Weekly Writing Workshops


“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/Friday 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, Th, or Friday (new!) mornings, from 9:15 a.m.– 12:15 pm

10-week Winter Session begins week of November 27  ($395)  email Dori to register

Place as Character, a Four-Week Craft Workshop, with Kenneth R. Rosen

unnamedIn narrative non-fiction, a town or city, room or yard, can be as much a protagonist as a flesh and bone character. In this class we’ll read clips, from both fiction and nonfiction, that explore a deep investment in place. We’ll explore how a) characters change and grow in response to their surroundings, b) discuss techniques for revealing hidden traits of the self, and c) create a nonfiction narrative or essay about going from a place of stress to one of relief. Students with an interest in essay and memoir writing will learn more about the mechanics of who, what, when, why and especially where, as applied to writing. The class project will be a 1,200-word excerpt for any type of personal or nonfiction writing, with several shorter “warm-up” writing exercises gradually building to the final assignment. Entry-level writers and experienced authors are welcome, alike. No prior writing experience is necessary. Just bring your love of the written word and a story to tell!

Four Mondays, 6-9 pm Begins November 26 ($175)  Register Now

Kenneth R. Rosen is a staff writer and senior news assistant at The New York TimesAs an independent journalist, his reporting from the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and the United States has been published by (or is forthcoming in) Harper’s, WIRED, The Atlantic, The Atavist, FT MagazineForeign AffairsAl JazeeraThe New Statesman, and New York Magazine, among other print and web publications.

Writing the Body, with Emily Lackey

1009868_735281213435_1348986647_nThere has never been a more important time to write about our bodies. In the current political climate, especially, it feels necessary to acknowledge the way our bodies can act as deep sources of creative inspiration. Our greatest stories come not from our heads but from our hearts, our shoulders, our hands, our backs. In this workshop, we will free ourselves from the self-consciousness and doubt that comes with writing and return to where our stories first began: our bodies. Through a series of meditations, exercises, prompts, and time to write, we will tap into our most fundamental selves, celebrate our bodies in their various stages, and bring our experiences of being alive in our bodies fully to the page.

Tuesdays 6-9 p.m., six-week workshop starts January 8th ($265)  Register Now

A graduate of Middlebury College and the Bread Loaf School of English, Emily received her MFA from the University of New Hampshire in 2014. Her work has received generous support from Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and Newnan ArtRez. Her stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, The Literary Review, Hobart, The Rumpus, and Monkeybicycle, among others.  Read Emily’s recent blog here...   Find out more…

Dreaming on the Page, a writing workshop with Tzivia Gover

downloadDreams can offer writers themes, images, prompts, motifs or entire story lines. Likewise, crafting poems and stories from dreams can help writers discover new levels of creativity, insight, and healing. In this weekly workshop, we will use dreams and the subconscious to inspire and energize our writing. Participants will generate and share new work in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment.  We’ll explore the intersections between dreaming and writing, and learn how dreams can inspire fresh ideas or help us move through creative blocks.  We will also learn to optimize creativity by understanding the brain chemistry of the dreaming mind.

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–whether or not you remember your dreams!  Read Tzivia’s blog here…

Thursdays, 6-9 pm; 4-week Winter workshop begins Jan 10 ($175)  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…

Finding the Voice of Your Story, with Dori Ostermiller

cropped-dori-and-antonia2.jpgThere’s lots of talk these days about voice in narrative, but what is it, exactly? If the voice of our story is the doorway through which readers enter, how do we let them in? How do we consciously create a written persona that is compelling, readable and true? In this four-week craft intensive, we will explore what factors go into creating voice, in fiction and memoir.  We’ll study some examples of memorable voices in literature, do lots of writing, and learn a few effective techniques for crafting a powerful narrative persona—one that not only engages the reader but also invites discovery and surprise… There is nothing more exciting, for both reader and writer, than following a live, candid and curious mind on the page.

Four Mondays, 6 – 9 pm, starting February 4th ($175)

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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