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Prompt & Pinot Friday, June 30 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
Page Producer Workshop (daytime) Thursdays, June 15, 22, 29, July 6, July 27, and August 3 (Skipping July 13 and 20) 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Page Producer Workshop (evening) Thursdays,June 15 - July 20 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: email@example.com
Women's Writing Circle Wednesdays, June 7 - July 5 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Instructor: Joni Cole $125 Join the 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
NatureCulture: An introduction to Nature Writing and the literature of Environmental Justice Saturday, July 1 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. $25 Want to write as thoroughly as Thoreau? As daringly as Dillard? This intro to nature writing will put you on the path! We’ll lead you through a cliff notes version of the American nature writing canon, investigate key tropes and approaches to writing about the nonhuman world, and do generative exercises to get words on the page. Our driving question will be: how can words illuminate and bring about intimacy with landscape, and bring us closer to organisms and organic matter rather than farther away from them? For more information or to register, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. About the workshop leaders: Sierra Dickey studied Environmental Humanities at Whitman College. She has been published in Barrelhouse, Brevity, Take, and has an essay featured in Coming of Age at the End of Nature. Anna Mullen studied Environmental Literature at Middlebury College. She was the 2015 Treleven Farm writer-in-residence and now writes and edits poetry and lyric essays. Both Sierra and Anna are founding editors of The Hopper, an environmental literary magazine from Green Writers Press.
Summer Tales: A Writing and Storytelling Workshop for High Schoolers Tuesdays & Fridays, July 11-28 (6 meetings) 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 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 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: Kimbi@sover.net.
Host a half-day retreat with instructor Joni B. Cole You provide the space and participants, and experienced workshop facilitator Joni Cole will tailor a half-day (9 a.m. - 1 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. $125 per participant (half-price for the host). Minimum 5 participants. Maximum 9. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Closed Prose Group) Tuesdays 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
(Closed Poetry Group) Thursdays 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.
How to Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier: A Half-Day Retreat TBA 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., in Woodstock, VT Instructor: Joni Cole $125 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. Part of the retreat includes a workshop where you’ll have the opportunity to share pages 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. Everyone is encouraged to bring 3-4 pages of writing to share for appreciation and critique. The retreat is limited to 8 participants, and please leave your inner critic at the door. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Beverages and snacks provided. Location: 31 Elm Street, Woodstock, VT.Registration: For more information, or to register, please email email@example.com. Note: Workshop registrations must be paid in full prior to the retreat, and are non-refundable for cancellations within 48 hours of the event.
Dare to Write! TBA 6:30-8:30 p.m. Instructor: Judith Hertog $170 (5 weeks) This six-week workshop challenges you to venture out of your comfort zone and write. The toughest barrier for both novice and veteran writers is often our own fear: our fear of honesty, of abandoning truisms; of the unknown, of not being good enough, of failure, of rejection, and, above all, fear of the blank page. In a supportive environment, we will face our writerly anxieties in order to write, share, revise, give feedback, and inspire each other. No prior writing experience needed; just the courage to try. The focus of the workshop is personal nonfiction (memoir, essays, personal reflections), but fiction writers are welcome too. Minimum enrollment 5; maximum, 12. To register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday Surges: A Workshop for Concentrated Feedback and Motivation TBA 3:30 - 5:30 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 Four Weeks. Four Deadlines. Fast Feedback. (daytime) TBA 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Instructor: Joni Cole $155 For writers of fiction or creative nonfiction who seek deadlines, quality instruction and feedback, and a supportive community. Each meeting, you will read aloud new material (3-4 double-spaced pages) for verbal critiques. Participants also have the option of submitting up to 8 pages of a revision for a more formal review. This workshop accommodates newbies who need insights into craft, and seasoned writers who benefit from sharing their works-in-progress. Time allowing, we also do in-class exercises to prompt progress. This month of motivation is a great way to feed your creative process, establish the habit of writing, launch a work, or move an existing piece forward. Preregistration required. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Four Weeks. Four Deadlines. Fast Feedback. (evening) TBA 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Instructor: Joni Cole $155 For writers of fiction or creative nonfiction who seek deadlines, quality instruction and feedback, and a supportive community. Each meeting, you will read aloud new material (3-4 double-spaced pages) for verbal critiques. Participants also have the option of submitting up to 8 pages of a revision for a more formal review. This workshop accommodates newbies who need insights into craft, and seasoned writers who benefit from sharing their works-in-progress. Time allowing, we also do in-class exercises to prompt progress. This month of motivation is a great way to feed your creative process, establish the habit of writing, launch a work, or move an existing piece forward. Preregistration required. Info: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (603) 504-2066.
The Well-Told Story TBA Instructor: Geoffrey Douglas $280 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. Info and registration: email@example.com Geoffrey Douglas is the author of four nonfiction books and more than 100 magazine pieces, many of them widely anthologized. An adjunct professor of creative writing at the University of Massachusetts, he has been a fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and a writer-in-residence at several schools and universities. A regular contributor to Yankee, he lives in the Upper Valley, where he’s presently at work on a novel.
Identity and Culture on the Page: A Writing Workshop About our Roots TBA Facilitator: Elayne Clift Cost: $40 Culture and tradition play a large part in shaping our individual and group identities. This workshop, which draws upon cultural traditions, rituals and experience, provides an opportunity to write about who we are and where we come from – geographically, historically, and emotionally. (For those who took it in the spring, it is a continuation - Part II as requested.) Whether whimsical or wise, newcomers are invited to join in crafting written explorations that takes us back to our roots! (Sharing is voluntary and encouraged.) Registration is required. For more info or to confirm your place in the workshop, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Writers UN-blocked: A Teen Workshop TBA Instructor: Sarah McPeek $120 (minimum four participants; maximum eight) A love of language and literature and a willingness to explore the depths of your creativity are the only requirements for this informal creative writing immersion in all styles and genres. Under the guidance of a passionate, dedicated Kenyon College student of English and writing, young writers will follow fun prompts meant to let their creativity flow, work closely to share, critique, and revise material, and put together a published book of their hard work. Participants can sign up for one session or more as they like. Please contact Sarah McPeek at email@example.com with participant’s name and the preferred week(s).