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November 2020

Writers Night In – Featured Reader Stephanie Shafran

November 5, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
zoom

OPEN MIC & FEATURED READER Writers Night Out In! Thursday, November 5 @ 7:00pm ONLINE *We have changed our usual Tuesday to a Thursday due to the election. We’re live and online! Join us Tuesday 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…

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Memoir Workshop: Telling Stories, Finding Meaning

November 10, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
zoom

ZOOM SIGN UP/REGISTRATION - Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvd--qqDIiHdb_D90gB6efMAVN-hd4CLcr After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. In writing memoir, we are telling stories from our lives, but how do we decide which ones to tell?  And why should anyone care?  In this workshop, participants will practice…

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December 2020

GIVING TUESDAY

December 1, 2020

CELEBRATE THE STRAW DOG WRITERS’ GUILD ON #GIVINGTUESDAY DECEMBER 1 2020 may be a year we’d like to forget, but let’s end it with a celebration of giving to organizations that make a difference. Straw Dog is again participating in Giving Tuesday. We’re already well on our way to our $10,000 goal with a generous…

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Wine & Chocolate with Straw Dog Founders

December 1, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 6:55 pm
Facebook Live

Join Jacqueline Sheehan, Patricia Lee Lewis, and Ellen Meeropol for a lively discussion about Straw Dog Writers Guild, and the many accomplishments over the past 10 years. Writers in Western Mass know how to support each other. We know how to listen when the writing life is hard and cheer like crazy when we have…

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Writers Night In – Featured Reader Joshua Michael Stewart

December 1, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
zoom

  OPEN MIC & FEATURED READER Writers Night Out In! Thursday, Dec 1, 2020 @ 7:00pm ONLINE. We’re live and online! Join us Tuesday on Zoom at 7:00 pm 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…

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Artist as Witness: the upsides down and the insides out Workshop

December 5, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
zoom

Workshop for all genres: Artist as Witness: the upsides down and the insides out with Suzanne S. Rancourt Visual writing prompts, viewed literally from various points of view, strengthens character development, dialogue, and the individual writer, by learning how to see as is. We learn how to witness. Exploring what creates tension and tone in…

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Writers Read/Hilltowns – two-hour open-mic extravaganza

December 6, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Here’s how it works:   We will meet in the Virtual Hilltowns via Zoom on December 6, 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  

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January 2021

Writers Read/Hilltowns on Zoom – Featured Reader Ellen Meeropol

January 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
zoom

Writers Read will meet in the Virtual Hilltowns via Zoom on January 3rd, 2-4 p.m. Featured Reader – Ellen Meeropol Ellen Meeropol is the author of the novels Her Sister’s Tattoo, Kinship of Clover, On Hurricane Island, and House Arrest. Recent essay and short story publications include Solstice, Lilith, Ms. Magazine, Guernica, Lit Hub, The Boston Globe, and The Writers Chronicle. Her work has…

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Writers Night In – Featured Reader Floyd Cheung

January 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
zoom

OPEN MIC & FEATURED READER Writers Night Out In! Thursday, Jan 5, 2021 @ 7:00pm ONLINE. We’re live and online! Join us Tuesday on Zoom at 7:00 pm 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…

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How to Speak in Public with Nicole M. Young

January 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
zoom

Sunday, January 10, 2-4 p.m. on Zoom. Pre-registration required. There is a cap of 15 participants, so sign up early.  There is a limited number of attendees (15) and then there will be a waiting list.  To Register please send your First and Last Name, and zip code in an email to strawdogreg@gmail.com   You will receive a…

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Premise, Plot, Poetry: Three Keys to the Novel (Workshop)

January 30 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
zoom

Premise, Plot, Poetry: Three Keys to the Novel with Debra Jo Immergut Register in advance for this meeting! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. An energy-packed premise, a fluid plot, and artful prose:  these are three ingredients to a successful work of fiction. In this workshop, we’ll…

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February 2021

Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Lesléa Newman

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

OPEN MIC & FEATURED READER Writers Night Out In! Thursday, Feb 2, 2021 @ 7:00pm ONLINE. We’re live and online! Join us Tuesday on Zoom at 7:00 pm 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…

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Writers Read/Hilltowns on Zoom with Featured Reader Dr. Jane Fleishman

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

Writers Read will meet in the Virtual Hilltowns via Zoom on Feb 7, 2-4 p.m. Featured Reader – Dr. Jane Fleishman Jane Fleishman, PhD, MEd, MS, AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator, is an award-winning educator, writer, program developer, and sexuality researcher. She co-hosts a regular podcast on sex in the second half of life at www.ourbetterhalf.net and…

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Poetry Writing: Strategies for Finding Voice Through Life Experience.

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

Poetry Writing: Strategies for Finding Voice Through Life Experience with Ron Welburn. No matter how much poetry we have written, we all experience snags and dry spells. I would like to share some strategies for writing which include listening, perceiving what’s around us, understanding situational ironies, socio-political issues, and cosmic laughter. I encourage each participant…

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March 2021

Writers Night Out/In March 2021

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

Join us for Writers Night In Open Mic! March's featured reader is Sally Bellerose. To Register, email wno@strawdogwriters.org to request the Zoom link. Include your first and last name and zip code. Bio: In her writing, Sally Bellerose (she/her) loves to mess with rhythm, rhyme, and awkward emotion. Bellerose writes about caste, sex, illness, absurdity,…

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Writers Read Hilltowns March 2021

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

Join us for Writers Read / Hilltowns! On Sunday, March 7th from 2-4pm our featured reader is Stephanie Shafran. To attend, email Jane Roy Brown at brownjaneroy@gmail.com for a link to the meeting. You can sign up for Zoom video conferencing for free HERE. Bio: Stephanie Shafran lives in Western MA. Her poetry and prose…

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Jump-Start a Story: A Sisters in Crime Workshop

March 13 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
zoom

The Surrealists used to pool their money and buy a one-way ticket to the furthest destination they could afford. They'd send one person off on an adventure and they'd have to make their way back somehow, and tell the others all about it when they returned. Along the way, they’d collect talismans that helped them…

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April 2021

Writers Night In: April 2021

April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
zoom

Join us for Writers Night In Open Mic on Tuesday, April 6, 7:00pm. To Register, email wno@strawdogwriters.org to request the Zoom link. Include your first and last name and zip code. Our featured writer is Sharon Tracey. Bio: Sharon Tracey is a poet and editor and author of two full-length poetry collections: Chroma: Five Centuries…

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How To Injure Your Characters

April 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
zoom

Dr. David Page will cover how, when, what, where in a story to place a trauma scene, as well as how to construct the scene with appropriate details. Specifics of head and neck, chest, abdomen and extremity injuries will be briefly covered. Also, the U.S. trauma system will be described to permit the writer to…

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Writers Read Hilltowns, April 2021

April 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
zoom

Join us for Writers Read / Hilltowns! On Sunday, April 11 from 2-4 pm our featured reader is Ann Averill. To attend, email Jane Roy Brown at brownjaneroy@gmail.com for a link to the meeting. Bio: Ann C. Averill is the author of Teacher Dropout, Finding Grace in an Unjust School based on her true story…

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