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.

CREATIVE WRITING GROUPS

For 2020-2021 SBWC will offer six creative writing groups which will meet on different days at different times during the week. DUE TO COVID-19, PROGRAMMING MAY BE ONLINE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE. 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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CRITIQUE GROUPS

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.

2020-2021 Creative Writing Group Schedule

TO REGISTER FOR THE 2021 WINTER WRITING GROUPS, CLICK THIS LINK.

PLEASE NOTE: REGISTRATION WILL NOT OPEN UNTIL NOVEMBER 30th, at 8 PM. ANY REGISTRATIONS ENTERED BEFORE THEN WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED BY SBWC.

DUE TO COVID-19, SBWC PROGRAMMING MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. IF LIBRARIES ARE UNABLE TO HOST GATHERINGS, WRITING GROUPS WILL BEGIN ONLINE.

Mondays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the History Rm at Reuban Hoar Library, 41 Shattuck Street, Littleton, MA
2020 Fall Session: September 14 – November 23 (skip 10/12 for holiday)
2021 Winter Session: January 4 – March 22 (skip 1/18 and 2/15 for holidays)
2021 Spring Session: March 29 – June 14 (skip 4/19 and 5/24 for 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 Castner is a co-founder and the Chief Operating Officer of Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative as well as a producing playwright, published freelance writer, workshop facilitator, and the Language Arts director for the Art of Problem Solving Academy in Waltham, MA.

Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Trustees Room at Thayer Library, 717 Main St., Lancaster, MA
2020 Fall Session: September 15 – November 17
2021Winter Session: January 12 – March 16
2021 Spring Session: March 30 – June 1
Facilitator: Ann Connery Frantz

 

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
2020 Fall Session: September 16 – November 17
2021Winter Session: January 12 – March 16
2021 Spring Session: March 30 – June 1
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.

 

Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Trustees Rm at Thayer Library, 717 Main St, Lancaster, MA
2020 Fall Session: September 17 – November 19
2021 Winter Session: January 14 – March 18
2021 Spring Session: April 1 – June 3
Facilitator: Sally Cragin

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, 6 p.m.- 8 p.m THIS GROUP IS BEING OFFERED ONLINE FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR
2020 Fall Session: September 17 – November 19
2021 Winter Session: January 14 – March 18
2021 Spring Session: April 1 – June 3
Facilitator: Ann Connery Frantz

 

The Thursday evening 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.

 

Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. THIS GROUP IS BEING OFFERED ONLINE FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR.
2020 Fall Session: September 17 – November 19
2021 Winter Session: January 14 – March 18
2021 Spring Session: April 1 – June 3
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.

 

Fridays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Trustees Room at Thayer Library, 717 Main St., Lancaster, MA
2020 Fall Session: September 18 – November 20
2021 Winter Session: January 15 – March 19
2021 Spring Session: April 2 – June 4
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. Her story excerpt Sigrdrífa was wait-listed for the 2019 Breadloaf Writers Conference.