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. 

ONLINE Workshop Pods: Four Weeks, Four Deadlines (Pets Welcome)
Mondays, June 15 – July 6 (10 – 11:30 a.m  OR 6:30 – 8 p.m.)
Wednesdays, June 24 – July 15 (10 – 11:30 a.m.)
Thursdays, June 25 – July 16  (10 – 11:30 a.m. OR 6:30 – 8 p.m.)
Tuesdays, June 30 – July 21  (10 – 11:30 a.m. OR 6:30 – 8 p.m.)
Please indicate your date/time choice when pre-registering. Space limited to 5 people per Pod.
Instructor: Joni Cole
$135
(Note: we will be using Zoom videoconferencing for our online meetings, which is as easy as clicking on a link sent to you via email)
When life gives you lemons, you write about it to make meaning. Now more than ever it is important to connect with our creative selves, and to stay connected with each other through our stories and ideas. This small-group writing workshop is open to writers of creative nonfiction and fiction of all levels. It offers participants motivation, personalized instruction on craft, and a small supportive community. Come to the first meeting (and every meeting) with 3-4 pages of something brand new or revised to read aloud for verbal feedback. Our goal is to meet every draft where it is at, and help you write forward productively and with confidence. You’ll also receive weekly “prompts” you can use to inspire new ideas, scenes, or just keep the flow flowing! Preregistration is required. Contact: jonibethcole@gmail.com

ONLINE Prompt & Pinot at Still North Books & Bar
TBA
6:30 – 8:15 p.m.
Instructor: Joni Cole
Free, but registration required. (Space limited)
Looking for a little creative inspiration? Then join us for this fun online expressive writing workshop hosted by the entirely awesome Still North Books & Bar in Hanover, NH. We’ll use the time-tested device of a writing “prompt” to help you tap into your story ideas, play around on the page, and share your unique voice. You’ll also pick up some writing tips along the way, so what’s not to love? Open to anyone who wants to imbibe in the creative process. This event will be held using Zoom. For more info, call Still North at (603) 676-7846. To reserve your spot, click here.

 

Sunday Surges: A Month of Motivation and Quality Feedback
Sundays
TBA
​4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Instructor: Joni Cole
$135
This four-session workshop for fiction and creative non-fiction writers of all levels is a great way to generate new 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. Unlike a lot of writer meet-ups, this workshop offers real instruction and specific responses to your work that will help you hone your skills, overcome blocks or boredom, and make the most of your creative process. Not to be under-recognized is the tremendous value of writing within a supportive community. Come to the first meeting with 3-4 pages of something brand new or revised to read aloud. We meet every draft where it is at, and help you move forward from there. (Note: This workshop requires no outside reading.) Preregistration required. Contact: jonibethcole@gmail.com

Monday Page Producers
Mondays
TBA
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

Daytime Page Producers
Thursdays
TBA
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
TBA
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

Women’s Writing Circle
Wednesdays
TBA
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

Art Meets Expressive Writing: A Workshop
Thursday
July 16
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Instructors: Vivian Ladd, Teaching Specialist at the Hood Museum of Art and Joni B. Cole
Location: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College
Free
If you haven’t been to the Hood recently, this is the perfect opportunity to check out this renowned museum right here in the Upper Valley. This workshop fuses explorations of works of art with fun and meaningful expressive writing exercises. No writing experience required, just a willing pen (actually pencil) and a curious mind. Space is limited. Please register through the Hood Museum of Art’s website calendar. https://hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu/events For more information, call (603) 646-1469.

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.

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 Memoir: The Art and Craft of Remembering via Creative Nonfiction
Saturday
TBD
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Instructor: Elayne Clift
$35
“Childhood has enough material to last a lifetime.” Flannery O’Connor
Writing memoir helps us explore our lives through remembrance, imagination, and what Henry James called “the process of vision.” Memories can help us find beauty, express true feelings, laugh at our foibles, and understand our world through an adult lens. “Without memory,” writer William Giraldi says, “imagination is impotent.” In this writing workshop we will draw upon sensory memory to coax the writer in all of us out of hiding, recognizing that memory can be a writer’s best friend. Through prompts, readings, and constructive feedback in a safe environment, participants will sharpen their creative expression and explore the forces that have shaped each of us. Pre-registration required. Space limited. Contact: eclift@vermontel.net (www.elayne-clift.com)

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