Jamaican Writing Retreat

The Great Darkness Writing Group reading at Elmer's Store in Ashfield.

Women Reading Aloud 2010

Events For 2013 and 2014

Saturday May 17th, 2014


Creating Characters We Love to Hate with Jacqueline Sheehan
Workshop Saturday May 17th, 9:30-12
Writers In Progress, Florence, MA
Where would Harry Potter be without Voldemort? Gatsby without Buchanan or Atticus without Bob Ewell? Great bad-guys are just as important (if not more so) to good stories as protagonists. In fact, antagonists are often the most memorable characters in literature, without which, many best-selling stories would cease to exist. If your antagonist isn’t fully realized, your story will undoubtedly suffer. But what is an antagonist, exactly, and how do you create one that is not only a great foil but also a compelling and three-dimensional character in her own right? Spend the morning with sharpening the conflict in your fiction through that crucial, mysterious energy between protagonist and antagonist.
Click here for more information


Wednesday May 7th, 2014


Thursday May 1, 2014


Conversation and reading with Jacqueline
Thursday, May 1, 2014, 7- 9 pm at Chapel Street Congregational Church
185 Chapel Street, Lincoln, RI


Jacqueline on Lake Atitlan photo by Sarah Marsh-Rebelo
Experience the best of Guatemala at Villa Sumaya on the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlan with Jacqueline, Patricia Lee Lewis and yoga instructor Jane Mortifee at their writing and yoga retreat February 1-8, 2014.

Click here for more information or email Jacqueline at jac.sheehan@comcast.net

Saturday November 23, 2013


Grub Street, Boston
The Psychology of Strong Characters
The most memorable characters are driven by powerful forces of motivation, forces that simply won’t let them rest and that keep readers turning the pages. Jacqueline Sheehan is a New York Times bestselling author and a psychologist who applies basic psychology to all of her characters. In an atmosphere of exploration and support, you will create more compelling characters by revealing their fears, desires, and dreams. We’ll use a series of writing prompts that will challenge our characters to take actions to reveal the white hot core of your story. It’s a tall order, but it’s what all good stories are about.
Directions to Grub Street Headquarters


October 12, Saturday, 9-4


Plotting the plot
Writers In Progress
Florence, MA


October 4-6


Brattleboro Book Festival
Brattleboro, Vermont


September 19, all day


Talented and Gifted Writers Group
Bates College, Lewiston, Maine


August 13, Tuesday, 9:30 to 12


Writers Conference at Ocean Park
Using Psychology to Create Strong Characters
Ocean Park, Maine


June 22, Saturday, 10:30 to 12.


A Straw Dogs Event with Marianne Banks
How to start and maintain your own writing group
Lilly Library, Florence, MA
www.strawdogs.org


June 6, Saturday, 7 pm


June 6, Saturday, 7 pm
Discussion and reading
Westhampton Memorial Library, Westhampton, MA


May 4, 2013


The Muse, Grub Street’s Writing Conference, Boston.
In the morning, join Jacqueline for her popular workshop, Using Psychology to Create Strong Characters. In the afternoon, join Jacqueline and Marianne Banks; they’ll tell everything they’ve learned about establishing a peer lead writing group and a peer lead critique group for novelists.
Direction to Grub Street Headquarters


April 26 – 28, 2013


Sea Girt, New Jersey.
Women Reading Aloud, directed by Julie Maloney, will return to the Jersey Shore for another stimulating weekend. Stay in a Victorian inn located just one block from the ocean. Wraparound porches frame the two spacious guest houses. Think about your writing goals as you stroll the beach in the early morning. Engage in the camaraderie of WRA as you balance community with solitude. Review and reflect. Join us for a nurturing experience on every level. Write. Read aloud. Listen. Take time for yourself.
This retreat is sold out, but you can get on the waiting list.
Women Reading Aloud


March 29, 2013, 10 – 5


Grub Street, Boston
The Psychology of Strong Characters
The most memorable characters are driven by powerful forces of motivation, forces that simply won’t let them rest and that keep readers turning the pages. Jacqueline Sheehan is a New York Times bestselling author and a psychologist who applies basic psychology to all of her characters. In an atmosphere of exploration and support, you will create more compelling characters by revealing their fears, desires, and dreams. We’ll use a series of writing prompts that will challenge our characters to take actions to reveal the white hot core of your story. It’s a tall order, but it’s what all good stories are about.
Directions to Grub Street Headquarters


March 16, 2013, 1-3 pm


Writing Together: Moving out of the Garret
Patricia Lee Lewis, Ellen Meeropol & Jacqueline Sheehan
Three authors and writing teachers discuss ways writers can move out of the solitary garret, including manuscript groups and writing partners, low-residence MFAs and conferences, writing residencies and retreats, online discussion boards and regional literary communities.
Directions to Lenox Library


March 9, 2013, 4:30 – 5:45


AWP Conference in Boston. Writers in the Boonies: Creating a
Regional/​Rural Literary Hub.
Jacqueline presents with Patricia Lee Lewis and Ellen Meeropol.
Stop by and join us.


February 15, 2013, 11 am


Join Jacqueline at the San Miguel Allende Writing Conference, February 13-18, in Mexico. How to incorporate psychology into your writing. Jacqueline will also be available for manuscript consultation. Please see conference webpage for details.
http:/​/​sanmiguelwritersconference2013.org


January 19, 2013, 9-4


Novel Writing Workshop II - Jacqueline Sheehan
Once you've created the bones of a plot and a chapter or two, how do you keep the story flowing? Full day workshop for novelists, Saturday January 19, 9-4.
To register call: 413-320-1825
Or email: dorio2@​comcast.net
www.doriostermiller.com


November 24, 2012


World Eye Bookshop
Greenfield, MA
1 – 3 pm
Join us a for holiday signing


November 14, 2012


Westfield Athenaeum
Westfield, MA
Reading and signing Picture This.


October 27, 2012


Bay Path College Writers Day
Longmeadow, MA
2 – 3:15
Using Psychology to Create Strong Characters


Saturday, October 20, 2012.


Wright Angles Writers Conference, South Hadley , MA . Join Jacqueline and a host of agents and writers for a full day of writing inspiration.


Saturday, October 13, 2012, 9-4.


Jacqueline teaches a full day workshop on the novel at Writers in Progress, Florence, MA. Once you've created the bare bones of a plot, how do you keep the story flowing? This all-day workshop for novelists will focus on creating strong vivid characters that bound off the page, articulating conflict and learning to maintain narrative tension. Come to class with a short summary of your novel in progress, or with the first page. We will use writing exercises to expand our characters and highlight the conflict in the story. 9-4 with one hour for lunch on your own. Saturday, October 13, 9-4 $125. Contact Dori Ostermiller, dorio2@​comcast.net.


October 4, 2012, 7 pm.


Southbury Library, 100 Poverty Road , Southbury , CT. Jacqueline returns to her hometown of Southbury to read from her new book, Picture This. Book sales handled by Hickory Stick Bookshop of Washington Depot, CT. 203-262-0626.


Friday, September 21, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Join Jacqueline for a book reading in Portland.
Portland Library Main Branch, 5 Monument Square, Portland Maine


September 20, 2012, 7-9 pm.


Open discussion, reading, and book signing. Hope Congregational Church, 120 Wampanoag Trail, East Providence , RI .


Saturday, August 18, 2012.


Book Party in New Jersey. Private House Party. By invitation only.


Monday, July 16, 2012 7 p.m.


Jacqueline will discuss and read from Picture This
Odyssey Book Shop
9 College Street
South Hadley, MA
www.odysseybks.com


Thursday, June 28, 6:30


Book Reading and Signing
Kennebooks
149 Port Road
Lower Village , Kennebunk , ME
207-967-6136


Sunday, June 24th, 9-10 a.m.


Jacqueline will sign books at the American Library Association in Anaheim , CA.


Saturday, June 16, 2012 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


The Psychology of Strong Characters
Grub Street Headquarters
The most memorable characters are driven by powerful forces of motivation, forces that simply won’t let them rest and that keep readers turning the pages. Jacqueline Sheehan is a New York Times bestselling author and a psychologist who applies basic psychology to all of her characters. In an atmosphere of exploration and support, you will create more compelling characters by revealing their fears, desires, and dreams. We’ll use a series of writing prompts that will challenge our characters to take actions to reveal the white hot core of your story. It’s a tall order, but it’s what all good stories are about.


Thursday, June 7, 7 p.m.


Jacqueline will read from Picture This and sign copies
Longfellow Books
1 Monument Square
Portland, Maine
207-772-4025
www.longfellowbooks.com


Wednesday, June 6th, 6:30-8:30 p.m.


Jacqueline will offer a free writing group to the people of Peaks Island at the Peaks Island Library.


Saturday, June 2, 1-3 p.m.


Book Reading and Signing
Barnes and Noble
Hadley, MA


Wednesday, May 30, 6:30


Book Reading and Signing at Newtonville Books
10 Langley Road
Newtonville Books
Newton Centre
Newton , MA 02459
617-244-6619


Picture This Book Launch!
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
7 p.m


Picture This book launch
Broadside Books
247 Main Street
Northampton, MA
413-586-4235
Reading and signing. Call ahead to reserve books.
www.broadsidebooks.com


Saturday, May 5, 2012


Jacqueline will be at The Muse, Grub Street’s annual writing conference.
The Psychology of Character
3:45pm-4:45pm on Saturday, May 5th
The most memorable characters are driven by powerful forces of motivation, forces that simply won’t let them rest and that keep readers turning the pages. Learn to apply basic psychology to the development of your characters. Create more compelling characters by revealing their fears, desires, and dreams with authentic detail. A writer does not have to become a psychologist, but a writer can learn to make use of psychological foundations to understand their characters. Examples will be offered by the presenter and a discussion will follow the presentation. A writing prompt will be offered.

Type: Lecture with Guided Writing.


April 27, 28, and 29 2012


WRA Weekend Retreat
WRITER’S WEEKEND RETREAT
SEA GIRT, NEW JERSEY
WOMEN READING ALOUD will host a Writer’s Weekend Retreat devoted to women writers who are looking for time to write in a nurturing environment. Writers will stay at Beacon House Inn in exquisite accommodations. Each writer will enjoy her own private room and private bath. Just one block from the ocean, the atmosphere captures casual elegance. Begin the day with a walk on the beach. Discover your authentic voice through writing workshops modeled after the Amherst Writers and Artists Method. This method allows writers to flourish at every stage of the creative journey.
To register:
EMAIL: julie@womenreadingaloud.org
Web address: www.womenreadingaloud.org


Saturday, April 7, 2012, 10:30 a.m. to noon


Creating Strong Characters.
Lilly Library, Florence , MA
Sponsored by Straw Dog Writers Guild


Beginning March 8 through March 29, 2012


Writers in Progress, Florence , Massachusetts
March Madness Writing Splurge, with Jacqueline Sheehan. Spend 4 Thursday eves in March honing your writing with fresh prompts that will shake out the winter doldrums. Each week, we’ll use different exercises to explore plot, character, setting, and language. The goal is to leave the workshops with new beginnings, reconsidered characters, or simply the pleasure of writing with others in good company. You’ll get on the spot feedback in a supportive setting. Four Thursday nights, 6 – 9 pm, beginning March 8th.

To register:
dorio2@​comcast.net
www.doriostermiller.com
(413) 320-1825


Saturday, March 5, 2012


7:30 Easthampton Book Group. Easthampton, Mass. Let’s talk about historical fiction.


Saturday, February 25th, 10:00am-5:00pm


The Psychology of Strong Characters
Grub Street, Boston
Saturday, February 25th, 10:00am-5:00pm at Grub Street Headquarters.
The most memorable characters are driven by powerful forces of motivation, forces that simply won’t let them rest and that keep readers turning the pages. Jacqueline Sheehan is a New York Times bestselling author and a psychologist who applies basic psychology to all of her characters. In an atmosphere of exploration and support, you will create more compelling characters by revealing their fears, desires, and dreams. We’ll use a series of writing prompts that will challenge our characters to take actions to reveal the white hot core of your story. It’s a tall order, but it’s what all good stories are about.

Selected Works

Fiction
Come back to Peaks Island, Maine with Jacqueline Sheehan's new book, Picture This.
"A well-researched, enjoyable read, with a poignantly engaging young hero."
–Diana Gabaldon, NYT bestselling author of the Outlander and Lord John series
“Spellbinding…an altogether enjoyable adventure with a heavy helping of magic.”
Publishers Weekly
“Sheehan eloquently channels both human and canine voices in this bittersweet tale of wounded lives renewed.”
–Suzanne Strempek Shea, author of Becoming Finola
Historical Fiction
“Sheehan’s writing is lively and vivid and her feel for historical detail is fine…”
New York Times

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