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14 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Reader and Writer

on Fri, 02/12/2016 - 21:27

Ah, love: a commonality among all cultures alike, often a cause of tension among various parties, and a favorite theme of many writers. Valentine’s Day as seen as a day of love and 75% off next day chocolate and fuzzy bears. Whether you are celebrating Valentine’s Day with your significant other or you will just be by yourself, these Valentine’s Day gifts will be sure to warm the hearts of all:

  1. Jane Austen novels:
    You really can’t go wrong with these classics! And the selection from Anthropologie even has a choice of four pretty patterns that are irresistible!

  2. Jane Austen Note Cards (instead

Author Marianne Williamson coming to Capitol Center Feb. 4

on Sun, 01/24/2016 - 22:32

Internationally acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer, Marianne Williamson is coming to the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, NH on Thursday, February 4 from 7-10 pm. This featured event is being presented by yoga teacher, writer and spiritual mentor, Karen Kenney. 

Marianne has been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Charlie Rose & Bill Maher. Six of her eleven published books have been New York Times Best Sellers.

Even busy college students can find time to write

on Fri, 01/22/2016 - 01:16

By Jordan Gambale

Are you a college student with a busy schedule who has trouble finding the time to write? As somebody who had been writing in any spare moment I had, I was surprised and somewhat disappointed to discover that college didn’t get me much time. With twenty-four hours in a day, it feels almost impossible to write anything that isn’t an essay for class. Here are some ways to find time to write with a busy schedule:

1.      Write anything you can, when you can, even if it’s just what you had for lunch today.
I find myself jotting down little things that happen throughout the day

Announcing The New Hampshire Writers’ Project Student Essay Contest

on Mon, 01/18/2016 - 23:46

Purpose: To enable New Hampshire high school and college students to share their stories and ideas about critical contemporary issues in order promote civil discourse through the transformative power of the written word.


Procedure: Students are invited to submit an essay of up to 500 words to their school liaison, a designated teacher or administrator at their school, in response to a specific question.

Author Interview: Pratima Cranse

on Thu, 01/07/2016 - 22:23

By Renee Roy

Debut New Hampshire author Pratima Cranse took a few minutes recently to talk about her first novel, All the Major Constellations, and offered some insight as to how her past has acted as her muse.  

Cranse, a New England native, was born and raised in Vermont. She now lives in southern New Hampshire, after earning her MFA in fiction writing from Southern New Hampshire University. She said she draws much of her inspiration from her parents. “My father is also a writer and, just as important, he’s a really great reader,” Cranse said.

Writers' Day 2016 is coming April 23

on Tue, 11/17/2015 - 15:23

The premier event for New Hampshire authors and poets seeking to make connections and improve their craft. Sponsored by NHWP, Writers' Day features keynote speeches by acclaimed literary figures, workshops for writers of all genres and disciplines, and opportunities to meet agents and publishers.

Writers' Day will be on April 23, 2016 on the campus of Southern New Hampshire University.

NHWP members receive a discount on registration and lunch is included. New registrants receive a one-year membership in NHWP as part of their admission.

We have a great keynote speaker lined up (stay

NH Institute Offers Scholarships to Poetry Out Loud Winners

on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 19:53

THe Hampshire Institute of Art will offer significant scholarships to both Poetry Out Loud teachers and their competition-winning students.

“NHIA initially established the Poetry Out Loud Scholarship in 2014-2015 as a way to celebrate New Hampshire high school students who appreciate poetry and creative writing and who aren’t afraid to stand in front of their communities to convey the power of creative imagery,” said Bob Gielow, Vice President of Enrollment Services at NHIA.

The Right Time and the Right Place

on Wed, 09/23/2015 - 21:48

By Lea Page

I began writing four years ago in the warm room of the Laconia Ice Rink, where my son had hockey practice three times a week. I wrote the lion's share of my first book, PARENTING IN THE HERE AND NOW, which was just released by Floris Books, with the sound of pucks slamming the walls and a version of the "Bill and Chuck Show" running (two dads who always came to watch practice and kept up a hilarious commentary). It was the only time and space I had.

I wrote a second book, a memoir about rural Montana, while sitting in our pickup truck in the parking lot of the Tritown Ice Rink.

The New Hampshire Poetry Festival is Nigh!

on Thu, 09/17/2015 - 21:52

This fall, the Granite State celebrates its strong poetry tradition with the inaugural New Hampshire Poetry Festival. Organized by two leading literary organizations, The Poetry Society of New Hampshire and The New Hampshire Institute of Art, the event takes place Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester.                                                                             

“With a thriving poetry community in New Hampshire and surrounding areas, we thought the time was right for this type of event in the state, celebrating the reading and

Made in NH– Authors: Janis Hennessey

on Thu, 09/17/2015 - 20:19

Made in NH– Authors: Janis Hennessey

By Amy Ray

This is the last in a series of interviews of authors who represented NHWP at the Made in New Hampshire Expo booth.

Janis Hennessey writes children’s books for ages two through eight. In her A Max & Colby Adventure series, two very different dogs have adventures in the backyard and prove that friendship and napping are essential elements of life.

Janis will signing books at the Animal Rescue League of NH Pet Fair, 3M Road Race & Dog Walkathon on Saturday, September 19th at Derryfield Park, Manchester, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Amy Ray: What