News from NH Writers Project for October

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Storytelling and Publishing with Bev Stoddart and four New Hampshire authors Oct. 26 on Zoom at 7 p.m.

Now a Hybrid Workshop!

Off to a Great Start: Writing an Effective Opening for Your Novel, with Jeff Deck, is now being offered as a hybrid workshop; that is, you can attend in person at the Ford House on the SNHU campus or you can join via Zoom.

Here is a description of the workshop:

Learn how to captivate your readers from the very first paragraph of your novel. This workshop with Jeff Deck delves into the elements of a compelling first chapter, from setting the tone and introducing characters, to establishing setting and planting the seeds of your plot. Learn techniques to hook your readers, build intrigue, and set the stage for a memorable story. The workshop will be ideal for both new and experienced writers aiming to make a powerful first impression with their novels. Join us for a blend of writing structure, examples, and hands-on exercises.

About Jeff

Jeff Deck is a fiction writing coach who works with authors to help them finish their novels. He is the author of several novels, including City of Ports: The Shadow Over Portsmouth Book 1, as well as nonfiction books. Get one-on-one coaching to make your book dreams come true—schedule a discovery call with Jeff at this link:

Where: The Ford House, SNHU, 2500 N River Rd, Hooksett NH or via Zoom

When: October 14, 2023, 10:00AM-12:15PM

Cost: $65 Members/$85 Nonmembers/$55 Zoom

Registration Link: Click Here to Register!

Sign up now for a Three-Minute Fiction Slam Preliminary Round

The Three-Minute Fiction Slam Finals will be held on November 11 at 5:00 PM at Webster Hall on the SNHU campus.  To make it to the Finals, however, you first have to win one of the preliminary rounds.

Here are the current venues and dates:

  • Manchester: October 24, 7-9 PM, Ford House on the SNHU campus.  Contact: Masheri (603) 270-5466
  • Keene: October 26th, 5:30-7:00 PM, at the Center for Research and Writing, Mason Library, Keene State College. Contact: Brinda Charry
  • The Monadnock Writers’ Group, Peterborough: October 28th, 1:00 PM, downstairs meeting room at the Peterborough Library. Contact: Jesseca Timmons
  • Nashua: October 30th, 6:30-8:30 PM, Nashua Main Library, Activity Room.  Contact: Ron Stokes

The Derry/Southern NH group will also host a regional preliminary contest, but date, time, and place are still to be determined. Check the website for updates, as well as a complete description of the Three-Minute Fiction Slam rules and a video tutorial, Yes, You Can Write Slam Fiction, offered by James Patrick Kelly.

You can enter as many preliminary rounds as you want, but the number of participants at each venue is limited, so sign up with one of the contacts listed above soon! 

2023 New Hampshire Literary Awards Ceremony

You are invited to attend the announcement of the 2023 New Hampshire Literary Awards winners on Saturday, October 21, at 5:00-7:00 PM at the Salon in the Southern New Hampshire University’s Hospitality Center. Parking is available right outside the Hospitality Center on either side of the building. The event is free, but you will have to register to attend.

For more information on the Literary Awards and to review a list of the finalists, visit the NHWP website.

STORYTELLING and PUBLISHING: Capturing and sharing the human experience

Join us for an exciting Zoom event that celebrates the power of storytelling and publishing on Thursday, October 26 from 7:00-8:30pm EDT. Discover how stories shape our understanding of the world and connect us as human beings. Whether you’re a writer, reader, or simply curious about the creative process, this event is for you!

Panelists include Masheri Chappelle, the New Hampshire Writers’ Project Board of Trustees Chair and Indie Publisher, Jean Duffy, author of Soccer Grannies, Bev Stohl, author of Chomsky & Me, and Laura Beretsky, author of Seizing Control, Managing Epilepsy and Others’ Reactions to It. Author and journalist Beverly Stoddart is moderating the discussion.

This event is sponsored by the New Hampshire Writers’ Project and InDepth NH. 

There is no fee to attend. Please reserve your space by registering in advance via the link at or

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