltowns via Zoom on May 3, 2-4 p.m. Here's how it works: To attend, email Jane Roy Brown for a link to the meeting: brownjaneroy@gmail.com.  You can sign up for Zoom video conferencing for free HERE. Hosted by Jane Roy Brown Featured Reader: Chris O’Carroll is the author The Joke’s on Me (White Violet Press,…

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Writers Night In! (online)- Featured Reader Lori Desrosiers

May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Basement

Writers Night Out In! March 5 @ 7:00pm ONLINE We’re live and online! Join us Tuesday May 5th on Zoom at 7:00pm for Writers Night In. RSVP wno@strawdogwriters.org to receive the Zoom link to the event. Only those who RSVP will be able to attend. Ten names will be randomly selected. The reading starts at…

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