2018 – 2019 Schedule

Registration for the Autumn Session is now open.

Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Thayer Library, 717 Main St., Lancaster, MA
Fall Session: September 11 – November 13
Winter Session: January 8 – March 12
Spring Session: March 26 – May 28
Facilitator: Ann Connery Frantz

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The Tuesday morning creative writing group follows the Amherst Method as described in 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 at all levels of experience can experiment, learn, and develop craft.

In weekly groups writers are given 20 minutes for spontaneous writing using provided prompts, followed by an opportunity to read their work and receive positive 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.

As the group progresses, elements of craft such as point of view, description, voice, or dialogue may be addressed by the weekly prompts.

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

Ann Connery Frantz is a cofounder of the Seven Bridge Writers Collaborative in Lancaster and a retired journalist turned freelance fiction and nonfiction writer and editor. Contact her at ann.frantz@gmail.com

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at  Reuben Hoar Library, 41 Shattuck Street, Littleton, MA
Fall Session: September 12 – November 14
Winter Session: January 9  – March 13
Spring Session: March 27 – May 29
Facilitator: Lucinda Bowen

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

We write for about 30 minutes, and then practice reading our writing to each other. It is a gift to offer your raw writing to the group, and we will do our best to receive it as such. We are all in the same boat – what we wrote is just as weird, half-baked, and surprising as what you wrote. As you read, we listen carefully, so we can offer feedback. Our 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 let yourself 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, 10:00 a.m. – noon at Thayer Library, 717 Main St, Lancaster, MA
Fall Session: September 13 – November 15
Winter Session: January 10 – March 14
Spring Session: March 28 – May 30
Facilitator: Paula Castner

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The Thursday morning creative writing 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.

In the writing group, writers are given 20 minutes for spontaneous writing, using provided prompts, followed by an opportunity to read their work and receive positive 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.

As the group progresses, elements of craft such as point of view, description, voice, and dialogue may be addressed by the weekly prompts.

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 of Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative as well as a playwright, published freelance writer and workshop facilitator. She receives emails at pajamalivingwriting@gmail.com.

Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Thayer Library, 717 Main St., Lancaster, MA
Fall Session: September 13 – November 15
Winter Session: January 10 – March 14
Spring Session: March 28 – May 30
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 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.

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 has been a resident of Lancaster since 1992 and currently 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, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Thayer Library, 717 Main St., Lancaster, MA
Fall Session: September 14 – November 16
Winter Session: January 11 – March 15
Spring Session: March 29 – May 31
Facilitators: Paula Castner, Ursula Wong, and Sally Cragin

 

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The Friday morning creative writing 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.

In the writing group, writers are given 20 minutes for spontaneous writing, using  provided prompts, followed by an opportunity to read their pieces and receive positive 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.

As the group progresses, elements of craft such as point of view, description, voice, and dialogue may be addressed by the weekly prompts.

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 of Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative as well as a playwright, published freelance writer and workshop facilitator. She receives emails at pajamalivingwriting@gmail.com.

Ursula Wong is a retired engineer and a published author who writes gripping stories about strong women struggling against impossible odds to achieve their dreams.

Sally Cragin is an astrologer and published author who writes a column for the Boston Phoenix, can be heard on WCRN-AM in the Worcester/Boston area, and is a theater and arts critic for the Boston Globe.