A Writer’s Night in August

The Longmeadow Adult Center 211 Maple Road, Longmeadow, MA

The Longmeadow Adult Center & Straw Dogs Writers Guild present “A Writer’s Night” with Michael C. White on Thursday, August 18, 6:45-7:45pm. Michael is the author of seven novels, including Soul Catcher (Harper Collins), which was a Booksense and Historical Novels Review selection, as well as a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award; A Brother’s Read More

Writers Night Out in September

Big Bear Used Books & Cafe Keystone Building, 122 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, MA

Join us on Tuesday, September 6, 7-9pm at Big Bear Used Books & Café for Writers Night Out with featured writer and SDWG Emerging Writer Fellow Regine Jackson. Big Bear Used Books & Café is located in the Keystone Building, 122 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, MA. There is ample parking right across the street. Food & Read More

A Writer’s Night in September

The Longmeadow Adult Center 211 Maple Road, Longmeadow, MA

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. Masks are not currently required for indoor events. Please wear a mask Read More

Writing Funny Workshop with Terianne Falcone

Lilly Library 19 Meadow Street, Florence, MA

Whether you want to write comedy or just punch up your writing with humor, there are tips and tricks that you’d want under your belt. In fact, some of these “rules” transfer into any and all types of writing. In this two-hour free workshop, Terianne Falcone shares some of the standard techniques such as “The Read More

Valley Society: Black Writers of the Pioneer Valley

Leverett Library 75 Montague Rd, Montague, MA

Join Valley Society, a program of SDWG, and the Leverett Library for Black Writers of the Pioneers Valley on Tuesday, September 27 at 6:30pm for a literary reading of poetry, fiction, and works in progress by three local authors. Regine Jackson is a Straw Dog Writer's Guild Fellow who writes poetry and Young Adult fantasy, science Read More

Fall Harvest Poetry Share

Belding Memorial Library 344 Main Street, Ashfield

Join us on Saturday, October 1, from 1:30-3:00pm for a Fall Harvest Poetry Share. We will circle up and share autumn-themed poems at Belding Memorial Library in Ashfield, MA. This can be your own work or favorite work by others. Weather permitting, we will be outside under a tent. Refreshments will be provided. (Arianna, your Read More

Writers Night Out in October

Big Bear Used Books & Cafe Keystone Building, 122 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, MA

Join us on Tuesday, October 4, 7-9pm at Big Bear Used Books & Café for Writers Night Out with featured writer Janet E. Aalfs. Big Bear Used Books & Café is located in the Keystone Building, 122 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, MA. There is ample parking right across the street. Food & beverage available for sale. Read More

Straw Dog Publishers Panel and Marketplace

Northampton Center for the Arts 33 Hawley St., Northampton, MA

Join SDWG on Wednesday, October 19, from 7:00-8:30pm for our Publishers Panel and Marketplace. Eight publishers from Western MA have signed on to talk about their work, what they are seeking, and how to submit your work. They will also have merchandise for sale. No registration. Free to SDWG members. $5 entrance fee for non-members. Read More

A Writer’s Night in October

The Longmeadow Adult Center 211 Maple Road, Longmeadow, MA

Straw Dog Writers’ Guild and the Longmeadow Adult Center present poet, actor, comedian, Chris O’Carroll, Thursday, October 20 from 6:45-7:45pm. Chris was a virtually unknown stand-up comic in the year 2000 when he self-published Take These Rhymes . . Please: Rude Limericks and Other Crimes Against Literature and began hawking that volume after the show Read More

Calling Straw Dog Authors for the 9th Annual Author Showcase

Forbes Library Coolidge Museum, 20 West Street, Northampton, 01060

Calling Straw Dog authors with books published in the last year Straw Dog Writers Guild and Forbes Library invite Straw Dog Writers Guild members with a book published in 2022 to read as part of the 2023 annual Author Showcase. If interested in being part of the Showcase, please indicate your interest by emailing strawdogsubmission@gmail.com. Read More

Writers Night Out November

Big Bear Used Books & Cafe Keystone Building, 122 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, MA

Join us on Tuesday, November 1, 7-9pm at Big Bear Used Books & Café for Writers Night Out with featured writer Ellen Meeropol. Big Bear Used Books & Café is located in the Keystone Building, 122 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, MA. There is ample parking right across the street. Food & beverage available for sale. No Read More

Straw Dog Writers Arrive at 5

Forbes Library Coolidge Museum, 20 West Street, Northampton, 01060

On Wednesday, November 2 at 5:00pm, Forbes Library and Straw Dog Writers Guild will host November's Arrive at 5 with the Northampton Chamber of Commerce. Be there to network and talk with Straw Dog members.

A Writer’s Night in November

The Longmeadow Adult Center 211 Maple Road, Longmeadow, MA

The Longmeadow Adult Center and Straw Dog Writers Guild are delighted to present “A Writer’s Night” with poet and memoirist Stephanie Shafran on Thursday, November 17 from 6:45-7:45pm. Awakening, Stephanie’s chapbook, was published in 2020. Her work has appeared in journals such as Earth’s Daughters, Slant, Persimmon Tree, and Silkworm. Anthologies featuring Stephanie’s writing include Read More

Crash Course on Using Dialogue

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A Crash Course on Using Dialogue. Or, how to avoid “Hi, how are you?” / “I’m fine, thanks. And yourself?” / “Just wonderful.” / “That’s great to hear. Have a nice day.” / “You as well!” with Morgan Talty will be held virtually via Zoom on Saturday, November 19, from 10:30am-12noon. Register HERE. “Don’t ever Read More

Writers Night Out December

Big Bear Used Books & Cafe Keystone Building, 122 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, MA

Join us on Tuesday, December 6, 7-9pm at Big Bear Used Books & Café for Writers Night Out with featured writer Michael Favala Goldman. Big Bear Used Books & Café is located in the Keystone Building, 122 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, MA. There is ample parking right across the street. Food & beverage available for sale. Read More

Workshop: Anyone Can Write About Food

Forbes Library Coolidge Museum, 20 West Street, Northampton, 01060

In the beloved Pixar movie, Ratatouille’s muse, Chef Gusteau, has a motto: Anyone Can Cook! With this as our inspiration for food writing, we’ll learn about the genre, explore story types, identify comment elements, try our hand at writing and sharing food vignettes, and workshop food story pitches for publication. You’ll take home resources and Read More

A Writer’s Night in December

The Longmeadow Adult Center 211 Maple Road, Longmeadow, MA

The Longmeadow Adult Center and Straw Dog Writers Guild present “A Writer’s Night” with Gail Thomas on Thursday, December 15 from 6:45-7:45pm. Her new books of poetry are Trail of Roots, winner of the A.V. Christie award, and Leaving Paradise. She has published four other books and her poems are widely published in journals and Read More

Writers Night Out January

Big Bear Used Books & Cafe Keystone Building, 122 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, MA

Join us on Tuesday, January 3, 7-9pm at Big Bear Used Books & Café for Writers Night Out with featured writer Rick Paar. Big Bear Used Books & Café is located in the Keystone Building, 122 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, MA. There is ample parking right across the street. Food & beverage available for sale. No Read More

9th Annual Author Showcase: A Celebration of Members’ Books

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9th Annual Author Showcase: A Celebration of Members’ Books Join us on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 via Zoom from 6:30-8:00pm. Register HERE for this online event. Brief readings from new books by members of Straw Dog Writers Guild: Steven D. Brewer, Audrey Child, Roxanne E. Bogart, Martha McCollough, Rick Paar, Bela Breslau, Sharon Tracey, Cheryl Read More

Comes the Dark Poetry Share

Belding Memorial Library 344 Main Street, Ashfield

Come share winter and darkness-themed poems. This can be your own work or favorite poems by others. Herbal brews and treats will be provided. Held in the Belding Memorial Library Meeting Room in Ashfield, MA. (Main Street/Rt 116) on Saturday, January 21, from 1:30-3:00pm. Registration requested. Call 413-628-4414 or email bmlashfield@gmail.com. Facilitated by Poet Arianna Read More