The Tuesday Prompt Group with Marilyn MacArthur
In the Tuesday evening creative writing group, writers are given 20 minutes for spontaneous writing, in response to a mini craft prompt, followed by an opportunity to read their work and receive positive only reinforcement and encouragement.
In the Tuesday evening creative writing group, writers are given 20 minutes for spontaneous writing, in response to a mini craft prompt, followed by an opportunity to read their work and receive positive only reinforcement and encouragement. The facilitator writes and reads aloud, along with the other participants. All work produced in the writing workshop is treated as fiction to minimize the personal vulnerability of the writer.
The group follows the Amherst Method as described by founder Pat Schneider’s book, Writing Alone and With Others, Oxford University Press, 2003. The Amherst Method is based on the belief that every person is a writer and strives to provide a safe environment where writers of all experience can experiment, learn, and develop craft.
As the weeks progress, elements of craft such as point of view, description, voice, and dialogue are addressed by the weekly prompts to provide practice and to facilitate growth in both the specific craft elements and the general craft of writing.
This workshop meets 2 hours weekly for ten weeks in the fall, winter and spring. Class size is limited.
Tuesdays, 6 PM to 8 PM:
2022 Fall Session: September 13th through November 15th
2023 Winter Session: January 17th through March 21st
2023 Spring Session: April 4th through June 6th
This class will meet using Zoom.
Marilyn MacArthur used to be an English, then a Special Education teacher, and now works as an Activity Director in long-term care. She remains passionate about the power of language to change both our internal landscape and the external… society and culture. She lives in Worcester with her very kingly cat, suckering people into playing board games with her, writing poetry, CNF, and flash, and creating cards for her friends and family members to send to others. ‘I am excited to be part of your life’s journey for a leg of the expedition. Whether it be mountain-climbing or underwater cave spurlunking, I am honored to take a part.’