Writers Read Hilltowns July

Join us for Writers Read / Hilltowns! On Sunday, July 11 from 2-4 pm our featured reader is Dr. Jim Brosnan. To attend, email Jane Roy Brown at brownjaneroy@gmail.com for a link to the meeting. Reader Bio: Dr. Jim Brosnan holds the rank of full professor at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. Jim

Writers Night Out/In July

Join us for Writers Night In Open Mic on Tuesday, July 6, 7:00pm. Registration required. Click HERE to register. Our featured writer is JoAnne Silver Jones. Writer Bio: In her first book, a memoir, Headstrong: Surviving a traumatic brain injury, JoAnne Silver Jones tells of her journey from suffering an act of random violence that

Black Writers Read: Juneteenth, One Year Later

On Friday, June 19, 2020, Valley Society hosted an over 3-hour virtual event, convening 16 Black writers from across the country to share their work. Seeing the need to sustain this platform, we launched the series, Black Writers Read. Join us, one year later in celebration of Juneteenth, to hear from members of Valley Society

An Exploration of Flash Fiction & Flash Memoir

Join us online on June 16 from 6:30 – 8:00pm for An Exploration of Flash Fiction & Flash Memoir. Flash takes everything we love about compelling stories – the complexity, nuance, characters, emotion, tension, stakes – and delivers it all in an impossibly short high-wire act that leaves us deeply affected and that resonates long

Writers Read / Hilltowns June

Join us for Writers Read / Hilltowns! On Sunday, June 6 from 2-4 pm our featured reader is Howie Faerstein. To attend, email Jane Roy Brown at brownjaneroy@gmail.com for a link to the meeting. Bio: Howie Faerstein is the author of two chapbooks: Play a Song on the Drums, he said and Out of Order

Writers Night Out/In June

Join us for Writers Night In Open Mic on Tuesday, June 1, 7:00pm. Registration required. Click HERE to register.  Our featured writer is Shanta Lee Gander. Bio: Shanta Lee Gander’s work has been featured in many publications and is the 2020 recipient of the Arthur Williams Award for Meritorious Service to the Arts and 2020

Voices for Resistance online program on May 19

VOICES FOR RESISTANCE PROGRAM TO FEATURE SIX REGIONAL WRITERS WHO TACKLE ISSUES OF SOCIAL JUSTICE Six regional writers will be featured at the Voices for Resistance May 19 event. Sponsored by the Straw Dog Writers Guild and Forbes Library, the readings will begin at 7 p.m. The event is online and open to the public Read More

The “A” and “B” Stories of Our Lives

by Stephanie Shafran Did you know each of us has an “A” story and a “B” story to our lives? I first heard about this concept at a featured reading by Ann Averill, a talented local author who recently published her memoir “Teacher Dropout: Finding Grace in an Unjust School”. Summarizing these main ideas from Read More

If a Dog Shows Up in Your Story

By Jacqueline Sheehan I never intended to include a dog in my 2007 novel, Lost & Found, but once a barrel-chested black lab showed up in the story line, there was no going back. He had a big personality and kept muscling his way into each scene. And I am so glad that he did. Read More

Jump-Start a Story: A Sisters in Crime Workshop

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