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. 

Sunday Surges: 4 Classes of Quality Feedback and Motivation
Sundays
December 22 – January 19 (skipping December 29)
​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

Monday Page Producers
Mondays
January 6 – February 10
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

Women’s Writing Circle
Wednesdays
January 8 – February 5
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

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.  

Daytime Page Producers
Thursdays
January 16 – February 20
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

Evening Page Producers
Thursdays
January 30 – March 5
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

Poetry Workshop
Tuesdays
TBA
6:15 – 8:15 p.m.
Instructor: Katherine Gibbel
$100
Are you having trouble making time and space to write poems? Are you new to poetry and want a structured environment where you can explore? Are you a seasoned poet looking for new approaches to writing?
In this workshop we will experiment with new forms and techniques. Over the course of five weeks, we will strengthen our work and take risks in our writing. Through a combination of in-class writing exercises, workshops, and discussion of outside poems, we will develop reading and writing practices that will make us more attentive, generative, and generous poets. Participants will be expected to read three short poems and hand in one new poem each week. This poetry workshop welcomes poets of all experiences. Registration is required by contacting: khgibbel@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

Prompt & Pinot
Friday
TBA
​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

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
$65
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