Writer’s Digest Introduces: The Well-Sold Story Weekend Presented by Paula Munier

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The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop will be at the Writer’s Digest regional event, The Well-Sold Story Weekend Presented by Paula Munier (#WDBoston – @WritersDigest), this weekend. The event takes place March 19 – 20 at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, Boston, Mass. The program is designed to help writers: see their work through a new lens, including the publisher’s and agent’s eyes; to utilize proven strategies for producing a drum-tight manuscript that hooks its reader from page one; and to be bold when promoting their book and themselves.

Paula Munier, a well-known agent, writer, editor, teacher and content strategist, is hosting The Well-Sold Story Weekend, which is open to any novelist, memoirist or short story writer who is ready to embrace the realities of publishing. The two-day event will also feature a conversation with William Martin, a New York Times Bestselling Author, award-winning writer of 10 novels, a recipient of the prestigious New England Book Award, and a Boston-area resident.

For more information on the event, check out @CamWritersWkshp for our live-tweets of the event!

CWW Newport faculty Jade Sylvan discusses their new play, Spider Cult: The Musical

spidercultSpider Cult: The Musical, written by Jade Sylvan, our Spring in Newport, RI Writing Retreat (April 22-24, 2015) fiction faculty member, will be playing at The Oberon Theatre in Cambridge, MA, on June 24 & June 26, 2016.  There will be two shows on the night of Friday, June 24, as well as a matinee and evening performance on Sunday, June 26.

Spider Cult is Boston’s first apocalyptic lesbian sci-fi horror burlesque musical. The musical follows Scout, an orphan stripper who over the course of the story is pursued by a “crazy” cult. To learn more about the musical and keep up to date with its production, visit: www.spidercultthemusical.com.

jadesylvanJade Sylvan (they/them/their), called a “risqué queer icon” by The Boston Globe, is an award-winning author, poet, screenwriter, producer, and performing artist heavily rooted in the literary and performance community of Cambridge and Somerville, Massachusetts. Jade’s most recent book, Kissing Oscar Wilde (Write Bloody, 2013), a novelized memoir about the author’s experience as a touring poet in Paris (sponsored by a travel grant from The Foundation of Contemporary Arts), was a finalist for the New England Book Award and the Bisexual Book Award.  Other work has appeared in The Washington PostBuzzfeedThe Toast, Mudfish, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and many other publications.  Jade has toured extensively, performing their work to audiences across the United States, Canada, and Europe.  They are currently overseeing the production of their first full-length stage play, Spider Cult: The Musical, opening June 24th, 2016 at Oberon Theater in Harvard Square.

Kathleen Spivack Launches Novel at Harvard Book Store


Join Cambridge Writers’ Workshop faculty member Kathleen Spivack at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, MA for the launch of her new book Unspeakable Things. The short reading, book signing, and party will take place on Saturday, January 31 at 2 p.m.

6odLzoK-ReQPwOcvZbfWrdFOulc08fdeMOZ6m28nwOUKathleen Spivack is the author of A History of Yearning, winner of the Sows Ear International Poetry Prize 2010, first runner up in the New England Book Festival, and winner of the London Book Festival; Moments of Past Happiness(Earthwinds/Grolier Editions 2007); The Beds We Lie In (Scarecrow 1986), nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; The Honeymoon (Graywolf 1986); Swimmer in the Spreading Dawn (Applewood 1981); The Jane Poems (Doubleday 1973); Flying Inland (Doubleday 1971); Robert Lowell and His Circle (2011) and a novel, Unspeakable Things. She is a recipient of the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award 2010, the 2010 Erica Mumford Award, and the 2010 Paumanok Award. Published in numerous magazines and anthologies, some of her work has been translated into French. Other publications include The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Massachusetts Review, Virginia Quarterly, The Southern Review, Harvard Review, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, Agni, New Letters, and others. Her work is featured in numerous anthologies. She has also won several International Solas Prizes for “Best Essays.”

An Evening w. Rebecca Skloot at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (Cambridge, MA, September 29, 2015)

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University presents a lecture and discussion about Rebecca Skloot’s new award-winning book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and her path to writing it. Part detective story, part scientific odyssey, and part family saga, the story’s multilayered approach raises questions about race, class, and bioethics in America. At this event, Skloot will speak about the book and her path to writing it. She is currently working on her next book, which will be about humans, animals, science, and ethics.

The event will be held on September 29 and begin at 5 p.m. The presentation will be at Knafel Center (10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA).  The event is free and open to the public. To register, click here.

Skloot holds a BS in biological sciences and an MFA in creative nonfiction, degrees that she helped pay for by working in emergency rooms, neurology labs, veterinary medicine, animal morgues, and martini bars. She specializes in narrative science writing and has explored a wide range of topics, including goldfish surgery, tissue ownership rights, race and medicine, food politics, and packs of wild dogs in Manhattan. She has worked as a correspondent for WNYC’s Radiolab and PBS’s NovaScienceNOW. She is a visiting scholar at the Radcliffe Institute in September 2015 and will meet with students, faculty, and researchers to broaden the impact of the work she has done and make progress on her next projects.

Paula A. Johnson, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and the executive director of the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology, will provide introductory remarks and moderate a panel discussion, following the lecture, about the intersection of biomedical science, research ethics, poverty, and race.

Bach’s Inventions + Poetry feat. Diana Norma Szokolyai, Tara Skurtu, Nicole Terez Dutton, Dennis Shafer, & Kathleen Spivack

Bach-GoesPopChagallPAC presents:
Saturday May 3, 2014 * 8pm *  $5/10

186.5 Hampshire Street
Inman Square, Cambridge, MA
[ Central Square T-Stop ]

Join us for a night of poetry and beautiful musical interludes from Bach’s Inventions.  The interplay between baroque music and poetic voices will set you soaring.  Featured poets include CWW Executive Artistic Director Diana Norma Szokolyai, CWW Board Member Kathleen Spivack, and former CWW Board Member Tara Skurtu along with poet Nicole Terez Dutton.  Featured musicians include Brian Abbot on guitar, Jon Amon on sax, Tim Pence on guitar, Dennis Shafer on sax, Alec Watson on piano, and Jobey Wilson on tuba.  This event is featured in The Boston Globe and Tara Skurtu’s poetry is featured on WBUR.