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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.

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

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.

The Proper Care and Feeding of Writers : Writers Retreat Specials for NHWP Members

on Thu, 02/16/2017 - 21:31

The Proper Care and Feeding of Writers

By Jessica Lourey

In 2006, I found myself across my dining room table from a reporter for Minnesota Monthly, a journal with a readership of over 200,000. May Day, my first mystery, had just been published. The reporter wanted to know how I balanced it all—full-time teaching job, single mom of two kids under age 10, writing two books a year.

“As a writer, I have no social life, and I don’t shower on weekends,” I said, joking/not joking.

The reporter laughed.

Next Thursday Evening : Three Minute Fiction Slam Event

on Tue, 02/14/2017 - 17:36


Who : New Hampshire Writer's Project, SNHU Creative Writing Club, ten talented contestants, and our amazing panel of guest judges, Elaine Isaak, Rob Greene, Elizabeth Atkinson

What: Writers are invited to perform an original piece of flash fiction. This year's regional winners will gather for a final showdown at the NH Institute of Art on Thursday, March 9, 2017. 

When : Thursday, February 23rd, 7:30pm

Where: Walker Auditorium in Robert Frost Hall on SNHU Campus (2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH)

Why: It's fun, fast-paced, and it's an evening of literary entertainment you will