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Instructors, Nancy McMillan, Cindy Eastman, Rita Paradis, Betty Ann Medeiros, Priscilla Watson, Jean Hansen
January 2020 - November 2020

Threads: Weaving Words and Art is a year-long membership program that culminates in a printed anthology of written and visual artwork developed by students at Arts Escape. With the anthology publication and showcase opportunities during the year, the program formalizes what our participants have created. The Threads anthology demonstrates how the arts can bring joy […]



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Gone but Not Forgotten, Objects from Our Past

Instructor, Nancy McMillan
Fridays, February 21, 28, March 6, 13, 20, 27
12 noon - 1:30 pm

Objects from our life, past or present, can hold memories and associations that yield rich stories.  When we view them from this perspective, they can reveal meaning that enriches our life and tells a story.  In this class, students will choose objects that hold meaning for them and develop a piece of creative writing (personal […]



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Monthly Writers’ Workshop

Instructor, Nancy McMillan
Monday, March 2
10 am - 12 noon

The Writers’ Workshop gives students an opportunity to share their works-in-progress with fellow students under the guidance of staff writing instructors.  This ongoing workshop will be held once a month with either Cindy Eastman or Nancy McMillan. Writers can bring in up to five double-spaced pages to be read aloud and critiqued.  Critique guidelines will […]



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Conversations@the Loft

Author, Katherine Valentine
Thursday, March 19th
1 pm - 2:30 pm

Author, Katherine Valentine Katherine Valentine is the author of the “Dorsetville” series, an inspirational set of novels that is based in her own personal faith and experiences as a cancer survivor. Valentine lives in the Litchfield Hills in Connecticut and uses the region as the physical backdrop for her fictional town. She wrote the first […]



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Guest Speaker, Margaret Gibson
Thursday, April 16th
1 pm - 2:30 pm

Connecticut Poet Laureate, Author, Professor Emerita, Margaret Gibson “Margaret Gibson has created a voice and an art that connect the sensuous experience of the physical world with the inner life,” Pattiann Rogers has written.  Nationally and internationally acclaimed, Margaret Gibson poetry is characterized by an uncommon diversity.  The voice may be predominantly lyrical and meditative, […]



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Guest Speaker, Gina Maccoby
Thursday, May 21
1 pm - 2:30 pm

Gina Maccoby is a New York literary agent representing authors of literary and commercial fiction and nonfiction for adults and children, including New York Times bestselling and award-winning titles.  First and foremost she is captured by an engaging narrative voice; across all forms she is looking for strong storytelling and fresh perspectives.   In fiction she […]



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