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Midwinter Fire: Poems of Midlife
"Midwinter Fire: Poems of Midlife", a reading and discussion by Gail Thomas, Leslea Newman, and Joy Ladin as part of the library's reading series.
Where the Real and the Surreal Meet
|Wednesday, January 17, 2018|
|7:00pm - 8:45pm|
WRITING IT UP IN THE GARDEN: Writing Workshops with Nerissa Nields in Northampton
The Art and Business of Audiobooks with Steven Jay Cohen
WRITERS IN PROGRESS NEW WORKSHOPS 2018
The Anatomy of a Giggle: Humor and Writing Funny, with Molly Burnham
Most people believe that we are either funny or not funny, by design. I believe that like any other aspect of craft, humor can be learned, and it just takes awareness and practice. In this hands-on, half-day workshop, we will set aside our judgments and explore our funny bones. We’ll discuss various types of humor, learn key points to writing funny, and engage in exercises that encourage the playful, humorous side of our brains. Bring an open mind, a pad of paper, and your joyful self, and leave with a fresh approach to humor!
Saturday, January 20th 9:00 am – 12:30 pm ($75) Register Now
Molly B. Burnham, author of the Teddy Mars Series and 2016 recipient of the Sid Fleishman Humor Award, holds a Masters in Elementary Ed. and an MFA in Writing for Children. Find out more about her at www.mollybburnham.com
January Re-Boot Camp, with Diana Gordon:
Are you sick of not sticking to your writing resolutions? Does email eat up your writing time? Have you not yet finished that novel (memoir, essay, book of poems,) because you lack a plan or can’t stick to the one you have? Diana Gordon’s six-week January Re-Boot Camp is designed to help writers re-order their lives to prioritize creative work, so that writing becomes something we do every day, not just during workshops! Using Kelly McGonigal’s Neuroscience of Change strategies, we’ll create a plan for building and protecting our writing practice, establish new habits, and examine ways we self-sabotage… Each week, we’ll meet to address individual goals, learn new approaches and share achievements. Participants will emerge from this workshop with an improved daily practice and a plan for continued success!
6 Tuesdays, 6-9, Starting January 23 ($285) Register Now
Diana Gordon is the author of Fourth World (Adastra Press, 2010,) and Nightly, at the Institute of the Possible (Hedgerow Books, 2011,) a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award and International Book Award. Gordon’s poems and short stories have been published widely in journals such as The Massachusetts Review, The Northwest Review, and Poetry Daily. She works as a professional editor. Find out more…
Writing the Personal Essay, with Sarah Buttenwieser:
We all have powerful stories, and the personal essay is a great way to tell them. But what makes a personal essay work? It turns out there are a few guidelines that can really help you master the form. This daylong workshop is for anyone who wants to write personal essays and is looking for concrete tips on how to do it well. We’ll go over some key elements of successful personal narratives. We’ll read a few essays, brainstorm topics, give and receive feedback on our essay ideas—and then, with some scaffolding in place, we’ll write. You will leave this workshop with a rough draft of your own personal essay. If that sounds impossible, trust me—I know you can do it!
Saturday, Jan 27, 9:30 am– 4:30 pm ($150) Register Now
Sarah Buttenwieser’s essays appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Paste Magazine, Full Grown People and many others. A freelance journalist, she’s also at work on a middle grade novel. She’s taught blogging workshops at WIP. She got her MFA in fiction at Warren Wilson College.
Green Fire Writers' Workshops
Announces Winter/Spring 2018 Class Schedule
Great Barrington—Green Fire Writers’ Workshops, founded by local authors Jennifer Browdy and Jana Laiz, offer a rich array of workshops for writers of every level, beginning January 13 with “Kickstart Your Writing Project,” led by Jana Laiz.
All workshops will be held at the South Berkshire Friends Meeting House, 280 State Road in Great Barrington, for three-hour sessions on weekend afternoons or Thursday mornings. The full schedule is available at Greenfirewriters.com.
Green Fire Writers'- Women's memoir workshop
February Poetry Workshops with Chris Gonzalez
WRITING RETREAT in Yalapa, Mexico
Writers and Artists Retreat in Ireland!
June 30-July 28
Gail Thomas's poem "Wisteria", chosen by Kaveh Akbar, won first place and $1,000 in the Naugatuck River Review's 9th Annual Narrative Poetry Contest. Her poem, along with those of the finalists and semi-finalists, will be published in the February issue.
Ellen Evert Hopman
My newest herbal book is out (pub date was October 25, 2017) "Tree Medicine Tree Magic contains a wealth of information on some of the most common trees in the North America, Europe and beyond. Each chapter is packed with botanical, historical, herbal, practical, spiritual, mythological, folk magic and even culinary information. A must-have guidebook for working with trees on a spiritual and/or herbal level."
Honest reviews needed~
Honest reviews needed for increased book visibility - On Amazon, Goodreads, Twitter, and/or other sites. My novel Earth As It Is available in exchange for your honest review. Please respond with your preference of print or ebook, and if print, your mailing address. (10 total) Thanks in advance.
SUBMISSIONS & CONTESTS
Green Fire Writers
Do you care passionately about our world?
Do you want to use writing or other forms of creative expression to make a difference?
If so, you should contribute to Fired Up!
Editors Jana Laiz and Jennifer Browdy seek writing in any genre, along with photography, short videos or podcasts that express positive, forward-thinking perspectives on where we are now as individuals and as a society and envision the better world we hope to create.
Consultation w/ Gail Thomas
Poet and teacher Gail Thomas is available for individual consultation on your poetry submissions, manuscripts and residency applications. With more than 40 years of publishing and teaching experience, Gail offers feedback that not only focuses on your writing goals, but also strengthens your craft. Contact her at email@example.com
Manuscript Review by D M Gordon
Want your writing to be the best it can be? Aching to be published? Thinking of an MFA? Why not work with an individual editor first. I’m less expensive than a low-residency program, with more focused, extensive attention. I work with post-MFA grads towards publication, poetry, and prose, as well as writers first seeking to share their work. From query letters to self-publication, we can discuss your immediate goals and how to achieve them. A prize-winning poet and fiction writer, and an experienced, respectful editor in multiple genres, I’d love to talk with you.
Body-Mind Centering work with Beth Goren
Gentle and effective hands-on sessions in the Body-Mind Centering work. Beth is a certified and registered teacher-practitioner with 40+ years of practice. She offers sliding scale rates for elders via her Hands-on Elders non-profit. Approach bones, muscles, nerves, glands, fluids, organs, voice/reading with integrity. Single session or series.
Learn more: www.bethgoren.com
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