Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative is a creative writing organization that connects writers through educational programming, writers groups, and literary events to encourage, enrich, and support a literary community integral to the cultural life of central Massachusetts.
Board of Directors
Paula Castner is the Chief Operating Officer for Seven Bridge Writers Collaborative as well as a freelance writer, playwright, drama director, writing workshop facilitator, baking coach, and professional administrator. Though she received her certification for writing children’s literature, she writes in multiple genres. Her pieces have been published in a variety of venues, from parenting magazines, to newspapers, to online magazines, and have claimed first prize in several writing contests. Her play, A Fairy Tale Life? A Musical, with music by Canadian folk artist, Nancy Beaudette, was performed recently in Lancaster, Massachusetts. She is currently working on her second musical, set in an art museum. Her long term writing project is a fictionalized account of a historical court case about a slave girl from Holden, MA.
Mary Dowling worked for 14 years as a hospital CEO, where her writing focused on business and helath related topics. Since retiring, Mary has actively explored creative writing, as well as drawing and watercolor. She shares all three of these interests with her grand-girls, which often results in an exchange of stories, drawings, and paintings. Mary is currenty participating in an eighteen month docent training program at the Worcester Art Museum; an in-depth course that has inspired her interest in the evolution of the visual arts and its link with writing and other creative practices.
Ann Connery Frantz of Lancaster wrote and edited at nine newspapers during her career, and now works as a freelance writer/editor. Her short story “Samaritan” won the 2010 Dr. Neila C. Seshachari Award for best fiction published during 2009 in Weber: The Contemporary West. She writes stories, blogs, has a bookclub column, “Read It and Reap”, in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. She is currently polishing a completed novel, Emilee’s Song.
Hollis Shore is a graduate of the University of Vermont, and the Vermont College MFA Program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She has worked as a teaching assistant at the Whole Novel Workshop on Writing Historic Novels for Young People, at Highlights Foundation/Boyds Mills Press, and is a co-founder of the Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative, where she facilitates critique groups and writing workshops. Her first novel, The Curve of the World, a historical, middle grade novel, won a Pen/New England Discovery Award, and will be out for submission shortly. Her new YA novel, Saved, about a young artist on a search for the music within, was developed under the auspices of the Boston Public Library, where she served as the Children’s Writer-in-Residence for the year, 2012-2013.
Winona Winkler Wendth holds an MFA in literature and writing with an emphasis on creative non-fiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She currently teaches writing and literature at Quinsigamond Community College. She has been a resident of Lancaster since 1992, and a writing mentor since 2007, and has been a workshop leader in Lancaster for the past two years. Her work appears frequently in print and online literary journals and was listed in Best American Essays/2010. She writes both fiction and creative non-fiction and is working on a collection of memoiristic essays as well as a short novel.
Ursula Wong is a retired engineer who writes gripping stories about strong women struggling against impossible odds to achieve their dreams. Her work has appeared in Everyday Fiction, Spinetingler Magazine, and the popular Insanity Tales anthologies. Her debut novel, Purple Trees, was a second-place winner in the 2015 E-Festival of Words Best Fiction Category. In her most recent novel, Amber Wolf, set in WWII Lithuania, young Ludmelia Kudirka joins the farmers who trade pitchforks for guns in a David-and-Goliath struggle against the mighty Soviet war machine. Ursula’s next WWII novel, The Red Widow, will be out in 2018.