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September 2014

National Hispanic Hertitage Month begins

September 15

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August…

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$305/members; $330/non-members

Introduction to the Young Adult Novel class begins at GrubStreet

September 15 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wellesley Books,
82 Central St., Wellesley, MA 02482 United States
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Over the last twenty years, the market for middle grade and young adults novels has exploded. Yet writing for these age groups is challenging and more complicated than it may seem. How do you know if your young characters are believable? How do you use your own experiences and not sound dated? Where do you even begin? In this workshop, we will discuss basic fiction elements such as characterization, plot, scene-building, and theme and do exercises to develop dynamic kid-oriented…

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Leonard Marcus speaking on Robert McCloskey at the Cambridge Public Library

September 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cambridge Public Library,
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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See Roger’s post about this event here.

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Gregory Maguire at the Walpole Barnes & Noble

September 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Walpole Barnes & Noble,
Walpole Mall, 82 Providence Highway, Walpole, MA 02032 United States
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Author Gregory Maguire will celebrate the release of his new novel Egg and Spoon with a signing at the Walpole Barnes & Noble.

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Middle-Grade Morning Critique Group

September 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Writers’ Loft,
20 North Main St. #360, Sherborn, MA 01770 United States
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This group shares MG manuscripts for critiquing. Please contact the Loft by email writersloftma (at) gmail (dot) com if you are interested in submitting and coming! All welcome. Feel free to stop by and check us out!

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$455/members; $480/non-members

Young Adult Novel In Progress class begins at GrubStreet

September 18 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
GrubStreet,
162 Boylston St., 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02116 United States
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If you’ve been struggling to make progress on that young adult novel, this is the class for you. We will talk about what works and what doesn’t, focusing on character, point of view, dialogue, and plot/conflict. Each week we will read your work out loud and critique pages in class. In addition you will talk in detail about a significant YA novel, one that has had impact on your writing. The instructor will hold individual meetings with each student to…

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The Carle Honors Annual Benefit Gala and Art Auction

September 18 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Guastavino’s,
409 East 59th St. , New York, MA 10022 United States
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The 2014 Carle Honors will be awarded at Guastavino’s in New York City. The ninth annual gala and fundraiser will fête the talented people who have played an instrumental role in making children’s books a vibrant and influential art and literary form in America. Artist: Jerry Pinkney Jerry Pinkney is the illustrator of more than 100 books for children and winner of numerous awards, including the 2010 Caldecott Medal for The Lion and the Mouse, and a steadfast public servant…

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Marjorie Agosin at the Cambridge Public Library

September 18 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cambridge Public Library,
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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$200/non-members; $150/members

Revise Your Novel class with author Erin Dionne begins at The Writers’ Loft

September 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Writers’ Loft,
20 North Main St. #360, Sherborn, MA 01770 United States
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6 Thursdays, September 18-October 23, from 7-9pm at the Writers’ Loft. Congratulations! You’ve finished a novel! Or chapter book. Or picture book…or any book! Getting that draft on paper is a huge achievement. But you’re not done yet. Revision is a key element of creating a work of fiction: polishing, editing, and reviewing your work from an objective point of view is necessary to bring a manuscript to a professional level. Cost: $200 non-member, $150 Writers’ Loft member (Learn more…

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The Maze Runner opens

September 19
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