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Writing Memoir: Let’s Begin

In-person

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.

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.

***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.

Writing Memoir Writers Group

In-person

For students who have completed Writing Memoir-Let’s Begin, this is a writing group where students can workshop their pieces at a weekly gathering. Students will bring in material to read aloud and receive feedback from fellow students and the instructor.

Prompts will be given for students to use at home during the week.

The fee for the three-week workshop is $60. The workshop is limited to 7 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.

Writing Your Legacy Letter

Online via Zoom

A legacy letter is a written document that captures who you are and what matters most to you. It allows you to reflect on your important life experiences and transmit your values and life lessons to future generations. A legacy letter is a way for you to be remembered and for your life lessons to be shared and preserved. It also gives you an opportunity to express gratitude, request forgiveness, or make amends.

Writing one is a rewarding experience that creates an enduring gift for your family, friends, loved ones, and yourself.

This course is designed to introduce the concept of legacy letters and to help you craft your own legacy letter. It includes discussion and writing exercises. Jay will offer advice to help you complete your legacy letter, share it with loved ones, and preserve it for future generations.

All sessions will be recorded and recordings will be available, on request, to students who need to miss a session or want to review the material. Recordings are password protected for privacy and may be accessed only by students enrolled in the course.

The fee for the four-week workshop is $125. The minimum enrollment is five students; the maximum is twenty.

.Jay Sherwin has practiced law, given away money for
five charitable foundations and served as a hospital
chaplain. Drawing on all those experiences, Jay
created the Life Reflections Project to educate people
about legacy letters and ethical wills; he now teaches
classes and workshops on legacy writing and helps
people create their own legacy documents. You can
read more on Jay’s website at www.jaysherwin.com.

Writing Into and Through the Winter Season

In-person

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.

I’m Ready to Submit My Writing to Magazines and Journals – But How?

Via Zoom

You’ve got a few pieces you’re proud of, but how do you get started in the world of submissions? What are the mistakes you want to avoid? In this workshop, you’ll learn where to find publications that are looking for work, proper manuscript format, and submission etiquette. You’ll also draft a cover letter bio appropriate for submissions. And we’ll even talk about those dreaded rejections. You’ll walk out with all the basics to get started submitting — plus a cover letter you can continue to build on.

Topics:

1)  Finding open calls and publications

2)  A look at a journal’s website

3)  A look at Submittable

4)  Submission etiquette

5)  Submission format

6)  Rejections

7)  Cover letter

The fee for the one-day workshop is $50 and is limited to 8 students.

All students must register by Friday, November 4 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.

Writing Memoir: Let’s Begin

In-person

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.

Poetry for Everyone

Find your poetic voice in this 90-minute session. Students will learn how to express themselves through several types of poetry. We’ll read some poems, look at how they are constructed and discuss how to generate ideas for poems. We’ll try out some fun creativity experiments. Each student will have the opportunity to write at least one poem of their own. The instructor will provide prompts and instructions for a variety of poetry forms.

The fee for the workshop is $35. Class size is limited to 20 attendees.

Bonnie Riedinger is a writer and artist. Her poetry has been published in journals based in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia.  She received her MFA in poetry and fiction from The Ohio State University and has taught creative writing at several colleges and universities. She has been a journalist and editor with non-fiction publications in numerous newspapers and magazines including the Writer’s Chronicle. She enjoys helping students, whether beginning or advanced, advance their writing goals and experience the joy of creativity.

**Our top priority is the safety of our students, instructors & staff. Please note: classes may be cancelled if we feel it is not safe, and your tuition will be refunded.

COVID POLICYOnly 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.

Where I’m From: An Introduction to Memoir

with Cathy Capuano, facilitator

In this workshop, students will explore connections between where they’re from and who they are. In a supportive environment, students will use a work of George Ella Lyon’s Where I’m From as an anchor text to generate their own material. Students will be led in an exercise of remembering, reflecting, and recording. The class will include brainstorming, writing, and optional sharing.

This class serves as an introduction to a six-week class on memoir writing led by Nancy McMillan, which begins the following week, Friday, October 7, at the same time.

The fee for class is $35. Class size is limited to 8 students.

Catherine Capuano received a B.A. in English from Saint Joseph College. She later went on to earn degrees in law, library science, and liberal studies. As an employee of the Connecticut Judicial Branch, she worked as a Special Assistant State’s Attorney, a clerk for criminal matters, and a law librarian. Since retiring, she has served as a book discussion facilitator for Connecticut Humanities and as a presenter in the OLLI program at UCONN.

**Our top priority is the safety of our students, instructors, & staff. Please note: classes may be cancelled if we feel it is not safe, and your tuition will be refunded.

COVID POLICYOnly 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.

Revise That Short Story!

Via Zoom

You have a short story you’re trying to finish, but it’s not quite there yet.  It needs some editing, some polishing, some suggestions from fellow writers with similar goals. Bring that work-in-progress and your concerns to this six-week class.  You’ll have the opportunity to workshop your piece multiple times so you can receive feedback, discuss your story, and make revisions. We’ll focus on craft issues such as point of view, dialogue, setting, character development, and effective use of language to help you improve that not-quite-there-yet short story. All fiction genres, including flash fiction and children’s/YA fiction, welcome!

The fee for this 6-week class is $240. Class size is limited to 8 students.

Students must register by Tuesday, April 5 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.