Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bridging Writers Event

BRIDGING WRITERS AUTHOR SERIES PRESENTS

   National Poetry Month 

 Monday, April 3, 2017
 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Thayer Memorial Library

    Christian Reifsteck – Turning Turf





ITurning Turf, poet and photographer, Christian Reifsteck, considers themes of  decay, rupture, and sacrilege, suturing, healing, and grace within the framework of the Irish practice of harvesting turf. In Ireland, harvesting turf has traditionally involved cutting sod from the bog, laying it out to dry and turning it periodically,  and then burning it for fuel. The poems and photographs in this impassioned collection guide the reader into the depths of life and soul to cut, turn, dry, and  eventually burn the turf contained deep within us.

 Christian Reifsteck’s work has appeared in numerous journals both online and in  print. He holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Vermont and teaches in Massachusetts. Turning Turf is his first book.

For more information please check out our blog at http://sevenbridgewriters.blogspot.com/
Questions can be emailed to 7bridgewriterscollaborative@gmail.com

Friday, March 17, 2017

Registration CLOSED for the
TUESDAY and THURSDAY Spring
Creative Writing Groups

SPACE AVAILALBE IN THE FRIDAY SESSION ONLY


Please see individual writing group descriptions at 

To register for a writing group, click here: https://goo.gl/forms/ZH8mBKLGzjqLHdN62

All participants must register through the registrar in order to be considered for placement in a writing group.  The Spring Session begins the week of March 20, 2017.  You will receive an email with your placement after registration ends.

Writing groups require preregistration and are filled on a “first come, first served” basis.  We ask that participants plan regular attendance, and if for some reason that becomes impossible, that people withdraw from the current session to allow for those on the waiting list. 

Questions about the writing groups may be sent to 

CREATIVE WRITING GROUPS MEET AT THAYER MEMORIAL LIBRARY 
IN THE TRUSTEES ROOM

Friday, March 10, 2017

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SEVEN BRIDGE PRESENTS

Saturday, March 18, 2017
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Thayer Memorial Library

            Flying and Leaping:
The Power of Figurative Language in Fiction
with John Stazinski


Ordinary words convey only what we know already;
it is from metaphor that we can best get hold of something fresh.
                                                                      Aristotle

Figurative language is a kind of shortcut in prose (and poetry)--leaps of a powerful kind that transport the reader beyond the page to a deeper  understanding of story and of self. When Pablo Neruda writes, “There is no  place wider than grief,” we understand grief in a new way - as wide, desolate space that may or may not be crossed. It’s a metaphor that creates new  connections in the reader mind, helping the reader to see beyond words and images to new meaning, and to what is otherwise inexpressible.

In this hands-on workshop we will look at the way figurative language functions to enrich the style and themes of our stories.  We will look at the types of figurative language available to the writer and explore how, when, and why they are used by looking at examples and by making some leaps of our own.



John Stazinski's work has most recently appeared in the Southern Review, the Missouri Review, the Glimmer Train Stories, the Hopkins Review, and the Chattahoochee Review. He teaches writing and literature at Quinsigamond Community College.




Monday, February 27, 2017

Bridging Writers Author Series

BRIDGING WRITERS AUTHOR SERIES PRESENTS
 Monday, March 6, 2017
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Thayer Memorial Library

     Ursula Wong – Amber Wolf



Ludmelia Kudirka is running for her life.

When the brutal Russian soldiers invade 1940’s Lithuania, they ravage the  countryside and the people. After her mother is murdered, young Ludmelia Kudirka flees to the safety of the forest. Vowing vengeance, she joins the partisans fighting for freedom in a David-and-Goliath struggle against the mighty Soviet war machine.

A Russian officer ordered to crush the partisans becomes enraged by Ludmelia’s escape, and the guerrilla warfare that is harassing his forces. Marshaling his killer instincts, he pursues Ludmelia and her fellow warriors into the dark forest, where he encounters something he never expected.

Ursula Wong lived and worked on the family dairy farm started by her grandparents, who fled Eastern Europe and the Bolsheviks for a better life in the U.S. After losing her father as a young girl, Ursula overcame poverty and went on to become a high tech engineer. An adventurous traveler, scuba diver, and hiker, Ursula writes gripping stories about strong women struggling against impossible odds to achieve their dreams. Her work has appeared in Everyday Fiction, Spinetingler Magazine, and the popular Insanity Tales anthologies. 

Her award-winning novel, Purple Trees, exposes a dark side of rural New England life. It's the story of a na├»ve girl who loses her parents, and grows up fast to find work and build a future, when the weight of the past threatens everything she loves. 

Ursula taps her heritage in her upcoming WW II novel, Amber Wolf. Destitute after her parents are taken by Russian soldiers, young Ludmelia Kudirka joins the farmers fighting for freedom in a David-and-Goliath struggle against the mighty Soviet war machine. Rich with scenes and legends      of Lithuania, Amber Wolf will be available on Amazon in 2016.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Spring Writing Group Registration

Registration NOW OPEN for the
Spring Creative Writing Groups

Please see individual writing group descriptions at 

To register for a writing group, click here: https://goo.gl/forms/ZH8mBKLGzjqLHdN62

All participants must register through the registrar in order to be considered for placement in a writing group.  The Spring Session begins the week of March 20, 2017.  You will receive an email with your placement after registration ends.

Writing groups require preregistration and are filled on a “first come, first served” basis.  We ask that participants plan regular attendance, and if for some reason that becomes impossible, that people withdraw from the current session to allow for those on the waiting list. 

Questions about the writing groups may be sent to 
7bridgewriterscollaborative@gmail.com


CREATIVE WRITING GROUPS MEET AT THAYER MEMORIAL LIBRARY 
IN THE TRUSTEES ROOM
           

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

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SEVEN BRIDGE WRITERS COLLABORATIVE PRESENTS

  Saturday, February 18, 2017
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Thayer Memorial Library

  The Forest and the Trees: The Role of an Editor
Panel Discussion


"When you write a book,” noted Stephen King. “You spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you're done, you have to step back and look at the forest."

Book editing is complex, artful, and collaborative, and when done well, absolutely invisible. What are the nuts and bolts of the editorial process? Is there such a thing as a creative editor these days? What does a successful  working relationship between editor and writer look like? Join SBWC on February 18,  as we take the long view with editors Mary Anne Faughan, Stacey Longo, and Rob Smales, in a panel discussion exploring the art and business of editing. Hollis Shore, SBWC President and Program Director, will moderate.


Mary Ann Faughnan has been writing and editing for more than thirty years in a variety of genres ranging from cable TV and newspapers to technical documentation, from marketing communications and newsletters to general non-fiction, and from fantasy sci-fi to mystery and erotic romance. She is currently Editorial Director of Bauhan Publishing in Peterborough, New Hampshire, a traditional publisher of poetry and non-fiction focused on New England authors and subjects.
Stacey Longo is a professional editor with over fifteen years experience editing and writing in the journalism, fiction, business, advertising, and publishing fields. She has worked with a variety of clients, ranging from worldwide publishers such as Pearson Education, to small presses (Storyside Press, Caliburn Press) and individual authors. In addition to her day job as a copy editor for MetLife, she is also the managing editor for Books & Boos Press.


Rob Smales is a copy editor and proofreader specializing in comprehensive content editing while preserving the writer’s voice. One half of S & L Editing, he has worked for small presses like Lucid Dream Press and Books & Boos Press, and individual authors and publishers, including Chris Robertson, David Daniel, G. Elmer Munson, and more. One anthology Rob has edited, Demonic Visions: 50 Horror Tales Book 5, was voted Best Anthology of 2015 by the eLiterary Festival of Words.






For more information please check out our blog at http://sevenbridgewriters.blogspot.com/
Questions can be emailed to 7bridgewriterscollaborative@gmail.com

Monday, January 30, 2017

Bridging Writers Author Series


BRIDGING WRITERS AUTHOR SERIES PRESENTS

  Monday, February 6, 2017 
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Thayer Memorial Library

John Bell – The Road to Concord



J. L. Bell is a writer from Newton specializing in the start of the American Revolution. He shares his work and other Revolutionary news through daily  updates on his blog, http://boston1775.blogspot.com/
John has published numerous articles about the Boston Massacre, the experiences of children in the ten years before the war, and related topics. He has also written a book-length study of Gen. George Washington’s work in Cambridge for the National Park Service. He is an associate editor of the Journal of the American Revolution and assistant editor of the Colonial Comics series. 

The Road to Concord is a new look at the start of the Revolutionary War, tracing the genesis of the fateful British march in April 1775 to little-known events of the preceding September. In that month a militia uprising in the Massachusetts countryside set off an “arms race” for artillery. Men on each side of the conflict grabbed any cannon they could find in shore batteries, ships, and merchants’ stores. In the most daring action, Bostonians stole four small cannons from militia armories under redcoat guard, hid them in a public school, smuggled them into the countryside, and eventually moved them to Concord—where a spy located them for the royal governor. The Road to Concord is the first book to tell the full story of those cannon.