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How Can You Make Your Christmas Present Memorable?

on Wed, 12/14/2016 - 22:24

Remember those days when Christmas trees were filled with gift-wrapped boxes? Nowadays, people will get a card in an envelope filled with quick cash. While this is great for those of us who need money (think: college students!), the way to make a boring card more memorable is to personalize it! Of course, you could grab a generic card from CVS, scribble a quick "Happy Holidays!", and sign off your responsibility for that present in the form of your name at the bottom of the card. How can you customize the card to make it more valuable than any other present, but for a fraction of the cost?

This Saturday: Citywide Portsmouth Literary Festival!

on Thu, 11/03/2016 - 15:13

Fancy a trip to the Seacoast this Saturday? If you're a voracious reader, it's the perfect time to go. A bonanza of books is waiting for you by the sea.

Well, not literally by the sea. Because, you know, salt and sand do terrible things to books. But pretty close to the sea.

What am I talking about? It's the Citywide Portsmouth Literary Festival, a daylong celebration of local authors from around the Seacoast region. This event will take place at two different venues in Portsmouth simultaneously this Saturday, November 5. Authors of books for children and young adults will be at Strawbery

Let the Write One In

on Tue, 11/01/2016 - 17:54

By Robin Baskerville

With tens of thousands of word choices in a novel, it’s not a matter of if you will make a mistake, but how many and how egregious the lapses will be. Writing is a solitary pursuit, but if you want your writing to be read and understood as intended, an editor is essential.

Over my career, I have made as many mistakes as a writer as I have caught as an editor, and I refuse to let any of my work be published without first being seen by another set of eyes.

There’s no wrong way to do NaNoWriMo

on Tue, 11/01/2016 - 09:18

By Yvette Couser

November is National Novel Writing Month, an international phenomenon during which authors (or budding authors) challenge themselves to write a 50,000-word first draft of a novel.  Participants can create an account on www.nanowrimo.org  and register their novel, friend other writing “buddies” and receive regular writing pep talks from best-selling authors such as Gene Luen Yang, Charlaine Harris, Diana Gabaldon, John Green and many others.

And on the subject of Writers' Week 2016

on Thu, 10/27/2016 - 17:32

 

This week, Gov. Maggie Hassan made it official with a proclamation; Oct. 31 through Nov. 4 is the Granite State's third annual Writers’ Week. The centerpiece is Nov. 3’s New Hampshire Literary Awards, a biennial event curated by the New Hampshire Writers’ Project (NHWP), but there are plenty of activities during the rest of the week.

On Monday, Oct. 31,  via the social-media network Twitter, the NHWP will host a horror nanofiction contest. Writers who enter, via a single Tweet with the hashtag #NHWrites, that day will be entered into a drawing for a prize package from Spotlight Publicity

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

on Mon, 10/24/2016 - 19:49

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas and friend
The Board of the New Hampshire Writers’ Project has selected Elizabeth Marshall Thomas as the recipient of the 12th New Hampshire Literary Awards Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Thomas is one of the most widely read American anthropologists, a novelist, and a woman who has observed and written about dogs, cats, and elephants during her long career.  When she is not travelling the globe she lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Among her many books are The Hidden Life of Dogs, Reindeer Moon, The Social Lives of Dogs, The Harmless People, The Hidden Life of Deer, and Dreaming of Lions.

Ms.

Contemporary Writing for the Contemporary Mind

on Fri, 10/21/2016 - 18:22

Have you ever wondered what novelists do today that is different than what they did in the past? In order to answer this question, we must ask another question. What realities do we face today that we were not necessarily facing as much in the past (and then putting into writing)?

We live in a world plagued by worries over the past and the future without any concern for the present.

Readers' Choice Voting is Open!

on Thu, 08/11/2016 - 19:37

The New Hampshire Writers' Project, in partnership with the Center for the Book at the NH State Library, invites readers to vote for their choice among the titles nominated for the 12th New Hampshire Literary Awards.

Vote at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NHLitAwdRC2016 before midnight on September 30, 2016.

The Readers' Choice winners will be announced at the New Hampshire Literary Awards event on November 3, 2016.

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McLeod was 'amazing storyteller,' champion of the arts

on Tue, 07/19/2016 - 17:26

On July 18, 2016 New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources Commissioner Van McLeod passed away at Concord Hospital. First confirmed as commissioner in 1992 he was, as he would say, “the longest-serving commissioner in captivity.” More important than his long tenure though, was his deep commitment to the arts in our state.

Van McLeod was a tireless champion for art and culture in all forms.

NHWP Summer Social - Saturday July 16

on Mon, 06/27/2016 - 08:15

COME SPEND A BEE-UTIFUL AFTERNOON AT

THE NHWP POTLUCK

SUMMER SOCIAL

SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2016

12pm-4pm

6 TAYLOR STREET, MANCHESTER

(GREEN HOUSE ON THE CORNER OF TAYLOR AND CILLEY ROAD)

 

BRING A SIDE DISH OR DESSERT TO SHARE AND A GENTLY USED OR NEW BOOK FOR OUR BOOK GRAB BAG. SIT BACK WITH OLD FRIENDS, OR MAKE NEW ONES AS YOU SIP ON ICE TEA SWEETENED BY HONEY CREATED BY THE BACKYARD BEES OF 6 TAYLOR ST.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Masheri@myportalstar.com

Please note that bees are cultivated on the property and those with allergies should take reasonable precautions.

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