Oct
8
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Oct 8 @ 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!

Oct
10
Wed
Incessant Pipe: Contentions
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Philosophy, Science, and Ideas. Come sit around a medium-large table and discuss the big stuff.

2nd Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Oct
11
Thu
Fall Course: Short Story Writing
Oct 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

4 Thursdays, plus one consultation session

Do you have a short story burning inside you to be set free? Bobbi Lerman’s 4-week short story writing workshop might be just what you need to wake your writing brain, recharge your muse and get your words flowing. The course will start with writing prompts and in each successive week you will dig deeper into the writing and drafting process as your story emerges. The fifth and final session will be a one-on-one consultation with Bobbi Lerman by appointment (in person or via phone).

 

Bobbi Lerman‘s love for writing began at a young age when she would spend her afternoons crafting short stories about her extended family in the three family home she grew up  in and about life in the North Shore. She earned a degree in Fine Arts from Mass Art, and is a member of the New England Romance Writers and of Romance Writers of America.

Through the years, Bobbi’s writing has evolved to cover a multitude of Topics from travel writing for blogs such as Wanderlust Woman, View from the Pier, Your Life Is a Trip and others, to the publication of her four novellas which appear in the Season Of Anthologies. Today she primarily writes Historical Medieval Romance and travel essays.
A self-proclaimed “muse locator,” Bobbi has been running workshops for almost twenty years that are aimed at helping writer’s unblock, and find their voice and inspiration. She founded Scribblers Ink, an active online community and website offering interviews with authors, writing tips, and daily prompts.

When she isn’t writing or workshopping, Bobbi loves to travel, garden, and hang out with her husband of 40 years, visit with her daughter Jessie and her three grandchildren, Aria, Lincoln & Levi, otherwise, known as the wild bunch.

Bobbi’s novellas can be found at Amazon.com.

Coming Soon:  Bobbi’s short story, My Mothers Gift will soon appear in Lilith Magazine.

Oct
13
Sat
Book Group
Oct 13 @ 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.

Oct
17
Wed
New Members Night
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Please join us for an orientation and behind-the-scenes tour of the Salem Athenaeum. If you are a new, long-time, or prospective  member, this tour will orient you to the Athenaeum building, include an overview of our history, mission, and outline current services and membership benefits.

Oct
18
Thu
Fall Course: Short Story Writing
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

4 Thursdays, plus one consultation session

Do you have a short story burning inside you to be set free? Bobbi Lerman’s 4-week short story writing workshop might be just what you need to wake your writing brain, recharge your muse and get your words flowing. The course will start with writing prompts and in each successive week you will dig deeper into the writing and drafting process as your story emerges. The fifth and final session will be a one-on-one consultation with Bobbi Lerman by appointment (in person or via phone).

 

Bobbi Lerman‘s love for writing began at a young age when she would spend her afternoons crafting short stories about her extended family in the three family home she grew up  in and about life in the North Shore. She earned a degree in Fine Arts from Mass Art, and is a member of the New England Romance Writers and of Romance Writers of America.

Through the years, Bobbi’s writing has evolved to cover a multitude of Topics from travel writing for blogs such as Wanderlust Woman, View from the Pier, Your Life Is a Trip and others, to the publication of her four novellas which appear in the Season Of Anthologies. Today she primarily writes Historical Medieval Romance and travel essays.
A self-proclaimed “muse locator,” Bobbi has been running workshops for almost twenty years that are aimed at helping writer’s unblock, and find their voice and inspiration. She founded Scribblers Ink, an active online community and website offering interviews with authors, writing tips, and daily prompts.

When she isn’t writing or workshopping, Bobbi loves to travel, garden, and hang out with her husband of 40 years, visit with her daughter Jessie and her three grandchildren, Aria, Lincoln & Levi, otherwise, known as the wild bunch.

Bobbi’s novellas can be found at Amazon.com.

Coming Soon:  Bobbi’s short story, My Mothers Gift will soon appear in Lilith Magazine.

Oct
25
Thu
Fall Course: Short Story Writing
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

4 Thursdays, plus one consultation session

Do you have a short story burning inside you to be set free? Bobbi Lerman’s 4-week short story writing workshop might be just what you need to wake your writing brain, recharge your muse and get your words flowing. The course will start with writing prompts and in each successive week you will dig deeper into the writing and drafting process as your story emerges. The fifth and final session will be a one-on-one consultation with Bobbi Lerman by appointment (in person or via phone).

 

Bobbi Lerman‘s love for writing began at a young age when she would spend her afternoons crafting short stories about her extended family in the three family home she grew up  in and about life in the North Shore. She earned a degree in Fine Arts from Mass Art, and is a member of the New England Romance Writers and of Romance Writers of America.

Through the years, Bobbi’s writing has evolved to cover a multitude of Topics from travel writing for blogs such as Wanderlust Woman, View from the Pier, Your Life Is a Trip and others, to the publication of her four novellas which appear in the Season Of Anthologies. Today she primarily writes Historical Medieval Romance and travel essays.
A self-proclaimed “muse locator,” Bobbi has been running workshops for almost twenty years that are aimed at helping writer’s unblock, and find their voice and inspiration. She founded Scribblers Ink, an active online community and website offering interviews with authors, writing tips, and daily prompts.

When she isn’t writing or workshopping, Bobbi loves to travel, garden, and hang out with her husband of 40 years, visit with her daughter Jessie and her three grandchildren, Aria, Lincoln & Levi, otherwise, known as the wild bunch.

Bobbi’s novellas can be found at Amazon.com.

Coming Soon:  Bobbi’s short story, My Mothers Gift will soon appear in Lilith Magazine.

Oct
30
Tue
Charlotte Gordon: Romantic Outlaws
Oct 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

In honor of the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s landmark novel Frankenstein, author Charlotte Gordon will discuss her groundbreaking dual biography Romantic Outlaws, which brings to life the pioneering English feminist, Mary Wollstonecraft and the daughter she never knew, Mary Shelley. Brave, passionate, and visionary, they broke almost every rule there was to break. Gordon reveals the defiant, creative lives of this daring mother-daughter pair who refused to be confined by the rigid conventions of their era.

Nov
7
Wed
The Language of Light: Gerald Shea
Nov 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This event will be ASL interpreted.

Gerald Shea lives mostly in the realm of the hearing, but as a partially deaf person, his search for communicative grace and clarity is quartered in his understanding of the world of the Deaf, of which he feels he is a part. His new book, The Language of Light tells the story of the arduous struggles of the Deaf across centuries (joined by their hearing allies) to attain and preserve the right to be taught in their unspoken tongue—the only language that renders them complete, fully communicative beings.

Alison Fondo is also with the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Boston. Alison is profoundly deaf, having lost most of her hearing from ototoxic medicine when she was a few weeks old. She was left with some hearing in one ear, and was raised and educated orally, with the help of a hearing aid for that ear and lipreading. She began to learn ASL as a child, and received a cochlear implant at age 34. English is Alison’s first language, and she is fluent in ASL.

Kristin Johnson is the Director of Social Services at the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Boston. She received her degree from Harvard University. Kristin is profoundly deaf and communicates with the help of lipreading and hearing aids.

Christine Majeskey has been a teacher of the Deaf at The Center for Children’s Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf for 34 years. Prior to coming to Beverly she taught the Deaf at schools in Washington, D.C. (Gallaudet’s Model Secondary School), in Boston, and elsewhere. She graduated from Boston University in 1979 with a degree in Special Education/Elementary Education and in 1984 received a degree, in School Counseling of the Deaf, from Gallaudet University. She loves working with middle and high school students, and has a passion for teaching American Sign Language (ASL).

Gerald Shea has lived most of his life in New York and in Paris, and practiced law in both cities for many years with Debevoise & Plimpton as a member of the New York and Paris bars. He is a graduate of Phillips Academy (Andover), Yale University, and Columbia Law School. He became partially deaf as a result of a childhood illness and uses hearing aids and other assistive listening devices. He is the author of Song Without Words (Perseus Books, 2013), published in French as La Vie Malentendue (Albin Michel 2015), and of The Language of Light (Yale University Press 2017). Gerry lived here in Salem for much of his young life.

Nov
10
Sat
Writing Workshop: Writing Young Protagonists
Nov 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Young Adult and New Adult fiction is everywhere right now, and for good reason: despite the name, these genres are beloved by readers of all ages. But writing authentic younger protagonists comes with a unique set of challenges, from finding an authentic voice to creating the right challenges for your lead characters.

Matthew Phillion, author of the Indestructibles YA superhero novel series, will offer tips, tricks, and ideas for finding the right tone of voice for your young characters, whether you’re a young writer, or just young at heart. All skill and experience levels welcome.