May
2
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
May 2 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Each Thursday morning the Athenaeum opens exclusively for writers to work in a serene environment. Bring your laptop or pen and paper and leave the distractions at the door.

Drop-in Mah Jongg
May 2 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Athenaeum will host drop-in Mah Jongg sessions on Tuesdays in May.

Salem Writers’ Group
May 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

All are welcome to bring work-in-progress to share with the group for feedback. The group is facilitated by J.D. Scrimgeour, Professor of English, Salem State University.

May
3
Wed
207th Annual Meeting
May 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

207th Annual Meeting of the Proprietors of the Salem Athenaeum and election of officers and new trustees.  All members in good standing are welcome to attend.

May
4
Thu
Young Adult Writing for All Ages
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Young adult stories aren’t just for younger readers–and they certainly aren’t just for young writers.  We’ll discuss the basics of YA writing, story elements, character development, and achieving the right tone for your audience.  Whether you’re a young adult yourself or just young at heart, this course will help you strike the right tone when writing for the ever-growing genre.

 

The instructor is Matthew Phillion, author of the young adult adventure series, The Indestructibles.

May
8
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
May 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Monday Evening Conversations Group will begin meeting at the Salem Athenæum on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM, starting August 10. All members and other interested parties are invited.

It may be of interest to know that the The Social Library, predecessor of the Salem Athenæum, was founded by a similar discussion group, called the Monday Evening Club. Edward Augustus Holyoke, Rev. Thomas Barnard, Rev. Thomas Gilchrist, Benjamin Lynde, Nathaniel Ropes and others were among the Monday Evening Club founders, who gathered to discuss current events and topics of mutual interest.

Topics for discussion are wide open, but must be amenable to good conversation. Examples include:

  • The long ranging effects of the Civil War
  • The courage to be vulnerable
  • European architecture
  • The importance/non importance of art
  • Why have friends

Meetings will start with something to help frame the discussion for the evening, such as a:

  • brief talk
  • podcast
  • video
  • reading of prose or poetry
  • music

We look forward to talking with you!

Re-Appraisal Reading Circle
May 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Monthly open meeting to discuss the works of a prolific, popular author of the past whose works are held in quantity by the Athenaeum.

2017 authors:

Jan. 9: Rudyard Kipling
Feb. 13: Edna Ferber
Mar. 13: Sinclair Lewis
Apr. 10: E.M. Delafield
May 8: James Fenimore Cooper

May
9
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
May 9 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Each Thursday morning the Athenaeum opens exclusively for writers to work in a serene environment. Bring your laptop or pen and paper and leave the distractions at the door.

Drop-in Mah Jongg
May 9 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Athenaeum will host drop-in Mah Jongg sessions on Tuesdays in May.

La Tertulia
May 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice. They meet on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.