Monday, February 27, 2017

Bridging Writers Author Series

 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

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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. 

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

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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.

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