Seven Bridge Sessions - Classes and Workshops for Writers





Seven Bridge Sessions
Classes and Workshops for Writers

2016 - 2017 


PLEASE SEE INDIVIDUAL EVENTS FOR TIMES, LOCATIONS AND FEES.
For questions, contact us at 7bridgewriterscollaborative@gmail.com

To preregister (recommended, but not required) for any of the third Saturday of the month workshops, click the links below individual events, or click below:

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Preregistration and payment is required for Fiction Essentials and From Idea to Printed PageTo register and pay for either of these eventsplease see the individual listings. 
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Saturday, September 17, 2016
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Thayer Memorial Library

  
             Mining Family Stories To Hone Your Writing Voice,
with Jill Hackett and Steve Layt

Mining Family Stories will help you identify your Inherited Voice by distinguishing  the environmental influences that shaped your early communications.  What your family discussed and allowed, what the family values were, shape—even today—the way you approach your writing. You will begin a short history of your Inherited Voice—when you were silenced, when you were encouraged, when your voice soars naturally.  Through a series of exercises and sharing, we  will identify aspects of your Inherited Voice.  We will also identify juicy family stories that can be used for memoir, and for continuing this exploration of your inherited Voice.

 For example, when Jill interviewed Caroline Bird, her father was one of the first  Associated Press Writers, and she was an only child.  At the dinner table, global  politics was the main course of conversation, and Caroline was invited to the  discussion. As a result, her Inherited Voice honed her ability to look at cultural  and political patterns. She was well positioned to contribute to the feminist movement, and wrote Born Female, What Women Want, and The Two Paycheck Marriage, among others.    


 
Jill Hackett is an author, teacher and consultant. Jill brings her hands-on and academic experience to the issue of women, voice, and writing. 

First trained as a technical writer for over 20 years, Jill was taught to write mute—nothing breathing, just the facts. Erase the person from the piece. This  discipline of structure and function over voice both strengthened her writing craft, and fueled Jill’s desire to understand the art of writing: to find her voice.

She apprenticed herself to women authors ages 24 to 84, and learned how they discovered, defined, and developed their writing voice. In her ongoing workshops and seminars, she continues to help women find their authentic creative voice. Jill earned a Ph.D. in communications and has degrees in mathematics, human development and psychology from Vassar, Harvard, and The Union Institute & University, with advanced training in counseling and consulting psychology from Northeastern.

She’s an East coast writer with an Italian muse, having taken her junior year abroad–40 years late.  Some stories of her Italian adventures are sprinkled in the blog.    


Steve Layt is the Founder of Glide Path leadership and a member of staff at The Coaches Collective International (CCI).  He has built a Global Coaching and Consulting Practice.  Steve  is  a former Fortune 500 Executive with more than 25 years of Senior Leadership Experience including roles as the former President of Applebee's, the world’s largest casual dining restaurant company with more than $4.5 billion in annual revenues. Steve understands better than most the incredible demands of balancing and prioritizing a busy life, family and career.

Happily married for 20+ years and a father of three, Steve is skilled in coaching around values, work­balance, and helping his clients get more connected to their emotional selvesto help discover their authenticity and to find peaceso that their whole life can be lived & fully connected to what is most important.  This includes mining family stories and clarifying personal values.

Please join us for this free workshop.
To preregister (recommended), click here:

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Ten-Week Course 

            Fiction Essentials With Rich Marcello  

Wednesday Evenings, 
September 14 – November 16, 2016
 6:00 – 9:00 PM
The Parlor, First Church 
725 Main Street, Lancaster, Massachusetts


Each three-hour class will be divided into two sections. In the first section, we’ll explore different aspects of the craft of fiction, as detailed below. In the second section, we’ll focus on scenes written by the students and provide positive, constructive feedback on how each author might further develop his or her  work.

Week One:    The Anatomy of a Scene
Week Two:   The Fictive Dream
Week Three: Point of View, Voice, and Time
Week Four:   Plot, Tension, and Raising the Stakes
Week Five:   Characters
Week Six:     The First and Last Chapter
Week Seven: Dialogue Versus Narrative Summary
Week Eight:  How to Build a World
Week Nine:   Common Issues
Week Ten:    Putting It All Together


Prerequisites: Some level of previous experience writing fiction, either through classwork, seminars, or self-study. Each student must submit a sample of his or her writing, preferably a scene between six and ten double-spaced pages, as part of the application process for this class.



Rich Marcello is a poet, an accomplished songwriter and musician, a creative writing teacher at Seven Bridge Writers' Collaborative, and the author of three novels, The Color of Home, The Big Wide Calm, and the forthcoming, The Beauty of the Fall, due out in 2016. Previously, he enjoyed a successful career as a technology executive, managing several multi-billion dollar businesses for Fortune 500 companies.

The Color of Home was published in 2013 by Langdon Street Press, and melds together honest generative dialogue, poetic sensory detail, and “unforgettable characters who seem to know the complete song catalog of Lennon or Cohen.” The Big Wide Calm was published in 2014, also by Langdon Street Press. The US Review of Books stated, “Marcello’s novel has a lot going for it. Well-written, thought-provoking, and filled with flawed characters, it meets all of the basic requirements of best-of-show in the literary fiction category.” The Beauty of the Fall will be published in 2016. Faulkner Award Winner Mark Spencer commented, “Few novels are as intelligent and relevant as The Beauty of the Fall. Almost none is as eloquent, compelling, heartbreaking, and ultimately, uplifting.”

As anyone who has read Rich’s work can tell you, his books deal with life’s big questions: love, loss, creativity, community, aging, self-discovery. His novels are rich with characters and ideas, crafted by a natural storyteller, with the eye and the ear of a poet. For Rich, writing and art-making are about connection, or as he says, about making a difference to at least one other person in the world, something he has clearly achieved many times over, both as an artist, a mentor, and a teacher.

Rich lives on a lake in Massachusetts with his family and two Newfoundlands, Ani and Shaman. He is currently working on his fourth novel, The Latecomers.

        Course Fee:  $150.00 
            Preregistration Required.  To Register, click here:

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Saturday, October 15, 2016
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Thayer Memorial Library


            The Pros and Pitfalls of Modern Publishing Solutions, 
with Dale T. Phillips and Ursula Wong

Whether you are writing a novel or have already finished one, this workshop will review the spectrum of publishing solutions available for your book. We’ll discuss the pros and pitfalls of traditional publishing, small press, partnering with collectives, vanity press, and “do-it-yourself” options. Manuscript readiness, editing, contracts, revenue, and what writers can expect from each solution will be included in the comparisons. Finally, we’ll touch on goals and how to decide the best solution for your book.

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 naïve girl who loses her parents, and grows up fast to find work and build a future, while 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.

Stephen King was Dale Phillips's college writing teacher, and he's published the Zack Taylor mystery series, a supernatural thriller novel, over 60 short stories, story collections, poetry, and a non-fiction career book on interviewing. His stories have been published in a number of anthologies with other writers.


He's appeared on stage, television, and in an independent feature film. He competed on two nationally televised quiz shows, Jeopardy and Think Twice, losing on both in a spectacular fashion. He co-wrote and acted in The Nine, a short political satire film. He's traveled to all 50 states, Mexico, Canada, and throughout Europe.

Please join us for this free workshop.
To preregister (recommended) click here:

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Saturday, November 19, 2016
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Thayer Memorial Library
           

            Mara Bright: Your Story Matters – Giving Memory a Home


"During the workshop,  I plan to share my process as a memoir writer, covering such topics as how memoir and autobiography differ, what the writer’s obligation is to tell the truth, how the writer handles characters in the memoir who are alive and will recognize themselves, what structure works best for telling the writer’s story, and what the writer includes and what she leaves out.  I’ll answer other questions that arise and encourage response from  participants. 

The rest of the workshop will be dedicated to writing to prompts – first a five minute warm-up prompt, which we’ll read aloud without comment and then a longer prompt, which again we’ll share with positive feedback only.  My intention is to honor everyone’s voice and to send participants off fired-up to begin writing their own memoir."


Mara Bright is comfortable working with a diversity of people  and enjoys being of service. Early on, she applied these interests to a 22-year career teaching high school English and later running school libraries. During that time she and her family homesteaded on thirty acres of land in west central Massachusetts, raising their own food, heating with wood and living sustainably. Her experiences on the land deepened her relationship to the natural world and her connection to the sources of life.

Throughout her life she has kept her strong connection to nature, Spirit and the outdoors, often using writing as a way to ground her experiences. She has been a writer and teacher of writing for forty years. She brings to her astrology readings, bodywork and energy work a respect for the client and a trust in the guidance she receives by being connected to Spirit through her own body and breath.

Please join us for this free workshop.
Preregistration is recommended. 
To preregister, click here:

https://goo.gl/forms/zRTmkHVOTnElIGJl1

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December 2016

No Seven Bridge Session


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Year Long Course 

   Advanced Fiction Writing With Rich Marcello
  Thursday Evenings, January 26 – December, 2017
Twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays
 6:00 – 8:30 PM
24 Cove Drive
Harvard, MA 01451

Course Fee for the Year: $500

SBWC is pleased to offer a year long, advanced course on the art and craft of fiction writing. This follow-up to the Fiction Essentials course will focus on the students’ own work, providing an in-depth look at the elements of fiction including POV, dialogue, setting, scenes, narrative summary, characterization, and story, through workshops, discussion, and lectures.  

Please note that this is an advanced level course, and applicants must have completed Fiction Essentials or a suitable equivalent. Students should be prepared write regularly, to share their work in class, and, guided by the instructor, to give and receive on-the-spot feedback at the sentence, paragraph, scene, and story levels, an approach that, while specific to the work at hand, generalizes to all participants. 

Note: If an applicant has taken Fiction Essentials, a writing sample is not required with the enrollment form. If an applicant has taken an equivalent class elsewhere, please submit a writing sample of 5 to 10 pages with the application.  

Prerequisites: Some level of previous experience writing fiction, either through classwork, seminars, or self-study. Each student must submit a sample of his or her writing, preferably a scene between six and ten double-spaced pages, as part of the application process for this class.


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Rich Marcello is a poet, an accomplished songwriter and musician, a creative writing teacher at Seven Bridge Writers' Collaborative, and the author of three novels, The Color of HomeThe Big Wide Calm, and the forthcoming, The Beauty of the Fall, due out in 2016. Previously, he enjoyed a successful career as a technology executive, managing several multi-billion dollar businesses for Fortune 500 companies.

The Color of Home was published in 2013 by Langdon Street Press, and melds together honest generative dialogue, poetic sensory detail, and “unforgettable characters who seem to know the complete song catalog of Lennon or Cohen.” The Big Wide Calm was published in 2014, also by Langdon Street Press. The US Review of Books stated, “Marcello’s novel has a lot going for it. Well-written, thought-provoking, and filled with flawed characters, it meets all of the basic requirements of best-of-show in the literary fiction category.” The Beauty of the Fall will be published in 2016. Faulkner Award Winner Mark Spencer commented, “Few novels are as intelligent and relevant as The Beauty of the Fall. Almost none is as eloquent, compelling, heartbreaking, and ultimately, uplifting.”

As anyone who has read Rich’s work can tell you, his books deal with life’s big questions: love, loss, creativity, community, aging, self-discovery. His novels are rich with characters and ideas, crafted by a natural storyteller, with the eye and the ear of a poet. For Rich, writing and art-making are about connection, or as he says, about making a difference to at least one other person in the world, something he has clearly achieved many times over, both as an artist, a mentor, and a teacher.

Rich lives on a lake in Massachusetts with his family and two Newfoundlands, Ani and Shaman. He is currently working on his fourth novel, The Latecomers.
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Saturday, January 21, 2017
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Thayer Memorial Library
      Flash Fiction with Winona Wendth

The history of flash fiction and its seedlings—short-shorts, drabble, micro-fiction, and 55-words stories, not to mention those six-word memoir projects—has its roots in cave-drawings, but its branches in the internet. How much can we say in how few words? This craft workshop introduces flash fiction and its several sub-categories as both an end in itself and as a way to better understand our own longer works.  How can we use these compact forms of precision writing in which every word matters?  We’ll read some of the best 1,000-word-or-fewer flashes and write some of our own.

Winona Winkler Wendth holds an MFA in literature and writing with an emphasis on creative non-fiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She currently teaches writing, literature, and other humanities courses at Quinsigamond Community College. Her work appears frequently in print and online literary journals and was listed in Best American Essays/2010. She writes both fiction and creative non-fiction, including “flash." She is finishing a collection of memoiristic essays and working on a short novel.




Please join us for this free workshop.
Preregistration is recommended.
To preregister, click here:

https://goo.gl/forms/zRTmkHVOTnElIGJl1

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Seven-Week Course


Wednesday Evenings
 January  2 – February 15
6:30 - 8:30 PM
The Parlor, First Church
725 Main Street, Lancaster, Massachusetts



              From Idea to Printed Page - A Guide to Writing a Novel, With Ursula Wong

The purpose of this series is to discuss the work needed to go from an idea, to a finished novel. This course will help if you have asked yourself any of these questions:

·      How do I develop an idea into a novel?
·      How do I know if my idea is good enough?
·      Who can help me with my writing?
·      Will everyone hate my book?
·      I can edit my own work.  Why should I hire an editor?
·      I can’t afford to hire an editor. What should I do?
·      Should I try to find an agent or go “indie”?
·      There’s so much work involved with self-publishing.  How can I possibly do it all by myself?
·      Now that my book is done, what do I do to market it?

Join us for practical information you can apply immediately to your writing projects.

This 7-module overview course reviews key aspects of novel writing, from choosing an idea through post-launch marketing. Novices will learn how to develop and publish their novel. Seasoned writers will value the in-depth discussion on publishing options, marketing, and writing as a business.

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 naïve girl who loses her parents, and grows up fast to find work and build a future, while 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.

Visit Ursula’s popular Reaching Readers Blog on her website  http://ursulawong.wordpress.com  for flash fiction stories and information about upcoming  appearances and publications.  

                                                                              Course Fee $125.00 
                                                    Preregistration Required. To Register, click here:

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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




Please join us for this free workshop.
Preregistration is recommended.
To preregister, click here:

https://goo.gl/forms/zRTmkHVOTnElIGJl1

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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.


                                                      






Please join us for this free workshop.
Preregistration is recommended.
To preregister, click here:

https://goo.gl/forms/zRTmkHVOTnElIGJl1

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Saturday, April 15, 2017
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Thayer Memorial Library

      
 Susan Snively – The Heart Has Many Doors


Susan Snively grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and now lives in New England, where she is a guide, discussion leader, and film script writer for the Emily Dickinson Museum. She was the founder and first director of the Writing Center at Amherst College, where she worked from 1981 until 2008.  She taught courses in writing and autobiographies of women, and has published four collections of poems: From This Distance (1981), Voices in the House (1988), The Undertow (1998), and Skeptic Traveler (2005.)  

Susan Snively has received numerous Prizes and Awards for her writing, and continues to lecture and give readings. 

Besides her four books of poetry, Snively has published essays both personal and critical, and recently completed a novel, The Heart Has Many Doors, about the love affair between Emily Dickinson and Judge Otis Phillips Lord. She is the screenwriter and narrator of two documentary films on Dickinson: "Seeing New Englandly" (2010) and "My Business is to Sing" (2012), co-produced with Ernest Urvater.  She lives in Amherst with her husband, Peter Czap.


Please join us for this free workshop.
Preregistration is recommended.
To preregister, click here:

https://goo.gl/forms/zRTmkHVOTnElIGJl1

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SPECIAL EVENT in partnership with the Worcester Art Museum


Saturday, May 13, 2017
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street, Worcester Massachusetts

Workshop Fee:  $40.00 Members; $45.00 Non-members

TO REGISTER:

Christian McEwen – The Art of Looking
        
The nineteenth century artist John Ruskin encouraged all his students to draw, even if they weren’t especially good at it. “The greatest thing a human being ever does in this world is to SEE something, and tell what [they] saw in a plain way.” For most of us, such clarity of focus has become increasingly rare. There is so much to see, and it passes by so fast, on the tiny screens of our digital cameras and the larger ones of our personal computers, on TVs and videos and flashing billboards, that simply looking has become a luxury. This Saturday morning workshop will give you time to do just that–exploring the glories of the Worcester Art Museum at our own slow pace, writing, sketching, and making notes–and then gathering to share what we’ve discovered.


Christian McEwen is a writer and workshop leader who currently lives in Williamsburg, Massachusetts. She has edited four anthologies, including Jo’s Girls: Tomboy Tales of High Adventure (Beacon Press, 1997), and The Alphabet of the Trees: A Guide to Nature Writing (Teachers & Writers, 2000). Her book, World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down (Bauhan Publishing, 2011), is now in its sixth printing, and also exists in an audio format (read, in its entirety, by Christian herself). Last fall, it gave rise to a little book of slow quotes, called The Tortoise Diaries (Bauhan Publishing, 2014).

Christian has written for the Nation and The Village Voice, as well as for numerous other journals, including The Edinburgh Review of Books and the Shambhala Sun. In 2004, she helped produce the video documentary, Tomboys!  Her play, Legal Tender: Women & the Secret Life of Money, was first performed in Northampton, MA in March 2014, and enjoyed four sold-out performances. Her most recent book is Sparks from the Anvil: The Smith College Poetry Interviews (Bauhan Publishing, 2015).

Christian has also written a play, LEGAL TENDER, based on personal interviews with more than 50 women. It is intended as a creative catalyst, modeling courage and honesty for its listening audience, both through the play itself, and through a linked project known as the MONEY STORIES workshops. Together they raise awareness about women and money, trigger public conversations on the subject, and create opportunities for inspiration and empowerment. Her thesis here is a very simple one: stories give rise to other stories, courage and clarity inspire more of the same.  It is this ease, this confidence, this ability to shape and articulate our own money stories, that Christian would like to pass on to participants in her workshops, and to the community at large.                                  

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                                                                             Saturday, June 17, 2017
         10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
          Thayer Memorial Library


        The Storyside Panel

Established in 2014, The Storyside is some of New England’s finest storytellers, joining forces to bring you the best in independent fiction. As an author-centric publishing collaborative, we’ve combined the production stream of big publishing houses with the flexibility and low overhead of small press. A manuscript goes through several different types of edits (developmental, copy, line) by multiple editors before it exits the production stream as a publishable work; the average number of edits is around eight - sometimes more. We enjoy the flexibility of the small press because we do as much as we can in-house to avoid financial waste. Our authors reap the benefit while raising their work to a high standard in bringing you the best in multi-genre fiction.

Join SWBC on June 17 for a panel discussion with authors Vlad V., David Daniel, Stacey Longo, Rob Smales, and Ursula Wong as they discuss their work and the The Storyside approach to editing and publishing.


Vlad V. ~ Founder, Managing Editor, Author
         Vlad V. is the author of The Button, Yorick, and Brachman’s Underworld. His novella “The Sleep Artist was published in Insanity Tales, a collection of dark fiction, in October 2014 (Books & Boos Press). His first kids’ book, The Moon isDead!, was released in January 2015. An editor, publishing consultant, freelance writer, and former newspaper correspondent for the Lowell Sun and Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise, his work can be viewed at www.TheVlad.net. His books are  available through AmazonBarnes & Noble, Kobo, AppleSmashwords.com and most major bookstores.


 David Daniel ~ Author

            The San Francisco Examiner called David Daniel’s White Rabbit “one of the most atmospheric novels about the sixties.” He has published ten additional novels and a hundred and fifty short stories. The Heaven Stone won a Private Eye Writers of America award and was a Shamus Award finalist. He teaches at the Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School. Among his books are The Marble Kite, Goofy Foot, Reunion, and two collections of short fiction: Six Off 66 and Coffin Dust, all available at Amazon.





Stacey Longo ~ Senior Editor, Author 

            Stacey Longo is the author of Ordinary Boy, My Sister the Zombie, and Secret Things: Twelve Tales to Terrify. Her stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, including Shroud, Shock Totem, and the Litchfield Literary Review. She is a past Hiram Award winner and was a featured author on the 2014 Connecticut Authors Trail. A former humor columnist for the Block Island Times, she maintains a weekly humor blog at www.staceylongo.com. Her books are available on her website and wherever books are sold, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


Rob Smales ~ Editor, Author

            Rob Smales is the author of Dead of Winter, which won the Superior Achievement in Dark Fiction Award from Firbolg Publishing’s Gothic Library in 2014. His short stories have been published in two dozen anthologies and magazines. His story “Photo Finish” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and won the Preditors & Editors’ Readers Choice Award for Best Horror Short Story of 2012. Most recently, his story “A Night at the Show” received an honorable mention on Ellen Datlow’s list of the Best Horror of 2014, and was also nominated as best short story by the eFestival of Words. More about his work can be found at www.RobSmales.com, or you can look him up on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/Robert.T.Smales.


Ursula Wong ~ Author

            Ursula Wong grew up on a dairy farm in central Massachusetts, and went on to become a high-tech engineer. Her stories have appeared in a number of magazines, including Everyday Fiction and Spinetingler. She is a regional winner of the flash fiction contest sponsored by the New Hampshire Writer’s Project, and leads their Nashua chapter. Her debut novel, Purple Trees, is the story of a naïve girl who must grow up fast to find work and build a future, but the weight of the past threatens everything she loves. The book is available on Amazon. Her latest novel, Amber Wolf, will be released in 2016. Visit Ursula’s popular Reaching Readers Blog on her website (ursulawong.wordpress.com).

                                               
Please join us for this free workshop.
Preregistration is recommended.
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