Writers Festival - July 4th

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Writers Workshops and Panels

Unitarian Universalist Church, 28  Mugford St. Holyoke Room

10:00 - 11:15 Poetry Workshop - Gayle C. Heney  - Poetry Now - Want to know what's happening in the poetry world and have fun trying it out? Gayle C. Heney, two-term Poet Laureate of North Andover and producer and host of the TV series Write Now, invites you to this poetry workshop in which you'll write poetry in unexpected ways.

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LITERARY CAFÉ, JULY 4th!  11:30-12:45

Here's your chance! Talk with, and get advice from, nationally-known authors in a friendly cafe-lunch atmosphere. Join our vibrant writing community, meet others, form your own writing groups, buy the authors' books and get them signed...all while enjoying a variety of lunchtime refreshments. A drop-in event, free and open to the public!

 Here's our lineup of wonderful authors:

Ruth Lehrer, distinguished poet from Western Massachusetts and author of the critically acclaimed BEING FISHKILL as well as the chapbook TIGER LAUGHS WHEN YOU PUSH.

Laurie Stolarz, Salem author of suspenseful, chilling novels which have sold over a million copies, including the famous BLUE IS FOR NIGHTMARES series.

 Nancy Werlin, author of multiple young adult novels including her latest edge-of-your-seat thriller, AND THEN THERE WERE FOUR, has won two Edgar Awards for her work, among other honors.

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1:00 - 2:15 Story Spin - Share Your Story - Arlynn Polletta
Do you find yourself caught idling in the driveway listening to the latest story on NPR’s the Moth Story Hour? Do you ever wish you could bring life to your writing? In this performance-oriented literature and writing workshop, you will explore the “dynamic relationship” between the writer, story, and the audience. You will develop original material, which you may shape into an artful performance piece. Come share your story with Arlynn Polleto, winner of the Moth StorySLAM.

2:30 - 3:45  How to Publish and How to Get Published  with Rob Vlock and Brenda Kelley Kim

Learn how to get traditionally published-- or how to publish your own work! Author Rob Vlock, published by Simon and Schuster, and journalist/self-published author Brenda Kelley Kim, will tell all you need to know to get you started on your publishing journey. A question and answer session will follow the workshop.


Winners of the Writers Contest Announced Saturday June 30

 Winner of the Golden Cod Award for Young Adult Literature:

Morgan Sheehan-Bubla for ELENA SARNOVA AND THE 5TH OF JUL

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 Winner of the Golden Cod Award for Children's Literature:


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 Winner of the Golden Cod Award for Adult Mainstream Literature:

Kylah Klinge for THE ISLAND QUEEN

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Winner of the Golden Cod Award for Poetry:

Catherine Marenghi for THE AFFAIR

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 Winner of the Golden Cod Award for Adult Non-Fiction Literature:


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Winner of the Essex County Award of Excellence

Elsa Richardson-Bach for LAST STOP and DUST

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