Memoir Workshop: Telling Stories, Finding Meaning


ZOOM SIGN UP/REGISTRATION - Register in advance for this meeting: 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 Read More

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


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 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 Read More

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 Read More

Darling You’re Making a Scene


Straw Dog Writers Guild presents: “Darling, You’re Making a Scene” with Áine Greaney on Saturday, October 16, 2021 10:30 – 12:00. This workshop will be on Zoom. Registration required. Register HERE. Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, learn how to craft lively, memorable scenes that draw the reader in and make them care about your Read More

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, Read More

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 Read More

Creative Approaches to Structuring Your Essay with Nancy McCabe

Join Straw Dog Writers Guild on Wednesday, February 9 from 7:00-9:00pm for an online craft workshop: Creative Approaches to Structuring Your Essay with Nancy McCabe. This interactive presentation will focus on the devices that fiction and poetry offers us in structuring our essays. We’ll explore options from traditional narrative to lyric approaches like braids, collages, Read More

Character Whispering: Strategies for Further Insight with Justine Dymond


Join us on Saturday, April 23, 10:30am - 12:00pm for a Straw Dog Writers Guild Craft Workshop: Character Whispering: Strategies for Further Insight with Justine Dymond, Whether you are playing with possibilities for new stories or trying to get closer to a character you’ve known for a while, this workshop will offer a variety of Read More

Poetry Writing: Strategies for Finding Voice Through Life Experience with Ron Welburn

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

Join Straw Dog Writers Guild in person on Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 10:30am - 12:00pm for a craft workshop: Poetry Writing: Strategies for Finding Voice Through Life Experience with Ron Welburn. This is the long-awaited rescheduled event from last year. And it's being held by our co-sponsor the Northampton Center for the Arts. No Read More

Writing Funny Workshop with Terianne Falcone

Lilly Library 19 Meadow Street, Florence, MA, United States

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

Crash Course on Using Dialogue


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

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

Make it New (Again): An Introduction to Radical Revision

Lilly Library 19 Meadow Street, Florence, MA, United States

Do you have a poem that you just can’t get right? Sometimes the best way to get past a creative block is to throw caution to the wind and destroy what you’ve built. Join Straw Dog Writers Guild and author Adam Grabowski on Saturday, February 18 from 10:30am-12:30pm at Lilly Library in Florence, MA for Read More

Historical Research: Fact and Fiction


Historical Research: Fact and Fiction will review methods of historical research, with emphasis on first-person, or primary, sources. The presenters will be at the Swift River Valley Historical Society and will have access to their archive room. The presentation will include on-line research and problems and obstacles with historical records. The presenters will also discuss Read More

Uneven Characters: Filling in the Cracks

The Artist Cafe 1365 Main Street, Springfield, MA, United States

Writing characters can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be! In this workshop, we will go over what makes a character three-dimensional, using inspiration from ourselves and the people around us to create realistic characters (positive and negative traits, dynamic vs. static characters, etc.), and dialogue vs. action and how to utilize both to Read More

Small Publishing in a Big Universe


Join Straw Dog Writers Guild for our May craft workshop "Small Publishing in a Big Universe" with writer Steven Radecki on Sunday, May 21, 4:00-5:30pm via Zoom. Between traditional publishing and self-publishing there is small publishing. We discuss the place that independent publishers play in the publishing ecosystem, comparing and contrasting the submissions processes, benefits, Read More

Let’s Make a Scene

Lilly Library 19 Meadow Street, Florence, MA, United States

Scenes are the building blocks of screenplays. Like Legos, each one is strong and intact on its own — but its purpose is to be part of a larger structure. This is a seminar for anyone interested in the many ways screenwriting differs from prose. To get the most from our time together, read a Read More

Every 4th Reader is Listening: Getting Your Book into Their Ears

Athol Public Library 568 Main St, Athol, MA, United States

Narrator Scott Ellis shares, "As an audiobook narrator and retired teacher, I am always looking for ways to engage more people with audiobooks. I am looking forward to being with your group to walk through the entire process of audiobook production: from searching for the right narrator on the right platform, understanding the lingo used Read More

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