creative writing

  With sage bits of advice, inviting questions, and colorful blank pages for writing, Colleen Murtaugh Paratore’s new book, Fireflies: A Writer’s Notebook, offers writers of all ages a place to capture ideas when they spark.

Paratore makes the case to travel to the firefly fields inside your own mind and heart, to write what only you can write, without worrying about "the rules."

She will be at the Albany Children’s Book Festival at the Albany Academies on Saturday.

Courtesy of Manhattanville College

Folk singer, activist, and environmentalist Pete Seeger will discuss writing in times of social upheaval social upheaval and change at Manhattanville College in Westchester County Friday evening.

Mark Nowak is director of the MFA program in creative writing at Manhattanville College in Purchase. He says he hatched the idea of inviting Beacon resident Pete Seeger for a writers talk a few years ago with Hudson Valley activist Connie Hogarth, who founded the Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action at Manhattanville College. Nowak says the idea grew to the following.