Feb
16
Sat
Writing Workshop: Jump-Start Your Memoir
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Biographer Francie King will share her experience recording people’s stories, memories, and philosophies for their descendants. Memoir writers at all stages of the process are welcome—from just thinking about it to complete draft. This workshop format will encourage questions and discussion about the pleasures and pitfalls of writing a life, the challenges of illustrating a memoir, and tips for breaking through writer’s block.

Francie King is the principal of HistoryKeep, a small Marblehead-based company specializing in personal biography, memoir, and legacy books.

$10 members, $15 non-members, Free students with ID.

Feb
19
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Feb 19 @ 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
Feb 19 @ 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.

Feb
26
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Feb 26 @ 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.

Feb
28
Thu
Memoir Writers Group
Feb 28 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Meets monthly on fourth Thursdays.

This group is for people who are writing, or wish to write, memoirs. It will not be a class, but rather an opportunity for participants to share and discuss each other’s work, and to offer guidance, advice, and companionship through the memoir-writing process.

Mar
5
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Mar 5 @ 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
Mar 5 @ 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.

Mar
8
Fri
Pumpkin Bread Concert
Mar 8 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Pumpkin Bread, a folk quintet based in Boston, MA, plays original acoustic music that blends influences from traditional folk songs and fiddle tunes with modern sensibilities and intricate arrangements. This show marks the release of Dear Starling, the band’s much anticipated second full length record.

The band features Aidan Scrimgeour, Conor Hearn, Jackson Clawson, Maura Shawn Scanlin and Steven Manwaring.

See a Pumpkin Bread video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84lhFUkyBB4

 

Photo Credit: Louise Bichan
Mar
9
Sat
Book Group
Mar 9 @ 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.

Mar
11
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Mar 11 @ 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!