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[wptabtitle]Our Mission[/wptabtitle]


The mission of Straw Dog Writers Guild is to support the writing community in the four counties of Western Massachusetts – Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire – by strengthening, engaging and connecting writers at all levels of development.

A collaborative open to writers, writing group facilitators, readers, editors, booksellers, publishers and other organizations serving writers, Straw Dog Writers Guild is a vibrant network of resources for the writing community.

We are a volunteer organization dedicated to the craft and transformative power of writing, designed to serve writers throughout the region by promoting individual growth, community outreach and enrichment. We accomplish this directly and through our members by offering:


creative writing workshops in multiple genres, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction and memoir;

manuscript editing and revision referrals;

literary salons with local authors and publishing professionals;

outreach to under-served populations;

a welcoming space for writers to gather and network.


Building on the existing talent and resources in Western Massachusetts, Straw Dog Writers Guild envisions a diverse community of writers and kindred spirits working together to create a unique center that cultivates, motivates and supports those interested in the literary life. [/wptabcontent]

[wptabtitle]Member Offerings[/wptabtitle]


Outdoor Voice: Day-long writing retreats in the Pioneer Valley: Tap stories of the everyday and the extraordinary in open green fields, alongside a quiet pond, to the rhythm of the occasional bullfrog song. Beginners and seasoned writers welcome. June 23 with Kathy Dunn, Main Street Writers. More information here, or call (413) 221-4652.


Pulling it All Together: Preparing your Poetry Manuscript for Publication – Personal Manuscript Reviews by Perugia Press Editor Susan Kan. More information here. Perugia Press, run by Susan Kan, is a nonprofit poetry press publishing one collection of poetry each year, by a woman at the beginning of her publishing career. Her mission is to produce beautiful books that interest long-time readers of poetry and welcome those new to poetry. More Information here. [/wptabcontent]

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