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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Welcome back!

Poets in the Round
Nov 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Host: Dawn Paul

Join us for Poets in the Round: a spontaneous, rapid-fire mix of verse, where poems are chosen not by preference, but based on a word or image in the poem read prior. You’ve never seen a reading quite like this!

The readers will be Carla Panciera, Kali Lightfoot, Colleen Michaels, MP Carver, Danielle Jones, and Dawn Paul (as reader and moderator).

Book Group
Dec 8 @ 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.