Briana Sitler

Director of Special Programs

Bay Path College

588 Longmeadow Street

Longmeadow, MA 01106

PH: 413.565.1066


Writers' Day

Graduate programs at Bay Path



February 14, 2015


Location: D’Amour Hall for Business, Communications and Technology, Rooms 5 & 6, Bay Path University Longmeadow Campus, 588 Longmeadow St., Longmeadow, Mass., 01106


One workshop is $45; two workshops, $85; three workshops, $115; and four workshops, $145.

Registration/Check-in starts: 9:00 a.m.

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Coffee will be served in the morning. Bring a bag lunch or visit a nearby restaurant.

Drop-ins accepted only if there is space available. Mininum 7 participants/maximum 40 participants per session

Please note that admissions are non-refundable unless a speaker cancels


Session One - 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.:

The Demons of the Blank Page with Roland Merullo, author, memoirist, essayist and novelist whose books include the bestselling Breakfast with Buddha and Lunch with Buddha.

This talk will focus on the non-craft obstacles to writing success, including writer’s block, procrastination, perfectionism and time management. That success, Merullo says, is “intimately linked to our own state of mind, conquering the ‘demons’ that get in the way when we sit down to work.”

Session Two - 11:05 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.: 

Taking It All the Way to Coleman’s: On Abandoning the Good for the Marvelous with Ted Deppe, former Western Massachusetts resident now living in Ireland, where he’s written award-winning poetry collections including Beautiful Wheel and Orpheus on the Red Line.

This conversation will look at how we get ideas for poems, stories, or memoirs, and then look at the journey as a metaphor for the creative process. Included will be strategies to help writers avoid the easy stopping places and push on until they find the unexpected and best possible destination for their work. 


How I Went Deep: Writing Intimate Stories about Other People—With No Regrets with Nell Lake, a journalist who spent two years immersed in and researching the lives of members of a support group for family caregivers. 

Nell Lake will share passages from her book The Caregivers: A Support Group’s Stories of Slow Loss, Courage, and Love, talk about the experience of growing closer to her subjects, and offer ideas for writing with intimacy, compassion, and respect.

Session Three - 1:00 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.:

Writing About Those Close to You: The Joys and Terrors with Charles Coe, co-chair of the Boston Chapter of the National Writers Union, and author of books of poetry and the new novella Spin Cycles.

Writing about complicate relationships with the people in your life can be a challenge. What do you have the right to share with the world about someone else? How can you tell stories that are honest but fair? This poet and writer will explore these questions, and will from and discuss his latest work.


You Should Get a Grant for That! Applying for Funding to Support Your Writing – A Nuts and Bolts Approach with Penny Guisinger, founding organizer of Iota: The Conference of Short Prose, book reviewer and essayist.

Penny Guisinger has over two decades’ experience writing grants. There is money out there for writers and other artists, and while it’s not always easy to find, this talk with help writers learn to narrow searches, write better proposals, and make applications stand out in the slush pile.

Session Four - 2:35 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.:

Writing the Crime Novel or Five Ways to Grab Attention with Bruce DeSilva, a former journalist whose crime fiction has won the Edgar and Macavity Awards; has been listed as a finalist for the Shamus, Anthony, and Barry Awards; and has been published in ten foreign languages.

Hear why crime fiction has become Bruce DeSilva’s platform as he describes a lifelong love of the form, and learn practical and inspirational words of advice about how to go about completing a novel, even if you are working a full-time job.

Copies of the author's books will be available for purchase and signing through out the day.

If you have questions not answered on our website, please contact: 

Briana Sitler, Director of Special Programs, Bay Path University, 588 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA 01106

Phone: 413.565.1066 or 800.782.PATH Ext.1066 


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