Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit creative writing organization dedicated to partnering with writers’ local communities to bring writers together to foster a literary community integral to the cultural life of central Massachusetts. The Collaborative provides workshops, writing groups, and supporting services to writers at every level of experience.
Board of Directors
Jim Brennan teaches writing and literature at Quinsigamond Community College and is the faculty adviser to the College’s Creative Writing Club. He holds an MFA in literature and writing with an emphasis on fiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Slab, Edge, Adelaide Literary Magazine, First Line, Colere, Charles River Review and other publications. He is currently working on a collection of short stories. He joined the SBWC board of directors in 2020 and receives emails at jbrennan.SBWC@gmail.com
Paula Castner is the Chief Operating Officer for and an original founder of 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 in Lancaster, Massachusetts. She is currently working on her second musical, Museum Follies, 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. She currently works as the Language Arts director for the Art of Problem Solving Academy in Waltham. Emails to her may be sent to pcastner.SBWC@gmail.com
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, and has a book club column, “Read It and Reap”, in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. She is currently polishing a completed novel, Emilee’s Song. She is an original founder of Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative and serves as SBWC’s treasurer and receives emails at afrantz.SBWC@gmail.com
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 writing mentor since 2007 and has been a workshop leader and Marketing Director for SBWC since its inception. She is an original founder of Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative and currently serves as SBWC’s president. 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. She receives emails at wwendth.SBWC@gmail.com
Ursula Wong writes gripping stories about strong women who battle impossible odds to achieve their dreams. Her work has appeared in Everyday Fiction, Spinetingler Magazine, Mystery Reader’s Journal, and the popular Insanity Tales anthologies. Her Amber War series chronicles the relationship between Russia and her European neighbors, beginning with the Soviet occupation of Lithuania during WWII and bringing it into modern day. When Ursula isn’t writing, she’s traveling with her husband Steve. She has been on the SBWC board since 2016 and receives email at uwong.SBWC@gmail.com. For more information about Ursula and her books, visit http://www.ursulawong.wordpress.com.
Retired SBWC Founders and Directors
Mary Dowling worked for 14 years as a hospital CEO, where her writing focused on business and health 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 currently a docent at the Worcester Art Museum, after in-depth course in art inspired her interest in the evolution of the visual arts and its link with writing and other creative practices. She is an original founder of Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative and served as SBWC’s President. She receives emails at mdowling.SBWC@gmail.com
Hollis Shoreis 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. She is an original founder of SBWC and served as the Program Director for the Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative. Her first novel, The Curve of the World, a historical, middle grade novel, won a Pen/New England Discovery Award. 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. Emails may be sent to her at hshore.SBWC@gmail.com