SBWC provides weekly time that I rely on to practice my craft with others. There is value in learning when my spontaneous work contains valuable bits. I easily feel hyper-critical, writing alone each day, and it helps when respected colleagues comment, “that works”, or point out “the voice in your narrative is clear”. I consider time spent in SBWC sessions important to the maintenance of my writing repertoire, and I count on SBWC writers for their insights and encouragement.

Robert Donahue, recently published “Whether” in Dual Coast Magazine

 

Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative offers three 10-week creative writing sessions a year, as well as monthly critique groups. Registrations for writing groups open in August, December and March for each of the three sessions. The writing groups are free and open to the public, but registrations are first come, first served. Critique groups meet year round and fill as writers connect with SBWC.  The 2020 Winter Writing Groups are supported in part by a grant from the Lancaster Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. 

Currently SBWC offers six creative writing groups which meet at three different library locations on different days and times during the week. Each group offers distinctive options for creative writing, so please read through the descriptions below to learn more about each group to decide which group may best fit your needs. All groups are free to the public, but gifts are always appreciated to continue SBWC’s mission of offering free to low-cost writing opportunities.

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SBWC invites writers to contact us if they are interested in critique. SBWC both facilitates beginning groups and acts as a clearinghouse, connecting experienced writers looking for a new workshopping community.  SBWC current has both day time and evening groups meeting in three different towns. NEW GROUPS FORM THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. To find out more about the SBWC critique groups, or if you would like to join or start a critique group, CLICK HERE.

2019-2020 Creative Writing Group Schedule

REGISTRATIONS CURRENTLY CLOSED. SPRING REGISTRATION WILL OPEN February 12th: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

NO REGISTRATIONS FOR THE SPRING SESSION WILL BE ACCEPTED BEFORE FEBRUARY 12th AT 8 PM.

Mondays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the History Rm at Reuban Hoar Library, 41 Shattuck Street, Littleton, MA
Fall Session: September 9 – November 25 (don’t meet the 10/14 and 11/11 holidays)
Winter Session: January 6 – March 16 (don’t meet the 2/17 holiday)
Spring Session: March 23 – June 8 (don’t meet the 4/20 and 5/25 holidays)
Facilitator: Paula Castner

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In the Monday 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.

Paula Castneris a co-founder and the Chief Operating Officer of Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative as well as a producing playwright, published freelance writer and workshop facilitator.

 

Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Trustees Room at Thayer Library, 717 Main St., Lancaster, MA
Fall Session: September 10 – November 12
Winter Session: January 7 – March 10
Spring Session: March 24 – May 26
Facilitator: Ann Connery Frantz

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The Tuesday morning creative writing group is based on the belief that every person is a writer and strives to provide a safe environment where writers at all levels of experience can experiment, learn, and develop craft. Each week writers are given 20 minutes for spontaneous writing using provided prompts, 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.

This workshop meets 2 hours weekly for ten weeks in the fall, winter and spring. Class size is limited.

Ann Connery Frantz is a co-founder of the Seven Bridge Writers Collaborative in Lancaster and a retired journalist turned freelance fiction and nonfiction writer and editor.

 

Tuesdays, 6 to 8 p.m. in the Couper Rm at Reuben Hoar Library, 41 Shattuck Street, Littleton, MA
Fall Session: September 10 – November 12
Winter Session: January 7 – March 10
Spring Session: March 24 – May 26
Facilitator: Lucinda Bowen

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In the Tuesday evening group writers practice writing and reading their writing together. Writers of all experience levels, genres, and styles are welcome. Each week the facilitator will offer a variety of prompts to get the creative juices flowing and will write alongside the other participants.

Writers write for 25 minutes and then practice reading their writing to one another. It is a gift to offer raw writing to the group, and the group will do their best to receive it as such. Everyone is in the same boat – what one person wrote is just as weird, half-baked, and surprising as what another person wrote. As writers read, the group will listen carefully, so they can offer feedback. The feedback will always be positive, specific, supportive, and generative.

No one is obligated to either read their work or offer feedback in this group, but remember that writing, reading, listening, and responding are all linked practices, designed to work together to nurture us as creative beings. This group is a good place to take risks, try things out, and allow oneself to grow.

This workshop meets 2 hours weekly for ten weeks in the fall, winter and spring. Class size is limited.

Lucinda Bowen is a freelance writer and writing group leader in Harvard, Massachusetts. Her essays, features, and profiles regularly appear in the Harvard Press. She also co-leads a women’s writing workshop and has given public poetry reading appearances. When she is not writing, you can find her running, knitting or tending her backyard flock of chickens.

 

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA

(sponsored by a grant from the Greater Worcester Community Foundation)

Fall Session: September 11 – November 13
Winter Session: January 8 – March 11
Spring Session: March 25 – May 27
Facilitator: Winona Wendth

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Do you know what you want to say but can’t seem to find a way to say it? Or are you looking for effective ways to develop those ideas or sketches in your notebooks or journals? Do you sense that your writing is complete but not “finished”? The Wednesday evening creative writing group is designed for writers who want to develop the tools they need for their own projects. The group produces writing shared in a workshop setting generated by in-group and at-home prompts. Examples of exercises include those that focus on point of view, description, rhythm and texture, voice and dialogue, working with the senses, character description, and exposition. The workshop is open to writers on any level. While positive feedback is given, constructive feedback is also solicited and expected.

This workshop meets 2 hours weekly for ten weeks in the fall and ten in the winter and spring. Class size is limited..

Winona Winkler Wendth holds an MFA in literature and writing with an emphasis on creative non-fiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She teaches writing, literature, and other humanities courses at Quinsigamond Community College. Wendth has been a workshop leader in Lancaster since 2011 and a writing mentor since 2009. Her work appears frequently in print and online literary journals and was listed in Best American Essays/2010. She writes both fiction and creative non-fiction and is working on a collection of memoiristic essays as well as a short novel.

 

Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Trustees Rm at Thayer Library, 717 Main St, Lancaster, MA
Fall Session: September 12 – November 14
Winter Session: January 9 – March 12
Spring Session: March 26 – May 28
Facilitator: Paula Castner

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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.

Paula Castner is a co-founder and the Chief Operating Officer of Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative as well as a producing playwright, published freelance writer and workshop facilitator.

 

Fridays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Trustees Room at Thayer Library, 717 Main St., Lancaster, MA
Fall Session: September 13 – November 15
Winter Session: January 10 – March 13
Spring Session: March 27 – May 29
Facilitator: Bllu Catalano

In the Friday morning creative writing group writers write spontaneously for 20 minutes, using provided prompts. This writing group follows a collaborative approach where the facilitator solicits feedback and suggestions from the participants in the group to adjust the sessions as warranted. Writers have an opportunity to read their pieces aloud to the whole group. In this group, writers will receive positive reinforcement and encouragement and will also be given constructive, solicited feedback about further directions writers can pursue for their individual pieces. This group focuses on opportunities for improving drafted writing. 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.

This workshop meets 2 hours weekly for ten weeks in the fall, winter and spring. Class size is limited.

Bllu Catalano has been teaching writing and arts for 25 years. She also teaches at the Perkins School and the Roudenbush Community Center. She co-founded Women in Motion, the influential women’s production group at Emerson College. She’s also directed theater arts programs such as the Herring Run Arts Festival and worked with Nova and Frontline. While teaching English at Bunker Hill Community College, she helped found the Quill, an award-winning literary journal. A historian, Bllu received her education in communication and history from Emerson College. She has spent the past dozen years immersed in the Viking past to pen a fiction series. Her story excerpt Sigrdrífa was wait-listed for the 2019 Breadloaf Writers Conference.