Writers' Work is held the first Wednesday of each month
at the Hearth 'n Kettle, Rte. 18, Weymouth.
Meetings are from 6-9 PM.
Cost is $25 and includes
rolls, salad, buffet meal, non-alcoholic beverages, dessert,
a guest speaker, and an opportunity to purchase books.
All attendees are welcome to bring their books!
Come socialize and soak in the creative minds of those who attend.
Thank you for your participation and interest!
Check back to learn about upcoming events.
Writers' Work will take place on the first Wednesday of each month.
Writers' Work - June 5th
WHAT I WISH SOMEONE HAD TOLD ME
"I write when I'm inspired, and I see to it that I'm inspired at nine o'clock every morning." That's how Peter DeVries balanced art and craft. What's the reality of the writing life? The journey from your great idea to 90,000 words will mean hours of solitude. Days of self-doubt. Revision. Rejection. And then--rejoicing. You'll often say: "I wish someone had told me this sooner!!"
In this class, best-selling crime-fiction novelist (and 7News investigative reporter) Hank Phillippi Ryan will do just that.
>>Commitment--How experienced authors get going and stay
>>Calendars--Secrets of organization, mechanics and making your deadlines
>>Commerce--how the publishing world works, and what you
need to know
>>Courage--Oh, you'll hit the wall. How to pick yourself up-and stay inspired
>>Confidence--Every best-seller was a beginner once. You'll get the inside scoop
They say you can only learn from experience--but here's the secret: it doesn't have to be your own! In this session, Hank explains everything you wish you knew.
HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston's WHDH-TV. She's won 34 EMMYs and dozens more journalism honors. The nationally bestselling author of 11 mysteries, Ryan's also an award-winner in her second profession—with five Agathas, three Anthonys, two Macavitys, the Daphne, and for THE OTHER WOMAN, the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. Critics call her "a master of suspense" and "a superb and gifted storyteller" and she is the only author to have won the Agatha in four different categories: Best First, Best Novel, Best Short Story and Best Non-Fiction. Her novels have been named Library Journal's Best of 2014, 2015 and 2016. Hank's current book is the acclaimed standalone psychological suspense thriller TRUST ME, which Suspense Magazine's reviewer calls "By far one of the best thrillers I've read in years." The Booklist starred review says “a knockout!” and New York Post, BOOK BUB, PopSugar, Real Simple Magazine, CrimeReads and Criminal Element named it one of the Best Thrillers of 2018.
Her 2019 book is THE MURDER LIST, coming in August.
Hank is a founder of MWA University and past president of National Sisters in Crime. Visit Hank online at HankPhillippiRyan.com, on Twitter @HankPRyan, on Instagram @hankpryan and Facebook at HankPhillippiRyanAuthor.
Writers' Work - May 1st
Tell it and Sell it!
Every aspiring writer—even those who have been successful, have to sell their work. This could mean a pitch to an agent, editor, or publisher or a presentation to readers at an event. Come to our May Writers' Work and have a fun, engaging, and informative evening as best-selling author Kevin V. Symmons discusses pitching and presenting your work.
Kevin is a veteran author, having served four terms as President of the Cape Cod Writers Center. He has taught evening classes in Creative Writing at three of Massasoit Community College’s campuses. His novels are published by New York’s Award-Winning Wild Rose Press and run the gamut from sweet romance to edge-of-your-seat thrillers. They have been #1 Amazon best-sellers, received award nominations, and been selected for the elite Amazon Encore Program. He is a member of New York’s Author’s Guild and a variety of genre-specific organizations.
Kevin has spoken around the country both as a published author and before that through his extensive career as a business executive. He’ll begin the evening by giving you a two-minute pitch of his 2013 #1 best-seller Out of the Storm. Kevin will use this to demonstrate what he considers the critical components of a successful pitch or presentation. He hopes to make this evening not only instructive but interactive. As such he asks that some of you bring a pitch of your own. Please keep it brief (two to three minutes.) Kevin will offer suggestions and comments and will ask the attendees to do the same.
Don’t miss it!
Writers' Work - April 3rd
Author Tina Cassidy will
talk about her new nonfiction book Mr. President, How
Long Must We Wait, which tells the little-known story of the suffragist Alice
Paul’s epic eight-year battle with President Woodrow Wilson to win voting
rights for all American women. Never before have these two historical
figures shared the stage equally and the effect is a page-turning David versus
Goliath narrative more resonant than ever as the centennial of the 19th
Amendment approaches in 2020. The story highlights the human drama of
these real-life characters, from Paul’s perilous prison hunger strikes to
Wilson’s moral and physical failings. Readers looking for female heroes and
lessons for today’s politics will be inspired by this book.
Tina Cassidy writes about women and culture. In addition to Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait? Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson and the Fight for the Right to Vote, she is the author of Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born; and Jackie After O: One Remarkable Year When Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Defied Expectations and Rediscovered Her Dreams. A former journalist who spent most of her career at the Boston Globe covering business, fashion and politics, Cassidy also is the Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer at InkHouse, a national public relations and digital marketing agency. When not writing, she volunteers for female candidates, promotes the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and serves on the board of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting. Cassidy lives in the Boston area with her husband, the author Anthony Flint, their three sons, and a Norfolk Terrier named Dusty.
Tina will have books for sale at the event and will be happy to sign them.
Writers' Work - March 6th
Gloria Mindock will discuss “Poetry as Witness” and using social justice issues in her poetry. She will share some of her poems and have an open discussion. She will discuss some of the problems writers can have with writing about such issues and what to stay away from.
Gloria Mindock is the author of five books of poetry, most recently, I wish Francisco Franco Would Love Me (Nixes Mate books, 2018). She is the founding editor of Cervena Barva Press and one of the USA editors for Levure Litteraire (France). Widely published in the USA and abroad, her poetry has been translated and published into the Romanian, Croation, Serbian, Montenegrin, Spanish, Estonian, and French. Gloria recently was published in Gargoyle, Constellations: A Journal of Poetry and Fiction, Muddy River Poetry Review, Unlikely Stories and Nixes Mate Review and anthology. She was the Poet Laureate in Somerville, MA in 2017 & 2018.
Writers' Work - February 6th
In this session, Timothy will talk about using a toolbox approach, and not having fear of, or actual failure as a deterrent. As writers, we are creative, we evolve, not just in content, but in skills---and in life.
Timothy Gager has had fourteen books published, with another on the way (3 novels, 3 short stories, 2 flash fiction, 7 poetry) How does genre variety happen? What goes on when a decision to write something occurs? What is the writing regimen for each genre? What determines the content, and what determined it in the past compared to now? How do we write in terms of routine or approach? What disciplines do we latch onto?
Timothy Gager is the author of fourteen books of short fiction and poetry. Every Day There Is Something About Elephants, a book of 108 flash fictions, hand picked by over 55 editors, was released by Big Table Publishing in 2018. Timothy hosted the successful Dire Literary Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 2001 to 2018 and was the co-founder of The Somerville News Writers Festival. He has had over 500 works of fiction and poetry published and of which fifteen have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His work also has been nominated for a Massachusetts Book Award, The Best of the Web, The Best Small Fictions Anthology and has been read on National Public Radio.
Timothy is the Fiction Editor of The Wilderness House Literary Review, the founding co-editor of The Heat City Literary Review. A graduate of the University of Delaware, Timothy lives in Dedham, Massachusetts, and is employed as a social worker. He is currently seeking representation for his third novel, Joe the Salamander.
Writers' Work - Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Feed the Muse will focus on the creative life. When we prioritize that which nourishes
our creativity, the result is limitless reserves of energy, focus, and
inspiration. What moves, motivates, and amuses you? Meet your Muse, and develop strategies
for cultivating the imagination. Discuss how working with our creative cycles instead of fighting against them not
only saves time and energy, but dispels the inner critic. We’ll focus on how to
identify our creative processes, and investigate the stories we tell ourselves
about our creative lives.
Dr. Angelina Avedano explores mythic approaches to real-world experiences of grief, transformation, and the creative process. Angelina is currently writing Mother Odyssey: Grieving My Son's Schizophrenia. Her forthcoming book, Dancing with the Green Man, uses comparative mythologies to reinterpret masculinities in contemporary culture. Angelina earned a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School (HDS), a Master of Arts in English from Boston College, and a PhD in Mythological Studies with emphasis in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute (PGI). Her publication "Violence and Veneration: Tapping a Sadomasochistic Vein in the American Psyche” appears in PGI’s Mythological Studies Journal. Publications also appear in The Wick (HDS 2008 & 2009); West Virginia University Philological Papers (2011); & Between: Literary Review (PGI 2013). Originally from the Midwest, Angelina is now a tenure-track professor at Massasoit Community College and enjoys living, writing, and teaching in New England..
Please RSVP to this event by emailing RiverhavenBooks@verizon.net by Friday, December 28th.
Writers' Work - Wednesday, November 7th
Writing is a Gift
Writing can be therapeutic, enlightening, painful. It can also lead to greater compassion towards oneself and others. Writing, like visual arts and music, is a way to find meaning in one’s life and in the world. It is a very personal gift –each person has a unique perspective on the topic, just we all have unique voices as writers. For me, writing is a way to discover parts of myself I’ve kept locked away. Jobs, school, doing what was expected and what I perceived as necessary – pressures of culture and society. Writing is mine. The only person I answer to is myself. It enables me to go beyond my own limitations.
When you’re a writer, particularly a writer of fiction, you’re a god. You create your own universe, you determine the character and fates of each of your characters, you travel in time and space at will. Basically, you can do whatever you want.
- I’ve often thought that one’s writing is as
revealing as a fingerprint. Who you are, your unique voice, your experiences,
your view of the world – all are revealed in your work if you look close enough.
Pamela Loewy is the author of two romantic suspense novels (Doubt & Desire and Saving Jemma) and is currently working on edits to her third. A lover of the written word since childhood, she has facilitated writing workshops at the Plymouth Center for Active Living for the past three years and at Mayflower RSVP prior to that. She also served as editor for telegraph21.com, a curated video magazine. A former Chicagoan, Pam lives in Plymouth with her husband Bill and beloved mutt Jameson.