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

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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 

Portsmouth Literary Resources: 2013


2013 List of Editors, Translators, and Writing Coaches

Thomas D’Evelyn
Tom is an editor, proofreader, and writing coach. He has been working in publishing for over thirty years. In addition to his editing, teaching, and writing services, he is deeply involved in adult continuing education.
You can find out more about him on his website: tomdevelynblog.wordpress.com

Tanya Gold
Tanya is a copy editor, proofreader, translator, and publishing project manager. She has been working in publishing for over ten years. 
She provides editorial services to writers of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and technical content. It has been suggested that she owns too many dictionaries for her own good. Free sample edits are provided with quotes. You can find testimonials on her website: tanyagold.com/recommendations

Beth LaMontagne Hall
Beth LaMontagne Hall is a writer and editor who has nearly 10 years of experience in the daily news business. She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the contract writing service BLH Writing Solutions, which provides writing and editing support for marketing, web design and media companies. Beth is happy to provide a range of writing samples and testimonials. You can reach her at gardnerstate@gmail.com or view her work on her blog gardnerstate.com.

Portsmouth Literary Events: 2013


Ongoing Writing Groups in Portsmouth, NH

Creative Writing Group #1
Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
Portsmouth Public Library
Parrot Ave
Portsmouth, NH 003801
Bi-monthly meeting of the Creative Writing Group #1
No Fee.
Writers of all levels and genres are welcome to join.
Open to the public – Looking for new members!
Contact: Kathleen Slover
Phone: 603-433-9013
Email: mcslover_2000@yahoo.com

Creative Writing Group #2
Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 6:30 PM
Portsmouth Public Library
Location: MacLeod Board RoomMemoir Writing Group meets twice a month from 10-Noon.
Portsmouth Public Library Location: MacLeod Board Room
Group is full and not accepting new members at this time.
Please leave your name at the Front Desk of the Library if you are interested in joining.
Contact: Sherry Evans
Phone: 603-766-1703
smevans@cityofportsmouth.com

Portsmouth Writers Salon
2nd and 4th Sundays from 7-9 PM
Portsmouth Book & Bar
Group is full and not accepting new members at this time
There is a waiting list for this group.
To join the waiting list, please contact: portsmouthwriterssalon@gmail.com

Crime/Thrillers/Suspense/Mystery Writers Group
Every other Wednesday from 6:30-8:00 PM
Rye Public Library
No Fee.
Contact: Joy Seymour
Email: joy@jeseymour.com

Nonfiction Writing Group
Every Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 PM
Portsmouth Book & Bar
No Fee.
Group is seeking new members.
Contact: Darby Tench
Email: darbytench@yahoo.com

Pen Central Writing Workshops
Writing workshops at RiverRun Bookstore with a focus on Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry
Contact: Rebecca Dawson Webb
Email: rebecca@pencentralwriters.com

Ongoing Book Groups in Portsmouth, NH

Fiction Book Group
Meets Mondays at 1 PM MacLeod Board Room<
Meets Mondays at 7 PM Hilton Garden Room
Portsmouth Public Library
Monthly fiction book group, sponsored by the library.
Contact: Sherry Evans
Phone: 603-766-1703
Email: smevans@cityofportsmouth.com

Nonfiction Book Group
Meets 1st Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM
Portsmouth Public Library – Hilton Garden Room
Monthly nonfiction book group
Contact: Sean Moundas
Email: Seanmoundas@yahoo.com

Classics Book Group
Meets the third Monday of every month 7-9 PM
At RiverRun Bookstore
Contact: Tom Holbrook
Phone: (603) 431-2100 

Essays Book Group
Meets Fourth Sunday of every month 5-6 PM
At Portsmouth Book and Bar
Contact: Tamara J. Collins
Email: tamarajcollins@gmail.com

Epic Nerdpurr Book Group At RiverRun Bookstore
Contact: Liberty Hardy
Phone:(603) 431-2100

Other Ongoing Groups and Open Mics

Hoot Night at Cafe Espresso 

Wednesday of the month 7-9 PM  at Café Espresso
Contact: Poet Laureate Program
Email: Info@pplp.org

Beat Night Poetry
3rd Thursday of the month
7:00-9:00 PM at the Press Room
Contact: The Pressroom
Phone: 603-431-5186 

Writers Night Out
1st Monday of the month
7:00-9:00 PM at the Common Man
Contact: John Herman
Email:info@NHWritersProject.Org

Poetry and Short Fiction at Serenity Cafe
3rd Monday of the month
6:30-8:00 PM at Serenity Cafe
Contact: John Simon
Email: john@wordpraxis.com