Briana Sitler

Director of Special Programs

Bay Path College

588 Longmeadow Street

Longmeadow, MA 01106

PH: 413.565.1066


Writers' Day

Bay Path College students outside the Blake Student Commons



October 25, 2014


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.:

Utilizing the Child Voice with Cait Johnson, author, playwright, director, and editor. Johnson’s books include Earth, Water, Fire, and Air and Celebrating the Great Mother

This presentation will introduce compelling examples of a child’s voice in writing and include an exercise to help attendees see through a child’s eyes and express what we see in an honest way.


Interviewing 101 with G. Michael Dobbs: Author, former radio talk show host, animation authority and editor. His books include, Escape! How Animation Went Mainstream in the 1990s, Springfield: A Postcard History and newly released Fifteen Minutes With: Forty Years of Interviews.

This session will discuss topics including interviewing techniques, how to prepare, ways to break the ice, and the need for preliminary research.

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

Advice from a Reluctant (But Successful) Blogger with Dave Patterson, blogger, musician, and songwriter, whose work has appeared in Portland (Maine) Press Herald, Hot Metal Bridge, Apple Valley Review, and Storyacious.

Patterson will discuss the importance of blogs and how you can make your blog work for your web presence.


The Joys and Quandaries of Freelance Writing with Judy Polan, a writer who switched careers from a successful singer-songwriter to that of a busy design and travel writer will offer ways to find your voice as a freelancer, create pieces that might fit into more than one publication, locate the proper home for your work, and navigate the editing process.

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

Hearing Voices and Seeing Scenes: Building Blocks of Writing Fiction with Ellen Meeropol, author of House Arrest and On Hurricane Island. Her short fiction and essays have been published in Bridges, Rumpus, Portland Magazine, and The Writers Chronicle

Attendees will use exercises and discussion to create a grounded sense of place in which characters flourish. They will also explore the art of balancing summary and scene.


My Hometown with Suzanne Strempek Shea, author of eleven books including the novel Make a Wish But Not For Money and the biography This Is Paradise. Shea is writer-in-residence and director of the creative writing program at Bay Path University.

Attendees will examine strong examples of fiction that use home turf to great advantage and discuss pitfalls. Some information will also be pertinent to nonfiction writers.

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

Wrangling the Lengthy Writing Project with Dana Sawyer, author of Huston Smith, Wisdomkeeper: Living The World’s Religions and Aldous Huxley: a Biography.

Ever feel like you're never going to finish a writing project? Ever realize that what you've bitten off is going to take much longer to put together than you originally planned. Dana Sawyer worked on the authorized biography of Huston Smith, the renowned scholar of world religions, for seven years while conducting interviews and teaching full time. Come hear his advice on how not to lose momentum or faith. Learn skill sets for keeping your project alive!


Self Care Yoga® and Creative Connection for Writers with Kate Forest, creator of Self Care Yoga®, mindful living teacher, and Self Care coach. Forest is a contributing author to Yoga in America.

Self Care Yoga® postures and breathing skills are useful in the writing process. Learning simple yoga sequences can release tension in your back, neck, shoulders, hands, and mind in just a few moments. Session will include reflective writing.

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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