Mar
24
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Mar 24 @ 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
Mar 24 @ 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.

Mar
26
Thu
Memoir Writers Group
Mar 26 @ 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
27
Fri
Writing Workshop: Roll the Dice and Write
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

Writers have a tendency to be perfectionists. It’s a natural inclination to want to control the narrative and get everything just right, from plot to dialogue to punctuation. But that level of control is often a barrier for writers, who find themselves unable to finish a project as they continue to perfect it.

But what happens when your story is at the whim of dice rolls?

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 March 27 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.

Mar
31
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Mar 31 @ 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.

Rachel Slade: Into the Raging Sea
Mar 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Boston-based journalist and author of national bestseller Into the Raging Sea, Rachel Slade, tells the gripping account of the sinking of the American cargo ship El Faro.

On October 1, 2015, Hurricane Joaquin barreled into the Bermuda Triangle and swallowed the container ship El Faro whole, resulting in the deadliest American shipping disaster in 35 years. No one could fathom how a vessel equipped with satellite communications, a sophisticated navigation system, and cutting-edge weather forecasting could suddenly vanish—until now.

Relying on hundreds of exclusive interviews with family members and maritime experts, as well as the words of the crew members themselves—whose conversations on the bridge were captured for a remarkable 26 hours leading up to the sinking by the ship’s data recorder—journalist Rachel Slade unravels the mystery of the sinking of El Faro. Taking a hard look at America’s aging merchant marine fleet, Slade also reveals the truth about modern shipping—a cut-throat industry plagued by razor-thin profits and ever more violent hurricanes fueled by global warming.

A richly reported account of a singular tragedy, Into the Raging Sea takes us into the heart of an age-old American industry, casting new light on the hardworking men and women who paid the ultimate price in the name of profit.

Apr
4
Sat
CSEM: Luc Beauséjour
Apr 4 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Harpsichordist Luc Beauséjour plays Les Rappel des Oiseaux 
(The Calling of the Birds) featuring music about European songbirds by French composers.

Apr
7
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Apr 7 @ 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 7 @ 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
11
Sat
Book Group
Apr 11 @ 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.