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.

Book Group
Nov 10 @ 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.

Nov
12
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Nov 12 @ 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!

Nov
13
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Nov 13 @ 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.

Nov
14
Wed
Incessant Pipe: Contentions
Nov 14 @ 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.

Nov
19
Mon
Reappraisal Reading Circle: May Sinclair
Nov 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

May Sinclair (1863-1946), a popular British writer who wrote about two dozen novels, short stories and poetry, was an active suffragist, and member of the Woman Writers’ Suffrage League. From 1896 Sinclair wrote professionally to support herself and her mother, who died in 1901. Her 1913 novel The Combined Maze, the story of a London clerk and the two women he loves, was highly praised by critics, including George Orwell, while Agatha Christie considered it one of the greatest English novels of its time.

 

Praise for May Sinclair

“England’s leading woman novelist between the death of George Eliot and the rise of Virginia Woolf.”  David Williams, Punch.

“A fascinating figure who was deeply immersed in the intellectual currents of her time, ” Anthony Domestico

“A modern Victorian,” Suzanne Raitt.

“This approachable innovator has been outrageously neglected.” The Guardian

One of the supernatural fiction writers that “one should make a point of seeking out.”
Jacques Barzun and Wikipedia

“Known for her innovations in the development of the psychological novel.” Encyclopedia Britannica

Nov
20
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Nov 20 @ 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
Nov 20 @ 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.

Nov
22
Thu
Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 22 @ 1:00 pm – Nov 23 @ 5:00 pm

Happy Thanksgiving!

We’ll be open on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

Nov
24
Sat
Open Regular Hours
Nov 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Welcome back!