Monday, January 30, 2017

Bridging Writers Author Series


  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,
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. 

Monday, January 23, 2017



The Poetry Room
Monday, January 23rd, 2017
(Meets Monthly on the 4th Monday of the Month)
6:30 – 8:30 PM
The Parlor, First Church
725 Main Street, Lancaster, Massachusetts


Looking for a place to connect with fellow poets and share conversation? SBWC hosts a monthly gathering designed to bring local poets together to discuss all things poetry in a relaxed, welcoming venue.  The Poetry Room offers local poets the chance to share work, discuss craft, and support each other in the creative process.  The Poetry Room is open to all and is facilitated by local poets, Christian Reifsteck and Joyce Hinckley.  Please join them as SBWC tries to serve the needs of local poets. For question, please contact us at And Welcome!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Flash Fiction Workshop

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Flash Fiction with Winona Wendth
Saturday, January 21, 2017
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Thayer Memorial Library
      717 Main Street, Lancaster, MA

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 coursesat 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 acollection of memoiristic essays and working on a short novel.

Please join us for this free workshop.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Advanced Fiction Class

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.  

Rich is a poet, an accomplished songwriter and musician and the author of three novels, The Color of Home, The Big Wide Calm, and The Beauty of the Fall.  Previously, he enjoyed a successful career as a technology executive, managing several multi-billion dollar businesses for Fortune 500 companies.


please note:  registration will not be complete without a writing sample (if needed) and payment