The Place for Words Press

The Place for Words Press

In 2013, The Place for Words Press published Judith Yarbrough’s “Friends Forever in My Heart,” available on

Place for Words Press was founded in 2011 to produce “The Ice Cream Stand and Other Stories & Poems” by 21 writers from The Place for Words, funded in part by a generous grant from the Bedford Cultural Council.


In 2011, Mindy edited and published “The Ice Cream Stand and Other Stories & Poems” a 198-page collection by 21 local writers who portray everyday events written from the heart and based on personal experience and imagination. This book came about because, from 2008-2011, residents of Bedford, Massachusetts and other local towns, came together at The Place for Words with a common goal of learning to write creative prose. Mindy elicited heartfelt, humorous, and inspirational stories, essays and poems out of her students ages 25-75—then took them “public” in August, 2011 with this book. As the book unfolds, readers see the progression of writers’ skills, and individual voices emerge in this collective tapestry, including work by Mindy and poetry teacher, Dianalee Velie.

Buy the book here from Amazon. says this about “The Ice Cream Stand”:
This is a collection of funny, edgy, heart-warming and inspirational stories & poems by creative writing students from The Place for Words & Workshops. This book includes essays, short nonfiction pieces, short and long fiction and poems of all kinds. It is not only a great read, but inspirational for writers who wish to develop their art and publish one day. From love stories to real-life tales about people struggling to overcome addiction, and from light adventures at ice cream stands to dark corners of dementia, this book takes readers on a ride through real life and imaginary worlds.

Read the Bedford Minuteman article about our Book Launch Party. Click here to see a video from the book launch party.

Read an article in the Boston Globe West People Column.