In the Thursday morning 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.
Sally Cragin is an award-winning journalist (Boston Phoenix, Boston Globe) and author (Llewellyn Worldwide) whose writing has been translated and sold overseas. Her short plays have been produced in New York City (Love Creek Productions), Provincetown, and throughout Massachusetts. She has also worked as a script doctor for writer/performers who have presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and American Repertory Theatre. Recently, she served as an acting coach for the child actors appearing in the film, “Chimera” (2018) starring Henry Ian Cusick, and she published The Amazing Adventures of C. C. Sewercam with the City of Fitchburg, supported by a Fitchburg Cultural Council Grant. She is the founding director of Riverfront Family Theatre, which has won numerous foundation awards for supporting theatre classes for youth at Boys and Girls Club and area libraries. She is the director for Be PAWSitive Therapy Pets and Community Education, a local non-profit devoted to training therapy pet teams. Be PAWSitive’s first book, “The Therapy Cat Book” is forthcoming this fall from Swan Hope Press.
Thursdays, 10 AM to 12 PM:
2022 Fall Session: September 15th through November 18th
2023 Winter Session: January 19th through March 24th
2023 Spring Session: April 7th through June 9th
This class will meet using Zoom.