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American Antiquarian Artist Fellowships

The deadline to apply to do research for a novel, play, poetry, visual art, dance, or other creative work at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA is coming up on October 5, 2018.  American Antiquarian Society Artist Fellowships are fantastic.  I had one a couple years ago in support of the historical novel I am working on now, and couldn't believe the depth of their holdings and the generous support of their staff.  It was like having a brilliant, helpful research staff and access to incredible holdings.  There is a stipend and a housing option as well, complete with a room set up to be accessible for people with mobility disabilities, which is where I stayed. 

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Mass Humanities Blog Posts

Here is a link to posts by and about me on the Massachusetts Humanities blog, The Public Humanist.  Topics include teaching fiction writing, reading Henry James, fiction as misdirection, and the 18th century theologian as slave-owner. 

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Library Writer in Residence Posts at Library as Incubator Project

In 2013/14, I wrote a series of blog posts for the Library as Incubator Project website.  They were all about the experience of being Writer in Residence at my local public library, Forbes Library.  They were intended to encourage other public libraries to develop writer in residence programs. 

 

Speaking of Forbes Library, I am facilitating The Writing Room again on Saturdays, 9:30-12:30 (roughly) in the Watson Room.  The new season starts tomorrow, September 8.  We'll be there every Saturday during the academic year, so please do join us, if you like. 

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Remembering Carrie Dearborn

I learned today that my old friend Carrie Dearborn has died. I met Carrie in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston in the early eighties. I had put up a flyer to form a writers group, and Carrie was the one who both answered and stuck around. Because Carrie used a wheelchair and I lived in an upstairs apartment, we met at her apartment. Read More 
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Writing at Amherst College and Forbes Library, Write/Angles, PACE art show

Here are some the things I've got coming up:

I'm teaching Fiction Writing 1 at Amherst College in Fall 2017. That is utterly exciting. I love the work of trying to help young writers develop their craft to sustain the work that they are most excited about doing.

I'm also speaking to the wonderful Global Valley Course at Amherst College. The students read my novel, Spider in a Tree as part of a fantastic survey of the history of the Connecticut River Valley.

If you're not an Amherst College student, you can writing with me at the Writing Room on Saturday mornings, 9:30-12:30 in the Watson Room on the mezzanine of Forbes Library, which is the public library in Northampton. It's mostly silent writing, with check-ins at the beginning and at 11:45.

I'll be on a panel about writing historical fiction at the Write/Angles Conference , Sunday, November 18 at Mt. Holyoke conference. All are welcome to register.

Finally, in Colorado, I'm excited to have an excerpt from my novel Venus of Chalk being shown alongside a painting by my brother Don Stinson at Draft , at the Parker PACE Arts Center in Parker, Colorado. The ekphrastic show, which puts the work of writers and visual artists in conversation with each other, will be on display in the PACE Center Art Gallery from September 1 to October 31.

Please do check out these events, and there's still time to apply for my Fiction Writing I class if you're an Amherst College Student.
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New Blog Here

From 2003 until earlier this year, I blogged at another site. At its peak, the site created a lively gift of playful, helpful community for me. I loved it, and used it often. I wrote about many experiences that came from writing, publishing, and traveling with my novels. I shared so much joy in the writing of others. The old venue both lost energy and developed a problem with censorship. I realized that I needed to find a new site. So, for now, I'll be posting events and news here on my website. These will be sporadic. I might only do it when I need a spot to link to on social media, where I use Facebook and Twitter.

Perhaps at some point I'll bring back old posts from the archives of my previous blog. For now, though, I'm just saying hello.  Read More 
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