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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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Remember Me? A Facilitated Memoir Course

Instructor, Cindy Eastman
Fridays, February 28, March 6, 13, 20, 27
10 am – 11:30 pm

Most of us want to leave a legacy; an account of our lives to pass on to our family so that the past lives on for our children and grandchildren. Writing a memoir is also a good way to chronicle one’s life as a way to reflect and make meaning of the choices and decisions we’ve made.  Rather than teach you “how” to write a memoir, this class will support you in “why” you want to write a memoir, although there will be practical methods and writing skills presented.  If you’re almost done or just beginning, please join us as we honor the memory that is our lives.



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Collage Workshop for Writers & Artists

Instructors, Dita Carley & Nancy McMillan
Saturday, February 29
1 pm - 4 pm

Making a collage requires no artistic talent, and there’s no way to get it wrong.  Plus, it can be a wonderful jumping-off point for creative writing.  What have you got to lose?  Join artist Dita Carley and writer Nancy McMillan in a three-hour session of play and creativity.  You’ll warm-up with a few simple collages […]



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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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Women’s Mini Writing Retreat

Facilitator, Cindy Eastman
Saturday, March 7
9 am - 1 pm

Imagine nearly 4 hours of uninterrupted time to write. As a writer, I know how important it is to protect your writing time, but it’s not always that easy. We always have someone or something tugging at our time and abilities–and usually we’re always saying “yes” to whatever demands come our way. This time say […]



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TRY IT! YOU’LL LIKE IT!

Instructor, Cindy Eastman
Monday, March 9th
10 am - 11:30 am

Have you always wanted to take a writing class but don’t know where to start? Start here in The Writing Loft at Arts Escape. In this one-session class, curious writers will get a taste of what happens in a writing class and what the expectations will be. There will be prompts, resources and an opportunity […]



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Create/Update Your Resume

Bobbi Knezek
Tuesday, March 10
10 am - 12 noon

Is it time to create a new resume or update the one you have?  This workshop will help you create a resume that incorporates the newest resume writing trends and addresses hiring managers’ preferences.  We will focus on developing the skills to clearly communicate accomplishments and demonstrate skills and potential.  *Discussions and practice include the […]



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Writing Fiction from Life

Instructor, Nancy McMillan
Wednesdays March 18, 25, April 1, 15, 22, 29
7 pm - 8:30 PM

Fiction writers often draw material from real life and reshape it into fictional stories, often to “protect the innocent” and/or enhance the story.  In this class, students will learn how to transform real people into fictional characters, create fictional settings from actual places, and turn anecdotes into engaging reads.  In the first class students will generate story […]



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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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Writing Flash Fiction – All Levels

Instructor, Nancy McMillan
Fridays, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1
12 noon – 1:30 pm

Interested in writing short stories?  Flash fiction, stories of 1500 words or fewer, is an excellent sub category to explore.  Students will experiment with writing stories of various lengths, using in-class prompts. We’ll also be reading and discussing stories by well-known writers. A draft of a longer story (up to 1500 words) will be developed […]



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Conversations@the Loft

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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