Straw Dog Writers Guild in Northampton MA will this year revive the one-day WriteAngles Writers Conference. WriteAngles served the western Massachusetts literary community for over 30 years until it was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. 

It returns on April 6, 2024, at the Northampton Center for the Arts at 33 Hawley Street in Northampton.

Writers are invited to view the program and register at Registration costs $150.00 and includes a light lunch; scholarship aid is available for lower-income writers.

The keynote address will be given by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, poet, essayist, and author of the award-winning novel, The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois. Professor Jeffers will accept the second Abel Meeropol Social Justice Writing Award, which honors a writer of national stature whose work promotes social and political change through literature. The award is partially funded from royalties from Abel Meeropol’s iconic anti-lynching song, “Strange Fruit.” 

The conference offers panels, roundtable discussions, and workshops, as well as opportunities for networking and to meet with a literary agent. The program is based on conversations with writers across the four western Massachusetts counties and focuses on a commitment to writing that illuminates the complexities of our world, creates dialogue, incites change, and heals wounds. Sessions include “Beyond the Book,” “Who’s a Writer anyway?” “Writing in Community,” “Naming our Roots: Generating Poems from the Cultural Language of our Experiences,” and “Writing the Urgent Now.” Conference presenters are a diverse group of authors, teachers, and activists.

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