Workshops & Retreats
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.
All workshop times are EDT.
Begins Sept. 27
Writing from the Heart: A Women's Creative Writing Workshop [FULL; DROP-INS ONLY]
Mondays, 2 to 4 p.m., Sept. 27 - Nov. 8 (6 weeks; no workshop Oct. 18)
Online via Zoom
Amherst Writers & Artists founder Pat Schneider said, "Everyone is born with creative genuis." This means you! In this six-week 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: $35 to drop in. This workshop is full. If you'd like to be placed on a drop-in list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thurs., Oct. 7
Describe, Don't Prescribe: How to Give Helpful Feedback in a Writing Group (Guest Instructor: Joanne Lozar Glenn)
Thursday, Oct. 7, 7 to 9 p.m.
Online via Zoom
It can be hard knowing what to say when someone asks you to respond to their writing. Unfortunately “feedback” has often been misconstrued as praise, constructive criticism, or the now-proven-ineffective “compliment sandwich,” making it hard, perhaps impossible, to create what every writer in a writing group that you attend or lead deserves: a safe space where they can experiment with or develop craft.
In this workshop, you will
learn about four useful models for providing helpful feedback
practice giving feedback using actual, anonymous, excerpted writing drafts
explore how to shape feedback so it’s appropriate for fresh vs. more developed drafts and emerging vs. experienced writers
The workshop concludes with a reflective discussion and Q&A. You’ll also receive a handout you can use to apply these methods in your own writing group or class, and informed perspectives for responding to writing in a way that encourages your fellow writers to unearth their best work while respecting the value of every voice.
Writer-editor-educator Joanne Lozar Glenn leads writing groups and destination writing retreats. She is a fellow of the Ohio Writing Project, a certified AWA facilitator, and a member of two writing groups. Her work has been published in Beautiful Things (River Teeth), Peregrine, Hippocampus, Under the Gum Tree, Brevity, and other print and online journals. Her most recent book, Memoir Your Way: Tell Your Story Through Writing, Recipes, Quilts, Graphic Novels, and More (Skyhorse Press, 2016), was co-authored with the five other women (The Memoir Roundtable) and is available here on Amazon.com.
Cost: $49. Please register by clicking on the PayPal link below. A Zoom link will be emailed to participants the day before the event.
Essaying the Everyday (Guest Instructor: Sonya Huber) [SOLD OUT]
Sunday, Oct. 24, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom
Sonya Huber’s most recent book is Supremely Tiny Acts: A Memoir of a Day (Mad Creek Books, Oct. 2021), a book-length memoir about a single day. This class will focus on options available to structure and write about the everyday, including the forms of the diary, stream of consciousness, composite memories, flash-forward and flash-back, and memoir made with episodic and lyric structures. Sonya will also give participants some background on the long lineage of writing daily ephemera or the mundane, and giving writers strategies for reflecting on what we might otherwise overlook when we're considering possible topics. Finally, we will participate in a “day-in” exercise in which we write about what’s happened to us on the day that we gather for the class (no advanced preparation required) as a way to experiment with the overlooked details of our lives as rich sources of inspiration for writing.
Sonya Huber is the author of six books, including the award-winning essay collection on chronic pain, Pain Woman Takes Your Keys and Other Essays from a Nervous System and Supremely Tiny Acts: A Memoir in a Day. Her other books include Opa Nobody, Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir, and The Backwards Research Guide for Writers. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, and other outlets. She teaches at Fairfield University and in the Fairfield low-residency MFA program.
Save the date
The Writer's Notebook: A Journal to the Self® Workshop
Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Nov. 3-Dec. 15 (6 weeks; no workshop Nov. 24)
Between Earth and Heaven: Exploring Your Soul's Journey (mini-retreat)
Saturday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (tentatively scheduled to be in person at Unity of Fairfax in Oakton, VA)