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Virtual Book Club – October 2022

Via Zoom

The Age of Innocence
by Edith Wharton

Winner of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize, The Age of Innocence is Edith Wharton’s masterful portrait of desire and betrayal during the sumptuous Golden Age of Old New York, a time when society people “dreaded scandal more than disease.”

This is Newland Archer’s world as he prepares to marry the beautiful but conventional May Welland. But when the mysterious Countess Ellen Olenska returns to New York after a disastrous marriage, Archer falls deeply in love with her. Torn between duty and passion, Archer struggles to make a decision that will either courageously define his life—or mercilessly destroy it.

The Southbury Public Library will be holding copies of this book for the AE Book Club.

Participants must register by Tuesday, October 18 to receive the Zoom link.

Book Club is free and limited to 12 attendees.

Finding Your Natural Writer Within

Come immerse yourself in creativity. This experiential workshop explores the deep connections between creative writing, music, and nature. Facilitators will guide participants through unique poetry writing exercises inspired by the beauty and mystery of our natural environment.

Playful warm-ups will include “soundscapes” using accessible musical instruments, and hands-on observations of autumn. With nature and music as touchstones, participants will find their words flowing in a joyful journey to the natural writer that lives within us all.  

This workshop welcomes participants at all levels of experience, from beginning to seasoned writers, and includes time for both individual expression and creative collaboration.

Participants will:

  • Explore original techniques for writing poetry inspired by nature and music.
  • Find connection and community through a writing workshop experience.
  • Discover new pathways to the natural artist within.

Master Teaching Artists Leslie Johnson and Thomasina Levy are highly experienced at quickly creating a safe, supportive group atmosphere.

Come recharge your own creative spirit! Wear casual clothing and comfortable shoes.

This workshop is sponsored by the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut State Office of the Arts, which also received support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

COVID POLICY – Only fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested. Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card. Masks are optional.


Writing Memoir: Let’s Begin


Are you interested in writing your story but not sure how to begin? Or do you have stories started that you’d like to develop? This class will launch your memoir-writing journey.

This class is designed for those who would like to get their own stories down on paper. Through writing exercises and discussion, students will delve into the themes, times, places, and people of their lives. From this material, stories will be developed.

The elements of storytelling will be covered. If you already have started a story or stories, this class will help you shape them and discover threads within them that deepen their meaning and their impact on the reader. Students will leave class with a draft of at least one story, and ideas for more.

Students will write during class and have at-home assignments. All levels of writers are welcome.

The fee for the six-week workshop is $180. The workshop is limited to 8 participants.

COVID POLICY – Only fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class (one time only). Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card.

Nancy McMillan of Bethlehem is the award-winning author of March Farm: Season by Season on a Connecticut Family Farm (www.marchfarmthebook.com). She holds a graduate degree in writing from The Graduate Institute and one in music from Lesley University, where she studied historical women composers. She also studied in the MFA program at Manhattanville College. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her essays and articles have appeared in Connecticut newspapers and magazines as well as online. In her writing classes, she helps students embrace and inhabit their innate creativity. She is the Director of Writing and Literature Programs at Arts Escape. Find more at www.nancymcmillan.com.