ASHBURNHAM — Ashburnham’s New Dawn Arts Center is excited to present a weekly writing workshop from 7 until 9 p.m. Tuesday evenings, beginning Oct. 18, at New Dawn Arts Center, 84 Main St.
The workshop will be taught by three local published writers, Melissa Dorval, Fred Gerhard, and Kevin Scott Hall.
Workshops held on Tuesday, Oct. 18 and Tuesday, Oct. 25, will feature all three instructors introducing themselves and offering prompts and helpful writing tips.
“Beginning in November, the first Tuesday will focus on fiction by Melissa, the second Tuesday will focus on non-fiction/memoir by myself, and the third Tuesday will focus on poetry by Fred,” Hall said. “The fourth Tuesday will be an ‘open mic’ where all writers can come together and share what they’ve written.”
The workshops will be offered for free, however, donations will be accepted and appreciated.
Dorval has had her poems, short stories, and articles published in various journals. Her new micro-essay will be featured in the inaugural issue of “The Sixpence Society Literary Journal” and her latest poem will appear in “Creative Zine”, both this fall. Her debut novel, “When You Lose Control”, has just been accepted by a New Hampshire publisher.
She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from UMass Lowell and was mentored by acclaimed author Andre Dubus III.
Gerhard is a poet whose work has appeared in a multitude of literary journals, including “Entropy Magazine”, “Heavy Feather Review”, and “Pif Magazine”. His poetry has also been voiced by actor Kirk Lawrence in Bespoke Vocals, as seen on YouTube.
He led a poetry therapy group at Community Healthlink in Worcester. He was the editor of “The Chelmsford Poetry Review” and is currently an editor of “Quabbin Quills Press” anthologies.
Hall is the author of the highly regarded memoir “A Quarter Inch From My Heart” (Wisdom Moon) and the self-published novel “Off the Charts!”. He is also a singer/songwriter and recording artist; his music can be heard on streaming platforms, including YouTube, where he also has a few music videos.
He taught theater, writing, and literature for 17 years at two City University of New York campuses. He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The City College of New York.
All three writers have deep local roots.
Dorval grew up in Gardner and currently lives in Leominster; Gerhard lives in Ashburnham with his wife and son and his work was recently featured at Creative Connections in town; Hall attended Oakmont Regional High School and relocated to Ashburnham in late 2020 after spending over three decades in New York City.
Interested writers can follow @NewDawnWriters on Twitter or go to newdawnarts.org for more information. A Facebook page for NDAC writers will be created once the need is established.