Sunday, January 3, 2016

Happy New Year!




The Portsmouth Writers Salon will be resuming in 2016 after a year long hiatus. More details exact day of the month (third or fourth Wednesday) and location will be announced soon. Stay tune for more details.

The Portsmouth Writers' Salon meets once a month on (the third or fourth: TBA)  Wednesday, 6:00p-8:00 p.m. location TBD. Our focus is on starting off with a 5-10 minute writing prompt and free write, then critiquing Person 1's 5-10 page piece, then a short break, then  critiquing Person 2's 5-10 page piece. We limit the group to 8 members so that everyone gets a fair turn without having to wait too long to share their work for feedback. 
For more information, please contact Tamara J. Collins at portsmouthwriterssalon@gmail.com

Friday, May 30, 2014

Notes from May 25, 2014

Dear Writers, 

Our Writing Prompt from this evening was: “Don’t make us make you help us.” - Stephen King from Secret Windows. 

 It was mentioned by a member that we should all check out the following movie: Kids in the HallBrain Candy. 

Literary events going on this week:
Writers Night Out is Monday, June 2, 2014 from 7-8:30 PM at the Coat of Arms

The Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program Poetry Hoot is at Cafe Espresso from 7-9 PM this Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Upcoming local events:
Ann Patchett and Richard Russo are coming to the University of Southern Maine on June 10, 2014

Great meeting tonight everyone! Great Feedback  from all! 

Keep Writing, Keep Reading, Repeat,

Portsmouth Writers Salon 

Notes from May 11, 2014

Dear Writers, 

Happy Mother's Day! 
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Mother's Day Painting 


Our Writing Prompt from this evening was: “That day, I had been sitting with my uncle on the porch of The Lord Nelson Hotel.” - Howard Norman from The Museum Guard (taken from the Fall 1998 fiction issue of Ploughshares edited by Lorrie Moore. 

Literary events going on this week:
Beat Night at the Pressroom 7-9 PM on Thursday

Upcoming local events:
Kate Christensen is coming to RiverRun sometime soon as well as Elizabeth McCraken both novelists. 

Great meeting tonight everyone! Great Feedback  from all! 

Keep Writing, Keep Reading, Repeat,

Portsmouth Writers Salon 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Notes from April 27, 2014

Dear Writers,

Our prompt this evening was, “Whom do you love?" - from Little Black Crow by Chris Raschka. 

This prompt from a prize wining children's' book for some, brought up the immediate issue in the free write of who vs. whom. 

Need help with this? http://beyond.customline.com/2007/12/29/who-or-whom-a-quick-cheatsheet/

For others, what happens when one is in love/not in love or wondering if they could love that certain someone. 

Great meeting tonight everyone! Great Feedback  from all! 

Keep Writing, Keep Reading, Repeat,

Portsmouth Writers Salon 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Meeting Minutes from March 23, 2014

Dear Writers,

We met earlier than usual this evening, so that some folks would be able to participate in William Shatner Beat Night.

No writing prompt this evening.

Keep Writing,

Portsmouth Writers Salon.

Notes from March 9, 2014

Dear Writers, 


Our Writing Prompt this evening was, “Ten agents entered the house two bodies riddled with bullets lie on the floor.” - Quentin Reynolds 

Noir site that was mentioned earlier this evening http://shotgunhoney.net

New quarterly journal starting up in the area: http://www.thewaxreport.com


Great meeting tonight everyone! Great Feedback  from all! 

Keep Writing, Keep Reading, Repeat,

Portsmouth Writers Salon 

Notes from February 23, 2014

Dear Writers, 

Here was our writing prompt for this evening, “The Colonel pulled out his cigarette ash to fall on the floor he took one puff after another as f he was afraid someone would take away his cigarette from time to time he wiped his forehead with a flame colored handkerchief.” - Mario Vargas Llosa

Keep Writing, Reading, Revising, Repeat, 

Portsmouth Writers Salon 

Notes from February 9, 2014

Dear Writers,

Change of venue for this evening, we met at Flatbread Pizza. 


Writing Prompt: “I am sorry to say that I could not hear the rest, listening with the heart is not always easy” - Flatbread Pizza, Portsmouth, NH. 

Keep Writing, 

Portsmouth Writers Salon. 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Notes from January 26, 2014

Dear Writers,

Our Writing Prompt for this evening was: “It doesn’t matter if its right or not, its human nature and you can’t change that.” - The Winter Hero by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier. 

Also coming soon will be a post on how to start your own writing/critique group.


Sadly, The Portsmouth Writers Salon is at capacity and is not currently accepting new members.

We do have a wait list and those interested in being on the wait list may email: PortsmouthWritersSalon@gmail.com

Alternatively, please see our list here of local open and closed ongoing writing groups: Ongoing Literary Stuff #PortsmouthNH

If you are looking to make some local literary connections you may want to check out the Writers Night Out in your area hosted by the New Hampshire Writers Project: Writers Night Out

Keep Writing,

Portsmouth Writers Salon

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Notes from January 12, 2014

The Portsmouth Writers Salon had a wonderful meeting this evening. 

Items of interested mentioned this evening:

We are at capacity with our current 8 members (two of whom were on the waiting list in 2013, and have now joined us, and we welcome them!). 

For those on the wait list or those looking for a writing group that meets at Portsmouth Book and Bar:

Darby Tench, local author, and former UNH Italian Professor who studied with Umberto Eco runs a writing workshop group that meets every Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 PM at Book and Bar and is currently seeking more members as they have three members. 


Our writing prompt for this evening was, "We met in the restaurant just before you drive under the overpass, the park is on the other side Fisherman's Pier I think right on the water" - Patsy Lynch Collins


Local Literary ongoings can also be found on PortsmouthNH.com 

Until next time.

Keep Writing,



Portsmouth Writers Salon