"Mastering Beginnings and Endings in Your Writing" with Kate Senecal


Sunday, November 10, 2019

1:00 to 3:00 PM

Free and open to the public - No pre-registration. We look forward to seeing you there!

Ann Hood once wrote that Beginnings "put into motion the events that will drive the story to its resolution. And the resolution is often the inverse of the opening. " 

Come join Kate Senecal on Sunday, November 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Northampton Center for the Arts for this writing workshop. She'll investigate the connection between the beginnings and endings of works of fiction, discuss how to write opening and closing lines that draw the reader in and leave them satisfied. Kate will look at beginnings and endings with an eye toward finding connections and identifying how the language anchors the story. This class will include writing exercises, discussion, and short readings.

Kate Senecal received an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the Assistant Director of Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop and a workshop facilitator for Writers for Recovery in Vermont. Her fiction has been published in The Laurel ReviewThe Foundling Review, and in Storychord.com, where she was the fiction editor for two years.


Poetry Critique Meet-up


Saturdays, Sept. 14 and 21, and Sundays, Oct. 6 and 27, 1:00-3:00pm

$5 registration fee per session, space is limited to 10 people, please register early!

To register please visit the Straw Dog website: http://www.strawdogwriters.org/poetrycritique

Gail Thomas will be filling in for Michael Goldman during September and October as moderator of the Poetry Critique Meet-up. Thomas has published four books, Odd Mercy, Waving Back, No Simple Wilderness, and Finding the Bear. Her poems have been published in many journals and anthologies including the Beloit Poetry Journal, North American Review, Calyx, and Cumberland River Review. Among her awards are the Charlotte Mew Prize from Headmistress Press,Naugatuck Review’s Narrative Poetry Prize, and Massachusetts Center for the Book “Must Read.” She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and Ucross. Thomas teaches as part of the Pioneer Valley Writers Workshops, speaks at conferences and poetry festivals, and reads her work widely in community and academic settings. www.gailthomaspoet.com

Michael Goldman, poet, and translator of classic contemporary Danish authors, Michael Goldman’s work has appeared in dozens of literary journals. He is also a guest speaker in classrooms and at literary events.  www.hammerandhorn.net  Michaels Blog about the Poetry Critique Meet - Up