Workshops

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PAYMENT POLICIES: Workshops are not pro-rated for missed sessions. Payment in full is due prior to the start of a class. If you need to withdraw, please inform the instructor at least 48 hours before the first class to accommodate those on our waiting lists.

Prompt & Pinot
March 22, April 5, 19 (register for one or all!)
​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

Fast Feedback: For Beginners and Beyond
March 30
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Joni Cole
$45
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 to read 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: jonibethcole@gmail.com

Writing Personal Stories: A Crash Course for Beginners
April 6
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

Women’s Writing Circle (daytime)
April 17 – May 15
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:  jonibethcole@gmail.com

Page Producer Workshop (daytime)
April 18 – May 23
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 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. Preregistration required. Info: jonibethcole@gmail.com

Sunday Surges: 4 Classes of Quality Feedback and Motivation
April 21 – May 12
​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

Rejuvenesence! A yoga and writing workshop to renew your spirit
April 27
9 a.m. – noon
Central St. Yoga, Taftsville, VT
Instructors: Deb Heimann and Joni Cole
$55
In this intimately-sized 3-hour “retreat” we welcome all who wish to revitalize their spirit through a combination of yoga and expressive writing. As part of the yoga practice, we will refresh through breathing exercises, poses to open channels of vitality, and heart-centered intention. We also will write from a “prompt” as a means of exploring our thoughts and feelings on the page, and sharing our journey forward. Absolutely no yoga or writing experience is required to attend this retreat. Min. participation: 5;  Max: 10.  Pre-registration is required by contacting either one of the instructors: dhremote@earthlink.net or jonibethcole@gmail.com (For more info about Deb and Joni, visit the “Instructors” page)

How to Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier: A Full-Day Retreat
May 4, 2019
9:30 -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.) 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.

Newswriting Mondays
March 18 – May 13
TBA
Instructor: Gene Cassidy
$180
1. Learn to write fast, short and accurate. 2. Know what you’re talking about. 3. Use action words. 4. Be precise. 5. Catch your reader’s interest and don’t let go. 6. Explain a topic so that your reader understands it and knows you gave it a fair shake. 7. Edit yourself. 8. Think. Outline. Write! Eight weeks. See you there. Preregistration required. (Minimum 4 participants; maximum 10). Contact: ehcassidy@gmail.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: kimbi802@gmail.com.

Page Producer Workshop (evening)
TBA
6:15 – 8:15 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. Preregistration required. Info: jonibethcole@gmail.com

Spinning Stories: A Teen Writing Workshop
TBA
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 judith.hertog@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.

Women’s Writing Circle (evening)
TBA
6:15 – 7:45 p.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:  jonibethcole@gmail.com

Writing Your Best Self: Preparing a College-Admissions Essay
TBA
Instructor: Judith Hertog
$160
For high school juniors and seniors, this 4-week workshop is a low-stress opportunity to learn to write your best college admission essay. Some highlights: You will explore your own writing voice in a fun and supportive environment; participate in games and activities that will help you write more freely; think about who you are, what you care about, and how to put this into words; articulate yourself clearly and honestly; become a better writer; learn to receive and give feedback; and produce several drafts of a personal essay, from rough ideas and sketches to a polished final draft that you can use for your college application. Minimum 5 participants; maximum 12. To register (required) or learn more, email judith.hertog@gmail.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. $185 per participant (free for the host). Minimum 5 participants. Maximum 9. Contact: jonibethcole@gmail.com