REGISTERING:

Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative registration is underway for Fall Writing Groups. Almost all groups are full. Thursdays 6-8pm and Fridays 10-12am still have limited slots. We look forward to working with you!

CREATIVE WRITING GROUPS

Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative offers three 10-week creative writing sessions a year, Registrations for writing groups open in August, December and February for each of the three sessions. The writing groups are free and open to the public, but registrations are first come, first served. 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. A SUGGESTED GIFT FOR A 10- WEEK WRITING GROUP SESSION IS $50. CLICK HERE TO GIVE A GIFT

2021-2022 Creative Writing Group Descriptions (MEETING ONLINE)
MONDAYS 10 AM to 12 PM: Facilitator, Kathy Nollet

In the Monday morning creative writing group, an atmosphere of respect, connection, and collaboration support every writer. Writers choose to write from a prompt or work from their own inspiration for 20 minutes. Afterward, writers read their work aloud, and the facilitator guides a process for positive feedback. Natalie Goldberg’s book Writing Down the Bones provides food for thought and group discussion. As the group builds trust, constructive feedback contributes depth to each writer’s growth. All work produced in the writing workshop is treated as fiction to minimize the personal vulnerability of the writer. In addition, writers are encouraged to independently “read like a writer” in genres that broaden their learning.

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

Kathleen Molloy Nollet holds a PhD in Educational Studies and has interests in cultivating creativity and transformative adult learning. After a career as a musician, she worked as a teacher and principal before teaching educators at Lesley University Graduate School of Education, Brandeis University, Emmanuel College, and Northern Essex Community College.  In addition to academic and professional writing on K-12 teacher professional development, Kathy has taught writing to children and adults and studied novel writing at Grub Street in Boston. She completed her debut novel, The Bob House, and is at work on a second.

MONDAYS, 10 AM to 12 PM:
2021 Fall Session: September 13– November 22 (skip 10/11 for holiday)
2022 Winter Session: January 10 – March 28 (skip 1/17 and 2/21 for holidays) 
2022 Spring Session: April 4 – June 20 (skip 4/18 and 5/30 for holidays) 
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TUESDAYS, 11 AM to 1 PM: 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 of Lancaster wrote and edited at nine newspapers during her career and now works as a freelance writer/editor. Her short story, “Samaritan”, won the 2010 Dr. Neila C. Seshachari Award for best fiction published during 2009 in Weber: The Contemporary West. She writes stories, blogs, and has a book club column, “Read It and Reap”, in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. She is currently polishing a completed novel, Emilee’s Song.

TUESDAYS, 11 AM to 1 PM:
2021 Fall Session: September 14 – November 16
2022 Winter Session: January 18 – March 22
2022 Spring Session: April 5 – June 7
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THURSDAYS, 10 AM to 12 PM: 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, 10 AM to 12 PM:
2021 Fall Session: September 16 – November 18
2022 Winter Session: January 20 – March 24
2022 Spring Session: April 7 – June 9
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THURSDAYS, 6 PM to 8 PM: Facilitator, Marie Stevens

In this Thursday evening let your creativity run wild. Experiment with form, style, and voice in a safe, supportive space with other writers who will take creative risks alongside you. Every writing prompt is its own adventure, so the pieces created in these sessions will be understandably raw and treated accordingly. 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.

Marie Stevens holds degrees from George Mason University and Lesley University and attended the Sarah Lawrence College Summer Seminar for Writers in 2019. She is a 2021 resident of the Rockvale Writers’ Colony in College Grove, TN. Her work has previously been published in The Esthetic Apostle online. She currently works as a special education tutor in Massachusetts.

THURSDAYS, 6 PM to 8 PM:
2021 Fall Session: September 16 – November 18
2022 Winter Session: January 20 – March 24
2022 Spring Session: April 7 – June 9
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THURSDAYS, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM: Facilitator, Winona Wendth

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”? This Thursday 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, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM:
2021 Fall Session: September 16 – November 18
2022 Winter Session: January 20 – March 24
2022 Spring Session: April 7 – June 9
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FRIDAYS, 10 AM to 12 PM: Facilitator, Bllu Catalano

Friday morning writers work in a collaborative atmosphere to explore their style and voice. We employ varied inspirational prompts, with Natalie Goldberg’s book Writing Down the Bones as our main guide. Each meeting participants write spontaneously for twenty minutes. Understanding the vulnerability of fresh drafts, writers are encouraged to read their pieces and participate in constructive feedback with the group. We focus on opportunities for growth and technique. 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.

FRIDAYS, 10 AM to 12 PM:
2021 Fall Session: September 17 – November 19
2022 Winter Session: January 21 – March 25
2022 Spring Session: April 8 – June 10
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This program is supported in part by grantS from the Lancaster and Littleton Cultural Councils, local agencies which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

 

REGISTRATIONS FOR THE 2021-2022 GROUPS WILL OPEN: 

August 22, 2021, for Autumn Registration

December 5, 2021, for Winter Registration

March 6, 2022, for Spring Registration

NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED BEFORE THESE DATES FOR ANY SESSIONS.

TO REGISTER FOR THE WRITING GROUPS WHEN EACH REGISTRATION OPENS: CLICK HERE.