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18th Writers' Day

April 14, 2019

Join other aspiring and published writers for our 18th Writers' Day featuring Jane Yolen, Shahnaz Habib, and C. Flanagan Flynn. 

Please Note: Our location will be Bay Path’s East Longmeadow, MA campus, the Philip H. Ryan Health Center. Registration and check-in begin at Noon and continue throughout the sessions. 

Our Sessions

C. Flanagan Flynn
Writing & Publishing in Literary Magazines & Journals
Do you want to be published in literary magazines or journals? Do you know what an editor is looking for? Learn about writing and submitting from an editor’s perspective. C. Flanagan Flynn is the former Managing Editor of Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers and Brain, Teen: The Magazine for Thinking Parents. In this workshop, you’ll learn to hone your query letters, personal essays, and memoir excerpts to catch an editor’s eye and answer the question: What’s the unique angle I can bring to readers? We’ll also delve into the nuts of bolts of Submittable and Duotrope and other writing venues. By the end of the workshop you’ll have a deeper understanding of how to craft a compelling personal essay or chapter excerpt for publication.
Shahnaz Habib
Writing Home
How do you write about the place you are from, and by extension, who you are? How are you shaped by culture and language, and how does that influence your identity as a writer? Shahnaz Habib grew up in India, lives in the U.S., and translates from the south Indian language of Malayalam. She will read from one of her recent essays, “A Kerala Native” (published in AFAR,) and discuss the challenges and revelations awaiting you in the act of writing and rewriting home.
Jane Yolen
Writing for Younger Readers
She helped kick off our first Writer’s Day nine years ago, and Jane Yolen returns to present a primer on writing and publishing children’s and young adult books. Called both the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century, the multiple-award-winning Valley resident will share some of what she’s learned while penning more than 365 books of prose and poetry for children and adults. Jane will speak about the breadth and width of children’s book publishing from the 19th Century to today, specifically about ever-popular picture books, so easy to read but so challenging to write well. The hows and whys of reaching a variety of young readers will also be discussed. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn from and be inspired by a true literary legend.

Cost & Registration:

  • One workshop is $30
  • two workshops, $55
  • three workshops, $75

Register for  Writers' Day

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  • Pre-registration is strongly recommended to ensure a session runs. 
  • Drop-ins accepted only if there is space available.
  • Minimum of seven participants/maximum of 40 participants per session.


Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center
1 Denslow Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028

A limited number of copies of the authors' books will be available for purchase and signing. 
Refreshments will be served.