Did you know that Owl & Raven serves as a thriving daytime workspace for designers? Our focus is game design, but we welcome web and graphic designers, writers, and other creative professionals.


We currently have a wonderful group of designers that meet weekdays from 9-5. At present, we can support two more people. Don’t hesitate to send an inquiry!

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Magic the Gathering Tournament (Sun, 1/19) 1:30-6:30pm

Magic The Gathering players

This special magic tournament will run from 1:30 to 6:30 on Sunday, January 19th. Deckbuilding ends at 3. Packs will be handed out as 1:30.

This is a special themed event where your packs will contain 3 legendary creatures and you will chose one to be your commander. You will make a 40 card deck that shares the color identity of your commander. You will then play 2 multiplayer games of commander except with 20 life and a 40 card deck. There will be a special grand prize and several other prizes. This is the last tournament.

Players will keep cards at the end, they may give them to other players or all remaining cards will be donated or given away Participation might be limited by the amount of cards and space. We ask that people who are very familiar with the game be aware that this is a casual format which is meant to be fun and friendly.

Suggested donation of $10 to Owl and Raven.


Join us November 8th at 8PM for a special reading series, hosted by Mike Young. Featuring:

Matthew Harrison
Jamie Iredell
Chelsea Martin
Laura van den Berg


Born in Georgia, Matthew Harrison now lives in Massachusetts, where he’s completing an MFA at UMass-Amherst. His writing has recently appeared or will soon in Gargoyle, The Saint Ann’s Review, Ping-Pong, Word Riot, Heavy Feather Review, Kitty Snacks, and other journals.

Jamie Iredell’s most recent book is a collection of essays, I Was a Fat Drunk Catholic School Insomniac. He is also the author of The Book of Freaks. He lives in Atlanta, GA and can be found online at http://jamieiredell.blogspot.com/.

Chelsea Martin’s most recent book is Even Though I Don’t Miss You. She is also the author of Everything Was Fine Until Whatever and The Really Funny Thing About Apathy. She lives in Oakland, CA. Find her online at http://jerkethics.com.

Laura van den Berg’s debut collection of stories, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves, was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection and shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Award. Her second collection of stories, The Isle of Youth, will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in November. A Florida native, she currently lives in the Boston area.

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We are entering the fall with two weekend poetry events.

On Saturday, October 12th, we will feature two New England poets, reading from their original works from 7-8PM.

A few weeks later, there will be another reading event on Friday, November 8th, with details forthcoming on our website and mailing list!

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Changing seasons, changing schedule!

  • No Go Club Sept 1st. Happy Labor Day weekend!
  • Remember. Ear acupuncture is no longer happening. I know, we’re sad too!
  • Game Night is ON for Labor Day. See you Monday at 7pm!

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By Jean-Pol GRANDMONT via Wikimedia Commons

Special monthly events:

  • Saturday, Sept 7th (2-5pm): Community Code-In
  • Sunday, Sept 8th (2-5pm): Magic the Gathering Tournament
  • Wednesday, Sept 11th (7-9pm): Miscarriage Support Group
  • Sunday, Sept 22nd (2-4pm): Progressive Women’s Book Club (NEW EVENT!)*

*For more information about the women’s book club, and to rsvp, visit the meetup.com page!


Save the date! Join us for the following August events!

IMG_0412Thursday, Aug 8th+22nd @ 7pm: Help Yourself!
Friday, Aug 9th @ 7:30pm: Kirtan Jam
Saturday, Aug 10th @ 2pm: Code-in meetup
Wednesday, Aug 14th @ 7pm: Miscarriage Support
Wednesday, Aug 28th @ 7pm: Women’s RPG night*

And of course, we have regularly scheduled, recurring events throughout the week. Join us for Saturday open hours, Sunday Go night, Monday ear acupuncture, game night, and more!

*If you’d like to take part in the women’s RPG night, contact us to reserve a spot!

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On Saturday, as the rain let up, we took open hours outside to enjoy some giant bubbles! Lesson learned: giant bubbles are quite unwieldy.

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On Sunday, July 14th (11am-2pm) Owl & Raven will be hosting a Website Optimization workshop led by local web developer and Owl & Raven co-founder Hannah Shaffer.

The workshop will focus on tips and tricks for attracting new clients, utilizing the right social media venues, and improving search engine optimization (SEO) for increased visibility on the web.

The Website Optimization workshop is best-suited to small business owners, bloggers, and entrepreneurs—in the spirit of enriching our local community.

In the same spirit, all proceeds from this workshop will go to the Owl & Raven community space!

browser logos courtesy geek.com

browser logos courtesy geek.com

Registration is required for this workshop. Workshop is limited to 10 participants and payment is due at the time of registration. Workshop cost is $50 (sliding scale available).

Got questions? Email Owl & Raven. Want to sign up? Click here to register now!

Registration closes Saturday, June 29th.

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Tech month has been going awesome!

The Hack for Western Mass Hackathon, part of the National Day of Civic Hacking June 1-2 is organized by an independent group as a  several of whom met at Owl and Raven’s Code-In! It  is being held at the Integrated Science Building at UMass Amherst this weekend, so that’s coming right up! See what projects will be available on the “Challenges” page: http://hackforwesternmass.org/challenges

Here’s the schedule for the weekend: http://hackforwesternmass.org/schedule

Our Code-In group is taking a ‘field trip’ to be there (registered, of course). There are already over 100 people from all over this area registered to also attend, it’s going to be amazing.


In other tech news, we had a great time last week at the WordPress clinic. Between “clinicians” and attendees who brought their sites to work on, we had 7 happy folks intensively working away in the space. Each of the attendees said it was really helpful and supportive! Many thanks to the talented and friendly people, most of whom come to the Code-In regularly, who came to help share their knowledge of WordPress.

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Becky Sweger, one of the volunteer “clinicians” (left photo, pointing, behind in teal) is leading the organization of the Hackathon this weekend!

Greg Perham, another of the volunteer “clinicians” (middle photo with two computers, on the right) wanted to share for folks interested in WordPress that there is a meetup happening for WordPress users in the Valley: http://www.meetup.com/nohowebdev/events/120311222/ the next WordPress meetup is Wednesday, June 19th at 7!


Code-In! No code-in this Saturday. Code-in will now be meeting monthly on the second Saturday of the month. The next code-in will be happening Saturday, June 8 from 2-5pm. Save the date!

Game night! Thank you to everyone who took part in our game night survey. Based on your responses, we’ll be moving game night one hour later. Starting this Monday, game night will begin at 7pm instead of the usual 6pm. Game on!

Magic the Gathering! Join us this Sunday from 2-5pm for a special Magic the Gathering prize tournament. Cards will be provided for deck-building and all players get to keep their cards. Suggested donation of $10 for this special event.

Enjoy the marvelous weather.


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