Local Buzz – Writers Read!

Saturday, February 22
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
 
 
LOCAL BUZZ READINGS
at
The THOMAS MEMORIAL LIBRARY
 
Saturday, February 22, 2020
 
with
 
Folklorist Margaret Yocom
 
Biographer Mark Griffin
 
This event is free and open to the public. Writers’ books will be available for sale by Kelly’s Books to Go and light refreshments will be available.

*Returning audience members PLEASE NOTE the new
earlier start time of 3:00 PM for this and all future events.

Margaret “Peggy” Yocom grew up in the Pennsylvania German farmland listening to her grandparents’ stories. Her book ALL KINDS OF FUR: Erasure Poems & New Translation of a Tale from the Brothers Grimm was published by Deerbrook Editions in 2018. Her poetry has also appeared in the Beloit Poetry Journal, The Beltway Poetry Journal, the anthology The Folklore Muse: Poetry, Fiction, and Other Reflections by Folklorists, and elsewhere. She is the founder of the Folklore Studies Program of George Mason University where she taught for 36 years.  Peggy has published writings on the Brothers Grimm, on the folk arts of political protest, on Inuit storytelling in northwest Alaska, on family folklore, and on the folk arts of Maine logging communities. Co-founder of the American Folklore Society’s Creative Writing and Storytelling Section, she holds a Ph.D. in English and folklore from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. A founding member of Western Maine Storytelling, she tells legendary tales of the seen—and the unseen. Co-organizer of the Hugh Ogden Memorial Evening of Poetry in Rangeley, she makes her home with her geologist husband, John Slack, in Farmington and Rangeley.

            Mark Griffin is the author of All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson, which was named one of the best nonfiction titles of 2018 by Kirkus Reviews. Universal Pictures has optioned the book and a big screen biopic is scheduled to be produced and directed by Greg Berlanti, who was responsible for the recent hit Love, Simon and the popular Netflix series Riverdale.  Griffin is also the author of A Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of Vincente Minnelli, which Library Journal named one of the best biographies of 2011.

Griffin’s reviews, interviews and essays have appeared in scores of publications, including the Boston Globe, Moviemaker and Genre. He recently appeared in the documentaries Gene Kelly: To Live and Dance and Mythical Couples: Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli.

Songwriting Workshop

Tuesday, February 25
6:00 pm – 8:15 pm
 

Our songwriting workshop meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month. Whether you are a new writer, experienced writer, or want-to-be-a-writer writer, we hope you’ll join us each month to bring in your work and get expert advice from award-winning songwriter, Jud Caswell. Participants in this workshop rave about Jud and about how much his advice is helping shape and improve their writing.

Jud starts each session with a short discussion of a specific element of songwriting craft, then moves to sharing songs. Jud’s feedback is focused on questions or concerns raised by the songwriter, with group discussion focused on issues of craft and technique.

Participants should bring a song that is “in process” for feedback and support, along with 8 copies of lyrics to share. Many in our group play the guitar or play our house electric piano as well as sing, but you are more than welcome to just sing what you’ve written, or sing to a recording you’ve made at home. 

We’ll have a sign-up sheet when you get here and will have time each night to share 6 or 7 songs. Come a little early if you want to make sure to get on the list!

The goal of the workshop is to provide a safe place for songwriters to share and learn. Songwriters of all levels and abilities are welcome! 

Here’s a bit about Jud Caswell
Jud has played folk festivals from Texas to Oregon and won some of the best songwriting contests in the country.  He has appeared at iconic venues and at celebrated festivals across the country. While his music is often compared to James Taylor and David Wilcox, his songs draw on a long musical history and wide-ranging influences from jazz and Piedmont blues to contemporary folk and rock.  Wilcox offers his own praise, acclaiming Caswell as “much more than a great singer and guitar player, Jud’s songs take you into the storyteller’s world with clear images and characters that come to life for the listener.” Maine Today is even more emphatic: “Jud Caswell is an enormously talented lyricist, composer, performer, and producer. It’s only a matter of time before he’s discovered by the rest of the world; you should discover him now.” Jud has a degree in music from Dartmouth College and has taught songwriting to students of all ages and ability levels. 

Writers’ Accountability Group

Wednesday, March 18
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
 

TML’s Writer’s Accountability Group (WAG!) meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10:00-noon. All levels of expertise and genres are welcome as we:  

  • Share ideas about writing, editing, and publishing. 
  • Share snippets of our work in a creative, supportive group setting.
  • Connect with other writers who are as passionate about the craft as we are.
  • Give ourselves a deadline each month to show up with our latest work.
  • Have fun!

We hope you’ll join us to help get your WAG going!