Writers Night Out

WNO – Writers Night Out IN!


WNO is temporarily online while we socially distance.

Please RSVP wno@strawdogwriters.org to join us live on a secure Zoom session

the first Tuesday of the month

at 7:00pm. 

Please join us! 

WNO Zoom Host

Beth Filson

Beth Filson

Beth Filson is the host of Writers Night Out, a Straw Dog salon. Most recently she won the 2015 Wild Light Poetry Prize from Red Hen Press, and her art was featured on the cover of The Florida Review.

WNO Co-Host

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Jacqueline Sheehan

 Jacqueline Sheehan, Ph.D., is a New York Times Bestselling author. She is also a psychologist. Her novels include The Comet’s Tale a novel about Sojourner Truth, Lost & Found, Now & Then, and Picture This, The Center of the World, and The Tiger in the House. 

WNO Co-Host

Rick Paar

I’ve taught psychology, primarily counseling and psychotherapy, at Springfield College for 32 years and have been writing for 20.  Psychology and writing ask the same question, “What does it mean to be human?”  Good writing does a much better job.  Long, loopy sentences, stories with no clear resolution, versus the DSM?  No contest.

I have two grown kids, Chelsea and Nick, one son-in-law also named Nick, and a year-old grandson name Wyatt.  I write psychological articles no one reads and stories and essays that a few more do.  I have the requisite unpublished novel and another novel almost done.

Richard Wayne Horton & Stephanie Shafran

Joy Baglio at Writer Night Out

Ellen Meeropol & Jane Yolen

Joshua Michael Stewart

This is our Featured Reader (left) Emily Arsenault, selling one of her books to SD member Lanette Sweeney.