The Writers’ Corner – Word Up Next


Word Up Next

Tuesday, September 19, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Salem Writers’ Group, Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem

All are welcome to bring work-in-progress to share with the group for feedback. The group is facilitated by J.D. Scrimgeour, Professor of English, Salem State University.

Tuesday, September 19, 7:30 p.m.

Salem State University Writers Series: Justin Torres, Recital Hall, 71 Loring Ave. (Salem State campus), Salem

Novelist Justin Torres’ highly acclaimed We the Animals is about a young boy growing up in a struggling family of three brothers and coming to acknowledge his homosexuality.

Friday, September 22, 7 p.m.

Author Series: Doug Wynne, Jabberwocky Bookshop, Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Newburyport

Celebrate Doug Wynne’s latest book, Cthulhu Blues, the stunning conclusion to his Spectra Files Trilogy.

Saturday, September 23, 4:30 p.m.

Book Launch: The Wake by Connie Johnson Hambley, Jabberwocky Bookshop, Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Newburyport

Join local author Connie Johnson Hambley as she launches her latest book, The Wake: When Truth Won’t Die, the final thriller in her Jessica Trilogy.

Saturday, September 23, 7-9:30 p.m.

From the Depths: A Night of Horror Readings with the Violin MonsterMAGMA Gloucester, 11 Pleasant St., Suite 64, Gloucester

Join FunDead Publications and special guest the Violin Monster at the Eastern Point Lit House in Gloucester for an evening of dark readings and unique entertainment. $10.

Monday, September 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Witch City Writers Writing Workshop, Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly

Submissions chosen in advance. Limited to 15. $2. To register, visit

Tuesday, September 26, 7-9 p.m.

Incessant Pipe Poetry Salon, Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem

“The Pipe” is a space to read poetry, yours or others, and discuss everything from the price of tea in China to quantum particles (as long as it relates back to poetry). All styles of poetry are welcome.

Tuesday, September 26, 7-9 p.m.

Brunonia Barry Paperback Launch, Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Sq. W, Salem

Join Broadway Books and Wicked Good Books to launch Brunonia Barry’s The Fifth Petal. “Could a witch hunt happen again?” This is the question that haunts the people of Salem in Barry’s spellbinding, masterful new suspense novel.

Wednesday, September 27, 7 p.m.

Soundings East Release Party, Sophia Gordon Center, 352 Lafayette St. (Salem State campus), Salem

Celebrate the release of the latest volume of Soundings East, the literary journal of Salem State University.

Thursday, September 28, 6:30-8 p.m.

Ghosts and Spirits of Massachusetts, South Branch, Peabody Institute Library,  78 Lynn St., Peabody

Join Roxie Zwicker, author of Massachusetts Book of the Dead: Grave Legends and Lore, Haunted Cemeteries of New England and Haunted Pubs of New England, to explore some of the most haunted places in Massachusetts.

Saturdays & Sundays, September 30-October 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

FunDead Publications at the Witch House, 310 1/2 Essex St., Salem

FunDead will be selling copies of its books, including most recent release One Night in Salem.

Saturday, September 30, 6-4 p.m.

Illuminate: Poetry Reading and Open Mic, Ascension Memorial Church, 31 County St., Ipswich

Readings from members of the Ipswich Poetry Group will be interspersed with performances and words from the community. A cookout will follow.

Saturday, September 30, 6-11 p.m.

Notch & FunDead’s Excellent Adventure, Notch Brewing, 283R Derby St., Salem

Celebrate the release of FunDead’s newest anthology, One Night in Salem, a collection of short gothic and horror stories set on Halloween nights in Salem, throughout history. Come dressed in your best vintage, retro, or period costume for a chance to win prizes put together by Notch and FunDead.

Fridays, October 6, 13, 20, 27, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Intro to Fiction Writing (4-week workshop), Second Floor, Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody

This four-week beginners’ writing class is designed to help you outline, plot, and begin the process of writing a piece of fiction. Some work in between classes will be expected, especially as your fiction begins to develop. No experience is necessary—first-time writers are welcomed and encouraged! Register at

Friday, October 6- Sunday, October 8

Morning Garden Artists Retreat, 190 Western Ave., Gloucester

The retreat is open to storytellers of all stripes; including:  poets, novelists, short-form fictionists, memoirists, essayists, playwrights, screenwriters, songwriters,  composers and visual artists. $180.

Thursday, October 12, 1:45-2:45 p.m.

Annual Undergraduate Student Reading, Ellison Campus Center (North Campus, Salem State University), 1 Meier Drive, Salem

Annual reading spotlights the work of SSU student writers. Readers will include editors from Salem State’s national literary magazine, Soundings East, and its e-zine, Red Skies.

Thursday, October 12, 7-8:30 p.m.

Author Visit: Emerson Baker, Gordon Room, Peabody Institute Library Danvers, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers

Author and Salem State University professor Emerson “Tad” Baker will speak on his 2014 book A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience.

Saturday, October 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Scribbler’s Ink Travel Writing Workshop, Nahant

Join us for a day of practice travel writing where you will write in response to prompts designed to awaken your lost or hibernating creative voice. $80 includes workshop, catered lunch, snacks and beverages. To register, visit

Sunday, October 22, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Meet Author Adriana Mather, Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Sq. W, Salem

Join Penguin Random House and Wicked Good Books to celebrate the release of Adriana Mather’s Haunting the Deep, the follow-up to her bestseller How to Hang a Witch. A present-day teen finds herself a passenger on the Titanic.