A Writer’s Night in September

The Longmeadow Adult Center and Straw Dog Writers Guild present “A Writer’s Night” with Ellen Meeropol, Thursday, September 15, 6:45-7:45pm. You may register by calling 413-565-4150, option 1. (Or just show up.) The Longmeadow Adult Center is located at 211 Maple Road, Longmeadow. Bio: Ellen Meeropol is the author of the novels The Lost Women

7th Annual Author Showcase

Join Straw Dog Writers Guild and Forbes Library for an online Author Showcase on Wednesday, September 8 at 6:30pm Brief readings from new books by members of Straw Dog Writers Guild: Dusty J. Miller, Eileen P. Kennedy, Howie Faerstein, Kathryn Holzman, Meg Thacher, Jane McPhetres Johnson, Celia Jeffries, Rebecca Hart Olander., J.A. McIntosh, Lesléa Newman,

Going Viral: launching a book during the pandemic

By Ellen Meeropol We’re all terrified about what Covid-19 means for our communities, our loved ones. If we’re not frightened, we should be. Many of us are self-isolating, working remotely, not visiting friends and family except virtually. We’re washing our hands often, trying not to touch our faces, attempting to balance our reading about the Read More


Originally published in Fired Up! Green Fire Writers When the picketing started at Glen Echo Amusement Park, I was 14 and my mother wouldn’t let me go. “It’s too dangerous,” she said. “Besides, you have a job.” My family had moved to the suburban Maryland neighborhood called Bannockburn two years earlier. I had my first Read More

Listening to Other Voices By Ellen Meeropol

Listening to Other Voices Guest Blogger:  Ellen Meeropol We read for so many reasons – to be entertained, to armchair-travel, to be goosed into other ways of thinking, to learn, to experience lives very different from our own. To expand our world. We choose our books in many ways too. We browse bookstore and library Read More

February 1, 2015

Sisterhood is Still Powerful Guest Blogger: Ellen Meeropol Sisters are great, for people and for nonprofits. Sisters share the ups and downs of life. They share friends and values (well, not always), and clothes (okay, so nonprofits don’t wear clothes). For a nonprofit organization like Straw Dog Writers Guild, relying entirely on volunteer labor, sister Read More

Guest Blogger: Ellen Meeropol

Writing on the Fault Lines   I believe that literature can contribute hugely to positive social change. That stories and poems and essays and theater can illuminate injustice, open minds, and inspire us all to work to transform in our world. My favorite writers—like Kamila Shamsie and Paule Marshall, Rosellen Brown and Sadie Jones—position their Read More

March 18, 2013

SDWG Goes to AWP 2013 Boston was filled to the brim with writers last week.  The annual Association of Writers and Writing Programs 2013 Conference (AWP) attracted over 11,000 authors.  Straw Dog Founding Members, Patricia Lee Lewis, Ellen Meeropol, and Jacqueline Sheehan were invited to offer a presentation in which they shared their wisdom about Read More

December 12, 2013

In Praise of Writing Communitiesas Guest Blogger: Ellen Meeropol I’ve been thinking about how we writers spend our time. When we’re not writing, that is. Of course, there are all the regular things that people do: jobs and raising families and taking care of elderly parents and taking pets to the vet and mowing the Read More