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Events For 2018

Thursday April 12, 6:30-8 pm, Granby, MA

Jacqueline talks with the Granby Book Club at Granby Free Library about her newest book THE TIGER IN THE HOUSE.

Friday April 27th - Sunday April 29th Seagirt, NJ

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.
Women Reading Aloud
This retreat is sold out, but there is a waiting list.

Saturday May 5th, 2018 Writers in Progress 9:30-4:30

Research and Backstory: Two Trouble Spots in Fiction
At Writers in Progress, Florence MA
Research and Backstory are essential ingredients in fiction–they bring authority, authenticity and depth to a story. But making all those fascinating facts work for you and not against you is tricky. Research can lead down a rabbit hole of ever-more-tantalizing tidbits of information, bogging down both process and product. Backstory is the evil twin of research, occasionally turning into an information dump that can overshadow plot. In this all-day workshop, we will discuss the best sources and practices for research, and how to distill just enough into our stories to lend authenticity without making them dull. We will also explore and practice ways to blend in backstory organically, without weighing down the plot.
To register, contact Dori Ostermiller .

Friday June 1st, 2018 in Wolfeboro, NH

Join Jacqueline in beautiful Wolfeboro New Hampshire for the 35th annual Book and Author Luncheon at Bald Peak Colony Club on June 1, 2018.

June 8-15. 2018 Cumbrae Scottland

Join Jacqueline and Patricia Lee Lewis for a writing and yoga retreat in Cumbrae, Scottland. See Patchwork Farms for more details.

Thursday July 12th, 7 pm, Newtonville, MA

Thursday July, 26th, 7 pm Southampton, MA

Saturday October 13th 9 am - Noon, Writers in Progress, Florence, MA

Join Jacqueline for a half day workshop at Writers in Progress. You can register for the Workshop, Plot is Character, here!

Friday November 2nd, Torrington, CT 

Jaqueline will be hosted by the Torrigton Book Club to discuss her newest novel, TIGER IN THE HOUSE. 

Saturday November 3rd, 2018, Florence, MA 9:30 - 12:30

Join Jacqueline and Debja for a half day workshop on movement to facilitate writing. No experience necessary, just a willingness to explore!

 

For more information or to register contact jac.sheehan@comcast.net

Saturday November 17th, South Hadley, MA

Join Jacqueline at Write Angles Conference, one of the longest running premeir conferences for writers in Western Mass. Jacqueline will be on a panel about writing the ins and outs of historical fiction. 

 

Find out more about Write Angles here!

Events for 2017

January 11th, 7pm at Forbes Library, Northampton, MA

Reading with three other local novelists.

January 24th - February 14th Writing Retreat in Guatemala

Join Jacqueline and Patricia Lee Lewis in Villa Sumaya for a writing and yoga retreat. Go to Patchwork Farms for more information.

Sunday February 5th, Villa Sumaya, Guatemala

My first reading in Guatemala, at the very place that inspired my book, THE CENTER OF THE WORLD. Come to Villa Sumaya for a reading, discussion and some tasty Mayan treats.

Saturday February 11th, 7pm, Antigua Guatemala

Join us for an evening to enjoy author Jacqueline Sheehan's experience in Guatemala during the writing of her Book, "The Center of the World," which takes place during the Guatemalan Civil War. Adventure, intrigue, love and family fill the pages; at the end you are begging for the next chapter! Looking forward to discussing this amazing book around a women's dinner.

Dinner is $15/person + gratuity and family style. If you RSVP "GOING," we will expect you and make food accordingly. All food is Ayurvedic with GF ad Vegan options. Our friend Jess is gracious enough to host us in her garden at Stela 9 .

March 5th, 3pm BOOK LAUNCH!

Book Launch for TIGER IN THE HOUSE at Broadside
Books
in Northampton.

Come celebrate the publications of Jacqueline's newest book!

Thursday March 8th and 9th, Lewiston, ME

Jacqueline joins high school readers from the area for a day of writing.

Tuesday April 4th, 7pm, Northampton, MA

Jaqueline is the featured reader at Writers Night Out. Open mike followed by Jacqueline.
The Basement, Northampton MA

April 7-10th, Turkey Land Cove Conference, Biltmore Hotel, Providence, RI

Jacqueline will be reading and signing books at the conference.

Monday April 17th, 6pm, Odyssey Books South Hadley, MA

Jacqueline discusses THE TIGER IN THE HOUSE with the Odyssey Book Group at Odyssey Books .

April 28th-May 1st, Sea Girt, New Jersey

Guest Writer for Women Reading Aloud with Julie Maloney. SOLD OUT

Happy writers from 2014 Sea Girt

May 6th, Writers in Progress, 9:30 - 4:30

Research and Backstory: Two Trouble Spots in Fiction
At Writers in Progress, Florence MA
Research and Backstory are essential ingredients in fiction–they bring authority, authenticity and depth to a story. But making all those fascinating facts work for you and not against you is tricky. Research can lead down a rabbit hole of ever-more-tantalizing tidbits of information, bogging down both process and product. Backstory is the evil twin of research, occasionally turning into an information dump that can overshadow plot. In this all-day workshop, we will discuss the best sources and practices for research, and how to distill just enough into our stories to lend authenticity without making them dull. We will also explore and practice ways to blend in backstory organically, without weighing down the plot.
To register, contact Dori Ostermiller .

Sunday May 7th, Smith College Northampton, MA

Jacqueline reads with Patricia Lee Lewis at the Gallery of Readers. Neilson Library, Smith College, Northampton, MA.
4pm

May 16th, Print Bookstore, Portland, ME

Jacqueline reads at Print Bookstore in Maine with Ellie Meeropol and Randy Sue Meyers.

May 23rd-June 6th Writing Retreat in Cumbrae, Scottland

Join Jacqueline and Patricia Lee Lewis for a writing and yoga retreat in Cumbrae, Scottland. See Patchwork Farms for more details.

June 13th, Southbury Library, Southbury, CT

Join Jacqueline at Southbury Library for a reading and discussion of TIGER IN THE HOUSE.

June 21st Odyssey Bookstore, South Hadley, MA

Jacqueline reads from THE TIGER IN THE HOUSE at Odyssey Books with Ellie Meeropol and Randy Sue Meyers.

June 28th, 7pm, Belmont Books, Belmont

Join Jacqueline, Ellie Meeropol and Randy Sue Myers at Belmont Books for a reading and discussion of their newest books!

Wednesday July 12th, 6:30pm, Boswell's Books Shelburne Falls, MA

Join Jacqueline at Boswell's Books in Shelburne Falls, MA for a reading and discussion of her new book TIGER IN THE HOUSE.

July 15th, 11am, Whately Library, Whately, MA

Come to the lovely S. White Dickinson Memorial Library of Whately for a reading and discussion of TIGER IN THE HOUSE.

Tuesday August 22nd, Wellfleet Library, Wellfleet, MA

Come to Wellfleet Library for a reading and discussion with Jacqueline and Ellie Meeropol about their books TIGER IN THE HOUSE and KINSHIP OF CLOVER.

Monday September 11th, ROAR Reading Series, Storrs, CT

Join Jacqueline Sheehan, Meghan Evans and David Michaels at the UCONN B&N Bookstore for an evening of readings!

For more information go to ROAR Reading Series .

Saturday September 16th, Research and Backstory Workshop at Grubstreet in Boston, MA

Research and Backstory: Two Trouble Spots in Fiction
At Grubstreet in Boston, MA
Research and Backstory are essential ingredients in fiction–they bring authority, authenticity and depth to a story. But making all those fascinating facts work for you and not against you is tricky. Research can lead down a rabbit hole of ever-more-tantalizing tidbits of information, bogging down both process and product. Backstory is the evil twin of research, occasionally turning into an information dump that can overshadow plot. In this all-day workshop, we will discuss the best sources and practices for research, and how to distill just enough into our stories to lend authenticity without making them dull. We will also explore and practice ways to blend in backstory organically, without weighing down the plot.

To register, go to Grubstreet .

Tuesday September 26th at Westhampton Library 7 pm

The Westhampton Library book group will meet to discuss TIGER IN THE HOUSE. Jacqueline will be there to answer questions and sign books.

Wednesday September 27th, Strawdogs Author Showcase at Forbes Library Northampton, MA, 7 pm

Join Jacqueline, Dick Bently, Michael Goldman, Tzivia Gover, Richard Wayne Horton, Jan Maher, Leslea Newman and Elaine Reardon at Forbes Library for a showcase of Western Mass writers.
For more information go to Strawdogs .

Saturday October 7th, Workshop at Writers in Progress

Jacqueline teaches a day long Research and Backstory workshop at Writers in Progress.

Research and Backstory are essential ingredients in fiction and narrative nonfiction–they bring authority, authenticity and depth to a story. But making all those fascinating facts work for you and not against you is tricky. Research can lead down a rabbit hole of ever- more-tantalizing bits of information, bogging down both process and product. Backstory is research’s evil twin, sometimes turning into an information dump. In this one-day workshop, we’ll discuss the best sources and practices for research, and how to distill just enough into our narratives to lend authenticity without making them dull. We will also explore and practice ways to blend in backstory seamlessly and organically, without weighing down the plot.

To register, contact Dori Ostermiller .

EVENTS FOR 2016

August 18th, 7pm Southbury Library, Southbury MA

Join Jacqueline at Southbury Library in Southbury, MA for an author talk about her newest book THE CENTER OF THE WORLD. Jacqueline will read from her book and answer questions from the audience. There will be a book signing at the end of the event.

Summer Reading Program, June 27, 11am

Jacqueline will kick off the Summer Reading program at S. White Dickinson Memorial Library. 202 Chestnut Plain Road, Whately, MA 01093

Jacqueline and Jacquelyn at Wellfleet Preservation Hall, Wellfleet, MA June 9th, 7:30pm

Reading at the Maynard Library, Thursday, May 26th

Join Jacqueline for a reading of her new book at Maynard Library. 77 Nason Street, Maynard, MA.

Reading at Boswell Books Thursday, May 5, 6:30pm

The Hazards of Writing outside the Borders, Sunday May 1, 11:30am

Sea Girt, NJ weekend Retreat With Julie Maloney April 22-24

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.
Women Reading Aloud
This retreat is sold out.

Writers' Day at Bay Path College April 16th

Writing the Region, Writing the World, April 9th 4pm

Saturday, April 9, 2016. 4 pm. Join Jacqueline, Elli Meeropol, Marianne Banks, and Suzanne Strempek Shea for a discussion of using Massachusetts in their fictional settings. White Square - Fine Books & Arts, Easthampton, MA.

Reading at Asnuntuck Community College March 29th 6:30pm

Enfield, CT
Come hear Jacqueline read from her new book, THE CENTER OF THE WORLD at Asnuntuck Community College in the Strom Conference Room. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Freshwater Literary Journal, the Asnuntuck Diversity Committee, and the American Association of University Women.

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers March 16

Tucson Book Festival March 12th and 13th

Book Reading and Signing at Odyssey Books Thursday February 18th, 7pm

Come listen to Jacqueline read from her new book THE CENTER OF THE WORLD at Odyssey Books in South Hadley, MA.

Book Launch at Broadside Books! Sunday, January 24th 3pm

Come celebrate the publication of Jacqueline's new book THE CENTER OF THE WORLD at Broadside Books in Northampton!

Mission K9 Rescue Tribute Gala November 14, 2015

Jacqueline will attend the Tribute Gala as a featured author. The Gala supports retired and retiring military and contract dogs. The event is Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM at the Four Points by Sheraton, 1 Audubon Road, Wakefield, MA 01880

Come write with Jacqueline in Guatemala in February 2015!

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 7-14, 2015.

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

Saturday, November 8th, 10:00am-5:00pm

Creating Characters That We Love to Hate
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 day sharpening the conflict in your fiction through that crucial, mysterious energy between protagonist and antagonist.
Saturday, November 8th, 10:00am-5:00pm at Grub Street headquarters, Boston.
Click here for more information

Saturday, November 1st, 10:00am-5:00pm

Workshop: 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.
Saturday, November 1st, 10:00am-5:00pm at Grub Street headquarters, Boston.
Click here for more information

Saturday, October 25, 9:30 – 4:30 pm

Character vs. Plot: Can’t Have One Without the Other
At Writers in Progress, Florence MA
What’s the real difference between a character-driven story and one that’s plot-based? And is one type of story better than the other?
Characters are the actors on the stages of our plots, but how we define characters will also determine the plot. Or is it the other way around? Should plot be the force that moves and defines our characters? If you’re confused, you’re in great company with many writers. Come spend the day exploring the intricacies of this ages-old debate, and learn some valuable tools for weaving your characters’ motivations seamlessly into the storyline, and ultimately strengthening both!
To register, contact Dori Ostermiller .

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