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Writers' Work

Writers' Work has concluded for the 2014-2015 season. Thank you for your participation and interest!

Please check back regularly to see updates to this page. Writers' Work takes place on the last Monday of each month, September through June at The Hearth 'n Kettle on Route 18 in Weymouth. Cost is typically $20 and includes soup/salad, buffet meal, non-alcoholic beverages, dessert, our guest speaker, a Q&A period, brag period, and book sales. All attendees are welcome to bring their books! Come socialize and soak in the creative minds of those who attend.

Monday, February 23rd with Author Susan Trausch

"What I Learned at the Newspaper"

It all comes down to curiosity. Whether you're a reporter, playwright, novelist, short story author, or historian, you're fascinated with other people's business. There's no better way to feed that obsession than by working for a newspaper. The answers to Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, and What If not only make headlines, they can form the foundation of compelling fiction.


Susan Trausch was a Boston Globe staff writer for 32 years. She received a National Headliner Award for her columns, an American Society of Newspaper Editors award for editorials, and a Gerald Loeb Award for investigative business reporting. She has written two books: It Came From the Swamp -- Your Federal Government at Work, and Groping Toward Whatever or How I Learned to Retire, Sort Of.

G. T. Almasi - March 30th

More information coming soon...

  Monday, April 27th with Author Connie Johnson Hambley

    We authors are a complicated sort. We spend hours alone, crafting sentences we hope will beguile and hook our readers. They’ve bitten our sweet apple and thought they were safely tucked away in their curlers and fuzzy slippers, a mug of tea in one hand and a thick tome in the other. Do we let them just close the book or do we ask more of them? What if, perish the thought, our books are not getting into the hands of those readers in the first place?  

    What can you, as the author, do to launch your book into readers’ hands? How can you create a physical presence using the strengths you already possess? Connie Johnson Hambley has a solution: Author to Reader (A2R) Marketing. “An author conjures a world. Marketing is about manipulating the one we live in.” Come and learn how. 

    Connie Johnson Hambley has over 25 years of business experience in finance, law and entrepreneurial enterprises. Always interested in what is new and emerging, Connie’s extensive relationships have connected her with inventors and investors spanning companies from biotech to Clean Tech. In tandem with pursuing her career, Connie has leveraged her industry knowledge into distinctive writing engagements. Connie has been a Featured Columnist for Bloomberg BusinessWeek, an invited contributor to Nature Biotechnology and most recently her writing career was enhanced with the release of her first novel, a legal thriller entitled The Charity. Connie is a dynamic speaker on many topics and is a member of the Sisters in Crime Speaker Bureau.

     Connie grew up on a small dairy farm just north of New York City. When a child, an arsonist burned her family's barn to the ground. From that experience grew the story that became The Charity. Its sequel, The Troubles, is due out in 2015.

“From Lizzy to Lizabeth!” with Kevin Symmons 

May 18th, 2015


Come discuss the evolution of heroines in recent decades. In his novels Kevin V. Symmons uses strong, driven female protagonists to construct his intricate plots. “The days of submissive, simpering heroines are a thing of the past,” he explains. “You need only look at recent best sellers and the subsequent movie adaptations of mega best-sellers like Twilight, The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to attest to this transformation.” Kevin will discuss how he crafts his female protagonists to create novels to engage and attract a broad audience for his novels. “The marketplace has changed dramatically in recent years. To garner loyal and repeat readership a novelist must develop heroines who are smart, skilled, self-reliant, spirited and perhaps more than anything have the ability to survive,” Kevin said recently, calling this his 5-S approach. This is especially true since his novels are complex romantic thrillers where the fate of many lives are on the line. Come…bring your thoughts, questions and ideas.


Kevin Symmons is a best-selling novelist and teaches creative writing at a local college. He served four terms as president of one of the Northeast’s most respected writing organizations. His paranormal novel, Rite of Passage, was a 2013 RomCon Reader’s Crown Award finalist and has been an Amazon best-seller. His recent release, Out of the Storm, another Amazon best-seller is a contemporary romantic thriller set on Cape Cod; it is already gathering 5-star reviews. His latest novel Solo is a literate, ambitious work of women’s fiction and is his third release from New York’s award-winning the Wild Rose Press. Kevin has collaborated an award-winning Boston screenwriter in adapting one of his story ideas for the screen. He is a sought after lecturer and public speaker who has appeared across New England. Kevin invites you to like his FB Author Page, follow him @KevinSymmons on Twitter, or learn more at Goodreads, Amazon, and at his website, www.ksymmons.com.