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 Fall Session begins week of September 4   ($395)  email Dori to register

Dynamic Dialogue, with Emily Lackey  

Effective dialogue is the linchpin of successful scene-writing.  Dialogue can propel a story1009868_735281213435_1348986647_n forward, reveal character, increase narrative tension: in short, dialogue done well engages readers like no other craft element.   Yet, for most writers, writing compelling and authentic dialogue is one of the biggest hurdles.  In this four-week craft intensive, we’ll look closely at the elements of dialogue that make for effective scene work. Through exercises, examples, and a few field trips on the side, writers will learn how to craft dialogue that is authentic, full of specific characterization  and charged with the emotional subtext that gives life to a scene.  Participants should feel free to bring work that is already in progress, but writers of all level and genre are welcome.

Mondays, 6-9 pm: 4-week Fall Session:  October 15, 29 & November 5 & 12  ($175)  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…

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.   Winter workshop dates TBD

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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