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NHIA launches teen writing program, July 10-14

on Tue, 06/27/2017 - 17:26

The New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester is gearing up for its "Summer Sessions" – a series of workshops designed for teens (13 – 18) to explore and challenge their creative potential. With a range of topics and themes, these week-long workshops allow young creatives to evolve their skills, try innovative techniques, and create a community of like-minded teens.

One-Act Wonders at The Hatbox

on Mon, 06/05/2017 - 12:37

One Act Wonders , an evening of three one act plays, opens at the Hatbox Theatre at 270 Loudon Rd, Concord, NH on June 16, 2017 and runs through June 25, 2017. Showtimes are 7:30 pm Fridays and Saturday and 2:00 pm on Sundays. Tickets are $16.50 / $13.50 for Hatbox members, seniors and students. For tickets, visit or call 603­715­2315.

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION: New World Theatre presents an evening of three one act plays written by regional playwrights. Two Lessons At The Bus Stop by George Kelly (Concord NH) ­ A man sits alone on a park bench waiting for a bus.

To Conclude National Poetry Month: Why Poetry Matters

on Fri, 04/28/2017 - 21:13


Poetry is an art - and like any art, it requires lots of time, practice, and patience.


Last year, I took my first poetry writing course. Weekly assignments consisted of writing poems based off a specific theme we were given. We read our poems aloud to the class and workshopped with one another. By the end of the course, I had written about thirteen different poems. Out of all of these, there was only one I felt completely confident about. Just one.


That’s the thing about writing poetry - you are bound to come up with a lot of pieces that are absolute crap.

Benjamin Ludwig's Debut Novel Stuns with Authenticity and Purpose

on Thu, 03/30/2017 - 19:38

By Lisa Allard


On May 2nd, New Hampshire author Benjamin Ludwig will be releasing his very first novel, Ginny Moon. Selected as a B&N Summer 2017 Discover Great New Writers book, this highly anticipated read is about to take the literary world by storm in more ways than one.

The story is told from the entertaining and captivating perspective of an autistic teenage girl. Taken away from her abusive and drug-addicted mother at the age of nine, Ginny is now a foster child.

10 Reasons to Get Excited for Writers' Day 2017

on Sat, 03/25/2017 - 19:19


The New Hampshire Writers’ Project 29th annual Writers’ Day extravaganza  will take place on Saturday April 1st. With this date quickly approaching, we couldn’t be more excited! Here’s why.


1. This day is all about you. Finally, there is day where you can truly focus on yourself and your writing with no distractions. You deserve it! Unplug yourself from the worries of your day-to-day responsibilities and allow yourself to fully enjoy the experience. You won’t regret it.


2. Learn something new.  With so many different workshops targeted towards improving various aspects of your

New Hampshire Institute of Art: Storytelling Festival Event

on Thu, 03/16/2017 - 23:09


On Saturday, April 8th at 2:00 pm, the New Hampshire Institute of Art is hosting their first Storytelling Festival in the French Hall Auditorium at 148 Concord Street in Manchester, New Hampshire. We asked Monica Bilson, the Chair of Creative Writing at NHIA, some questions about the upcoming festival.


As the Chair of Creative Writing at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, how have your experiences shaped your writing and teachings? What inspires you to write?


I’ve been teaching literature and writing, and building writing programs, for about fifteen years, including almost five at

Writers' Day 2017:  Saturday April 1 on the SNHU Campus

Please take a moment to read over these instructions and consult the Southern New Hampshire University campus MAP.  Park, lest you be towed, in the Visitor’s Parking Lot 12-C'V or Lot 26-C. Be warned: There may be hills involved, so plan accordingly.  Head North to the Dining Center (Building 21 on the campus map). Go up the stairs you'll see right in front of you (or go left through the doors to the cafeteria, then make a right, and take the elevator). Registration and the keynote speech is on the second floor.

Sue Coletta Talks About Writing Crime and Shares 10 Tips for Building Suspense

on Mon, 03/13/2017 - 18:16

Sue Coletta Talks About Writing Crime and Shares 10 Tips for Building Suspense

By Lisa Allard


This Saturday, The Toadstool Bookshop in Milford will be having a Local Authors Open House event at 3:00pm with six local authors, including crime writer Sue Coletta.

Sue Coletta is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She has published six novels, including Marred and Wings of Mayhem, as well as resource books such as Crime Writers’ Research  and 60 Ways to Murder Your Characters. She has been published in numerous anthologies,

The Contestants and Judges Discuss the Three Minute Fiction Slam

on Wed, 03/08/2017 - 23:09

On Thursday, February 23rd at 7:30pm in SNHU’s Walker Auditorium, the New Hampshire Writers’ Project co-hosted the Three Minute Fiction Slam with the SNHU Creative Writing Club. With three minutes on the clock, the contestants brought a piece of themselves to the stage that resonated within the judges and the audience.

In order to stay within the three minute time constraint, the contestants had to focus their stories so that only the biggest details were included. This, of course, can pose a challenge.

Women's History Month 2017 Reading List

on Wed, 03/08/2017 - 21:31


March 8th is International Women’s Day! For the rest of Women’s History Month, consider reading literature written by women. Here are some novels, poetry collections, and essay anthologies that are worth reading this month, and all year long!


Citizen (2014) — Claudia Rankine


“How difficult is it for one body to feel the injustice wheeled at another? Are the tensions, the recognitions, the disappointments, and the failures that exploded in the riots too foreign?”

Citizen is a genre-blending collection of poetry, essays, political criticism, and visual art.