EVENT: Newburyport Literary Festival 2015

An amazing local event the Newburyport Literary Festival 2015 kicks-off Friday, April 24th with opening ceremony conversation between Michael Blanding, bestselling author of The Map Thief, and Boston-based investigative journalist Dyke Hendrickson, followed by dinner with the authors. While the dinner cost 50.00, the event is free. Crazy I know, but what an accomplishment by the festival organizers!

Saturday, April 25th begins with an informal breakfast and conversation with poets at 8:30 am, and closes at 7 pm, this year honoring Jean Doyle, teacher, historian, and author. What comes between those two is no less than 50 scheduled events.

The plethora of writers across genre, and forms is quite astounding. See the full schedule here. I don’t know how I’m going to chose from the many talented, interesting and compelling authors.

If you’ve never been to this event, here’s what happens. First marvel at the schedule. Choose your favorites though have back up choices as some events fill quickly and occasionally there has been a cancellation. Set out for the venue which is, for most people, an easy stroll around the town. They are held in bookstores, the arts center, many churches, the library, and The Firehouse Center. It is busy but pleasantly so. Even a rainy day doesn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd. Go sit, listen, ask questions, engage with your seat mates. Talk to everybody and anybody they are all there for the same reason you are-their love of literature, reading, writing and authors.

One of my favorite events and always impressive is Annual Youth Poetry Slam happening at 2:30 at the Greek Orthodox Church. If you’re looking for me, you can catch-up with me there.

I hope everyone can attend, you needn’t be there for the whole day. There’s no check-ins, or tickets (except the dinner) no pressure, it’s just an enjoyable day spent immersed in the writer’s world.

Afterwards: Did you love it? Please consider a donation to support this exceptionally well run and captivating event.

Wednesday Woo: Supporting Writers

Setting goals during our Sunday PICR meeting has become a ritual, as has the results–not many of us actually meet them. I fear we, okay I, don’t take them very seriously or in the least not seriously enough. I don’t think we are being unrealistic in our expectations but rather we don’t value our writing as much as we should.

This week George suggested we give him a shout out to make sure he’s on target to reach his writing goals. I like that, it’s proactive. So here you go–get it done George! Times a-wasting.

This conversation got me thinking to November when we ask our loved ones to give us some extra consideration and slack while we try to pound out 50 thousand words in 30 days. And while that is a time-consuming endeavor whose pace we can’t keep up with every month, why do we not afford ourselves the time and focus to write on a more daily basis the other eleven months of the year?

I think we can ask more of ourselves and of our support system, and we should do so in order to protect the very precious writer in us that needs nurturing because no one else is going to do it for us.

What specifically keeps you from writing? I, for one, get distracted by the world-wide web and all its glorious information which I justify reading as “research”. Yeah, I’m sure that video of the baby seal playing with the surfers is going to come up in my opus on marriage. That, and I’m a television junkie. Obviously, I need to unplug, but as many of you know I have Dysgraphia and can’t write with out my laptop. I guess one option is to shut off my wifi connection and not allow myself to wander the byways of Procrasti-nation.

There’s my goal. Shut off the wifi every time I sit down to write.

As for other ways you can be and ask for support, see if you can utilize any of these.




Maybe you harbor anxiety about your writing? I know I hold back and don’t finish projects to avoid dealing with the next step. This one is more about creativity and nurturing yourself. Eric Maisel is a creativity coach, one of many hats he wears.


Wednesday Woo: Writing Communities

One of the many reasons our WriNoShores have continued to get together is the sense of community it gives us. Writing can be a rather lonely endeavor, even when we have the support of friends and family. No one else quite gets the struggle, the joy, and the sorrow of pursuing writing, whether as a hobby or profession.

The thing about these communities is that no one single group fulfills all of your social, emotional or intellectual needs. This necessitates membership is varying types of collectives, be they specific to genre, region, gender, or temperament. They can be serious or lighthearted, concentrated on the craft of writing or the business of publishing. You may outgrow some or redevelop ones you’ve joined years ago, maybe discover new groups that challenge you.

Finding the ones you need that will fulfill where you are in the process can be overwhelming. Here is the beginning of what will be an ongoing resource of communities.



North Shore Writers Group is based in Salem, Massachusetts, but we welcome all writers living on the North Shore — and beyond, if you don’t mind driving! NSWG nurtures writers at all levels by providing supportive feedback and information to help our members grow as writers. Our members are published, multi-published, and not-yet-published, and work in fiction and non-fiction.


The New England Outdoor Writers Association is a group of New England-based professional outdoor communicators dedicated to promoting and supporting conservation, natural resources and our outdoor heritage. Membership benefits include a quarterly newsletter, membership directory, conferences and events, writing and photo competitions and craft improvement opportunities.


The mission of the Cape Cod Writers Center is to assist published and aspiring writers of all genres, abilities and ages to develop their writing skills and learn the business of editing, publishing and publicizing; to publicize authors and their works; to provide opportunities for writers to congregate for inspiration, education, and networking; and to introduce readers to authors and their work.


All writers need insightful readers, inspiration, support, and honest feedback. That’s what GrubStreet provides, in a supportive and thriving community. We offer over six hundred classes and events a year for writers of all genres and ambitions—from first-time poets or fledgling memoirists to MFA graduates and published novelists.


The New Hampshire Writers’ Project (NHWP) supports the development of individual writers and encourages an audience for literature in our state. We are a nonprofit literary arts organization funded by its members as well as organizations and businesses who believe in supporting our region’s writers and literary heritage.


A collaborative open to writers, writing group facilitators, readers, editors, booksellers, publishers and other organizations serving writers, Straw Dog Writers Guild is a vibrant network of resources for the writing community (in the four counties of Western Massachusetts – Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire).


AWA is an international community of writing workshop leaders committed to the belief that a writer is someone who writes and that every writer has a unique voice. AWA trains writers to become workshop leaders so that they affirm that commitment in every AWA workshop, with novice writers who have been led to believe they have no voice and with experienced writers who want to hone their craft.


The Writers’ Room of Boston is a nonprofit organization committed to supporting the creation of new literature by providing a secure, affordable work space and an engaged community to emerging and established writers in downtown Boston.  The Room provides 10 private carrels, each of which is furnished with a desk, chair, lamp, power strip, and bookcase.


Members of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators who live in New England can use this blog to find open critique groups.




Welcome to the WriNoShores Home

Hello, Sara here, *taps microphone* is this thing on?


As you can see I have started up a blog. For someone terrified of such things (I have had my personal blog for a year and haven’t written a thing on it yet) this is a huge undertaking for me so please bear with me as I figure this thing out.

This blog is intended for all of those who have participated in and belong to the North Shore Region of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month). Specifically our After-NaNo Writing and Support Group.

I’m going to explain exactly what this blog is for, but first, a little history:

Two years ago, fellow NaNo participant Lynne held me down and tortured me casually suggested that I become the Region’s Municipal Liaison, as our former ML (and wonderful person in general, Liz) abandoned us for the West Coast moved back home with her new baby.

After freaking out applying for and getting the position, I researched other regions to see how I could make ours better than everyone else’s great.

Then, after much brainstorming, Lynne and I decided we needed a proper name and mascot for our regional group. We came up with the name WriNoShores (Writers of the North Shore) and our mascot, a handsome Rhino named George (named by fellow participant Caroline, after her cat).

Two years later and much procrastination from me I have started up a year-round writing group as requested.

It’s AWESOME (and full of great supportive people) and if you haven’t already you should come check us out.

The WriNoShores meet twice a month, every first and third Sunday at Plum Island Coffee Roasters (PICR) in Newburyport from 1-5pm.

And here is where I finally get to the point tell you what this blog is for:

Ahem… stuff?

Stuff like…

  • keeping in touch, the comments are open so feel free (just don’t be a dick, this is a supportive environment only)
  • posting writing related stuff and whatnot
  • posting stories that you’ve written* or a novel excerpt that you want to share (I only ask that it is, say, about chapter length or less and edited)
  • posting writing questions you may have
  • finding information on upcoming events
  • I will add more stuff as I think of it…

How does it work you ask?


You can view and comment to your leisure, however if you wish to post on the site you will have to request authorship which keeps out the rabble.

You can email me at sara@wrinoshores.com or the contact page in the menu and I’ll send you an invitation. You will need a wordpress account. If you don’t have one, sign up for a wordpress account, it’s free and easy.

Some other info:

Please feel free to contact me with ANY questions. I’m here to help.

I will update this post as needed and I will totally let y’all know if I do.

Um, I think that’s it… oh, right, the starry thing:

*Just a FYI: this is not a private site, so anyone can view it. Full stories posted to a public blog are considered published (you do keep all copyrights and your name will show as author). So, basically, if you are looking to submit the piece for publication somewhere, post an excerpt only.*


Thank you for visiting!

*drops microphone*

*runs away*