Best of Boston: What’s Happening in August?

Welcome to the August 2017 edition of "Best of Boston," filled to the brim with literary goodness to add to your calendar. Take a peek at Grub's assemblage of all the most exciting events going on around town next month.

--EVENT: Every Thursday in August, 7:30pm-8:30pm, FREE Memoir Writing Workshop
Relax, reflect, and create! Spend an hour freewriting with guided exercises, with the opportunity to share your story in a community art installation. Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA

--READING: Tuesday, August 8th, 6:45pm-9:00pm, Amy Oestreicher Featured at Story Space
Amy Oestreicher’s grandmother was an 18-year-old in Auschwitz who built a life in Brooklyn. Amy tells of interviews spanning 3 generations and 7 countries, featuring historical documents, recordings, and photos. The Out of the Blue Gallery Too, 541 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge

--SEEKING SUBMISSIONS: Wednesday, August 9th, GrownUp StoryTime
Participate in an hour of heartwarming, silly stories read aloud at the Aeronaut Brewery. Submit fiction and nonfiction stories 3-10 minutes long for the August 23rd show. 14 Tyler St, Somerville, MA

--BOOK LAUNCH: Friday, August 11th, 7:00pm-9:00pm, TESTIFY Book Launch ft. Simone John and Krysten Hill
Come celebrate the launch of Simone John’s first full-length poetry collection, TESTIFY. Simone will be joined by Krysten Hill, author of “How Her Spirit Got Out” and youth poet Andrine Pierre-Saint. 25 White Street, Cambridge, MA

--READING: Tuesday, August 15th, 6:45pm-9:00pm, Abner Serd Featured at Story Space
Abner Serd takes a departure from his prolific repertoire of delightfully skewed original tales, to share an evening of classic rhyming ballads. Expect great material, well presented! The Out of the Blue Gallery Too, 541 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge

--MEETING: Thursday, August 17th, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Writers' Critique Group Meeting
Critique writing constructively while paying due respect to writer and work. We hope to create a place where writers feel safe to share their craft and improve upon it. Boys & Girls Club of Wakefield, Civic Center, 467 Main Street, Wakefield, MA

--EVENT: Friday, August 18th to Sunday, August 20th, Boston Poetry Marathon 2017
The format includes three days of poetry, a billion poets (well, maybe 100), eight-minute time slots to share their writing. Outpost 186, 186 1/2 (rear) Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 

--RETREAT: Saturday, August 19th, All Day, Living From Your Center: Writing, Yoga and Meditation Weekend Retreat
Spend a weekend writing, doing yoga and meditating. Appropriate for writers and yogis of all levels, this fun and relaxing weekend helps brings you to your creative center. Copper Beech Institute, West Hartford, CT

--EVENT: Saturday, August 19th, Lesley University's MFA Creative Writing Workshop
Attend our Creative Writing Workshop highlighting our Poetry, Nonfiction, and Writing for Young People genres. Submit your manuscript by Friday, August 11 to receive feedback and critique at the workshop. Sherrill Library 89 Brattle Street Cambridge MA

--READING: Tuesday, August 22th, 6:45pm-9:00pm, John Sanders Featured at Story Space
John Sanders translated and tells stories by Gianni Rodari into English. Rodari, considered the greatest children’s author of the 20th century, won the Hans Christian Anderson Award. The Out of the Blue Gallery Too, 541 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge

--EVENT: Thursday, August 24th, 9:00am-12:00pm, Creative City Grant Application Workshop 
Are you an artist with a great Creative City project idea, but you’re having trouble figuring out how to articulate it in your application? Denise Delgado, writer, artist, educator and consultant, along with Kim Szeto, Creative City Program Manager at NEFA, will co-lead a 3-hour grant writing workshop geared towards artists who are interested in applying for Creative City and sharpening their grant writing skills in general. 145 Tremont Street, Seventh Floor, Boston, MA.  


Find out what's happening at Grub this month on our events page.

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