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Writing Into and Through the Winter Season


Winter is the season when it is natural to turn inward. The shorter days and colder temperatures keep us inside for longer periods which gives us an opportunity to rest, reflect, and renew. The stillness of the winter landscape can become a springboard for venturing deeper into our interior lives.

In this three-week session leading up to the Winter Solstice, students will explore winter themes through writing. For inspiration, we’ll use art, music, and poetry. We’ll write about the moon and snow and all thing wintery. All genres of writing–poetry, fiction, and non-fiction–are welcome.

Come and be warmed up by the company of other writers during the onset of the cold season. This class will give you tools to keep writing all the way to spring, and beyond.

The fee for the three-week workshop is $100. The workshop is limited to 8 participants.

***Students must be registered and paid in full three business days before the start of the class/workshop. Exceptions only with permission from the Director of Writing Programs.

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.

Start Writing Right Now

Via Zoom

Have you always wanted to try your hand at writing, but never took the leap? Perhaps you’ve put down your pen for a while and need a jumpstart. Or maybe you like the camaraderie and accountability that come with being part of a workshop.

Come experiment in this low-stress, generative class! You’ll kindle your imagination with fun prompts to get those gears moving. Then, if you choose, you’ll share your work in a supportive environment and receive positive feedback. You’ll walk away each week with a new piece of writing—maybe even something you’d like to build on. 

Open to fiction, poetry and memoir, and appropriate for all levels, beginner to advanced.

The fee for this 4-week class is $120. Class size is limited to 8 students and requires a minimum of 4 students to run.

Students must register by Tuesday, January 17, 2023, to receive the Zoom link.

About the Instructor:
Tina Tocco’s writing for children has appeared in Highlights, Highlights High Five, Cricket, AppleSeeds, Humpty Dumpty, Turtle Magazine for Preschool Kids, Pockets, and other children’s publications. She is the author of the children’s poetry collection The Hungry Snowman and Other Poems (Kelsay Books, 2019). Tina’s fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have also been published in various literary journals and anthologies, such as New Ohio Review, Crab Creek Review, Potomac Review, River Styx, Harpur Palate, Ovunque Siamo, Best Small Fictions 2019, and Wild Dreams: The Best of Italian Americana. In 2019, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in fiction. Tina earned her MFA in creative writing from Manhattanville College, where she was editor-in-chief of Inkwell, the college’s national literary journal.