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March 2017
$35

Kickstart Your Writing Project with Jana Laiz

March 4 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The Egremont Village Inn,
17 Main Street
South Egremont, MA United States
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Does your novel need a defibrillator? Do you need jumper cables for your stalled short story? Bellows to blow life back into your biography? Does your children’s book need a gentle nudge? Veteran teacher and author Jana Laiz will get you moving! In a series of monthly drop-in classes, Jana provides creative writing prompts and a safe space allowing you to express what needs to come through you. Answer questions that go deep to draw out your story and your…

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$35

Child’s Play: A Writing Workshop with Lara Tupper

March 11 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Bard College at Simon’s Rock,
84 Alford Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230 United States
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“Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days,” said Flannery O’Connor. In this informal writing workshop, we’ll mine childhood details and draft sketches of past foibles. We’ll look at examples of writing about childhood (both from a child’s perspective and an adult’s perspective) and share our work in a supportive, friendly space. Please bring your writing tools (journal and pen or laptop) and a willingness to reminisce.  Participants will…

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$35

The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir Workshop with Jennifer Browdy: Sap Rising

March 25 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
South Berkshire Friends Meeting,
280 State Road
Great Barrington, MA
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March’s catalyst for memoir writing is “Sap Rising.” From Jennifer’s Writer’s Companion: “This month, cast yourself into the flow of your emergence as a young adult. As the sap of your youth rose impetuously, unstoppably, what met you as you reached out into the world?" These writing workshops are designed to accompany the monthly writing prompts in Jennifer's new book The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir: A Writer's Companion. Participants should expect to do some writing together at each session, and there will…

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April 2017
$35

Kickstart Your Writing Project with Jana Laiz

April 8 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The Egremont Village Inn,
17 Main Street
South Egremont, MA United States
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Does your novel need a defibrillator? Do you need jumper cables for your stalled short story? Bellows to blow life back into your biography? Does your children’s book need a gentle nudge? Veteran teacher and author Jana Laiz will get you moving! In a series of monthly drop-in classes, Jana provides creative writing prompts and a safe space allowing you to express what needs to come through you. Answer questions that go deep to draw out your story and your…

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$35

The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir with Jennifer Browdy: Fueling the Creative Fires

April 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
South Berkshire Friends Meeting,
280 State Road
Great Barrington, MA
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April's catalyst for memoir writing is "Fueling the Creative Fires." From Jennifer's Writer's Companion: "Although the rhyme says April is the time of showers, it is also a fire month, and I encourage you to use both the cool nourishment of rain and the delicious heat of the sun to fuel your creative fires on these lively spring days. This month, chart the early years of your adulthood, paying attention to signs and conditions that you may not have noticed much while you…

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$35

The Art of Storytelling: A Workshop with Sheela Clary

April 15 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Bard College at Simon’s Rock,
84 Alford Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230 United States
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"Story = Character + Predicament + Attempted Extrication" -- Jonathan Gottschall We need stories to survive, and there's an art to telling an enduring tale. In the first of this series of three  workshops, we will read and listen to engaging stories for these elements, and talk about what makes them appealing. We will experiment with our own ideas, and in the second workshop on May 6, we will develop these ideas into a full-fledged story of our own. In the…

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$45

So Much Is In Bud: Cultivating Hope in an Age of Fear

April 22 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South Berkshire Friends Meeting,
280 State Road
Great Barrington, MA
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Readings and an Invitation to Spirited Writing with Jennifer Browdy, Ellen Meeropol and Jana Laiz   We have only begun to know the power that is in us if we would join our solitudes in the communion of struggle. So much is unfolding that must complete its gesture, so much is in bud.                       --Denise Levertov It’s easy to feel paralyzed and fearful in the face of the realities of…

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May 2017
$35

Walking and Writing Workshop with Zara Raab and Hilde Weisert

May 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bard College at Simon’s Rock,
84 Alford Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230 United States
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“Traveler, there is no path. The path is made by walking.” -- Antonio Machado  One strong connection between writing and walking is the rhythms of the poetic line, the flow of accented and unaccented syllables, the beat and sound of one’s own footsteps on the path, the often unconscious connection of meaning and sound: The jujujeeeejujeeju of a sparrow permeates the flow of our inner thoughts, the colors in the trees and hills suddenly make us alive to our mood…

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The Art of Storytelling: A Workshop with Sheela Clary

May 6 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Bard College at Simon’s Rock,
84 Alford Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230 United States
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"Story = Character + Predicament + Attempted Extrication" -- Jonathan Gottschall We need stories to survive, and there's an art to telling an enduring tale. In this second of three workshops, we will develop our ideas into engaging, fully-developed stories. In the third workshop, we will tell our stories. Register here.  Sheela Clary is finishing up her MFA in creative nonfiction at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She's a Moth StorySlam winner and GrandSlam participant, and co-hosts a new story telling…

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$35

Kickstart Your Writing Project with Jana Laiz

May 13 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The Egremont Village Inn,
17 Main Street
South Egremont, MA United States
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Does your novel need a defibrillator? Do you need jumper cables for your stalled short story? Bellows to blow life back into your biography? Does your children’s book need a gentle nudge? Veteran teacher and author Jana Laiz will get you moving! In a series of monthly drop-in classes, Jana provides creative writing prompts and a safe space allowing you to express what needs to come through you. Answer questions that go deep to draw out your story and your…

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$35

Living Your Essence, Writing Your Obituary: A Workshop with Susyn Reeve

May 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bard College at Simon’s Rock,
84 Alford Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230 United States
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Living Your Essence: Writing Your Obituary is a powerful workshop designed to guide you in focusing on what you are most passionate about and what you want said about your life when you are gone. While it may be easier to focus on our life goals rather than consider writing our obituary, when we acknowledge that life is finite, and are given the opportunity to explore from the inside out what we want said about our lives, we are inspired…

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$35

The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir with Jennifer Browdy: The Warmth of Childhood

May 20 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
South Berkshire Friends Meeting,
280 State Road
Great Barrington, MA
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May's catalyst for memoir writing is "The Warmth of Childhood." From Jennifer's Writer's Companion: "This month, try to reach back to your childhood self to consider your connections both to other humans and to our larger 'tribe' of Gaians. What were your fascinations as a very small child? What were you aware of in the world around you?" These writing workshops are designed to accompany the monthly writing prompts in Jennifer's new book, The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir: A Writer's Companion. Participants should expect…

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June 2017
$35

The Art of Storytelling: A Workshop with Sheela Clary

June 3 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Bard College at Simon’s Rock,
84 Alford Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230 United States
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"Story = Character + Predicament + Attempted Extrication" -- Jonathan Gottschall We need stories to survive, and there's an art to telling an enduring tale. In this third of three workshops, we'll have a storytelling party!  Register here.  Sheela Clary is finishing up her MFA in creative nonfiction at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She's a Moth StorySlam winner and GrandSlam participant, and co-hosts a new story telling series at Fuel Coffee Shop in Great Barrington. She's a regular contributor to the…

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September 2017
$35

Writing From the Summit: Seeing Through Eagle Eyes

September 17 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bascom Lodge, Mount Greylock
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Try looking down at the landscape of your life through eagle eyes, attuned to pathways of movement and direction. What trails have you followed in your on-going search for meaning and purpose in your life?

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