Events: Drop-In Programs Open All

The Loft hosts Craft Chats, Panel Discussions, Write-Ins, Social Events, Book Parties, and more. Everyone is welcome at any event on this page, even if you are new to the Loft! No registration necessary. Feel free to drop an email to writersloftma (at) gmail (dot) com if you have questions or are interested in attending.

Attendance is usually free (or discounted) for Members of the Loft. Donations are requested from non-members for all events other than Social.


Upcoming Events

How to Make Your Dialogue Snap, Crackle and Pop

A Craft Chat with Erica Ferencik

dialogue craft chat

Written or screen dialogue is not what we hear in daily life. Unlike everyday chatter, every word of dialogue on the page or the stage should sound spontaneous and lifelike, as well as resonate with characterization and meaning. No easy feat! We all know how quickly bad dialogue can sink a book, play or film, while good dialogue can raise the experience to a new level of enjoyment and excellence.

Please join author Erica Ferencik on Tuesday, December 2 at 7:30pm for an informal discussion including tips and techniques for improving your dialogue: how to make it ring true, reveal character, create tension, add depth through subtext, and more. Learn more about Erica at

(Snow Date: Wednesday, December 3 at 7:30pm)

This event is free and open to all.

Holiday Bazaar Book Fair

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Join us on Saturday, December 6th from 1-4pm to celebrate all the Loft book successes! Get ready to support your fellow writers and get your holiday shopping done all in one day. We’ll have speakers, crafts, signings, and books galore!
This event is free and open to the public.

2nd Annual Loft Family Holiday Party

Bring your family on Saturday, December 13th at 2pm for our 2nd annual holiday party. Bring your kids, significant others, and some food (potluck style) to the Loft’s Holiday party. We’ll eat, celebrate, and maybe have another open mic session led by Papa J Funk.

This event is free and open to all.

Scribe & Snack Monthly Friday Write-In

Up your word count on Friday, December 19th from 10am-2pm for our monthly Scribe & Snack Write-In. Drop in for all or part of the day to write. Take a break at noon to chat over bagged lunches (we’ll provide the tea and coffee). December’s snack is Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprints.

Chocolate Peppermint ThumbprintsWe plan on holding this Write-In on the 3rd Friday of every month, but check Calendar to the right to be sure.

This event is open to all. donation; Members Free.

All-Star Non-Fiction Author Panel

On Saturday, January 24th from 1-3pm, join Sarah Albee, Leslie Bulion, Loree Griffin Burns, Susan Goodman, and April Jones Prince for a fascinating panel discussion on writing nonfiction for young readers. From biographies to beetles, bodily functions to bees, these prolific writers have the inside scoop on this increasingly vital segment of publishing.

Books by authors will be available for purchase and signing.

(Snowdate on January 25th, 1-3pm)

This event is open to all. donation; Members Free.

Prime Time Rhyme: A Craft Chat with Josh Funk

Rhyming picture books are frowned upon by agents and editors. Yet numerous rhyming picture books get published every year. Why? How? Join us on March 3rd at 7:30pm as Josh Funk discusses the reasons that make writing in rhyme difficult, several dos and (many) don’ts, what tools to use, and how to get your manuscript in front of the right editors and agents. Writing in rhyme is not for everyone. But when it’s done right, it adds an extra element of charm that no publisher can resist.

(Snow Date: Wednesday, March 4th at 7:30pm)

This event is free and open to all.

And more coming soon …


Past Events