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Women's Writing Circle May 23 - June 20 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Instructor: Joni Cole $125 Join our five-week WOMEN'S WRITING CIRCLE as a way to gain insights about life, love, laughter, and loss. The Circle is also a great way to connect with a community of other women. We write from a "prompt," share, and find meaning in the process. No writing experience is needed, but the group does provide a greater awareness of how to craft your words into powerful prose. Registration is required. For more info or to confirm your place in the circle, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prompt & Pinot May 25, June 1 (register for one or both!l) 6:15 - 8:15 p.m. Instructor: Joni Cole $25 per session Need a little writing inspiration? Here's a more laid back yet productive one-session workshop that uses the time-tested device of a writing "prompt" (and a glass of Pinot or fizzy water or both) to stimulate your creativity, tap into your story ideas, and release your unique writing voice. You'll also pick up tips on technique and experience first-hand how motivating and fun it can be to be part of a community of other writers. Open to anyone who wants to imbibe in the creative process. Minimum enrollment 4; maximum 11. Registration required: email@example.com
How to Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier: A Half-Day Retreat May 26 9:00 a.m. - 1 p.m. 31 Elm Street, Woodstock, VT Instructor: Joni Cole $100 This retreat will help you cultivate a healthy and productive creative process that will serve you now, and for the rest of your writing life. You’ll learn tips and techniques to get started and stay motivated. You’ll receive quality instruction on craft. You’ll also find inspiration and generate new material through writing prompts and other forms of sustenance, most notably gathering within a supportive community. As part of the retreat, everyone is asked to bring 3-4 pages of writing to share for appreciation and quality critique. Both nervous beginners and seasoned authors are welcome—this workshop meets you where you’re at in your writing life, and moves you forward from there. Minimum participation 5. Max 8. Please leave your inner critic at home. (Bring a brown bag lunch. Beverages and snacks provided.) To register (required), email firstname.lastname@example.org (Note: Workshop registration must be paid in full prior to the retreat, and is non-refundable for cancellations within two days of the event.) Page Producer Workshop (daytime) May 31 - July 5 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Instructor: Joni Cole $200 This six-week workshop (fiction and creative non-fiction writers of all levels welcome) is a great way to push your writing forward thanks to ongoing deadlines, encouragement, reader response, and writing within a supportive community. Find your voice, launch a project, or make solid progress on an existing work. Preregistration required. Info: email@example.com
Page Producer Workshop (evening) May 31 - July 5 6:15 - 8:15 p.m. Instructor: Joni Cole $200 This six-week workshop (fiction and creative non-fiction writers of all levels welcome) is a great way to push your writing forward thanks to ongoing deadlines, encouragement, reader response, and writing within a supportive community. Find your voice, launch a project, or make solid progress on an existing work. Preregistration required. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fast Feedback! June 2 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Instructor: Joni Cole $55 Are you looking for quality feedback on a work-in-progress, but have no time for a weekly class? No worries. Here's a one-session workshop that provides writers of fiction and creative nonfiction with a quick fix of feedback, instruction, and collective inspiration. You will be invited toread aloud pages from a new or revised piece (2-4 double-spaced pages, given time constraints). The discussions that follow will provide direction for moving your work forward, and teachable moments that benefit every participant in the group. Writers of all levels welcome. Preregistration required.(Min. enrollment 4 participants; max. 8) Contact: email@example.com Projects in Progress (for all genres) Second Friday of the Month 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Instructor: Kim J. Gifford $30 per session Have a book in the works? A memoir you need help organizing? Searching for feedback on your latest short story? Come join our monthly workshop. We meet for approximately two hours one Friday each month. In addition to feedback from our peers, I offer comments and take your latest chapter, story etc. home for review. We offer a lot of support and advice on how to move forward and will take your project to its well-written completion. I am capping the class at 6 to 8 students on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register (required), contact Kim Gifford: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday Surges: A Workshop for Concentrated Feedback and Motivation TBA 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Instructor: Joni Cole $145 (minimum 4 participants; maximum 6) This four-session, weekly workshop for fiction and creative non-fiction writers is a great way to generate material, revise with direction, and make solid progress on your prose project. Each meeting provides you with a deadline to assure you are producing consistently. You will be asked to read aloud excerpts from a work-in-progress (three or so double-spaced pages, given time constraints) at each of our meetings. The discussion of these “surges” allows for quality feedback, and fosters teachable moments that benefit every participant in the group. Not to be under-recognized is the tremendous value of writing within a supportive community, and having readers along the way. If your goal is to launch or make steady progress on a novel, memoir, essay, or other type of narrative work, this group is for you. (This workshop requires no outside reading. Come to the first class with pages in hand to read for review.) Preregistration required. Contact: email@example.com
Host a full-day retreat with instructor Joni B. Cole You provide the space and participants, and experienced workshop facilitator Joni Cole will tailor a full-day (9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) retreat to help you and your group cultivate a healthy and productive creative process. You’ll learn tips and techniques to get started and stay motivated. You’ll receive quality instruction on craft. You’ll also find inspiration and generate new material through writing prompts. The retreat also offers the opportunity to share pages with the group for personalized feedback. Both nervous beginners and seasoned authors are welcome—this workshop meets you where you’re at in your writing life, and moves you forward from there. $175 per participant (free for the host). Minimum 5 participants. Maximum 9. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is a Memoir and Why Would Anyone Want to Write One? A Beginner’s Memoir Class (although anyone is welcome) TBD 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Instructor: Kim J. Gifford $150 For more information or to register: 802-392-1030; email@example.com
Spinning Stories: A Teen Writing Workshop TBA 6;00-7:30 p.m. Instructor: Judith Hertog $160 This fun-filled writing workshop for high schoolers is an opportunity to make new friends and unleash your creativity. We will work on freeing up your imagination, developing writing and story-telling techniques, boosting your confidence, learning to take and give feedback, and, most importantly, sharing stories and having fun. Judith is a writer and journalist who teaches creative writing at Colby Sawyer College. Minimum 5 participants. To register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get Inside your Character’s Head! TBA 6:15 - 8:15 p.m. Facilitator: Susan Cunningham $50 Characters! They're what make readers care about your story, and once you make them come alive on the page, plot practically takes care of itself. During this two-week workshop, we will explore the concept of behavioral style theory and apply the principles to your writing. Bring your favorite (or not so favorite) characters and discover their behavioral styles. Uncover their motivating factors, fears, and reactions during times of conflict. Learn how these styles drive your characters to behave the way they do and build three dimensional characters that pop off the page. Minimum enrollment is 3 and maximum is 8. For more information, or to register, contact Susan Cunningham at email@example.com or call (603) 504-2066.
Life Stories: Memories of Love, Action and Thought May 5 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Instructor: Elayne Clift $35 “We are all the same, that is human, [but] in such a way that nobody is ever the same as anyone else…” Hannah Arendt Inspired by the work and thinking of 20th century writer and philosopher Hannah Arendt, and by Diving for Pearls, a book about Arendt by Kathleen B. Jones, this workshop will guide participants as they write and share stories “to know precisely what the past was, to [explore] this knowledge and these memories, and then to wait and see what comes of knowing and [remembering],” as Arendt put it. Arendt believed in living life in a way that is thoughtful and moral so that we are not simply “a leaf blowing in the whirlwind of time.” Through writing prompts inspired by Arendt’s words, we will celebrate what Goethe called “life’s labyrinthine, erring course,” as our narratives “recall significant events in our lives by telling one story among many, so that they can live on.” Min. enrollment: 4; max. 8; Registration required: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shaking The Tree: Experiments with Form May 5, 19, and 26 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Instructor: Carol Potter, MFA $150 In this workshop we will explore experimental forms and quasi- traditional forms in poetry from the “American sonnet” to the pantoum to Terrance Hayes’ “Golden Shovel” to the Prose poem. How does a fixed form sometime help focus the emotional-philosophical-sonic qualities in a poem and often times force a leap into something unexpected? Along with an exercise in a brand-new form such as "The Bop", each participant will be invited to invent a new form to present to the group. Minimum Enrollment: 5. For more info and to register (required) email email@example.com
The Well-Told Story 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Instructor: Geoffrey Douglas $275 You have a story to tell, but aren’t sure how best to tell it. Do you begin at the beginning and go forward, or at the end and circle back? How do you move your narrative along its round-about path without becoming entangled in it? If your story is a memoir, how personal should you let yourself be? If it’s fiction, how do you develop a cast of characters your reader can believe in? These are a few of the issues you can expect to confront in this workshop, as the group responds to the stories you and others will create, submit and share.(Enrollment limited to eight.) Geoffrey Douglas is the author of four nonfiction books and more than 100 magazine pieces, many of them widely anthologized. For more information or to register, contact Geoffrey Douglas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-252-3323.
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