PROGRAMS AT THE LOFT: Please drop an email to writersloftma (at) gmail (dot) com if you have questions or are interested in any of the events on this page. You are welcome at any event, even if you are new to the Loft! Members of the Loft may also reserve the community room for their own event. The Writers’ Loft is located at 20 North Main Street, Sherborn, MA in the big red building.
Spring Training – Practice your Pitch. On Saturday, March 22nd, author Josh Funk and The Writers’ Loft are hosting a Pitch Practice / Open Mic in preparation for Pitchapalooza with The Book Doctors (Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry) at the 2014 NESCBWI Conference. This free social event is open to all. First, we’ll workshop pitches and later practice them in front of the group. So bring a (pitch or query) to work with or just come to see what a Pitchfest is all about. Additionally, feel free to share any material Open Mic style. Refreshments and literary puns will be served.
Loft’s First Anniversary – KidLit Meet Up Night. On Tuesday, March 25th, celebrate The Writers’ Loft’s first anniversary with the N. Metro West Boston KidLit Meet Up Night from 7:30-10pm. Meet writers and book lovers of all types. See old friends and make new ones. For more information, visit the public FaceBook event here.
Historical Fiction Panel. On Saturday, April 12th, authors Alisa Libby, Susan Meyer, and Marissa Doyle will discuss their writing/research process, highlight the particular challenges of using historical settings and characters, and share tips for others writing historical fiction.
Chapter Book Craft Chat. On Tuesday, May 13th at 7:30pm, author Miriam Glassman will lead an informal discussion on the art and craft of writing chapter books. This event is free and open to all.
World-Building Panel. On Sunday, May 25th at 2pm, fantasy authors Leah Cypess, Erin Cashman, AC Gaughen, and Adi Rule will discuss their writing process, highlight the particular challenges of creating fantastical settings, and share their world-building tips. (Annual and Quarterly Loft Members: Free, Other Attendees: Donation)
High Tea at the Loft. Join us on Sunday, June 8th at 3pm for an afternoon of sipping tea, nibbling on scones, and admiring each other’s fascinators and top hats. All are welcome!
And more coming soon …
Middle Grade Critique Group
This is a new crit group, held twice a month on Tuesday evenings at 7pm. For half the meetings we will ask members to bring 5-10 pages to spontaneously critique, and for the other half we will ask members to send 5-10 pages ahead of time to critique. Please email writersloftma(at)gmail(dot)com if you would like to join!
Next Meeting: 3/6 at 7pm.
YA Think Tank
Designed to help YA writers of all genres at any stage of the writing process, the YA Think Tank’s goal is to help fully develop material from conception to the final draft. We’ll workshop problematic scenes, troubleshoot character development, work through big picture issues, assist in brainstorming for that new concept, and review your submission package. Please contact Alicia at aliciagregoire78
Next Meeting: Saturday, 3/15 at 10am
Picture Book Crit Group
This group has been going strong, with a core group of regulars and new members joining each month. You are welcome to join in! Please email Josh at papajfunk [at] gmail [dot] com, to be included on the group email. Guidelines through here, and if you plan on submitting a manuscript for critique, the deadline is the Monday prior to the meeting. This group generally meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7pm, but meetings are often moved and added so check back regularly.
Next Meeting: Thursday, 3/13 at 7pm
Non Fiction Think Tank
Have you wanted to write work-for-hire but didn’t know how to get in the door? Are you writing a memoir or some other type of non fiction project? Join us as we talk all things Non Fiction! Currently scheduled for the first Friday of the month at 10am.
Next Meeting: 3/7 at 10am.
Yoga for the Creative Process
On Tuesday mornings, discover how moving the body can unlock creativity! Kerry has been practicing yoga for more than eight years and recently completed her teacher training in The Yoga of Energy Flow. This practice strengthens the life force, brings clarity to the mind and awakens one’s true nature. Kerry’s classes have been called energizing, grounding and relaxing as well as “a meditation in motion”, offering students a variety of ways to open the body, still the mind and connect to the breath. As a life-long artist and an art teacher of children for the past 20 years, Kerry brings to her classes compassion, creativity and a desire to illuminate the innate gifts and strengths in each of her students. (Class is discounted for Loft members.)
Next class: 3/25 9:30am