Dec
4
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Dec 4 @ 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
Dec 4 @ 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.

Dec
8
Sat
Welcome Winter: Open House
Dec 8 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Celebrate the fellowship of the coming winter. Refreshments, seasonal music, and plenty of good cheer included!

Free.

CSEM: Hopkinson Smith plays “Mad Dog”—Elizabethan Music
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Cambridge Society for Early Music presents lutenist Hopkinson Smith for a concert of inventive music, which traverses realms of melancholy, solace and merriment, with works of Dowland, Holborne, Johnson, and Byrd.

Hopkinson Smith is a world-renowned performer on early lutes and guitars. A Harvard graduate, he studied in Catalonia and Switzerland, and in 1974 he was a co-founder of the famous ensemble Hespèrion XX in Basel. He has focused on solo music since the mid-1980s. His splendid series of more than 25 CDs, including lute arrangements of Bach’s works for solo strings, have been showered with praise.

His recent CD, fancifully entitled “Mad Dog,” is devoted to the Golden Age of Elizabethan lute music. The BBC called it “mesmerizing,” and it won a Diapason d’Or award.

$30 | $25 seniors & Athenaeum members | students free
Information: www.csem.org | 617-489-2062

Dec
9
Sun
Winter Poetry and Book Drive
Dec 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Each holiday break, the Clothing Connection gifts a book to the children served during the winter season. These books, based on the students’ reading level and interests, are selected by the reading specialists at Carlton, Bates and Saltsonstall schools.

Please join the Clothing Connection for an afternoon of winter-themed poetry read by local writers at the Salem Athenaeum on Sunday, December 9 at 4 pm. Books will be available for “purchase” at the event. Alternatively, attendees can make a monetary donation to be put towards book costs.

Coffee and cocoa will be served.

Dec
11
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Dec 11 @ 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.

Dec
12
Wed
Incessant Pipe: Contentions
Dec 12 @ 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.

Dec
14
Fri
Night Owls: Prophecies
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

On occasional first Fridays, the Night Owls will convene. Tonight’s theme is Prophecies, but we cannot tell what they are yet!

We invite you to bring games to share, a topic to discuss, or to just show up and join the fun. It’ll be a hoot!

Dec
15
Sat
Writing Workshop: Historical Fiction
Dec 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Instructor Jacob Boucher—writing as Jack Badelaire

Historical fiction is popular, despite the fact that it is often an exercise in frustration for the story creators. In this Saturday morning workshop will explore the balance between fiction and history, and how the two can co-exist within one story in a way that appeals to the story’s target audience.

Jacob Boucher has a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Television Production with a Minor in Classical Studies, as well as a Master’s degree in Computer Information Systems and IT Project Management. He currently works at Boston University as an IT services manager. He also teaches blogging and self-publishing courses through the Brookline Adult and Community Education Program.

Under the pen name Jack Badelaire, he has written nine novels and a number of shorter works, mostly in the historical military adventure genre (namely the popular COMMANDO series, as well as Assault on Abbeville, San Francisco Slaughter, and the Western novella Renegade’s Revenge). You can find him online at postmodernpulp.com, where he discusses his writing as well as books, film, and other popular media.

Dec
18
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Dec 18 @ 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.