{{Thrilled to be a part of this event hosted by Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop!}}

11am-1pm, Saturday, March 25, 2017
@Forbes Library Community Room
Northampton MA

Are you a writer struggling to complete a book-length work yet the process feels lonely and daunting? Are you new to writing and would like to learn more about the various opportunities and directions available to you? Have you been working on stories for years and would like to learn more about publishing your work, how to find an agent, what writing conference to attend, or what literary magazines to read? Are you struggling to create a more solid and committed writing routine? Are you a writer searching for community and creative inspiration?

If you felt a yes to any of these, come join us for a fun and and inspiring mingling of creative minds! We’ll begin with an informal panel/audience discussion with three local guest authors (some of whom are also editors!) who will share their experiences on topics related to building a writing life and career. We’ll talk process, revision, agents, publishing, conferences, lit mags, perseverance, etc. There will be opportunities to learn more about local writing groups, sign up for a one-day craft class or a longer writing workshop, and of course time to connect and meet fellow writers!

Open and free to everyone! Please RSVP!


JOY BAGLIO is the founder of Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop. Her short fiction appears or is forthcoming in The Iowa ReviewTin House online, New Ohio ReviewPANK, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from The New School and has worked as an editor for various NYC literary journals (currently reads for Slice Literary.)

Guest Writers/Editors:

SARAH LYNN KNOWLES is the founding editor of art/fiction/music journal Storychord.com. Her short fiction has been featured in publications such as JoylandSundog LitSlice LiteraryPerigee Publication for the Arts, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn.

ED ORZECHOWSKI is a journalist whose features and columns have appeared in The Springfield RepublicanThe Daily Hampshire Gazette, The Journal RegisterEarly American Life Magazine, and other publications. He is president of Advocacy Network and Editor of Advocacy Network News, a newsletter for families and guardians with developmental disabilities. He’s the author of the narrative nonfiction book You’ll Like It Here—The Story of Donald Vitkus, Belchertown Patient #3394 (Levellers Press).

SARA RAUCH is the author of the forthcoming story collection What Shines From It (Alternating Current Press). Her prose has appeared in HobartGravelSplit LipSo to SpeakLuna Luna, and more.

JIM SPENCER has attended oodles of writers’ workshops, conferences, and classes since he took up writing full time in 2001. While recuperating from a heart bypass, he discovered people enjoyed his writing and his stories. He is the author of two very successful mysteries and is laboring on a third in that series as well as a fantasy project that has been ten years maturing.

Cost: FREE!


The Writer’s Life: Panel & Discussion

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