Apr
18
Sat
Writing Workshop: Visitations: Stanley Kunitz’s Strange Guests
Apr 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

-POSTPONED-

Visitations: Stanley Kunitz’s Strange Guests

A poem-generating workshop inspired by the poetry of Stanley Kunitz.

J.D. Scrimgeour

Examining Stanley Kunitz’s “The Darned Man” and “The Wellfleet Whale,” and other poems, J.D. Scrimgeour will explore the idea of “visitation” in poetry and will help participants write their own poems of visitations. Why does one get visited? How does that visit alter a household or landscape? How might that visit connect us to history, personal and communal? Discussion will focus on both uninvited and surprising visits to generate poems about unforeseen arrivals of those lost, longed-for, and unexpected.

Apr
21
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Apr 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
Apr 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.

Apr
23
Thu
Memoir Writers Group
Apr 23 @ 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.

Apr
28
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Apr 28 @ 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.

Incessant Pipe: Poetry Salon
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Incessant Pipe Poetry Salon will meet upstairs in the Salem Athenaeum. “The Pipe” is a space to read poetry, yours or others, and discuss everything from the price of tea in China to quantum particles (as long as it relates back to poetry). All styles of poetry are welcome. Meets 4th Tuesdays.

Apr
30
Thu
Online Program: Favorite Poem Celebration
Apr 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Dawn Paul will host a favorite poems event online.

What is your favorite poem? a fun rhyme from childhood? a love sonnet? a poem that gets you through hard times? Celebrate the last evening of Poetry Month with an online reading of favorite poems. If you would like to share your poem with the audience, send a copy and a line or two about why it is your favorite to books@salemathenaeum.net by April 24 and emcee Dawn Paul will get back to you.

To read or just sit back and listen, join the event from your home Thursday, April 30 at 7 PM via [Zoom link?]

People are encouraged to register ahead to share a favorite poem with the audience. Registration information and meeting link will be sent in advance of the event.

The official April 2020 National Poetry Month poster features the artwork of Samantha Aikman, winner of this year’s National Poetry Month Poster Contest for Students.
May
5
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
May 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
May 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.

May
8
Fri
Online Writing Workshop: Roll the Dice and Write
May 8 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

—New Date, Now Online—

Roll the Dice and Write: Using Dungeons & Dragons to Unleash Creativity

Writers tend to be perfectionists. Their natural inclination to control the narrative and get everything just right, from plot to dialogue to punctuation, can become a barrier that leaves some writers unable to finish a project as they continue to perfect it.

But what happens when your story is subject to chance?

With the rise of tabletop role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons, writers are discovering a new way to hone their craft. All the trappings of control go out the door when the story depends on multiple players and random dice roles to carry it forward. Join us for this session to learn how playing story-based games can help you develop characters, improvise scenes on the fly, overcome story obstacles and plot holes, and more.

Author Patrick Rothfuss wrote, “Being an author is kinda like playing D&D with yourself.” But what can writers learn when they invite others to join in? Join us on May 8 and roll the dice to find out.

Matthew Phillion is the author of the YA superhero novel series, the Indestructibles and a member of the Salem Athenaeum Writers Committee. A lifelong tabletop roleplaying game fan, he has often used techniques from those games to craft his novels and characters – and even launched a new litRPG series, the Dungeon Crawlers, in 2019. When he’s not writing, he Matt can usually be found prepping for one of the several D&D games he DMs in the Salem area for both experienced and new players alike.