Crónicas y Cuentos: a Bilingual Writing Workshop from GrubStreet

Take a free creative writing class in Egleston Square Library. Over six weeks, writers of all levels are invited to write with us in English for those who prefer it, español para los que lo prefieren, and Spanglish para todos in between. Expect writing exercises, language games, and paired discussions that will offer students richer ways to use language and storytelling. Students will also read and discuss fiction, essays, and memoir with an emphasis on Latin American, Latinx and Caribbean writers.

This is a free workshop for writers and their families. Snacks and coffee will be provided.

30th Joiner Institute Writers’ Workshop Poetry and Music Celebration

Join the William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences based at UMass Boston for a night of music and poetry celebrating the 30th year of our annual Writers Workshop and its community and creative response to war.  Featuring poetry readings by Yusef Komunyakaa, Kevin Bowen, Nguyen Ba Chung, and more TBA.

Live music performed by Layth Sadiq, the UMB Jazz Trio, and more TBA.

Hosted by the Boston Public Library, this event is not ticketed.

20th Annual Fall Writer’s Conference at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education

The Cambridge Center for Adult Education is happy to host its 20th Annual Fall Writer’s Conference on Sunday, October 1st, 2017. For two decades, the Cambridge Center has hosted the Fall Writer’s Conference conference for local writers, with full -day workshops on topics in creative writing, from Haiku to Screenwriting. These workshops—run by teachers who have taught with the Cambridge Center for years and local writers—welcome writers from the Greater Boston Area and beyond to practice their craft or learn a new one.

The 20th Annual Fall Writer’s Conference is proud to have its keynote speaker Kim McLarin. McLarin is author of the novels Taming It Down, Meeting of the Waters, and Jump at the Sun, which USA Today described as having “the fire-breathing sass of Terry McMillan’s Waiting to Exhale and the soul-searching depth of Toni Morrison’s Beloved…honest and surprising and provocative.”  She is also the co-author of Growing Up X with Ilysah Shabazz. Her most recent memoir is Divorce Dog: Men, Motherhood and Midlife, and her nonfiction has also appeared in The New York Times, Glamour, the New England Review, The Washington Post, Slate, and other publications. She is a former staff writer for The New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Associated Press and is an associate professor in the Department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College. McLarin is also a regular commentator on Basic Black on WGBH in Boston. Click here to read the Cambridge Center’s recent interview with Kim McLarin.

Workshops topics and speakers include: Finding Your Poetic Oz with Toni Bee; The Personal Essay Workshop with Alejandro Ramirez;  Writing from Your Own Experience with Mopsy Strange Kennedy; Basic Screenwriting Bootcamp with Andrew Osborne; Into The Moment: A Workshop on Haiku and Haibun with Jeanne Martin; Playwriting Workshop with Michelle Gabow; and Poetry Workshop with Katia Kapovich.

To view the complete schedule and buy tickets, visit:

Rekindle Your Craft: A Prompt-Driven Writing Night

Is your writing stuck? Do you find yourself wishing to get just a bit unstuck in your material or in your writing habits? 

Then please come to the Village Works, on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, for a productive writing night. First you will work from simple but fertile prompts and spend time writing. If you are up to it, you can share results with the group.

This event is open to all writers of every genre. Expect to leave with good material to mine for new and existing projects. This event is graciously hosted by one of the best coworking spaces in Boston: The Village Works.  

The event is free and open to the public but RSVPs are requested. You can RSVP here .



Rekindle Your Craft: A Prompt-Driven Writing Night

Dear writers,

Has the cold weather been getting you down?  Did the holiday season tire you out ? Is your writing stuck underneath the covers unwilling venture out? Let us help you then!

Join us for a productive night of writing using prompts to motivate some creativity. We work from one-word prompts, write for 20 minutes and share our writing with the group if we want to.  The idea is to relax, get any kind of writing done, and to leave with some material you can use in the future. Every genre and every level are welcome. Free but please RSVP on the event link to ensure that we have room for you.

We’re graciously hosted by The Village Works, the best coworking space in town.  During the same night The Village Works will be hosting a writing marathon that begins at 7pm and goes until 10pm. You can move between events as you wish.

Rekindle Your Craft: A Prompt-Writing Night

Is your writing stuck?

Join us for a productive writing night. We work from simple but fertile prompts and spend most of our time writing. If you are up to it, you can share with the group.

Open to all writers and every genre. We promise you will leave with good material to mine for new and existing projects.

We’re graciously hosted by one of the most spectacular coworking spaces in Boston: The Village Works.


– We serve light refreshments but be warned: There are always fresh-baked brownies.  

–  It’s  free!

– We try to meet on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.

– Contact the organizer with any questions via email!

– Don’t be shy about bringing your dinner if you need to eat and work!

Afternoon Workshop with PEGGY ROBLES-ALVARADO: Botánica and Verses

Part of the 2018 Latinx Poetry Reading and Workshop Series at Harvard University

About the Workshop

Botánica and Verses is a one hour generative judgement- free writing workshop facilitated by award winning performance poet, author and initiated Priestess Peggy Robles -Alvarado that focuses on writing developed through the use of fresh herbs, herbal folklore and body-centered prompts. Participants will learn the traditional uses of several herbs to heal the body and will be guided to produce and share original writing in any style that restores the connections between the earth, body and the creative spirit.

About the Poet

PEGGY ROBLES-ALVARADO is a tenured New York City educator with graduate degrees in elementary and bilingual education. She is a 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee, a CantoMundo, Academy for Teachers and Home School Fellow as well as a two-time International Latino Book Award winner and author of Conversations With My Skin and Homage to the Warrior Women. As a former teen mother and an initiated priestess in the Lukumi and Palo spiritual systems, Peggy uses her incredible rhythmic energy to celebrate womanhood and honor cultural rituals. She is a 2014 BRIO performance poet award winner and in 2016 she was named one of the 25 Most Influential Women of the Bronx, a BCA Arts Fund, and Spaceworks Bronx Community Artist Grant recipient. Peggy has been published in 92Y’s #wordswelivein, NACLA, ¡Manteca! An Anthology of Afro-Latin@ Poets, The Center for Puerto Rican Studies, The Bronx Memoir Project, The Other Side of Violet Anthology and the forthcoming anthology Latina Voices. She has been featured on HBO Habla Women, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Poets & Writers Connecting Cultures Reading, and The BADD!ASS Women Festival. Through Robleswrites Productions she has produced and edited the following anthologies: The Abuela Stories Project (2016) and Mujeres, The Magic, The Movement and The Muse (2017) as well as directed the performance of Live Big Girl at The National Black Theater. For more information please visit and

The Inaugural Latinx Poetry Reading and workshop series in the Spring of 2018 was organized by Melissa Castillo-Garsow to promote a diversity of voices at Harvard, celebrate Latinx voices in poetry, and foster poetic connections with the greater Boston area. This event is sponsored by the Provostial Fund for Arts and Humanities, Observatorio Cervantes, the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, the Committee on Ethnicity, Migration and Rights; the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) and the Committee on Degrees in History and Literature.

Workshop, Open Mic and Reception with CARMEN BARDEGUEZ-BROWN

Acclaimed poet CARMEN BARDEGUEZ-BROWN will host the poetry workshop “Poetry like bread is for everyone/ La Poesia como el pan es para todos” followed by an open mic, performance and reception.

Schedule of events:

5:30-7 p.m. Workshop

7 p.m. Break, Snacks, open mic signup

7:15-8 p.m. Open Mic

8-8:30 p.m. Performance

8:30-9 p.m. Reception


Carmen Bardeguez-Brown work was showcased in the documentary: Latino Poets in the United States. She has been invited to read at The Nuyorican Poets Café, The Fez, Mad Alex Foundation, Smoke, The Soho Arts Festival, Long wood Gallery, The Kitchen, La Casa Azul, New Years Alternative Poetry Marathon at Dixon Place, The Boricua College Poetry Series, Caribbean Theater, Word Festival 2013 and many other venues in the tri-state area. Some of her work has been performed by Felipe Luciano’s Poets’s Choir and Butch Morris Conduction series #27 performed at The Whitney Museum. Her work has been published in Tribes, Long Shot, Fuse, School Voices, Anthology: Aloud Voices from the Nuyorican, ¡Manteca!: An Anthology of AfroLatin@ Poets and Pha’titude. She has two poetry books: Straight from the Drums: Al Ritmo del Tamborcould be and Dreaming Rhythms Despertando Silenciospublished by Miguel Estepario. Her third book of poetry: Meditation on Love, Dance and Loss will be published late this year. She is one of 50 Puerto Ricans showcased in the exhibition Homenaje created and curated by Ricardo Muniz that is currently housed at the Centro for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College.

This event is sponsored by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) in collaboration with the Provostial Fund for Arts and Humanities, Observatorio Cervantes, the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, the Committee on Ethnicity, Migration and Rights; and the Committee on Degrees in History and Literature.

Cuando llegamos | Writing Immigration Stories

Immigration stories can be about origins, family separation, trauma, struggle, success, survival, secrets, personal and cultural reinvention, political upheaval and the search for home, freedom and country. Right now it feels especially urgent to make our own stories visible in all their complexity. But where to start? Your story might be remembered, imagined, or reconstructed. What does this mean for the process of writing memoir or fiction?

This short workshop is open to everyone, no matter your experience with writing. You will try out new ways to write or tell stories, discuss your work and ideas with others, and discover the work of other writers whose work deals with these topics.

Coffee and snacks provided. Families are welcome. The workshop is geared towards adults, but teens are welcome to participate with a parent or older relative. Simple activities will be provided for children.

This class takes place at the Boston Public Library’s Egleston branch, 2044 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury, MA 02119. If you have any difficulty signing up online, please call 617-695-0075.

Cuando Llegamos

Las narrativas sobre la inmigración pueden ser sobre los orígenes, la separación familiar, traumas, lucha, éxito, supervivencia, los secretos, la reinvención personal y cultural, las convulsiones políticas y la búsqueda de hogar, libertad y patria. En este momento hay un sentido especial de urgencia en cuanto a hacer visible nuestras historias en toda su complejidad. ¿Pero por donde empezar? Puede ser que tu cuento viene de la memoria, de la imaginación, o una reconstrucción de eventos en el pasado. ¿Que significa esto para el proceso de escribir crónicas o ficción?

Este taller corto está abierto a todos sin importar su nivel de experiencia con la escritura. Intentarás nuevas maneras de escribir o contar cuentos, conversarás con los demas sobre tu trabajo y tus ideas, y descubrirás la obra de otros escritores quienes escriben sobre estos temas.

Proveemos cafe y meriendas. Son bienvenidas las familias. El taller se orienta hacía los adultos, pero les damos la bienvenida a los adolescentes a participar junto con un padre o un pariente mayor. Habrá actividades sencillas para mantener a los niños ocupados.

La clase tomará lugar en el sucursal Egleston de la Biblioteca Pública de Boston, 244 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury. Cualquier dificultad para inscribirse en linea, favor de llamar a 617-695-0075.