Workshops

PAYMENT POLICIES
* Payment in full is due prior to the start of a class.
* If you have registered for a class but withdraw with less than 72 hours notice before the first meeting, please note you will be charged a $50 cancellation fee. 
* There are no refunds once a workshop begins, and past payment will not be transferred to a future workshop. 
* Workshops are not pro-rated for missed sessions. 

How to Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier: A Full-Day Retreat
Saturday
November 2
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Joni Cole
$175
Location: Old Clary Farm, 684 Taylor Farm Road, Greensboro, VT
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 encouraged 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.) For more info,visit http://www.oldclaryfarm.com/. To register, email Isa Oehry at isa@isaoehry.com. Note: Workshop registration must be paid in full prior to the retreat, and is non-refundable for cancellations within two days of the event.

Gentleheartedness: A Writing and Yoga Retreat
Sunday
November 3
12:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Good Commons Retreat Center, Plymouth, VT
Instructors: Deb Heimann and Joni Cole
$110 (early-bird price before October 7) or $125 (after October 7)
Dinner included. Yum!
As we ready ourselves for the various end-of-year holidays and cold starkness of the coming winter, many of us feel anxious, overwhelmed, and even grumpy. In this 8-hour retreat we welcome all who wish to cultivate gentleheartedness as a means of dissipating fear and anger and channeling the potency of kindness toward peace within ourselves and the world. We will call on ceremony to support our hearts; write from prompts that explore our relationship to peacefulness, gratitude, and tenderness; breathe and move in ways that nurture us; and share ourselves, our writing, and a meal. Pre-registration is required by contacting either one of the instructors: dhremote@earthlink.net or jonibethcole@gmail.com. For more info about Good Commons, visit www.goodcommons.com. For more info about Deb, visit http://howlinghoundyoga.com/workshops .

Monday Page Producers
Mondays
November 4 – December 16 (skipping November 18)
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Joni Cole
$200
Unlike a lot of community writing groups that offer feedback but no insight into narrative techniques, this six-week workshop really helps you gain skills and confidence. Our renowned Page Producers workshop (open to fiction and creative non-fiction writers of all levels) is a great way to push your writing forward thanks to ongoing deadlines, quality instruction, reader response, and writing within a supportive community. Find your voice, launch a project, or make solid progress on an existing work. Expect weekly deadlines to share pages aloud for verbal feedback. You will also have the opportunity to submit up to 10 double-spaced pages to the group for a more “formal” critique. Preregistration required. Info: jonibethcole@gmail.com

One Story at a Time: A Writing Workshop
Tuesday
November 5
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Howe Library, Hanover, NH
Free. Space is limited.
In appreciation for the Everyone is Reading selection Walking to Listen by Andrew Forsthoefel—and in appreciation of all our stories—please join us in this fun and meaningful workshop. You will be invited to write from a “prompt” as a means of mining material from your own life story. You also will have the opportunity to read aloud what you wrote and, equally powerful, listen as others share their voices, memories, and perspectives. Absolutely no writing experience is required, but aspiring authors in the workshop will pick up narrative techniques and tips on how to effectively craft memoirs or personal essays. Please bring a ready pen (or laptop) and an open mind. Please register at the Howe info desk starting October 1, www.thehowe.org.

Daytime Page Producers
Thursdays
November 7 – December 19 (skipping November 28)
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Joni Cole
$200
Unlike a lot of informal writing groups and meet-ups, this class has earned a reputation as the go-to workshop for insight and instruction to help you gain skills and confidence. Open to fiction and creative non-fiction writers of all levels, you will find support as you push your writing forward thanks to ongoing deadlines, quality critiques, and a warm community. Find your voice, launch a project, or make solid progress on an existing work. Expect weekly deadlines to share pages aloud for verbal feedback. You also will have the opportunity to submit pages to the group for a more “formal” critique. Preregistration required. Space is limited. Info: jonibethcole@gmail.com

Prompt & Pinot
Friday
November 8
​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.  Registration required. (Minimum enrollment 4; maximum 11.) Contact: jonibethcole@gmail.com

Sunday Surges: 4 Classes of Quality Feedback and Motivation
Sundays
November 10 – December 1
​4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Instructor: Joni Cole
$145
This four-session 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. (Minimum 4 participants; maximum 6.) Contact: jonibethcole@gmail.com

NaNoWrMo Rally : An Expressive Writing Workshop
Monday
November 18
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Norwich Public Library, Norwich, VT
Free and open to the public but registration is encouraged
The pressure’s on if you’re participating in National Novel Writing Month, the creative writing project that challenges participants to write a 50,000 word manuscript in November. Let us take some of that pressure off, with this fun expressive writing workshop that invites you to write from a prompt to develop a character….add a plot twist…or discover a scene that’s just been waiting to burst onto the page. Facilitator, Joni B. Cole, founder of the Writer’s Center of White River Junction. (For more info, visit www.jonibcole.com) Bring a notebook or laptop, and leave all self doubts at the door. To register, email Roger.Arnold@norwichlibrary.org, or call (802) 649-1184.

Women’s Writing Circle
Wednesdays
November 20 – December 18
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Instructor: Joni Cole
$125
It’s all about freedom of expression, appreciation, and jumpstarting… whatever needs jumpstarting! Join our Women’s Writing Circle to discover for yourself why this workshop is so motivating and uplifting. We write from a “prompt,” and inspire purposeful conversations and connections. We also seem to laugh a lot. (And commiserate, and sometimes cover difficult terrain.) No writing experience is needed at all so leave all self doubts at the door. (There is no wrong way to write from a prompt!) If you are interested in generating ideas for future writing, however, this is one of the easiest and most productive ways to get some first thoughts on the page. Registration is required by contacting:  jonibethcole@gmail.com

Evening Page Producers
Thursdays
December 5 – January 16 (no meeting December 26)
6:15 – 8:15 p.m.
Instructor: Joni Cole
$200
Unlike a lot of informal writing groups and meet-ups, this class has earned a reputation as the go-to workshop for insight and instruction to help you gain skills and confidence. Open to fiction and creative non-fiction writers of all levels, you will find support as you push your writing forward thanks to ongoing deadlines, quality critiques, and a warm community. Find your voice, launch a project, or make solid progress on an existing work. Expect weekly deadlines to share pages aloud for verbal feedback. You also will have the opportunity to submit pages to the group for a more “formal” critique. Preregistration required. Space is limited. Info: jonibethcole@gmail.com

Quiesence: A Yoga and Expressive Writing Workshop
Saturday
January 11
12:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Upper Valley Yoga in WRJ
Instructors: Deb Heimann and Joni Cole
$55
IIn this intimately-sized 3-hour “retreat” we welcome all who wish to reap the warmth and quietude within ourselves. As part of the yoga experience, we will practice breathing exercises, poses, and heart-centered intention. We also will write from a “prompt” as a means of exploring and our thoughts and feelings on the page and aloud. Absolutely no yoga or writing experience is required to attend this retreat. Min. participation: 5; Max: 10. Pre-registration is required by contacting dhremote@earthlink.net.  

Fast Feedback: A Crash Course For Beginners and Beyond
TBA
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 
Instructor: Joni Cole
$45 per session
Are you looking for a quick boost of quality feedback on a creative work-in-progress (personal essay, short fiction, novel-in-progress, memoir)? This one-session workshop provides both instruction and inspiration. During the workshop, you will be invited to read aloud from your work (3-4 double-spaced pages). Whether you’re on your first draft or well into revision, we’ll meet your writing where it’s at, offering appreciation and direction. Preregistration required and space is very limited. For more info, or to register, contact: jonibethcole@gmail.com

Practicing Non-Judgment: A Meditation and Writing Retreat
TBA  
5:30 – 8 p.m.   
Shambhala Center of White River Junction (158 S Main Street)  
Hosts: Jeffrey Slayton and Joni Cole
Free, but donations are appreciated
As humans, part of our mind’s natural capacity is to analyze and try to make sense of our experience. When this process is unconscious we can have a tendency for our analysis to turn into habitual judgement of others and ourselves. While our amazing capacity to make sense of our experience can positively inform our relationships, harboring harsh, perhaps old, and unfounded judgments–whether directed outward or inward–can take a toll on our happiness and health. This workshop offers participants the opportunity to practice ways of letting go of blame and judgment; to shift our minds into a more open, supportive, and tranquil space. During this retreat we will practice sitting and walking meditation.  We also will write from a “prompt,” as a means of inspiring a freedom of expression and rich creative flow. Absolutely no meditation or writing experience is required to attend this retreat. Please join us!  For more info: contact: shambhala.whiteriver@gmail.com or jonibethcole@gmail.com

The Well-Told Story
TBA
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 geoffreyd@earthlink.net or 603-252-3323.

Writing Intensive: Drafting, Developing, and Revising Your Work
Sunday
TBA
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Joni Cole
$115
Writers face a lot of very real challenges, from the intimidation of a blank page, to a sense of staleness during the drafting process, to a dearth of quality feedback. Fortunately, there are very real solutions to these challenges—which is the focus of this 3-hour intensive. During this interactive workshop, we’ll cover techniques of narrative craft essential to empowering your prose. You’ll find your muse (and likely not where you expected). And you’ll get instructive feedback to help you write forward productively. (None of those generic responses that leave you deflated, or less than inspired.) Bring 3-4ish double-spaced pages to read aloud. Open to new and seasoned writers serious about making progress. Space is very limited. For info or to register (required), email: jonibethcole@gmail.com.
Note: This Writing Intensive Workshop is happy to go on the road. If your writing group or community (5-8 participants) is interested in hosting this workshop, please contact Joni.  

Writing Personal Stories: A Crash Course for Beginners
TBA
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Joni Cole
$45
How do you tap into meaningful material? How do you shape a personal essay to capture and maintain a reader’s interest? What narrative techniques can you use to make your prose vivid and convey emotion? Those are some of the issues we’ll cover in this one-session workshop that will help you start and develop those stories from your life that you’ve long wanted to get on the page. We will be doing in-class writing so please bring a notepad or laptop.  Preregistration required.(Minimum enrollment 4 participants; maximum 8.) Contact: jonibethcole@gmail.com