Rekindle Your Craft (and a writing marathon)

Dear writer friends,

I don’t know about you, but as much as I love stuffing and stuffing my face, the whole Thanksgiving holiday stresses me out (but we can talk about that at another time). In the meantime though, grab your laptop and your paper and your cute notebooks and join me for our monthly prompt-writing night.  

Come for some inspired hands-on writing time. This time our schedule will be different than our usual spot so we can have you all participate in a writing marathon! 

Rekindle goes from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.

Writing Marathon goes from 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm.

We’ll work from an evocative prompt, check in about our work, and hang out afterward. Then you can spend some time working on any project that you want to advance; you will be in good company If your writing is stuck, then we guarantee you’ll be glad you came. Beginner or advanced, all writers of any genre are welcome.



As always, we meet at the fabulous The Village Works.  (the event is totes free!)

Yes. We. Have. Snacks! Please forward this to anyone you know who might benefit from joining. More writers are always welcome.

Here is another place to get some details and to sign up for our mailing list:

Writing Marathon at The Village Works

Everybody has some writing that they’ve been avoiding. Slay the beast!

Whether you’re plugging away at a book, a blog, your resume, or a letter to your elected officials, sometimes writing is easier in good company.

Join us for a night of not checking Instagram, and meet some neighbors while you’re at it. We’ll have The Village Works’s snacks, coffee, and productivity-optimized workspace to help us knock it out.

And if your writing is stuck and need a bit of a creative boost, come over early for Rekindle Your Craft at 6:30PM. Led by Daphne, you’ll work from prompts and if you’re up for it, share with the group. Find out more at

Tickets are free but limited!

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.

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.

Jump Write In to 2018

DEBORAH SOSIN offers a brand-new workshop to jumpstart your writing year with a blast of freewriting from prompts, combined with simple mindfulness skills and strategies designed to lower your stress and boost your creativity.

The workshop will include: freewriting from prompts, sharing your writing (optional), mini talk about mindfulness for writers, simple mindfulness exercises, group discussion. Location: Newton Highlands, Mass. Details provided upon registration.

Deborah Sosin’s first picture book, Charlotte and the Quiet Place, illustrated by Sara Woolley, was published by Parallax Press in 2015. Her essays have appeared on Salon, Cognoscenti, and in the Boston Globe Magazine, The Writer’s Chronicle, Journal News, Writer’s Digest, Zone 3, and elsewhere. Two essays were selected to appear in the anthologies Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat Did What? and Perspectives on Modern World History: The Apollo 11 Moon Landing.

In 2009, Debbie launched “Write It Like It Is” workshops and groups, designed to help people free up their authentic voice through writing in a nonjudgmental atmosphere. She offers personal coaching to writers and is an instructor at GrubStreet, an independent writing center in Boston. She also offers private executive function coaching and writing tutoring to adolescents and adults.

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.