Portsmouth Literary Events: 2019

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WRITING GROUPS

Creative Writing Group #1
Meets 2nd &4th Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 PM
Bi-monthly meeting of the Creative Writing Group #1
Writers of all levels and genres are welcome to join.
To see if this group is now accepting new members, please contact the group facilitator, Kathleen Slover
Portsmouth Public Library
175 Parrott Avenue
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Contact: Kathleen Slover
Email: portsmouthwritersgrup@gmail.com


Creative Writing Group #2

Creative Writing Group #2 meets every other Tuesday from 6:30 – 8:30 PM.
This workshop format is open to writers in all genres. We will share our writing and respond to it in a thoughtful, constructive and encouraging way. Additionally, we will discuss short published pieces focusing on craft and technique.
To see if this group is now accepting new members, please contact the group facilitator, Ginny Davis.
Portsmouth Public Library
175 Parrott Avenue
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Contact: Ginny Davis
Email: ginrae2003@yahoo.com
Location: MacLeod Board Room

Memoir Writing
The Memoir Writers Group at PPL meets every other Monday from 10:00 AM to NOON.
No matter what your writing level, the group welcomes all people who desire to record their remembrances. We learn by submitting rough drafts and participating in constructive critiques. We love to laugh and have fun, even when a memoir pulls our heartstrings. 
Portsmouth Public Library
175 Parrott Avenue
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Contact: Bob James
Email: rajames21@gmail.com
Location: MacLeod Board Room

Time to Write at The Word Barn
1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7-9pm
An ongoing writing workshop led by co-owner of The Word Barn and host of The Silo Series, Sarah Anderson (and occasional guest writers). Come exchange work with writers; give and receive feedback; use a writing prompt to get your creative juices flowing and more.
The Word Barn
66 Newfield’s Road
Exeter, NH
Contact: Sarah Anderson
Email: thewordbarn@gmail.com
www.thewordbarn.com

PODCASTS

WPM – Writing, Publishing, Marketing
Panel discussion featuring local authors, and a chance to mingle with the Seacoast writing community.
Second Tuesday of each month. 6-8 pm
WSCA Community Radio
909 Islington Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Contact: Steve Carter
Email:steve@maatpublishing.net
http://www.maatpublishing.net/WPM_podcasts.html

BOOK GROUPS

The Speculative Fiction Book Group
Final Tuesday of the month at 7 PM
Popovers on the Square
8 Congress Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Contact: Laura Horwood.Benton
Phone: 603.766.1711
Email: lkhorwood.benton@cityofportsmouth.com

Nonfiction Book Group
3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM
Portsmouth Public Library – Hilton Garden Room
175 Parrott Avenue
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Contact: Christine
Phone: 603.766.1703
Email: ccfriese@cityofportsmouth.com
Location: Hilton Garden Room

Spanish Book Group
Fridays 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
This is for fluent in Spanish, group reads books in Spanish and discusses them in Spanish.
Portsmouth Public Library
175 Parrott Avenue
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Contact: Jean Fortier
Email: jean.fortier27@gmail.com
Location: Hilton Garden Room

OPEN MICS

Hoot Night at Cafe Espresso
1st  Wednesday of the month 7:00-9:00 PM
Café Espresso
738 Islington Street #3
Portsmouth NH, 03801
Contact: Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program
Email: Info@pplp.org

Beat Night Poetry
3rd Thursday of the month 7:00-9:00 PM
Portsmouth Book and Bar
40 Pleasant Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Contact: Mike Nelson
Email: beatnightpress@gmail.com

Long Story Short
Wednesday nights from 7:00-9:00 PM
Long Story Short is an ongoing live storytelling event featuring people from around the Seacoast. The shows are held quarterly at 3S Artspace and feature six people sharing their stories based on a common theme.

The shows for 2019 include:
March 13 – Regrets Only Please
April 11 – You Can Never Go Back – Rye Jr. High School Teen Storytelling Event
June 12 – Summer Stories
September 11 – Breaking All the Rules
October TBD – Dark Tales Portsmouth Halloween Parade Fundraiser
Dec 11 – Planes, Trains and Automobiles

3s Artspace
319 Vaughn Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Contact: Beth LaMontagne Hall
Email: blh@gardnerstate.com
Website: https://www.facebook.com/LSSat3S/


HANG OUTS

Writers Night Out
1st Monday of the month 7-9 PM
Portsmouth Book and Bar
40 Pleasant Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Contact: Jeff Deck
Email: jeffdeck@jeffdeck.com
Website: https://www.nhwritersproject.org/writers-night-out/

EDITORS

Tanya Gold
Book Editor | Writing Coach | Literary Omnivore

Tanya is a former Portsmouthian and current Cantabrigian who has been in publishing for about 20 years. She provides story editing, manuscript critiques, line editing, copy editing, and coaching for writers. She works on fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Tanya also teaches editing and writing workshops.
http://www.TanyaGold.com

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Portsmouth Literary Events: 2018

2018 Portsmouth, NH ongoing Literary Events

WRITING GROUPS

Memoir Writing Group
The Memoir Writers Group at PPL meets on Monday mornings twice a month.
No matter what your writing level, the group welcomes all people who desire to record their remembrances. We learn by submitting rough drafts and participating in constructive critiques. We love to laugh and have fun, even when a memoir pulls our heartstrings. 
Portsmouth Public Library
175 Parrott Avenue
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Contact: Bob James
Email: rajames21@gmail.com
Location: MacLeod Board Room

Creative Writing Group #1
Meets 2nd &4th Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 PM
Portsmouth Public Library
Bi-monthly meeting of the Creative Writing Group #1
Writers of all levels and genres are welcome to join.
Open to the public – LIBRARY PROGRAM
Contact: Kathleen Slover
Email: info@portsmouthwritersgroup.org

Creative Writing Group #2
Creative Writing Group #2 meets every other Tuesday from 6:30 – 8:30 PM.
This workshop format is open to writers in all genres. We will share our writing and respond to it in a thoughtful, constructive and encouraging way. Additionally, we will discuss short published pieces focusing on craft and technique.
To see if this group is now accepting new members, please contact the group facilitator, Ginny Davis.
Contact: Ginny Davis
Email: ginrae2003@yahoo.com
Location: MacLeod Board Room

BOOK GROUPS
OUTLOUD BOOK GROUP
2nd & 4th Monday of the month 6-7:30 PM 
In the Basement of the Hotel Portsmouth
40 Court Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
The out loud book group will resume on January 8, 2018, and will take place on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. It’s a casual kind of book club open to the public. The idea is to bring any kind of book that one might find totally awesome or inspiring and read out loud to the group. Parking is free and light refreshments are provided.
Contact: Todd Dowey
Email: ToddDowey@icloud.com

Portsmouth Public Library’s Cookbook Book Club!
This event requires registration. Please call 766-1703 to register.
We meet every other month on the second Tuesday, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM in the library. Each meeting has a theme and includes a potluck where attendees bring dishes cooked from books within that theme and then discuss the book and theme. Each meeting is free-standing, with no required commitment, so register for the meetings that interest you.
January’s topic is Healthy New Year. Whatever it means to you, we’ll start the year with books on healthy, delicious foods. And if there is a food you’ve been meaning to try or a cooking skill that has intimidated you (yeast? stocks?) feel free to test – you are among friends. A list of suggested titles to start you thinking is available at the Circulation Desk.
Location: Hilton Garden Room
Portsmouth Public Library
Contact: Christine
Phone: 603.766.1703
Email: ccfriese@cityofportsmouth.com
Location: Hilton Garden Room

Fiction Book Group
Portsmouth Public Library’s Fiction Book Club generally meets on the second Monday of each month, at 1 PM or 7 PM. Copies of each book are available for checkout with a PPL card.
Portsmouth Public Library
175 Parrott Avenue
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Monthly fiction book group, sponsored by the library.
Open to the public
Location: MacLeod Board Room
Contact: Cathy Okhuysen
Phone: (603) 427-1540
Email: ccokhuysen@cityofportsmouth.com

The Speculative Fiction Book Group
4th Tuesday of the month at 7 PM
Location to be determined.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Open to the public
LIBRARY PROGRAM
Contact: Laura Horwood.Benton
Phone: 603.766.1711
Email: lkhorwood.benton@cityofportsmouth.com

Nonfiction Book Group
3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM
Portsmouth Public Library – Hilton Garden Room
175 Parrott Avenue
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Monthly nonfiction book group
Open to the public
Contact: Christine
Phone: 603.766.1703
Email: ccfriese@cityofportsmouth.com
Location: Hilton Garden Room

OPEN MICS

Hoot Night at Cafe Espresso 
1st  Wednesday of the month 7:00-9:00 PM
Café Espresso
Contact: Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program
Email: Info@pplp.org

Beat Night Poetry
3rd Thursday of the month 7:00-9:00 PM
At Portsmouth Book and Bar
Contact: Mike Nelson
Email: beatnightpress@gmail.com

Poetry After Hours at RiverRun

4th Wednesday of the month 7:00-9:00 PM
RiverRun Bookstore
142 Fleet Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Contact: RiverRunBookstore
Email: info@riverrunbookstore.com

Long Story Short
Upcoming LSS:
Wednesday, March 14, 2018: Friends & Enemies
Wednesday, June 13, 2018: Changes
Wednesday, September 19, 2018: What I thought I knew
Wednesday, December 12, 2018: Family Ties

7-9 PM
3s Artspace
319 Vaughn Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Participants stand on stage and tell a 10-minute non-fiction story, loosely based on a theme.

Contact: Beth LaMontagne Hall
Email: blh@gardnerstate.com
Website: https://www.facebook.com/LSSat3S/

HANG OUTS

Writers Night Out
1st Monday of the month 7-9 PM
Portsmouth Book and Bar
40 Pleasant Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Contact: Jeff Deck
Email: jeffdeck@jeffdeck.com
Website: https://www.nhwritersproject.org/writers-night-out/

Portsmouth Writers’ Salon Notes: 05.25.14

Our Writing Prompt from this evening was, “Don’t make us make you help us.” – by Stephen King from Secret Windows. 

It was mentioned by a member that we should all check out the following movie: Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy. 

Upcoming Literary Events:

Writers Night Out is  Monday, June 2, 2014, from 7:00-8:30 PM at the Coat of Arms

The Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program Poetry Hoot is at Cafe Espresso from 7:00-9:00 PM this Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Ann Patchett and Richard Russo are coming to the University of Southern Maine on June 10, 2014.

Great meeting tonight everyone! Great Feedback from all! 

Keep Writing,

Portsmouth Writers’ Salon

Portsmouth Writers’ Salon Notes: 06.23.13

The Portsmouth Writers Salon had a wonderful meeting this evening. Meeting minutes were emailed out to those present and those not present who mentioned interest.

“Can a story be good only if it produces an effect? If the effect is a bad one but intended, has the story done its job? Is it then a good story? If the story produces an effect other than the intended one, is it then a bad story? Can a story be said to produce an effect at all? Can a story actually do anything at all?”  – Brock Clarke

There is a service called Flourish Editing that for 4 cents a word provides copyediting feedback,  here is the website:  http://www.flourishediting.com/According to their website on Mondays, they offer a free critique on up to 750 words. 

There is a book called Writing Begins with the Breathe by Laraine Herring that one of our members recommends.

Keep Writing,

Portsmouth Writers’ Salon

Portsmouth Writers’ Salon Notes: 05.26.13


The Portsmouth Writers Salon had a wonderful meeting this evening. Meeting minutes were emailed out to those present and those not present who mentioned interest.

“Keep on Writing. Never give up. Rejection is part of a writer’s life. Then, now, always.” – Cheryl Strayed. 

Some links relevant to discussions at our meeting this evening:

Keep It Short and Simple

Short Story Month

Until next time.

Keep Writing,

Portsmouth Writers Salon 

Portsmouth Writers’ Salon Notes: 05.12.13

The Portsmouth Writers Salon had a wonderful Mother’s Day meeting. Meeting minutes were emailed out to those present and those not present who mentioned interest.

The group is at capacity and has created a wait list for anyone interested. To join the wait list please email: PortsmouthWritersSalon@gmail.com

Some links relevant to discussions at our meeting this evening:

Writing About Domestic Abuse

Until next time.

Keep Writing,

Portsmouth Writers Salon