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March 28, 2013

Writers Center hosting 12 writers in 13 days

Workshops ranging from poetry salons to Portuguese writers' showcase

The Gloucester Writers Center, a fountainhead for local literary efforts, has a cascade of programs over the next 13 days, featuring a dozen writers, starting with a new “Mug Up” Workshop Series that begins on Saturday.

The offerings range from a poetry salon with two noted poets to an event featuring writers of Portuguese heritage. The Writers Center, about to complete its third year, has brought to the community more than a 100 writers, many award-winning writers, in both fiction and nonfiction, in events both large and small.

Henry Ferrini, one of the founders, said the directors are thrilled at the growth of the center.

“We’re kind of amazed that there is so much going on and the programs have been well received. The center is not only bringing writers to Gloucester but it is also holding classes, like the ones offered at the Mug Up series.”

The first in the upcoming group of events will be the Mug Up Workshop series, comprised of six workshops, on a variety of subjects, which will meet on Saturday mornings from 9 to 11 a.m. at the center in East Gloucester. The center is based in the house of the late Gloucester poet, Vincent Ferrini.

The series kicks off with a poetry workshop, led by local teacher and writer James Cook. The program is titled “From Blank Verse to Projective Verse: responding to Gloucester’s literary diversity and richness through poetry.”

“In this seminar we will write poems in response to writers as diverse as William Vaughn Moody and Vincent Ferrini, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Linda Crane, T.S. Eliot and Charles Olson,” according to Cook. “We will use traditional and experimental forms to shape our Gloucester experiences, observations, and visions.”

The next five Mug Up workshops are as follows:

April 6, Amanda Cook with “Screaming to the Editor,” a program focused on constructing a poem for the public;

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