Craft in the Real World Book Discussion

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

Writers Night Out/In December

Join us for Writers Night Out/In Open Mic on Tuesday, December 7, 7:00pm. Our featured writer is Justine Dymond. Register in advance for this meeting: Register HERE. 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.

Writers Read Hilltowns December

Join us for Writers Read / Hilltowns on Sunday, December 5 from 2-4pm. Our featured reader is Jane Yolen. To attend, email Jane Roy Brown at brownjaneroy@gmail.com for a link to the Zoom meeting. Bio: Jane Yolen’s published book count has reached 407. Approximately a dozen of them are volumes of adult poetry, and the

Black Writers Read: Margo Gabriel

Please join us on Saturday, December 4 at 1 p.m. ET when we host Margo Gabriel (Food, travel, culture, wine, music, art, lifestyle, self-care). She’ll read the opening essay, Where Food, Culture and People Meet, from her debut cookbook, The Expat Kitchen. We’ll also chat about her expansive writing career. Margo Gabriel is originally from

Exploring Some Japanese Poetry Forms: Writing Haiku and Tanka

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,

Black Writers Read: Aprell May

Please join us on Sunday, November 14 at 3 p.m. ET when we host Aprell May (urban creative non-fiction. journalism). She’ll read from her memoir, “Classic Fly: Essays from generational trauma to healing.” A previous salon owner, Aprell May is a trending/breaking news reporter for The Republican. She recently received her M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction

Deadline for Presenter Interest for Author Showcase December 10

Straw Dog Writers Guild and Forbes Library invite Straw Dog Writers Guild members with a book published in 2020 or 2021 to read as part of the 2022 annual Author Showcase. If interested in being part of the Showcase, please indicate your interest by emailing strawdogsubmission@gmail.com. The deadline to express interest is midnight Friday, December

Writers Read Hilltowns November

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

SDWG Annual Meeting

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

Writers Night Out/In November

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