Readings & Workshops  

Flash Fiction Workshop

When: Saturday, August 19 (1-4pm)
Where: Williamsburg, MA
Instructor: Joy Baglio
Cost: $30

Flash fiction is any fictional work of extreme brevity (usually under 1,000 words) in which every detail, image, sentence, and word work to strengthen the whole. Writing flash regularly is an effective exercise in self-editing, as it teaches much about the power of stripping writing down to the barest essentials. More Info:


One-Day Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Starting Your Memoir

When: Saturday, August 19 (10am-12pm)
Where: Williamsburg, MA
Instructor: Lynn Magovern
Cost: $20
Memoir satisfies our innate curiosity, allowing us to peer into someone else’s unique world. Writing a memoir, however, taps into something deeper: the desire to be heard and understood. One reason the memoir form is so popular is that it offers a creative outlet for this desire, giving us a compelling, artful way to share our stories with others while also helping us define who we are. Open to writers of all levels.  

Tuesday/Thursday Jumpstart, with Dori Ostermiller:

IMG_1932Even the most seasoned writers have difficulty carving out time and summoning inspiration. This popular, productive morning workshop provides quiet, structured writing time among peers, a handful of great ideas to get you rolling, and your morning coffee, fruit, tea, and muffins. 

Starting with a variety of imaginative prompts, we’ll warm up, engage in a sustained writing period, then share our work and receive thoughtful constructive feedback.  Each session includes writing time, craft tips, handouts, and discussion.  Appropriate for all levels and genres. 

Tu &/or Th mornings, 9:15 a.m.– 12:15 * 10-week Fall Session begins week of September 5th  ($395)  Register Now

Building a Novel With Good Bones, a one-day workshop with Randy Susan Meyers

2014-Randy Susan Meyers FINAL-JPEGWhether you’re writing your first novel or your fifth, it’s easy to get lost in the morass of researching, generating and sketching. For those beginning a draft (or those lost in their umpteenth revision) this one-day workshop will provide a valuable and effective approach to building (or rebuilding) your book structure. We will employ the ‘how do you eat an elephant’ approach: one bite at a time. Starting with an initial idea, participants move through a step-by-step outlining process. We’ll explore “what-if’s,” create a concept paper, transition into characterization, indexing and finally spine-building. By the end of the day, you will have a strong skeleton on which to hang your book. Back by popular demand. Appropriate for memoirists too!

Saturday, September 9th, 9:30 am – 4 pm ($150)  Register Now



Telling Your Story, an 8-week memoir workshop with Dori Ostermiller:

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This workshop is designed for writers at any stage who are crafting a story from life experience. In a series of eye-opening exercises, we’ll uncover our deepest themes and conflicts, develop our voices, and explore many of memoir’s biggest challenges: how to create a story arc from life events; memory’s slippery slope; revealing your characters with compassion; simulating dialogue; how to use retrospective voice…  Each night, we explore a craft topic, generate new writing in a supportive environment, share work, and receive valuable, supportive feedback on our efforts.  Workshop includes detailed professional feedback on up to 20 double-spaced manuscript pages.   

Mondays, 6 – 9 pm * 8-week Fall Session begins September 11 ($425) Register Now



Writing at Patchwork Farm

Patricia Lee Lewis will gather writers for Weekly Workshops and Weekend Retreats at Patchwork Farm this Fall. 
Patricia Lee Lewis

Weekend Retreat September 23-24

Weekly Workshops:

 Tuesdays Sept. 12 - Nov. 7 

Thursdays Sept. 14 - Nov. 9

Fall is already filling!

More here:  Weekends or Weekly.

 Or call Patricia 413 320-1824.


Build Your Own Book Event: A Marketing Workshop

Grub StreetSeptember 16th, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm, Grub Street Inc., Boston
During this three-hour crash course, participants will work on revamping and refreshing their book events. Allison Pottern Hoch, former indie bookstore event coordinator, will give you the confidence to create and market events at any venue. Get an insider's look at the key components to creating successful launches, panels, workshops, and more as we build you an individualized event plan. 
Seating is limited. Register here   Contact Allison Pottern Hoch at for more information




Building Tiny Houses – A 6-week Poetry Regenerative, with DM Gordon: 

downloadWhether you have a long practice or are just putting your toes in the water, it’s always good to have fresh ideas. This will be a six-week workshop for new poems and prose poems.  Combining inspiring prompts, contemporary readings, thoughtful listening/feedback and concentrated writing time, writers will craft small ideas into fully-formed pieces….On Weeks 1,2, 4 and 5, we will write whatever comes. Many prompts, many seedlings. We’ll read a little, write a lot, and have fun. On Weeks 3 and 6, we’ll bring our best efforts to be discussed by the group, enthusiastically, generous in our thoughts about what your piece is saying, and thoughtful with ideas to help deepen and clarify.  Leave with lots of blueprints and several crafted pieces. Includes manuscript critique!   

Thursday Nights, 6-9 p.m. ($285) * 6-week Fall Session begins Sept 28  Register Now

Resources & Services

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.

Visit my website at for more information, then write to me, Diana Gordon, at I look forward to hearing from you.

Paige Gray, Ph.D.
Professor/writer available for manuscript consultation and editing 

I'm literature scholar, freelance writer, and former newspaper editor––in short, my life revolves around storytelling and writing and helping others find the best way to tell their stories. Let me help with your story through analyzing its narrative choices, structure and character development (in addition to copy editing, if desired).

Contact me at


Book Designer & Graphic Designer - Robin Brooks

Robin Brooks of The Beauty of Books has been a graphic designer for 40 years, designing everything from ads, brochures, newsletters, magazines, corporate identities, packaging, websites, and books, including some for Viking Penguin and the Waldorf Schools of North America.  In the last eight years or so, she has focused on books, specializing in memoirs and personal histories and designing books, too, for artists, poets, and those who write about spirituality and fantasy.

Learn more here:

Other Opportunities 


I’d like to start a morning writing group in Amherst, based on the Amherst Writers and Artists method, in which members take shared responsibility for the leadership and direction of the group. We can meet at Pioneer Valley Cohousing Community in North Amherst. It will be open to writers of all genres and abilities.  
Please contact me for more information if you are interested in exploring this group.The time and day are open to suggestions.
I’m hoping to start the fall with a recharged writing practice.
Audrey Child    ---posted 8/09/17


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