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knittingpearlsOn Wed. Nov. 18th at 7 p.m. the Broadside Bookshop in Northampton will be celebrating the release of Knitting Pearls, an anthology by bestselling novelist, memoirist, and WriteAngles 2012 keynoter Ann Hood.

WriteAngles 2015 panelist Cathi Hanauer will be reading from the piece she contributed to the anthology. Please come! Bring your knitting, obviously.

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We are very happy to announce that Susan Stinson and Carol Edelstein have agreed to be the keynote speakers for this year’s WriteAngles conference. As published writers and well-established writers advocates, we know they will have no shortage of encouraging and inspiring words for writers.

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TheObituaryWriterAnn Hood, our keynoter at last year’s conference, will be reading and signing her new novel The Obituary Writer at 7pm on Monday, March 18. There will also be an open book group discussion of Ann’s book The Red Thread led by Elli Meeropol at 6pm. Read More.

Book summary: On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire, an uncompromising young wife and mother obsessed with the glamour of Jackie O, struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a loveless marriage or follow the man she loves and whose baby she may be carrying. Decades earlier, in 1919, Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer, is searching for her lover who disappeared in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. By telling the stories of the dead, Vivien not only helps others cope with their grief but also begins to understand the devastation of her own terrible loss. The surprising connection between Claire and Vivien will change the life of one of them in unexpected and extraordinary ways. Part literary mystery and part love story, The Obituary Writer examines expectations of marriage and love, the roles of wives and mothers, and the emotions of grief, regret, and hope.

The 7 pm reading and signing requires the purchase of the book or a $5 event ticket.

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We have a date!

Mark your calendars now for the annual WriteAngles conference that will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2013. Once again we’ll be at the attractive and welcoming Willits-Hallowell Center on the Mount Holyoke College campus in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Planning is underway and we will let you know more as the conference shapes up.

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See you next year!

Our 27th annual WriteAngles conference is now over. Thanks again to everyone who made it a success.

We will begin planning for the 28th conference sometime in January of 2013 (TBA). If you are interested in becoming one of the planners, please let us know (Click on Contact Us in the right hand column). We are an all-volunteer group that depends on fresh approaches to stay relevant to the needs of writers. We particularly need people who have ideas for panel topics and are willing to help organize panels by recruiting panelists. But if you just want to come to a meeting to see how it goes, feel free to do so.

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WA24 was a smashing success

Yes, it’s all over, but we’re already thinking of how we can WOW writers with WA 25, at which we will celebrate our 25th consecutive year!

Yesterday was a big success and we thank everyone who made it happen — the planners, panelists, keynoters, Willits-Hallowell staff, and every single writer who attended.

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Last minute notes

We can take pre-registrations until Friday at noon and expect to be able to accommodate a few people at the door. See you soon!

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