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Seven Bridges Writers’ Collaborative Plans October Events

September 27, 2018

The Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative has announced the following upcoming events. For more information about any of the events, email 7bridgewriterscollaborative@gmail.com , or visit https://sevenbridge.org .

n “Revitalize Your Brain: Spur Your Creative Muse” with Paula Castner will be held on Wednesdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 24, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Lancaster Community Center, behind 701 Main St., Lancaster.

Studies reveal that writing, dancing, art and listening to music improve brain function. Writing encourages the two hemispheres of the brain to work together, enhancing memory, productivity and stress relief. Dancing increases the brain’s ability to manage balance, encourages neuroplasticity, and strengthens muscle memory. Art raises serotonin levels, affecting mood, and the “wow” factor of appreciating art trains the brain to be more hopeful. Music boosts the brain’s ability to learn and to lower and manage anxiety. This is a four-week workshop to revitalize your brain. Participants will draw, dance, listen and sing to music, and write in a journal. Open to all ages; wear comfortable clothing.

n “Writing at Fruitlands” with Winona Wendth will be held on Wednesdays, Oct. 17 and 24, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard.

Enjoy a pair of two-hour sessions of reading and writing inspired by those who lived in and near Fruitlands. Discover how a sense of place affects a writer’s work as you complete one draft and revision of a personal essay or a very short piece of fiction. The workshop is limited to eight people. The workshop has a fee; register at http://fruitlands.the trustees.org/events .

n “Writing More Than Your Book: Queries and the Business Side of Writing” will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main St., Lancaster.

This workshop will explain and focus on the various types of communications a writer might need to know, from targeted query letters (for instance, to agents, editors and publishers) to acceptance letters, contract negotiations, requests, synopses and more. A list of resources will aid writers in finding more information on the topics presented.

n An open-mike night will be held Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main St., Lancaster.

This is an opportunity for local writers to share their work with other writers and the community. Readings are limited to five minutes each. All are invited to read, listen or both.

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