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

Annual Loft Family Picnic

Saturday, August 29th, 12pm

Join us at the park down Cemetery Lane (just past the Loft). Bring your family and some food. Nuts are welcome (just mark those dishes and people). Rain date Sunday, August 30th.

This event is $Free$ and open to all.

Writers’ Loft Book Bash

Friday, September 11, 7pm

Book Bash FlyerCelebrate Loft members’ book releases from the time loft opened (March 2013) to now! Books will be available for purchase and signing from:

  • Nandini Bajpai
  • Erin Dionne
  • Josh Funk
  • Thea Iberall
  • Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Lisa A. Kramer
  • Nancy Tupper Ling
  • Susan Lynn Meyer
  • Jacqui Morton
  • Warren Ross
  • Kathryn Sparrow
  • Anna Staniszewski

There will be readings, cake, and the goblet of fire!!

This event is $Free$ and open to all.

Craft Chat: Exploration of Art & Text
with Sarah S. Brannen

Saturday, 10/17 1:30pm

Author/artist Sarah S. Brannen will share stories about the creation of her books, as well as exploring some of the things she has learned about the ways text and pictures can support each other. Writers can learn some tips on how to make text perfect to illustrate, and how to let go of the book when it’s turned over to the illustrator; illustrators will hear about ways Sarah has used a good text as a jumping-off point to take a book to the next level.

Sarah will talk about the process of fitting words and images together for picture books. Sarah is the author and illustrator of three books: Madame Martine, Madame Martine Breaks the Rules, and Uncle Bobby’s Wedding. She has illustrated several other books including the award-winning Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart.

This event is $Free$ and open to all.

Craft Chat: The Art of Giving – and Receiving – Critique
with Erin Dionne

Saturday, 10/24 2pm

critique craft chat erin dionneDo you belong to a critique group? Do you want to? Do you know how to work with an editor or agent?

Part of being a good writer is being a good reader/editor—knowing how to give feedback on a critique partner’s manuscript, and how to listen to and evaluate criticism given to you on your own work. In this session, we will identify specific story elements that you should be looking for in your crit partner’s (and your own) manuscripts and learn how to comment on them effectively. We’ll also discuss receiving comments and feedback from others: are you ready for criticism? How do you deal with a “harsh” critique? What should you be listening for? What are the strategies for using the feedback you receive? Attendees will leave with specific elements to look for in others’ work, tools for editing their own work, and an understanding as to how to accept and use feedback from others.

Please bring approximately 5 pages of writing to work with.

This event is $Free$ and open to all.

PiBoIdMo Kickoff Party
Wednesday, October 29, 7pm

Join us on to prepare for Picture Book Idea Month! PiBoIdMo is a November writing challenge for picture book writers and illustrators. The object is to jot down one picture book concept daily. By the end of the month you’ll have at least 30 bright & shiny new ideas! You can then refer to these ideas throughout the year to jump-start your creativity and write new manuscripts.

We’ll kick off with some food, chat, social time, and possibly a special guest.

This event is $Free$ and open to all.

And more coming soon …