Weekly Writing Workshops

mg_2355.jpg“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

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 and tea, fruit 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 Spring Session begins week of February 27 (Tues)/ March 22 (Thurs)  $395  


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

This workshop is designed for writers at any stage who are crafting story from lifedori-and-antonia2.jpg 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 Spring Session begins March 19 ($425) 


January Re-Boot Camp, with Diana Gordon:

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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…


Dreaming on the Page, with Tzivia Gover

Dreams contain all the elements of a great story: metaphor, symbolism, humor, downloadand catharsis. It should be no surprise then that writers from Samuel Coleridge to Stephen King have used dreams to craft their work. Dreams can offer writers themes, images, prompts, motifs or entire story lines. Likewise, crafting poems from dreams can help people find new levels of creativity, insight, and healing. In this weekly workshop, we will look to our own dream lives and explore the intersections between dreaming and writing. We will also consider how dreaming can serve the writer, and how writing can serve the dreamer.  Because the aim of this workshop is to encourage creative expression, self-awareness, and growth, this workshop is perfect for writers of all levels and of every genre.

Thursdays, 6-9 pm; 6-week workshop begins March 29th ($285)  Register Now

Tzivia Gover is the author of The Mindful Way to a Good Night’s Sleep and Joy in Every Moment. She is a writer, educator, and certified dream therapist and the director of the Institute of Dream Studies. Gover has led numerous workshops and panels about dreams, mindfulness, and writing, and she holds an MFA in writing from Columbia University. She is an active member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and the founder of 350 Dreamers, an international network of people who dream together for global healing.  Find out more…


Writers in Progress Manuscript Intensive Series, with Dori Ostermiller:

A rigorous and encouraging year-long 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 regular Friday night/Saturday intensives over the course of the year, beginning in October.  This group will provide the structure, support, inspiration and constructive feedback to help writers complete a book-length manuscript draft.

Applications accepted between June 1st and Aug 1st

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For more information, contact Dori