Workshops & Retreats

Workshop Methods

I use two primary methods in my workshops and retreats:

 

The Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method, founded by Pat Schneider, which is a time-tested way to encourage writers to be bold and experimental with their writing.

 

Journaling, which draws on the pioneering work of Kathleen Adams, founder of the Center for Journal Therapy and the Journal to the Self® method.

 

I have indicated which method is primary in each of the listings below (although sometimes I do like to mix and match!). For more information about each of these methods, click on the links above.

Begins June 22
Writing from the Heart: A Women's Creative Writing Workshop 

 

Section A: Mondays, 1:30 to 3 p.m., June 22 - July 27 (6 weeks) 

Online via Zoom 

 

Amherst Writers & Artists founder Pat Schneider says, "A writer is someone who writes." This means you! In this generative workshop, you’ll receive a wide variety of writing prompts to fire up your imagination, write in whichever genre(s) you choose, and read your work aloud if you wish. All feedback will celebrate what is strong and memorable in your writing. Come and share your stories in this wise and encouraging community! Women writers at any level of experience are welcome.

 

This is an Amherst Writers & Artists workshop. To learn more about this workshop method, click here.

 

Cost: $25 to drop in. Please email lisa@marketstreetwriters.com for availability. 

Begins June 24
Writing from the Heart: A Women's Creative Writing Workshop 

 

Section B: Wednesdays, 1:30 to 3 p.m., June 24 - July 29 (6 weeks) 

Online via Zoom 

 

Amherst Writers & Artists founder Pat Schneider says, "A writer is someone who writes." This means you! In this generative workshop, you’ll receive a wide variety of writing prompts to fire up your imagination, write in whichever genre(s) you choose, and read your work aloud if you wish. All feedback will celebrate what is strong and memorable in your writing. Come and share your stories in this wise and encouraging community! Women writers at any level of experience are welcome.

 

This is an Amherst Writers & Artists workshop. To learn more about this workshop method, click here.

 

Cost: $25 to drop in. Please email lisa@marketstreetwriters.com for availability. 

Sat.,
Aug. 1
The Ins and Outs of the Braided Essay 
(with guest instructor Randon Billings Noble) 

 

Saturday, August 1, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Online via Zoom

 

The word “essay” comes from the French essayer: “to try.”  In this morning workshop we’ll try our hand at writing braided essays. Braided essays are divided into sections whose themes (usually three, sometimes more) repeat in a particular pattern the way each strand of a braid takes a turn at the center of the whole. That’s easy to see (sort of), but harder to do. In this workshop we’ll look closely at two braided essays – one longer, one flash – to see how it’s done. We’ll also write, starting with a series of generative exercises and ending with some draft-work towards a braided essay of your own.  Please come ready to read, write, think, try, dare – and play.

  

This workshop will benefit beginning writers, advanced practitioners, and everyone in between.

 

Cost: $60. Please register by clicking on the PayPal link. If you would prefer to pay by check, please send an email to lisa@marketstreetwriters.com.

About Randon

Market Street Writers is pleased to host essayist Randon Billings Noble as a guest instructor for this event. Randon's stunning full-length essay collection, Be With Me Always, was published in 2019 by the University of Nebraska Press to wide acclaim. Her individual essays have appeared in the Modern Love column of the New York Times, The Massachusetts Review, The Georgia Review, Passages North, Shenandoah, Fourth Genre, Creative Nonfiction, and elsewhere. Her hermit crab essay "The Heart as a Torn Muscle," originally published in Brevity, was listed as Notable in The Best American Essays 2016. Currently she is the founding editor of the online literary magazine After the Art and editing a lyric essay anthology to be published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2021. Randon is a true master of the essay form, and if you're interested in creative nonfiction you won't want to miss this workshop! To learn more about Randon, visit randonbillingsnoble.com.

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