August

Word Up Next

Word Up Next is a listing of writers’ events in Salem and nearby towns. Want to add something to the calendar?  Email ellorelizabeth@gmail.com. 

 
Monday, August 27, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Witch City Writers’ Workshop
Quarto Publishing, 100 Cummings Center, Suite 265D , Beverly
 
Join our workshop! Please review submissions before you attend and be ready to offer feedback (written feedback is always welcome). Please also review the workshop guidelines in the drop-off folder. You are welcome to bring food/drink (no alcohol).  Please bring a $2 cash contribution to workshop meetings to participate. If you prefer, you can bring $30 cash for a full year of no-fee workshops.
 

 

Tuesday, August 28, 8:40 am – 11:30 pm
Writer’s Open Studio
Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St, Salem

Weekly Writing Studios at the Salem Athenaeum.  The building will be open from 9:45-12:00 every Tuesday (unless announced otherwise). Feel free to come by and write in a quiet peaceful setting. Come for as long as you’d like–for 20 minutes or all three hours.

For more info 

 

September

 
Tuesday, September 4, 8:40 am – 11:30 pm
Writer’s Open Studio
Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St, Salem

Weekly Writing Studios at the Salem Athenaeum.  The building will be open from 9:45-12:00 every Tuesday (unless announced otherwise). Feel free to come by and write in a quiet peaceful setting. Come for as long as you’d like–for 20 minutes or all three hours.

For more info 

 

 
Tuesday September 4, 7:30-9:30 pm
Salem Writer’s Group
Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St, Salem

All are welcome to bring work-in-progress to share with the group for feedback. The group is facilitated by J.D. Scrimgeour, Professor of English, Salem State University.

For more info 

 

Wednesday, September 5, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Symbiotic Earth
Gloucester Writer’s Center, 126 East Main St, Gloucester
 
Details to follow
 

 

Saturday, September 8, 3 PM – 4:30 PM
Powow River Poets Reading Series
Newburyport Public Library, 94 State St, Newburyport

Join us for an afternoon of poetry with the Powow River Poets! Readings are free, accessible, and open to the public. The poets reading this month are Catherine Chandler and James Najarian. Come early to sign up for open mic! 

For more info

 
Monday, September 10, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Open Mic
Gloucester Writer’s Center, 126 East Main St, Gloucester
 
Read for five minutes. Bring your words. Get heard.
 

 

Tuesday, September 11, 8:40 am – 11:30 pm
Writer’s Open Studio
Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St, Salem

Weekly Writing Studios at the Salem Athenaeum.  The building will be open from 9:45-12:00 every Tuesday (unless announced otherwise). Feel free to come by and write in a quiet peaceful setting. Come for as long as you’d like–for 20 minutes or all three hours.

For more info 

 

Wednesday, September 12, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Ipswich Poetry Group
Ipswich Library, Collins Room, 25 N Main St, Ipswich

The Ipswich Poetry Group meets upstairs on the second and fourth Wednesdays every month at 6:30pm to share poems in progress and give and receive feedback. All are welcome!  Email ipswichpoetrygroup@gmail.com with questions or call Sarah at 617-584-7025.

 

Saturday, September 15, 11 am – 1:30 pm
North Shore Poets’ Forum: Along the Way, by Ray J. (Whittier)
Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St, Beverly
 
Each meeting will feature a presentation on a poet, movement or form that should be of general interest to members. After the program, members are encouraged to bring an original poem and six to 10 copies for members to offer gentle critique.
 

 

Sunday, September 16, 2-4 pm
“Poetry Salon”: The Poems of Emily Dickinson and How They Influenced the Poetry of Marblehead Poet Claire Keyes
Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St, Marblehead

On Sunday, September 16th, the Poetry Salon at the Abbot Public Library commences with a discussion of the influence of Emily Dickinson on contemporary poetry. One of the greatest American poets, Dickinson has influenced many poets, including Marbleheader Claire Keyes, who will present some of her poems and address Dickinson’s impact on her.

For more info 

 

Monday, September 17, 6:30 am – 8:30 pm
Meet & Greet: Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators
Whitelam Books, 610 Main St., Reading, MA
 
 
Join us for a casual event open to writers and illustrators at all levels and from all genres. Get to meet each other and gain some insights into author events at your local bookstore over a cup of tea or coffee and some sweet treats. Bring your business cards to share and a few bucks to spend if you’d like to buy a locally written book from a locally run bookstore. If you have published a book or assembled an art portfolio, please feel welcome to bring it along to introduce your work to the group.
 
 

 

Tuesday, September 18, 8:40 am – 11:30 am
Writer’s Open Studio
Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St, Salem

Weekly Writing Studios at the Salem Athenaeum.  The building will be open from 9:45-12:00 every Tuesday (unless announced otherwise). Feel free to come by and write in a quiet peaceful setting. Come for as long as you’d like–for 20 minutes or all three hours.

For more info 

 

Tuesday September 18, 7:30-9:30 pm
Salem Writer’s Group
Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St, Salem

All are welcome to bring work-in-progress to share with the group for feedback. The group is facilitated by J.D. Scrimgeour, Professor of English, Salem State University.

For more info 

 

Wednesday, September 21-22

Salem Literary Festival

Tabernacle Church, 50 Washington Street, Salem MA
 
Featuring:

Author readings, panels, talks, signings and family activities

Opening Keynote  Madeline Miller, author of #1 New York Times bestseller, Circe

Closing Keynote  Authors in Conversation: Lisa Genova author of New York Times bestseller and major motion picture Still Alice and Joseph Deitch author of Elevate!
 
And readings by:
Brunonia Barry
Janet Benton
Eric Jay Dolin
Jane C. Esther
Julia Glass
Hannah Kimberly
Stephen McCauley
Matthew Phillion
David Roper
Paul Tremblay
Meghan Weir
Joan Wilking
 

 

 

Friday, September 21; 4 – 5 p.m.
Kids Author & Cartoonist Mark Parisi
Essex Public Library, 30 Martin St, Essex, MA
 

Author and Cartoonist Mark Parisi will speak about his transition from cartoons to his novels “Marty Pants” Appropiate for ages kindergarten and up

For more info

 
 
Friday, September 21; 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Readers & Writers Guild: Featured Reader Paul Hostovsky
Christ Church of Hamilton & Wenham, 149 Asbury Street, South Hamilton

Our Readers & Writers Guild meets the third Friday of select months to hear a featured reader as well as share open mic time, peruse attendee’s books for sale, and enjoy pot luck refreshments.  All are welcome!  

Paul’s poems have been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, The Writer’s Almanac, and Best of the Net. He has been published in Poetry, Passages North, Carolina Quarterly, Shenandoah, New Delta Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Atlanta Review, Poetry East, The Sun, and many other journals and anthologies.

 

Saturday 22, 11 am – 3 pm
Writing Retreat at the Word Barn
The Word Barn, 68 Newfields Road, Exeter, NH
 

I’m so pleased to announce the Witch City Writers’ very first writing retreat to be held at The Word Barn at 66 Newfields Road, Exeter, New Hampshire.

Our agenda will include:
– Introductions
– Writing prompt(s)
– Time to write together
– Speaker: Ursula DeYoung, GrubStreet instructor and author of SHORECLIFF
– Q&A
– Happy hour to follow at The Thirsty Moose (please RSVP for the happy hour via its own meetup–coming soon)

 

 

 
Tuesday, September 25, 8:40 am – 11:30 pm
Writer’s Open Studio
Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St, Salem

Weekly Writing Studios at the Salem Athenaeum.  The building will be open from 9:45-12:00 every Tuesday (unless announced otherwise). Feel free to come by and write in a quiet peaceful setting. Come for as long as you’d like–for 20 minutes or all three hours.

For more info 

 

Tuesday, September 25, 9:30 am to 11: 00 am
Winter Street Writers
Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St, Beverly

We are a Beverly-based writing group. For inquiries, please contact Liz Ciampa at erc7@comcast.net

For more info 

 
Tuesday, September 25, 6:00 pm to 7: 30 pm
Poetry Open Mic
Amesbury Public Library, 149 Main St, Amesbury

The library hosts a monthly poetry series with an open mic. Each month there will be a featured poet followed by a discussion, an open mic and light refreshments. Stephen Wagner, Amesbury Poet Laureate, hosts this event.

For more info 

 

Wednesday, September 26, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Ipswich Poetry Group
Ipswich Library, Collins Room, 25 N Main St, Ipswich

The Ipswich Poetry Group meets upstairs on the second and fourth Wednesdays every month at 6:30pm to share poems in progress and give and receive feedback. All are welcome!  Email ipswichpoetrygroup@gmail.com with questions or call Sarah at 617-584-7025.

October

Saturday, October 6, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Writing Prompt Workshop with Scribbler’s Ink

Nahant, Ma

Do you love to write? Do you think you might like to write? Did you used to love to write before your inner critic took your muse hostage? No matter if you are an aspiring or a seasoned writer, one rule is the same of all; you need to put pen to paper and write. 

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Saturday, October 6, 11 am – 1:30 pm

North Shore Poets’ Forum: Roberta Hung, TBA

Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St, Beverly  

Each meeting will feature a presentation on a poet, movement or form that should be of general interest to members. After the program, members are encouraged to bring an original poem and six to 10 copies for members to offer gentle critique.   For more info

Saturday, October 6, 2:00 pm

Scary Stories – New England Premiere!

Peabody Essex Museum

Over the course of its three volume run, Arthur Schwartz’s Scary Stories introduced children to urban legends and folk tales of terror, featuring ghastly illustrations now infamous for making them the most frequently banned books of our time. This documentary follows the author’s son, Peter Schwartz, in an exploration of the collection’s legacy, and many controversies, with interviews from iconic children’s authors R.L. Stine, Debbie Dadey, Bruce Coville, and Q.L. Pearce

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Wednesday, October 10, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Ipswich Poetry Group

Ipswich Library, Collins Room, 25 N Main St, Ipswich

The Ipswich Poetry Group meets upstairs on the second and fourth Wednesdays every month at 6:30pm to share poems in progress and give and receive feedback. All are welcome!  Email ipswichpoetrygroup@gmail.com with questions or call Sarah at 617-584-7025.

For more info

Thursday, October 18, 2018 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Writers Series: Ann Taylor

Ellison Campus Center, Salem State University, 1 Meier Drive, Salem, MA 01970, Metro Room

Ann Taylor is a Professor of English at Salem State University in Salem, Mass. where she teaches both literature and writing courses. She has written two books on college composition, Short Model Essays (Little Brown) and Shaping the Short Essay (Harper Collins) and a collection of personal essays, Watching Birds: Reflections on the Wing (Ragged Mountain/McGraw Hill). Her first poetry book, The River Within, won first prize in the 2011 Cathlamet Poetry competition at Ravenna Press. A chapbook, Bound Each to Each, was published in 2013 (Finishing Line Press).  Her most recent collection, published in 2018, Héloïse and Abélard: the Exquisite Truth (Word Tech Communications) is based on the famous twelfth-century story of their lives. She is now working on a manuscript entitled In the Writing Zone. 

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