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Hatbox Readings: NH Writers' Project Night at the Hatbox Theatre


Next Hatbox Readings: May 14, 2017 6pm

This event will be 6-8:00pm on May 14 in the Hatbox Theatre in the Steeplegate Mall complex (270 Loudon Rd, Concord, New Hampshire) [map and directions]. There will be three readings.

To apply for this event, see below:


Readings at the Hatbox Theatre in Concord is a series NHWP began for its members in 2016. This is a semi-regular event where actors read entertaining selections from 'works in progress' by three NHWP authors, and the audience offers feedback, critique, and reactions. 

This event will not only allow the author to "hear" some of their novel, story, or book, but also receive immediate feedback.  The audience will experience new works from NH authors live and contribute directly to the creative process of a grateful author. 

All Hatbox Reading events are free for NHWP MEMBERS, but $5.00 for the General Audience (+ $1.50 for reserving tickets in advance).  As a member of NHWP you will recieve an email from info@nhwritersproject.org with a passcode ahead of each reading which you will need to use when reserving your tickets.  The passcode is entered at the end of the online registration process and will zero out the cost.  Refreshments along with stimulating conversation will be provided during intermission. Come enjoy the arts in Concord's new theater space, the Hatbox Theatre!


To take part in a future Hatbox Readings Program as an author:

If successful, Hatbox Readings will be held semi-regularly dependent upon the scheduling needs of the Hatbox Theatre and availability of the space and actors. We anticipate authors will be given a few weeks notice if they have been selected to take part in the next round.  PLEASE NOTE:  We will prioritize the submissions of authors who have attended other Hatbox Reading nights, since we believe that if you would like the feedback and support from a Hatbox audience for your work, you should have in turn provided feedback and support for the work of others.

The NHWP Programming Committee will attempt to arrange a balanced program for each event, which may include genre-specific nights. Hatbox Readings are geared toward authors who have a complete manuscript and are at the "beta reader" stage. The manuscript should have gone through several drafts and edits before it is shared with an audience. 

An actor will read 10-20 minutes of their work. A feedback session will follow allowing the audience to provide comments, and ask questions of the author. Authors are encouraged to submit the beginning of their book or story (to test-run a section prospective agents and editors would likely request) or to submit another significant scene or chapter of their work.  

To apply for this program, please fill out this submission form. The Programming Committee will endeavor to include you in an upcoming Hatbox Readings event.

This program is open to all members in good standing of the NHWP.


Past Readings

March 12, 2017

NAILS: A TALE OF JAPAN by Ian Rogers

BUT I ALREADY SAID GOODBYE by Wendy Jensen

A HOUSE DIVIDED by Ed Jacobs

December 11, 2016

VIRTUOUS WOMEN by Karen Goltz
CINDY by Josh Bresslin
WHEREFROM by Mary Downes

July 17, 2016

THE ORACLE FILES: ESCAPE by Masheri Chappelle
THE SHADOW OVER PORTSMOUTH by Jeff Deck
A MURDER OF CROWS ON THE WALL by Gary M Devore