Jul
7
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Jul 7 @ 8:40 am – 11:30 am

Weekly Writing Studios at the Salem Athenaeum.

The building will be open from 8:40-11:30 every Tuesday (unless announced otherwise). Feel free to come by and write in a quiet peaceful setting.

Come for as long as you’d like–for 20 minutes or all three hours.

Salem Writers’ Group
Jul 7 @ 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.

Jul
8
Wed
Books That Talk Back with Brunonia Barry
Jul 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Brunonia Barry has her voice back and will be our special guest on July 8!

Log in to the next session of Books That Talk Back (BTTB)–our online series hosted by Stephanie Buck and Diane Stern, (2019 Salem Literary Festival co-chairs), featuring live conversations with thoughtful readers about books that changed their lives. The discussion may feature books from any genre or era, books that altered the reader’s perspective and experience of the world, books that talk back.

By sharing the books that “speak to us,” we can continue to share in a community of readers that has flourished at the Salem Athenaeum for over two centuries with times of both success and adversity. We hope you will join us for BTTB on July 8. This event will be held on Zoom. Please sign up using the “Register” link below to receive login information.

Brunonia Barry is the New York Times and international bestselling author of The Lace Reader, The Map of True Places, and The Fifth Petal. Her work has been translated into more than 30 languages. Barry was the first American author to win the International Women’s Fiction Festival’s Baccante Award and was a past recipient of Ragdale Artists’ Colony’s Strnad Invitational Fellowship as well as the winner of New England Book Festival’s award for Best Fiction. Her reviews and articles on writing have appeared in The London Times, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post. Brunonia served as chairperson of the Salem Athenaeum’s Writers’ Committee, as Executive Director of the Salem Literary Festival, and as a member of Grub Street’s Development Committee.

This event will be held on Zoom. Please sign up with the green button above to receive the login information.

Free.

Jul
11
Sat
Book Group
Jul 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Discussion group meets on the second Saturday of the month at 11:00 a.m.

View the reading list.

Jul
13
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Jul 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Monday Evening Conversations Group meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM. 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!

Writing Group: The Monday Group
Jul 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Monday Group offers support and feedback for adult writers under 40 at the beginnings of their careers. Those interested should contact leader Blake Campbell (blakecampbell1919@gmail.com) to assess whether this group is right for you.

Jul
14
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Jul 14 @ 8:40 am – 11:30 am

Weekly Writing Studios at the Salem Athenaeum.

The building will be open from 8:40-11:30 every Tuesday (unless announced otherwise). Feel free to come by and write in a quiet peaceful setting.

Come for as long as you’d like–for 20 minutes or all three hours.

La Tertulia
Jul 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice.

Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Jul
21
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Jul 21 @ 8:40 am – 11:30 am

Weekly Writing Studios at the Salem Athenaeum.

The building will be open from 8:40-11:30 every Tuesday (unless announced otherwise). Feel free to come by and write in a quiet peaceful setting.

Come for as long as you’d like–for 20 minutes or all three hours.

Salem Writers’ Group
Jul 21 @ 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.