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Writing Down the Hard Stuff

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Description: It's hard to write about traumatic experiences, whether they belong to you, a loved one, or your characters. Yet getting it right is rewarding for the development of your work. This class explores topics such as when to hold back and when to reveal, how to know you've gone deep enough, and whether the experience you are writing renders true on the page.


Because of its intimate subject matter, enrollment is limited to a maximum of 8 participants and will run with a minimum of 4. If you're interested, it's best to reserve your spot early.


A note: while writing about trauma can be an intensely valuable exercise, and discussing personal experiences can be at the core of such a workshop, this class does not substitute for or provide medical or mental health advice. It is limited strictly to the craft of writing about hard subjects.


When: Thursdays, December 2 through 30, 5 to 7:00 p.m.

Where: YMCA, 40 Granite Hill Rd, Manchester ME, 04351 or virtual, via Zoom (updated to Jitsi)

Enroll: contact me to sign up

Cost: $50.00 due at first class (cash or check)


Writer's Workshop

Description: Get your creative juices flowing, overcome the inner critic, and get your story onto the page. No matter what you want to write- poetry, memoir, short story, or novel- we'll work together to bring out the best in your work.

Next session: Tuesdays, May 10 to June 7, 2022 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: MSAD 11 Adult Ed Office, 40 West Hill Rd, Gardiner, ME 04345

Enroll: through MSAD 11

Cost: $49.00


Writing for Fun

Description: Do you want to get your book, short stories or articles published? In this one-evening workshop learn all you need to know about publishing your writing. Learn how to approach publishers and editors, prepare manuscripts, do research and write a book proposal or query letter. Handouts include helpful websites, a Maine publications list, query letter sample and manuscript submission basics.

When: Thursday, May 26, 2022 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm

Where: MSAD 11 Adult Ed Office, 40 West Hill Rd, Gardiner, ME 04345

Enroll: through MSAD 11

Cost: $19.00