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Substitute Teacher Preparation - Online
Monday, 10/6/2014 - Friday, 10/31/2014 12:00 AM-12:00 PM
Quinsigamond Community College, 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, MA - $145
Understand what is expected of a substitute and how to maximize your value to a school. Find out about how to develop a sub-notebook, understand classroom management, the latest techniques in developing lesson plans, how to use your own portfolio to assist in teaching, and much more.
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November 2014

Poetry and History: An Evening with Natasha Trethewey
Tuesday, 11/4/2014 7:00 PM-10:00 PM
Clark University: Atwood Hall, 950 Main Street, Worcester, MA - Free
United States Poet Laureate (2012-2014) and Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Trethewey will read poems from "Thrall", "Native Guard", "Bellocqs Ophelia", and other works.

Combining personal experience and the intimacy of memoir with national history and the grand sweep of social and cultural change, Trethewey's poems repeatedly delineate and blur the boundary between private and public stories. Whether writing about the Casta Paintings of Colonial Mexico, black regiments serving during the Civil War, or her own family, she reveals the ways in which we are shaped by the stories we tell and that others tell about us.

In May 2014, Natasha Trethewey concluded two terms as the nineteenth Poet Laureate of the United States. She is currently the State Poet Laureate of Mississippi. Trethewey is the author of four collections of poetry: "Domestic Work" (Graywolf Press, 2000); "Bellocqs Ophelia" (Graywolf Press, 2002); "Native Guard" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006) for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and, most recently, "Thrall" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012). She also has written a book of nonfiction, "Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast" (University of Georgia Press, 2010), and a memoir to be released in 2015. Trethewey is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Beinecke Library at Yale, and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. She is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University. During her second term as U.S. Poet Laureate, Trethewey contributed to "Where Poetry Lives", a feature on the PBS NewsHour. In the series, she traveled with Senior Correspondent Jeffrey Brown to cities across the country and explored societal issues through poetry, literature, and her own personal experiences.
Sponsored by: Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of the Provost, and Higgins School of Humanities at Clark University
For more information, e-mail or call 508-793-7479.

All-Day Writing Workshop
Saturday, 11/8/2014 10:30 AM-4:00 PM
Annie's Book Stop, 65 James Street, Worcester, MA - $40 workshop + lunch / $50 workshop, critique, + lunch
The workshop will have three parts: Writing and Editing, What to Expect from Publishing (On Your Own or With a Publisher), Marketing and Publicity of your Work. The workshop will be run by Trisha J. Wooldridge, Jennifer Carson, and Jennifer Allis Provostthree friends and colleagues whose experience has covered all aspects of publishing, from writing to publicity.

Trisha J. Wooldridge is the author of two middle grade novels (under T.J. Wooldridge) as well as nearly a dozen short stories, two of which won EPIC awards as part of the Bad-Ass Faeries anthologies, and one which was nominated for a Stoker award from Epitaphs: Journal of the New England Horror Writers. Trish also is a senior editor for Spencer Hill Press, the president of Broad Universe, and has been a freelance journalist, reviewer, and editor for over ten years. Find out more at

Jennifer Carson is the lead imprint editor for Spencer Hill Middle Grade, an imprint of Spencer Hill Press. Before becoming an editor for SHP, she was a freelance editor for many years. She specializes in fantasy world building and magic systems. Jennifer is also the author of the award-winning Hapenny Magick, and it's forthcoming sequel, Tangled Magick, as well as an award-winning fiber artist. You can learn more about Jennifer at her website: or

Jennifer Allis Provost wears several hats, but she likes author and publicist the best. As a publicist, she utilizes a combination of her marketing degree, ten-plus years of corporate experience, and vivacious personality to get her clients titles in front of readers. She has published an urban fantasy series, Copper Legacy, and the epic fantasy Chronicles of Parthalan. Jennifer has also been featured in several horror and fantasy anthologies. Follow Jennifer (and learn about her other hats) @parthalan or visit her website at

Workshop participants can also choose to get a critique of the first five pages of their work, the query and synopsis submission package, or their marketing plan. Cost for the workshop is $40 or $50 with critique. Cost includes lunch and participants MUST pre-register. Pre-register at the store, in-person or via telephone, or through one of the instructors. Final deadline for registration with critique is Friday, October 31. Item to be critiqued must be handed in at this time. Final deadline for registration without critique is Monday, November 3rd.

For more information, e-mail or call 508-796-5613.

Family Reading Hand-in Hand in Celebration O f Family Literacy Month
Tuesday, 11/18/2014 6:30 AM-7:30 PM
Worcester Public Library, Childrens Progran Room, 3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA - free
Families are invited to sign up and participate inan everlasting story book making project. A read aloud of the story book will take place at this special family night. Please bring a special dish to share during this family time.
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Institute for Global Leadership 15th Anniversary and Fourth Life Leadership Awards
Thursday, 11/20/2014 3:00 PM-6:00 PM
All Saints Church, Guild Room, 10 Irving Street, Worcester, MA - $50 tax deductible donation to Children as Leaders Project
15th Anniversary Reception and 4th Life Leadership Service Awards:


3:00 Welcome and Introductions

3:30 Keynote by Dr. Peter Gray, Author, Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life(Basic 2013).

4:15: Life Leader Awards: Life leaders are ordinary people leading extraordinary lives. They live in service to restore faith in humanity. For more about the need to restore faith in humanity, go to our blog:

Life Leadership Service Award Honorees are:

Grace Akallo, M.A., Founder, United Africans for Women and Children’s Rights, Author
Erica Ayisi, MFA, Channel 3 News Reporter, formerly with NBC Brian Williams nightly news
Dr. Michael Boover, Author, Chaplain, Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital

Dr. Melinda Boone, Superintendent of Worcester Public Schools

Dr. Sue Foo, Professor and Assistant Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, Worcester State University
Dr. Peter Gray, Author and Researcher, Boston College/ Keynote Speaker: Free to Learn Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play will make our children happier, more self-reliant and better students for life (Basic 2013)

Katie Green, M.A. Storyteller of truth, folk and faerie to bring people closer to one another and the environment. Heather Lyn Haley PhD, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, UMass Medical School,

Dr. Donna J. Perry, Author, Nurse, Humanitarian and Assistant Professor at the UMass Worcester Graduate School of Nursing
Khmer Music Bus Team: Tom Gromak, Karen Bovard and Steve Riege. Cambodian Indigenous Music

Sharon Smith Viles. M.Div, Asian Brush Artist and Teacher
Channel 194 Imagine Worcester and the World Television show Interviewees (100+)

Child Leader Yeshi

2011 Awardees Clara Savage will be honored for her service in Common Pathways as she retires, Caleb Encarnacion-Rivera, Lisa Weinberg and representatives from the Center for Nonviolent Solutions Founding Board Marjorie and Paul Ropp

5:30 Reception

RSVP by 10/30 with suggested $50 donation to the Children as Leaders project. Checks should be made out to the Center for Global Community and World Law and sent to 32 Hill Top Circle, Worcester, MA 01609.

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Sponsored by: Institute for Global Leadership
For more information, e-mail or call 508-753-4172.

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