What is happening in The Room?

We are heading north for our next Meet & Greet:

Wednesday, June 26th, 6:30 to 8:30 PM at 51 Bearskin Neck, Rockport, Massachusetts at Susie's Stories. 

It's summer, so what better place to have our quarterly Writers and Illustrators Meet & Greet than Rockport, MA. Meet and greets are open to writers and illustrators at every level and from every genre. Join us Wednesday, June 26th anytime between 6:30 and 8:30 PM at a summer-time bookstore called Susie's Stories located at 51 Bearskin Neck in Rockport.

Local children's author, Susie Rich, opened up a summer-only bookstore and she has invited local writers and illustrators to stop by. This is a great way to connect with a wide variety of local writers and illustrators, hear about Susie's experience, and see the space.

Here's a note from the owner:
My name is Susie Rich, and I am delighted to share that I will be opening up a children's book store in beautiful Rockport Massachusetts around mid-June this summer.  The bookstore is called 'Susie's Stories' and it is located at 51 Bearskin Neck Rockport MA.  Currently, I am the  author of five titles:
  • I Don’t Care What You Wear As Long as It’s Clean
  • Too Much Hopscotch
  • How My Daddy Taught Me to Dance
  • DUANE: Don’t Under Estimate Any Natural Elements (A comic book about the weather and how kids can prepare)
  • The Whale, the Ocean, the Duck, and the Pond
Last year I was invited to be in the company of several authors, such as Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Jarrett Krosoczka, author and illustrator of Lunch Lady, during The Children’s Literacy Exhibit opening event sponsored by Logan Airport, Massport and Hudson News.  The Governor's wife, First Lady Lauren Baker read my book, Too Much Hopscotch aloud and the book is currently on display in Terminal C and in Terminal A at the Hudson News stand. 

To find out more about Susie and her stories:
Visit her website:
twitter: @SusiesStories


We were so happy to see you at the Festival by the Lake in Wakefield on Saturday, June 8th! 

It was another beautiful day by the Lake this year. The typewriters were a big hit and in motion the entire time and our table was proud to display The Room to Write's New Business of the Year award from the Wakefield/Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce. We even got a photo, thanks to local Town Counselor Mehreen Butt, with Ryan Boyd at WCAT Studios with their well-deserved Business of the Year award.

So many people came to our table asking questions, offering suggestions and just plain supportive of the effort to keep writing skills sharp among people of all ages. We talked about our youth programming in collaboration with the Boys & Girls Club of Stoneham and Wakefield, our adult Critique Group and Meet & Greets, the ideas in the works for Senior Writing programming as well as the interest into the mechanics of the written word: handwriting, print-making, typing, calligraphy and writing utensils. I spoke to some young adults who are too old for a youth group and too young for an adult group. So, we're going to organize a Young Adult Critique Group as a resource for writers in their late teens and early twenties. 

We ran out of all our brochures, which we'll take as a good sign of interest in what we're doing and made some great connections that will lead to interesting ideas in the future. No matter who came by there was always something that connected them to the written word or the act of putting words onto paper. It is just a matter of discovering how.

Special thanks to Sally Chetwynd who joined us at our table for several hours. She had her books, her CD and information about the upcoming 2019 New England Authors Expo on Saturday, June 29th Noon to 6:00 PM in Haverhilll, MA. A couple of our board members also stopped by as well as the tireless George Getty who helped set up and break down the table, tent and typewriters. 

It was a great day!


Past Events from The Room?

Writers and Illustrators Meet & Greet: Click the link to the left to see photos and follow-up from meet & greets held on: 

  • March 28, 2019 at Boys & Girls Club of Wakefield
  • March 20, 2019 at Cedric's Studio in Wakefield
  • December 10, 2018 at Barnes & Noble in Peabody
  • September 17, 2018 at Whitelam Books in Reading
  • June 18, 2018 at Lucius Beebe Memorial Library in Wakefield
  • March 19, 2018 at Boys & Girls Club of Wakefield
  • December 18, 2017 at Harrington's Pub
  • September 18, 2017 at the Albion Cultural Exchange
  • June 5, 2017 at Wakefield Community Access Television Studios
  • April 3, 2017 at The Savings Bank's Community Room  
  • February 20, 2017 at the Boys & Girls Club of Wakefield's Teen Room

Write After Dinner Series: Click the link to the left to see photos and follow-up from events held on:

  • April 21, 2017 - Writing the Music for The Wishing Hour with Singer-Songwriter Lisa Bastoni 
  • October 21, 2016 - Writing Seriously From Scratch with Chef Joe Gatto 

Writers' Critique Group: This group meets every 3rd Thursday of each month.

Festival by the Lake: This is an annual festival in June in Wakefield with crafters, nonprofits, food, music and fun!


If you have an idea, please contact The Room to Write.

For more information about all the wonderful things happening in Wakefield check out the Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, the Albion Cultural Exchange and the Events Planning Committee websites.