WRITING ABOUT ART: A Fun Class
For Everyone, Not Just “Writers”!
Begins Tuesday April 28, 2020
EKPHRASTIC WRITING: Very Affordable, Drop-In (Details below)
What do you see? Broken landscape? Roots? A woman entwined?
Let’s get together to discuss art and write our own response pieces.
Share your ideas and words in a safe and encouraging space!
Drop In Zoom Class held on Tuesday evenings from 7pm-8:30pm
Sliding scale cost: $1-$20 per 90 minute class.
Email me to join or for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
SPRING 2020 ON-LINE WRITING GROUP!
“ENGAGING WITH THE WORLD: WRITING ARTICLES, ESSAYS, AND PROPOSALS”
TO REGISTER, PAY, OR INQUIRE: EMAIL ME @ email@example.com
(Collage by Joyce Hayden 2014)
**Classes run for SIX weeks………**$200.00 FOR THE 6 WEEK CLASS
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This course will cover concepts in writing and publishing different types of articles and essays for print and online journals. We will discuss the nuances between forms and audiences, practice writing editorial pitches, and create our own proposals. Each week will focus on a particular topic, and I will provide examples of published work to use as guidance. I will offer weekly “conduits” into writing practice. Topics include: Article and essay writing, incorporating research, understanding readership; we will also focus on voice, description and other literary devices. Each student is allowed one 30 minute “office hour” each week with me online. The class meets through ZOOM.
CLASSES ARE HELD ON TUESDAY EVENINGS, 7PM-9PM EASTERN BEGINNING MARCH 24 THROUGH APRIL 28, 2020
Again, please email me for more information and to register and pay for the class. You can pay by check or through PAYPAL. Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW ON-LINE WRITING GROUPS FOR WOMEN! BEGINS SEPTEMBER 10, 2019
TO REGISTER OR INQUIRE: EMAIL ME @ email@example.com
(IN SUBJECT LINE, PLEASE WRITE: WRITING INFO)
Three new on line classes beginning the week of September 10, 2019.
**Classes run for SIX weeks
**Cost: $200.00 per 6 week class ….payable by personal check or Paypal
Class Descriptions below!
#1 Tuesday Evening Fiction and Memoir
The Art of Telling Stories
This group is open to writers of all levels who are interested in learning about or refreshing their memory regarding the elements of successful writing. Each week will offer mini lessons on the craft of storytelling: voice, pacing, structure, setting, character, theme, and more! One mini lesson will be provided each week with examples, writing prompts and two half hour writing sessions. We will end each group with a check in and artistic intentions for the following week. Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm (Eastern) September 10 through October 15, 2019
#2 Wednesday Evening Generative Writing
KEEP THE PEN MOVING
This group is open to all writers of any level and any genre. I will give a mini craft lecture, followed by prompts. Students will have 60 minutes of open writing time. Then we will come together to share writing, check in, and set artistic intentions for the following week. This is the perfect group to keep you engaged and writing during the Fall!! Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm (Eastern) September 11 through October 16 2019
#3 Thursday Evening Personal Essay Class
ESSENTIAL ESSAY ELEMENTS
This class will focus on the important elements of writing effective personal essays. Writers of any level are invited to join the class to learn about or renew their interest in personal essay writing. We will discuss essential issues such as setting, structure/format, voice, and other issues. Students will be asked to read one essay(I will provide) in advance of each meeting. Classes will begin with a mini lesson on one craft element based on the assigned reading. Writing prompts will be offered and students will have a full 60 minutes of writing time. Students will be invited to share their writing and we will conclude each class with creative intentions for the coming week. Thursday evenings from 7-9 pm(Eastern) September 6 through October 17, 2019
IN ADDITION, All groups include:
***one weekly 15 minute “one on one” session with me
***one 30 minute “one on one” short manuscript critique with me
Additional “one on one” critiques are available beginning at $30.00 per 2 pages of poetry or 4 pages of prose.
Payment is due in full before classes begin, by Paypal or personal check.
If you would like to register for one of the classes, receive more information, or to speak with me personally, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will respond promptly. Please use: Workshop Info in your subject line. Thank you! I look forward to speaking and working with you!!!
Storyteller paintings of gratitude
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Storyteller’s Cottage Simsbury, CT
Have you survived an accident, an illness, an injury, a severe weather event, a near drowning, or another type of potential catastrophe? Did some one or some thing or some power intervene to rescue you?
Votive paintings, also known as ex-votos, honor a situation in which a miracle seems to have occurred.
These paintings, which come from a long history in Europe and Mexico, pay homage to a tragedy averted. A person would hire an apprentice artist to create the ex-voto for the family. The resulting paintings were usually crude and simplistic, very childlike in nature.
Traditionally, the votive paintings contained three elements:
*the scene that illustrates the near tragedy
*a depiction of the saint or power that intervened in the situation
*text that describes the miracle that occurred.
Through a series of guided writing exercises, students will brainstorm a list of possible scenarios/events for which they are thankful, and/or a list of tragedies averted. It is surprising how many such events have taken places in our lives! Then, focusing on one such event, students will paint their scenes and add narrative description, which can be conveyed as story or poem or fragments.
Often, through this collaborative process of writing and drawing, students find themselves with a deeper understanding and appreciation of significant life events.
COST: $60 for a 4 hour class
(includes all materials: canvas, paper, wood or tin for the paintings; acrylic paints, oil pastels, colored pencils, and charcoal for mediums; pen and paper for writing; archival pens for text presentation on final format)
Straw Dog Writers Guild
Northampton, MA June 5, 2018
Panelist and Reader
“The Poetry of Predation: Women Poets On Writing the Poetry Of Misogyny, Abuse, and Violence”
Massachusetts Poetry Festival Salem, MA
Saturday May 5, 2018
Three women poets discuss and read from their own work centering around abuse, violence against women and girls, inherited trauma and survival. The poets use a combination of myth, fairy tale, pop culture and personal history as metaphor and through which to view an ages’ old cultural disease. Panelists will read from their work and discuss the ways in which misogyny, abuse, and violence against women and girls manifests in their poetry. They will touch on how they approach personal subject matter, how they navigate the terrain of secret and taboo, especially when telling stories not exclusively their own, what it means to inherit trauma and a lineage of abuse, and how claiming a poetic voice with which to tell these stories, whether personal or ancestral, shatters the traditional role of secret keeper.
Panelist and Reader
“Getting Into Trouble and Getting Out of It: Writing A Book Length Memoir”
Berkshire Festival of Women Writers
Great Barrington, MA
“Ex-Voto and Gratitude Paintings”
Santa Fe, NM
One woman art exhibit. Featuring paintings, collage, assemblage, sculpture and audio/video
Ex-voto Painting Workshop
Gallery talk with Artist
Sean Christopher Gallery OH
July and August 2015
Artist in Residence
Taught daily art classes, lecture/discussion
Two woman art exhibit
The Body Shop
Reader and Panelist
“Reclaiming and Revising the Body: Poetry and Illness”
Massachusetts Poetry Festival
“Reaching Beyond: How Ekphrastic Poetry Connects us to the Larger World”
Massachusetts Poetry Festival
“Ex-voto and Gratitude Paintings”
Reader and art exhibitor
Writers in Progress