Jan
19
8:30 AM08:30

Honing Your Craft: Writing that Sizzles

The League of Vermont Writers' winter program, "Honing your Craft: Writing that Sizzles," will feature talks and workshops by two well-published Vermont authors: Julia Shipley and Sean Prentiss.

Julia Shipley will discuss how to make writing, whether it's a poem, essay or story, more impactful by asking "But why?" She will explore how writers can improve their writing by asking that question to determine what's smoldering at the core of their work, using examples from her own writing journey as well as those of others.

Sean Prentiss will build on the concepts presented by Shipley as he examines perceptions and misperceptions of time. In his talk, "Bengal Tiger Moments: Perception of Time on the Page," he will explain how writers can use tools, such as the five speeds of scene and three incident frequencies, to make words align with how time might move in the real world.

Both speakers will lead workshops to help writers apply these ideas to their own work. Participants are asked to bring a favorite story, poem or book by a writer they admire as well as a piece of their own creative writing. The agenda also includes the League's annual business meeting.

The program is open to writers of all abilities.

Cost: $46 for League members; $56 for non-members. Includes morning refreshments and lunch.

Registration: The deadline to register is January 6. Register online or by sending a check, payable to “League of Vermont Writers,” to LVW, P.O. Box 5046, Burlington, VT 05402. Please write "Winter Program 2019" on the memo line.

Contact: The League of Vermont Writers

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Jan
19
10:00 AM10:00

Travel Writing for the Fearless Workshop, with Dan Szczesny

From the other side of town to the other side of the world, bringing a sense of place to your writing takes more than knowing geography: you have to get comfortable with discomfort! Immersing yourself into another culture is never easy. In this workshop, we’ll explore how to be a fish out of water—the pitfalls, dangers and joys of exploring another culture and how to turn that experience into a sellable travel essay or travelogue. Be prepared to bring your own travel adventure, or one you want to take, to the discussion. This workshop will be led by author Dan Szczesny.

This event will be held at The Ford House on the campus of SNHU.

Cost: $50 for NHWP members; $70 for non-members.

Registration: The workshop is limited to 12 students. Register now to ensure your spot.

Contact: New Hampshire Writers’ Project

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Jan
21
7:00 PM19:00

Franchesca Ramsey

  • Dartmouth College, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Spaulding Auditorium (map)
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Franchesca Ramsey will be the keynote speaker at Dartmouth College’s 2019 MLK Jr. Celebration Feature Presentation. Franchesa Ramsey is a social justice advocate, comedian, actress, writer, video blogger, speaker, and writer. Her first book Well, That Escalated Quickly was published in 2018.

This is a free non-ticketed event, open to the community.

This event will be held in Spaulding Auditorium at the Hopkins Center for the Arts.

Contact: Dartmouth College

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Jan
23
6:00 PM18:00

"California Typewriter" Film Screening

The A+D Film Series presents a free screening and discussion of the film “California Typewriter,” directed by Doug Nichol. “California Typewriter” is a documentary portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse, featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, Sam Shepard, and others. It also movingly documents the struggles of California Typewriter, one of the last standing repair shops in America dedicated to keeping the aging machines clicking. In the process, the film delivers a thought-provoking meditation on the changing dynamic between humans and machines, and encourages us to consider our relationship with technology, old and new, as the digital age’s emphasis on speed and convenience redefines who’s serving whom, human or machine?

6:00 pm food and cash bar; 6:30 pm screening, followed by a discussion.

Free admission.

This event will be held at Contois Auditiorium, Burlington City Hall.

Contact: Burlington City Arts

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Jan
23
7:00 PM19:00

Allan Dooley

Lyme resident Allan Dooley, will present a talk called, “Thoughts on the Evolution of Story,” based on his book Authors and Printer in Victorian England. The discussion will touch on related themes including the relationship of form and content, the primacy of story, how a story evolves within the boundaries of its means of communication, changes in communication technologies and how they shape our relationships with stories.

Contact: Matt Brown Fine Art

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Jan
24
4:30 PM16:30

Emily Wilson (Hoffman Lecture)

  • Dartmouth College, Rockefeller 003 (map)
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Emily Wilson, Professor of Classical Studies and Chair of the Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania, and author of the recent translation of The Odyssey, will be presenting a lecture titled “Translating the Odyssey Again: How and Why.”

Why translate the Odyssey into English yet again, when there have already been almost seventy translations into our language? Prof. Wilson will discuss her working process and goals with this project, from questions of verse form and meter, pacing, style, word choice to narrative perspective, focalization and point of view. She will discuss her vision of this complex, magical, moving and absorbing text about identity, hospitality and the meanings of home.

This event will be held in Rockefeller 003 on the Dartmouth College campus. Please note that the location is subject to change; please check the Comparative Literature Program website for updates.

Contact: Dartmouth College Comparative Literature Program

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Jan
24
6:30 PM18:30

Katherine Arden, S.A. Chakraborty

Katherine Arden: The Witch of Winter

S.A. Chakraborty: The Kingdom of Copper

Contact: Phoenix Books Burlington

ADMISSION:  Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Vermont Foodbank. Your $3 ticket comes with a coupon for $5 off a copy of the featured book. Coupons expire at closing the evening of the event.

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Jan
26
1:00 PM13:00

Bookbinding Journals Workshop

Come learn how to hand-bind an art journal! Participants will learn the whole process, starting by selecting beautiful handmade papers to sewing the open-spine binding using traditional techniques, resulting in a high-quality journal for writing, drawing, doodling ... or whatever your heart desires! We will also learn how to make a button closure for our books. Participants will leave with a handmade book and a wealth of knowledge.

Cost: $85, includes materials

Registration: Register online or call (802) 888-1261

Contact: River Arts

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Jan
26
6:00 PM18:00

Stephanie Land

Northshire Bookstore and Vermont Works for Women are thrilled to bring Stephanie Land, the author of Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive to Manchester where she will be interviewed live by Jennifer Oldham, the executive director of VT Works for Women.  This event is free and open to the public.

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Jan
27
3:00 PM15:00

Martin Luther King Celebration with Kevin Young

Please join us for the 2019 MLK Multi-Faith Celebration featuring the Dartmouth Gospel Choir directed by Walt Cunningham.

Dr. Kevin Young is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and is widely regarded as one of the leading poets of his generation. Young is also poetry editor at The New Yorker.

This event will be held at Rollins Chapel in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Contact: The Leslie Center for the Humanities

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Jan
28
6:00 PM18:00

Expressive Arts - How Art Moves Your Soul Workshop

Welcome to Expressive Arts methods: An engaging experience with different modes of art making and materials—clay, painting, stitching, moving, sound, writing—to understand your potential for insight, creative curiosity, self-care, and deep connection. If you are interested in an opportunity to explore how art moves your soul, and your soul moves your art, this is the class for you!

This class meets Monday evenings from January 28 through February 18.

Cost: $136 for members; $160 for non-members

Registration: Register on the AVA website.

Contact: AVA Gallery and Art Center

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Jan
30
7:00 PM19:00

Steven Pinker (Writers on a New England Stage)

  • The Music Hall Historic Theater (map)
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Steven Pinker: Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

Cost: $13.75. For each 1-2 tickets sold, the purchase of a book voucher (Enlightenment Now, $18 paperback) is required. Vouchers can be redeemed on the event night for signed copies.

Contact: The Music Hall

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Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

Chris Bohjalian

Chris Bohjalian: The Flight Attendant

Contact: Vermont Humanities Council

“When is art activism and when is it escapism? Artists can take the risks that politicians won’t, and art can often reach people in ways that politics can’t. Author Chris Bohjalian discusses how he has used fiction to address issues as diverse as genocide, domestic violence, and teen homelessness.”

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Feb
9
1:00 PM13:00

"So You Think You Know Me?" Workshop with Ana E. Ross

In this workshop, Ana E. Ross focuses on three vital elements of characterization in storytelling: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict (GMC). Referencing characters from her books, she explains the importance of authors building such deep, personal relationships with their characters that they seem to jump off the page, right into the readers’ worlds. This interactive workshop invites you to bring a character you’re working on. We will interview your characters and find out everything you need to know about them in order to bring them to life.

Cost: $65 or NHWP members; $80 for non-members.

Registration: Registration is limited to 12 students. Register online.

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Feb
9
1:00 PM13:00

Northeast Storytellers

In honor of St. Valentine, the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum will host Northeast Storytellers, poetry/prose group, on Saturday, February 9, 1-2:30pm. Welcome to a free public event where members of NE Storytellers and guests will read their love-themed poems and stories. A prize will be awarded for the best reading and Refreshments follow the event! To participate, email: brookequillen@yahoo.com.

Contact: St. Johnsbury Athenaeum

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Feb
9
1:00 PM13:00

"So You Think You Know Me? Workshop

Instructor Ana E. Ross focuses on three vital elements of characterization in storytelling – Goal, Motivation, and Conflict (GMC). Referencing characters from her books, she explains the importance of authors building such deep, personal relationships with their characters that they seem to jump off the page, right into the readers’ worlds. This interactive workshop invites you to bring a character you’re working on. We will interview your characters and find out everything you need to know about them in order to bring them to life.

Cost: $65 for NHWP members; $80 for non-members

Registration: Limited to 12 participants; register online.

Contact: New Hampshire Writers’ Project

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Feb
9
4:00 PM16:00

A Celebration of Vermont Poetry and Poets

The Vermont Book Shop presents an afternoon of poetry and chocolates to help get you in the mood for Valentine's Day.

Featuring poets from the second edition of Roads Taken, Contemporary Vermont Poetry, attendees can nibble chocolate (quietly : ) whilst Middlebury area poets, whose work is showcased in the anthology, read selections of their work. 

Featuring:

Dede Cummings

Chard de Niord

Karin Gottshall

Syd Lea

Gary Margolis

Julia Shipley

Bianca Stone

Contact: The Vermont Book Shop

This event is free and open to the public.

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Feb
14
4:00 PM16:00

James Sturm

CCS co-founder James Sturm will read excerpts from his new graphic novel Off Season (Drawn and Quarterly), a love story about a marriage hanging on by a thread against the backdrop of the 2016 presidential elections. James’ presentation will also touch upon the drawing of dogs, crooked contractors, LSD, and 4 x 6 index cards.

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Feb
16
1:00 PM13:00

"Preparing Your Manuscript Submission for an Agent's Eyes" Workshop

The New Hampshire Writers’ Project is delighted to host our first 6-week writers’ “retreat” where you can work your manuscript into a polished version ready for agents, professional review, and publishing consideration. During this 6-week workshop, you will work directly with Amanda Forbes Silva, a professional writer and editor who will help you better evaluate your own writing and determine how to edit your own work for clarity and concision. Participants will benefit from a professional editorial eye and the feedback from peers that is targeted at improving their drafts for an agent’s review. All genres are welcome!

This workshop meetings on Saturdays, from February 16 through March 23.

Cost: $390 for NHWP members; $510 for non-members.

Registration: Registration is limited to six students. Register online to reserve your space.

Contact: New Hampshire Writers’ Project

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Feb
20
7:00 PM19:00

Open Mic Poetry at St. Johnsbury Aethenaeum

Don’t let Poem Town in April sneak up on you! The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum and Bill Biddle will offer two winter evenings of open-mic readings for poets and poetry. You don’t have to be a poet to come to this event.  Want to hear what other folks are writing, or support a poet-friend? Then come. Are you gearing up to submit poems for April Poem Town broadside publication around town? Come test response to what you’re working on. These open-mic poetry readings will enliven and motivate you, entertain you, refresh friendships, shoot some spring-like warmth into your hibernation cave.

Free and handicapped accessible.

Contact: St. Johnsbury Athenaeum

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Mar
5
7:00 PM19:00

"It's Criminal" Screening

  • Colby-Sawyer College, Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center (map)
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"It’s Criminal: A Tale of Prison and Privilege" shares the life-changing journeys of incarcerated women and Dartmouth College students working together to write and perform an original play about the lives of the imprisoned women. The 2017 award-winning documentary has been shown at local high schools and universities, as well as dozens of other locations from California to Maine. A question-and-answer session will follow the screening.

Contact: Colby-Sawyer College

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Mar
9
9:00 AM09:00

One Photo, Four Stories Workshop

Use a photo of your choice as a prompt for four separate stories. Get your creative juices flowing and spark your memories in this fun and stimulating workshop. Launch or jumpstart a memoir, a new journal, or create an archive for family or friends. This class is open to all levels. Come with a spirit of fun and a willingness to share!

Cost: $68 for members; $80 for non-members

Registration: Register via the AVA website.

Contact: AVA Gallery and Art Center

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Mar
13
5:30 PM17:30

Melopoeia with Rhina Espaillat and Alfred Nicol, and John Tavano

Join the Poetry Society of New Hampshire as they present a melopoeia, a poetry reading accompanied by music! The headlining readers this month will be Rhina Espaillat and Alfred Nicol, joined by classical guitarist John Tavano. An open mic will follow their performance.

Contact: Gibson’s Bookstore

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Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

"Unifyng Your Story Around a Meaningful Theme," Workshop with Jeanne Cavelos

Do your stories “tell a truth”? Is it a truth you believe in? Few writers realize that unity is key to creating a powerful and emotionally resonant story, and theme is key to creating a unified story. In this online workshop led by Jeanne Cavelos, we’ll identify themes important to you and explore how to build a story from a theme so it is conveyed in an organic, not preachy, way. A way “that the reader cannot forget.” When the core of your story reflects your heart and mind, your unique way of seeing and understanding the world, it gives readers that experience we all seek: to see life through a new and unforgettable lens.

Cost: $20 for NHWP members; $30 for non-members

Registration: Register online to ensure your spot in the class.

Contact: New Hampshire Writers’ Project

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Mar
15
12:00 PM12:00

Diane Les Becquets

  • Location TBD - Please see White Birch Books' website (map)
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Luncheon and author talk with Diane Les Bequets, author of The Last Woman in the Forest.

Cost: $20, includes luncheon, author talk and donation to North Conway Library. Purchase tickets through the bookstore (603) 356-3200, or the North Conway Library (603) 356-2961, by March 13.

The location for this event is still TBD.

Contact: White Birch Books

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Mar
20
5:30 PM17:30

Brendan DuBois

Brendan DuBois, an award-winning mystery/suspense writer, will present his work. Mr. DuBois is a former newspaper reporter and a lifelong resident of New Hampshire. His publications include eleven books in the intriguing Lewis Cole mystery series, loosely set on the New Hampshire seacoast. Mr. DuBois is also a one-time "Jeopardy!" game show champion.

Contact: Portsmouth Athenaeum

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Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

Open Mic Poetry at St. Johnsbury Aethenaeum

Don’t let Poem Town in April sneak up on you! The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum and Bill Biddle will offer two winter evenings of open-mic readings for poets and poetry. You don’t have to be a poet to come to this event.  Want to hear what other folks are writing, or support a poet-friend? Then come. Are you gearing up to submit poems for April Poem Town broadside publication around town? Come test response to what you’re working on. These open-mic poetry readings will enliven and motivate you, entertain you, refresh friendships, shoot some spring-like warmth into your hibernation cave.

Free and handicapped accessible.

Contact: St. Johnsbury Athenaeum

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Apr
4
7:30 PM19:30

The Telling Project

  • Keene State College, Redfern Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Follow local military veterans and family members on a journey as they shape their experiences into a powerful stage performance with the help of The Telling Project , a national performing arts nonprofit that uses theater and storytelling as a tool to deepen civilian understanding of the military experience. Since 2008, The Telling Project has produced over 57 original performances in 21 states in which veterans and military family members stage their stories of military life for the communities, bridging the civilian/military gap.

This event will be held at the Redfern Arts Center.

Contact: Keene State College

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Apr
17
5:30 PM17:30

Rebecca Rule

Rebecca Rule entertains. She is well known for her live presentations of humorous New England stories. Her books include Live Free and Eat Pie: A Storyteller’s Guide to New Hampshire. She also conducted an interview show “The Authors Series,” for ten years and currently hosts “Our Hometown,” which airs on NH Public Television.

Contact: Portsmouth Athenaeum

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May
16
7:00 PM19:00

"Stealing from Theater: Character Creation," Workshop with Will Alexander

Create new characters and expand your understanding of your current cast via theatrical games and exercises in this online webinar. Taught by William Alexander, National Book Award Winner and current chair of the Writing for Children and Young Adults program at VCFA.

Cost: $20 for NHWP members; $30 for non-members

Registration: Register online to ensure your spot in the class.

Contact: New Hampshire Writers’ Project

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May
18
1:00 PM13:00

Memoir Writing Workshop with Katherine Mayfield

Memoir is one of the hottest-selling genres today. Do you have one cooking in the back of your writer’s mind? Now’s the time to get it on paper! This workshop will get you started. You’ll learn what makes a compelling memoir, how and why to choose a theme, the importance of eflection in memoir, and techniques which are specific to the art of memoir-writing. You’ll also learn what “creative nonfiction” means in relation to memoir, and how to weave your truth into a riveting description of your life experiences.

This workshop with Katherine Mayfield is based on the Amherst Writers and Artists Method, and begins with presentation and Q&A, followed by several writing exercises, after which you’ll be invited to read your work if you wish, for positive commentary. Handouts are included. Comments from others are invaluable in learning how to tell your story so that readers can understand the depth and breadth of your experience, and also offer much-needed validation in the intensive process of writing memoir.

Cost: $65 for NHWP members; $85 for non-members

Registration: Registration is limited to 12 students. Register online to ensure your spot in the class.

Contact: New Hampshire Writers’ Project

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Jun
8
1:00 PM13:00

"Helping the Poet Make a Better Poem," Workshop with Steven Cramer

In this three-hour workshop led by poet Steven Cramer, we’ll honor both the critical and creative faculties of our brains (perhaps discovering that they’re closer siblings than we might have thought). We’ll first discuss work-in-process by participants—how many poems by each will depend on how many we are—asking ourselves the only question worth asking in a workshop: how might we help the poet make this poem the best it can be? Then we’ll engage in one or two writing “experiments” designed to encourage using language more as paint than as a vehicle for conveying information, favoring the sensory over making sense. Everyone will be invited, but not required, to read the results of their experiments out loud.

Cost: $65 for NHWP members; $85 for non-members

Registration: Registration is limited to 10 students. Register online to ensure your spot in the class.

Contact: New Hampshire Writers’ Project

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Jan
16
7:00 PM19:00

Dean Whitlock

Dean Whitlock, author of Finn’s Clock, will give a presentation and lead a discussion titled, “Finn’s clock, The Year 1853, and a short history of Boston Harbor.” The presentation includes period maps, lithographs, and paintings, along with sobering facts about the Irish diaspora set off by the Potato Famine of 1847.

Contact: Matt Brown Fine Art

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Jan
16
5:30 PM17:30

Poetry Society of New Hampshire Open Mic

The Poetry Society of New Hampshire is back! This January they will be holding a Poets In the Round open mic reading; anyone can join the circle to ask questions or make comments, or to share their poetry! Bring four or five of your favorite poems (your own compositions, or someone else's) and we'll go around reading poems, asking questions, and discussing poems. Feel free to bring copies to share!

Contact: Gibson’s Bookstore

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Jan
15
6:00 PM18:00

"Book Arts Across Disciplines" Opening Reception

  • Dartmouth College, Hopkins Center, Strauss Gallery (map)
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Join the Studio Art Department for the opening reception of "Book Arts Across Disciplines: Work Made in the Book Arts Workshop" at the Strauss Gallery at the Hopkins Center on the Dartmouth College campus.

The exhibition will be on display January 15 to March 3, 2019.

Contact: Leslie Center for the Arts

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Jan
14
4:30 PM16:30

AK Thompson

AK Thompson is an activist, author, and social theorist. Bringing together a decade of AK Thompson’s essays on the culture of revolt, Premonitions offers an engaged assessment of contemporary radical politics. Inspired by Walter Benjamin and addressing themes ranging from violence and representation to Romanticism and death, Thompson combines scholarship and grassroots grit to disabuse us of cherished certainties. Whether uncovering the unrealized promise buried in mainstream cultural offerings or tracing our course toward the moment of reckoning ahead, the essays in Premonitions are both practical investigations and provocations.

This event will be held in Haldeman 246 on the Dartmouth College campus.

Contact: Dartmouth College

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Jan
8
7:00 PM19:00

Alchemy of the Word: Writers Talk About Writing

Join faculty from Goddard College's MFA in Creative Writing Program for a forum on writing with a reading from the 2nd edition of Alchemy of the Word: Writers Talk About Writing.

Authors and contributors Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, Jan Clausen, John McManus, Darrah Cloud, Rogelio Martinez, Sherri Smith, and Richard Panek will discuss the writing process as outlined in "Alchemy," and will read from selections of newly published fiction. Elena Georgiou, Director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Goddard College, will moderate the discussion and a Q&A.

Contact: Bear Pond Books

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Jan
6
7:00 PM19:00

Seth Abramson

  • New Hampshire Institute of Art, French Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As part of NHIA's Graduate Programs Winter Residency, affiliate faculty member Seth Abramson will be giving a talk about the poetics of digital storytelling.

As we stand at the precipice of the 2020s, digital literacy is now a mandate not just for consumers of digital media but for authors of every stripe. Abramson will talk about how to develop a superlative digital creative writing practice and why it means not just having an aesthetic perspective in your genre(s) of preference but also a complex and idiosyncratic relationship with the media, platforms, and hardware of the digital age. Thinking about short- and long-form storytelling in the digital sphere—how we teach it, how we learn it, and how we grow in it—lets us consider how an inductive "poetics" rather than a deductive "aesthetics" is what enables distinctive, memorable, and finely wrought creative writing in our time.

This event is free, open to the public and handicap accessible.

Registration: Register online

Contact: New Hampshire Institute of Art

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Dec
15
9:00 PM21:00

Rumi Poetry and Ecstatic Dancing

  • Springfield Unitarian Universalist Meeting House (map)
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You’re invited to learn more about the poet Rumi and to join in celebrating his life and legacy. Around the world, lovers of Rumi gather in mid-December in honor of his urs, the day of his death, December 17, 1273.

There will be live music, zikr, poetry and maybe even some whirling! The evening will be led by Shams and Walia Guillow and Rev. Mellen Kennedy. The evening will include the Dances of Universal Peace, simple, joyous dances which embrace the wisdom of the world’s religions and focus on peace and community.

This event will be held at the Springfield Unitarian Universalist Meeting House in Springfield, Vermont.

Contact: Worth Knowing

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