Writing Workshops & Events
“Dori’s writing workshops are gentle and rigorous, deep and thought-provoking…She gave me the courage to write into the darkest and richest parts of myself. I could not have written my first book without her.”
–Alison Smith, author of Name all the Animals
Winter Writing Workshop Schedule:
Tuesday/Thursday morning workshop:
“If only I could fit writing into my schedule” is the number one lament we hear from both professional and beginning writers. This amazingly productive morning workshop provides quiet, structured writing time among peers, a handful of inspiring ideas to get you rolling and your morning coffee, muffins and fruit. Starting with a variety of prompts, we’ll engage in a sustained writing period, then share our work and receive feedback in a supportive environment. Appropriate for all levels and genres. Tues and/or Thurs mornings, 9:15 – 12:15. 10-week spring session begins week of March 10th. ($350 for either Tuesday or Thursdays/ $525 for both Tuesday/Thursday).Writing From Life:
Writing From Life:
This 8-week workshop will inspire you to take your writing projects to the next level, whether you’re working on fiction, memoir, or somewhere in between! Through a series of mind-opening exercises, we’ll uncover life material, hone our story-telling powers and deepen our commitment to the writing life. Each night, we’ll explore a new narrative ‘tool,’ generate work in an encouraging environment, share our work and receive constructive feedback. Monday Nights, 6-9 pm. 8-week Spring Session begins April 7th ($325)
Revision is Risky Business: Advice and Exercises, with Celia Jeffries
What separates merely talented writers from truly accomplished ones is revision—the risky business of questioning all that has been done. How does a writer move from a first draft to the final one, where the truth of the writing sparkles and shines? Bring that piece you’ve been struggling with, that piece that feels complete but hasn’t been published yet, that story you just can’t leave alone. Join us for a day of exploring and writing into the heart of your story, a day of re-visioning. Saturday, March 15, 9 am – 4 pm ($120)
Celia Jeffries, MA Brandeis, MFA Lesley University, has an extensive background in education, journalism, and publishing. Her work has appeared in several publications, including Westview, Writer’s Chronicle and Solsticelitmag.com and the anthology Beyond the Yellow Wallpaper. She has served in the Writer-in-Residence program at Forbes Library and on the faculty of Lesley University in Cambridge Massachusetts. Register Here
Creating Characters We Love to Hate with Jacqueline Sheehan
Great bad-guys are just as important (if not more so) to good stories as protagonists. If your antagonist isn’t fully realized, your story will undoubtedly suffer. But what is an antagonist, exactly, and how do you create one that is not only a great foil but also a compelling and three-dimensional character in her own right? Spend a full day with best-selling author Jacqueline Sheehan sharpening the conflict in your fiction through that crucial, mysterious energy between protagonist and antagonist. A finely drawn antagonist is the one who is neither wholly evil nor entirely good. When we tackle the beast of a fully fleshed antagonist, we involve the reader intimately, as well as increasing the tension in our stories. Saturday, April 19, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm ($125)
Jacqueline Sheehan is the New York Times bestselling author of Lost and Found, Now and Then, Picture This and Truth. She is the editor of the anthology, Women Writing in Prison, and has taught numerous workshops at Writers in Progress.
Sensory Writing Tune-up, with Suzanne Strempek-Shea
If you tell a reader what to think, she may not be convinced, but if you make her feel something, she’s yours! Suzanne Strempek Shea’s recent “Sense of Using the Senses” workshop prompted participants to ask if she could return to Writers in Progress every few months to speak further on the subject of enlivening and enriching both fiction and nonfiction by incorporating unique sensory detail. We experience our lives most powerfully through our senses—sight, touch, smell, taste… But too often, our characters exist as if they have no world around them. Whether you’re writing fiction or nonfiction, engaging of all the senses in unique ways can tip your writing from merely competent to compelling. This half-day workshop in June will include more exercises, a review of participants’ work in progress and more exploration of published writers who successfully captivate readers’ senses. Both returning and new participants are welcome! June 7, 9 am – 12:30 pm ($75)
Suzanne Strempek Shea is the author of five novels, including Selling the Lite of Heaven and Becoming Finola, and three memoirs, including Songs From a Lead-lined Room and Sundays in America. The winner of the New England Book Award, she serves on the faculty at Stonecoast MFA program.
Writers in Progress Manuscript Intensive Series:
A 10-month program for writers with prose manuscripts in progress that call for constructive feedback and new writing. Writers can be working on novels, short story collections, memoirs or essay collections. We will meet for seven Friday night/Saturday intensives over the course of the year, beginning in September. This group will provide the structure, support, inspiration and constructive feedback to help writers complete a book-length manuscript draft. Applications accepted during the month of June.