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Aug
11
2:00 PM14:00

Poetry Workshop with Deborah Brown

Deborah Brown, author of Walking the Dog’s Shadow and the just released The Human Half is leading a monthly Poetry workshop. The workshops are designed to combine lessons and exercises on aspects of craft (image, diction, metaphor) with a small amount of critique and in-group writing. For the novice to the published, 9 to 99 years. Join at the beginning or when you can. Free and all are welcome.

Contact: MainStreet BookEnds

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Sep
14
8:00 PM20:00

New Hampshire Poetry Festival

Join us for the 5th Annual New Hampshire Poetry Festival, an exciting event celebrating the reading and writing of poetry. The festival is organized by two leading New Hampshire literary organizations, The Poetry Society of New Hampshire (PSNH) and New England College MFA in Creative Writing program (NEC MFA).

This year, we are pleased to welcome our headline reader Ilya Kaminsky, author of the widely acclaimed Deaf Republic, and winner of prizes including Poetry magazine’s Levinson Prize and the Pushcart Prize. Our workshop leaders are Chen Chen, Patrick Donnelly, Maudelle Driskell, and Joan Houlihan.

Contact: New Hampshire Poetry Festival

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Jul
20
8:30 AM08:30

Into The Words--League of Vermont Writers Summer Retreat

On July 20 the League of Vermont Writers (LVW) is holding "Into the Words," a summer writing retreat and member showcase, featuring member-led workshops and readings along with a celebration of the League's 90th anniversary.

 Membership in the League is not required to join in the fun, which takes place at LVW member Jerry Johnson's schoolhouse farm in Albany, Vermont, from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. Snacks and water will be provided although participants should plan to bring their own lunch, beverage and lawn chair.

Throughout the day writers will have a choice of four concurrent workshops, each focused on a different aspect of writing and the writer's life. Topics include character development, public speaking and acting techniques for writers, developing an online author platform, blackout poetry, marketing, how to collaborate with an illustrator on a book project and using travel to bring authenticity to writing, among others.

In addition, the event will include exhibits of historical LVW items and a town hall meeting, which will provide an opportunity for members to share favorite memories and reminisce about the League's past and talk about visions for its future. Cake will be served. Members also may display their writing and bring their books to sell.

 The deadline to register is July 15. The fee is $20 for LVW members, $40 for non-members. For information or to register online, go to https://leagueofvermontwriters.org.

 


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Jul
19
10:00 AM10:00

Drawing from the Past, A Nonfiction Comics Workshop with Marek Bennett

We'll look at basic techniques of cartooning and comics creation, then try our hands at drawing original comics based on primary source texts - including letters, diaries, oral history transcripts and recordings, photographs and other materials.

Our discussions will address elements of readability, historical accuracy, point of view, research, and the responsibilities of the artist as an interpreter of historical narratives. Participants each create 1+ pages of original comics drawn from primary source texts, and go home with the skills necessary to continue their work independently. No experience required!

The workshop will be held at the Saint Albans Museum.

Cost: $55-$95

Contact: Vermont Folklife Center

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Jul
14
2:00 PM14:00

Poetry Workshop with Deborah Brown

Deborah Brown, author of Walking the Dog’s Shadow and the just released The Human Half is leading a monthly Poetry workshop. The workshops are designed to combine lessons and exercises on aspects of craft (image, diction, metaphor) with a small amount of critique and in-group writing. For the novice to the published, 9 to 99 years. Join at the beginning or when you can. Free and all are welcome.

Contact: MainStreet BookEnds

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Jul
13
9:30 AM09:30

Music and Poetry Workshop

A crash course in what inspires poets to write songs and composers to use certain poems, and a chance for us to bring our own words and music to life together. We will learn how to set words to music and how accompaniments can serve to illustrate texts. We will receive singing instruction and, of course, get to hear some beautiful music and sing some, too.

Open for all who are interested (you do not have to sing, but it would be nice). Bring your own snack/meals/paper and pencil. And bring friends, too, and children age 10 and up.

  • Morning session: “Text, Music, Rhythm, Improv” with Jeremiah McLane (composer/accordionist) morning session.

  • Afternoon session: Led by soprano Julie Ness. She will help us to sing in a healthy, beautiful way, and will perform too!!

  • 5:00 session with all the performers and teachers: Presentation with readings and music, including poem-songs we composed.

Cost: Free thanks to the Manheim Fund for the Arts (feel free to donate)

Registration: Email unitedchurchofstrafford@gmail.com to register, preferably, but last minute registration when you arrive is OK, too.

Contact: United Church of Strafford

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Jun
18
6:00 PM18:00

Carl R. Small

Join us Tuesday, June 18 at Cafe Renee (right next to the Coolidge Hotel) to celebrate the release of Memories Unleashed: Vietnam Legacy, a new book by hometown author Carl R. Small. Carl’s reading will be followed by a free “prompt” workshop, where everyone is invited to write and share.

The reading starts at 6:30, but come early because Cafe Renee will be serving up light fare and its usual homey, European vibe. Bring something to write on/with. Bring a friend. (Heads up, space is limited.)

Contact: jonibethcole@gmail.com.

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Jun
14
5:00 PM17:00

Frost Farm Poetry Conference

From Friday, June 14 through Sunday, June 16, join a small community of people at the historic Robert Frost Farm learning, reading and writing formal poetry with contemporary award-winning poets in an intimate workshop environment. Choose your focus from a series of offerings designed to provide tools for beginning poets as well as perfect the mastery of published poets.

  • Conference registration includes:

  • A choice of one of five workshops on various aspects of metrical poetry, including a Master class

  • One-on-one meeting with your instructor, who will provide personalized input on your poems (submitted in advance)

  • Keynote speaker: Bruce Bennett

  • Poet in Residence, Rhina P. Espaillat, will be available for individual critiques throughout the conference

  • Saturday afternoon panel: TBD

  • Readings by Frost Farm Prize winner and award-winning conference instructors

  • Opportunity to read your work at the historic Frost Farm during our participant readings

  • Delicious Friday night Welcome Reception on Frost Farm grounds

  • Breakfast and lunch (Saturday and Sunday) and Saturday night dinner

  • Networking and encouragement in a convivial setting with other poetry lovers

Cost: $325

Registration: Register online. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact: The Frost Farm

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Jun
8
1:00 PM13:00

"Helping the Poet Make a Better Poem," Workshop with Steven Cramer

In this three-hour workshop led by poet Steven Cramer, we’ll honor both the critical and creative faculties of our brains (perhaps discovering that they’re closer siblings than we might have thought). We’ll first discuss work-in-process by participants—how many poems by each will depend on how many we are—asking ourselves the only question worth asking in a workshop: how might we help the poet make this poem the best it can be? Then we’ll engage in one or two writing “experiments” designed to encourage using language more as paint than as a vehicle for conveying information, favoring the sensory over making sense. Everyone will be invited, but not required, to read the results of their experiments out loud.

Cost: $65 for NHWP members; $85 for non-members

Registration: Registration is limited to 10 students. Register online to ensure your spot in the class.

Contact: New Hampshire Writers’ Project

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May
18
1:00 PM13:00

Memoir Writing Workshop with Katherine Mayfield

Memoir is one of the hottest-selling genres today. Do you have one cooking in the back of your writer’s mind? Now’s the time to get it on paper! This workshop will get you started. You’ll learn what makes a compelling memoir, how and why to choose a theme, the importance of eflection in memoir, and techniques which are specific to the art of memoir-writing. You’ll also learn what “creative nonfiction” means in relation to memoir, and how to weave your truth into a riveting description of your life experiences.

This workshop with Katherine Mayfield is based on the Amherst Writers and Artists Method, and begins with presentation and Q&A, followed by several writing exercises, after which you’ll be invited to read your work if you wish, for positive commentary. Handouts are included. Comments from others are invaluable in learning how to tell your story so that readers can understand the depth and breadth of your experience, and also offer much-needed validation in the intensive process of writing memoir.

Cost: $65 for NHWP members; $85 for non-members

Registration: Registration is limited to 12 students. Register online to ensure your spot in the class.

Contact: New Hampshire Writers’ Project

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May
16
7:00 PM19:00

"Stealing from Theater: Character Creation," Workshop with Will Alexander

Create new characters and expand your understanding of your current cast via theatrical games and exercises in this online webinar. Taught by William Alexander, National Book Award Winner and current chair of the Writing for Children and Young Adults program at VCFA.

Cost: $20 for NHWP members; $30 for non-members

Registration: Register online to ensure your spot in the class.

Contact: New Hampshire Writers’ Project

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May
14
6:30 PM18:30

Poetry and Haiku Printing Workshop

  • Dartmouth College, Baker-Berry Library, Book Arts Room 25 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

If you have a poem or several poems that are aching to be printed, the Book Arts Workshop can help you print them. Using the traditional letterpress process of movable type, you will receive instruction in type setting, paper selection, press work, and if more than one page, book binding.

We will meet for two 2 1/2-hour sessions with extra time available during our many open studio times.

This workshop will meet in Book Arts Room 25 in the Baker-Berry Library on the Dartmouth College Campus.

Contact: Dartmouth College Book Arts Workshop

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May
12
2:00 PM14:00

Poetry Workshop with Deborah Brown

Join former UNH English professor Deborah Brown, author of Walking the Dog’s Shadow and the just released The Human Half, for a monthly Poetry Workshop. Bring a poem you like. The first session will include discussion of our format. For the novice to the published, 9 to 99 years. Join at the beginning or when you can.

Contact: MainStreet BookEnds

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May
7
7:00 PM19:00

Walt Whitman's Birthday and Compost Awareness Week Celebration

Come celebrate International Compost Awareness Week (May 5 to 11) and the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman’s birth (May 31, 1819) with a reading of Whitman's post-Civil War poem, "This Compost," a celebration of the earth's redemptive power.

After the reading, Hanover photographer Evelyn R. Swett will guide us in two response activities. You can choose to create a written response to the poem, or to create a "Compost Collage" to mark the arrival of spring, with materials that will be provided. Evelyn will have some of her Compost Composition photographs on display as well.

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May
2
3:00 PM15:00

Lyrical Prose Workshop

This creative writing course will center on writing beautiful prose, either fiction or nonfiction. The writer Frances Cannon will guide students through three phases: craft, create, and critique. In the first stage, Frances will address basic writing techniques to employ and to avoid, including elements of lyrical prose and pitfalls of introductory writing. Then, she will guide the students in generative sessions, with writing prompts and tips. During this phase, students may optionally expand upon projects that they already have up their sleeves, or they can begin anew. Finally, once the students have built a small body of work, either fresh work generated during this course or recent work from students’ passion projects, then each individual will have an opportunity to share and receive constructive feedback from both Frances and fellow students.

This four-session class will take place on Thursdays, from May 2 through May 23.

Cost: $100. Scholarships are available.

Registration: Register online. This class is open to writers aged 15 and older.

Contact: Shelburne Craft School

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Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

603: The Writers' Conference

The 603: The Writers’ Conference is a day-long event of classes, panels, and inspiration for New Hampshire authors and writers held every spring. This year’s keynote speaker is Gregory Maguire. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Art of Storytelling.” This year’s conference includes two literary agent pitch sessions for an extra fee.

Cost: $165 for NHWP members; $185 for non-members; $95 for students (valid current student ID required at check-in). Participation in an optional literary agent pitch session is an additional $95 fee.

Registration: Register online. If you sign up for one of the literary agent pitch sessions, you will be contacted to send in writing your elevator pitch and 5 to 7 pages of your manuscript for editorial review before the event.

Contact: New Hampshire Writers’ Project

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Apr
25
6:00 PM18:00

"The Stories Our Bodies Tell" Workshop

Artist Wangechi Mutu stated, "Females carry the marks, languages and nuances of their culture more than the male. Anything that is desired or despised is always placed on the female body."

Through this lens, using conversation and writing prompts, we will explore the female figure across cultures and time.

Registration: Space for this free program is limited. Register online by April 22.

Contact: Hood Museum of Art

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Apr
23
5:30 PM17:30

Spring Writing Workshop

It’s greening up out there. Let’s gather, and share our work with one another, and bring our projects (long-brewing or brand new) out of hibernation and into the light! This supportive, encouraging and semi-formal workshop is for writers of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry. (Short stories, novels, essays, lyric essays, memoirs, poems, hybrid forms, etc.) Both new and established writers are welcome, though we do have an application process for this intimate session.

This five-week workshop will have a maximum of ten participants, accepted on a first come, first serve basis. We will get to know one another and our goals. We will do some generative work, talk a lot about process and some about craft, and create a generous circle of (gentle) feedback.

To apply, please send a one or two paragraph letter of introduction describing your work and your intentions via the contact page. We will then contact you requesting a 5 page writing sample. This is an opportunity to offer time, dedication, and the gift of reflection to the writing project of your choice—perhaps something new, or a manuscript you’ve been working on (or dreaming of working on) for years.

This workshop meets five times, Tuesdays from April 23 through May 21.

Cost: $180

Contact: Word House

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Apr
23
5:30 PM17:30

Spring Writing Workshop with Robin MacArthur

This supportive, encouraging and semi-formal workshop, led by Robin MacArthur, is for writers of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry. (Short stories, novels, essays, lyric essays, memoirs, poems, hybrid forms, etc.) Both new and established writers are welcome, though we do have an application process for this intimate session.

This five-week workshop will meet on Tuesdays, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, from April 23 through May 28.

Registration: To apply, please send a one- or two-paragraph letter of introduction describing your work and your intentions via our contact page. We will then contact you requesting a 10-15 page writing sample.

Cost: $180, which includes a 30-minute one-on-one consultation with the instructor. (There are two scholarships available.)

Contact: Word House

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Apr
13
10:00 AM10:00

"Vox Pop and Audio Storytelling" Workshop

“Vox pop,” from the Latin phrase “vox populi,” means “voice of the people.” In this workshop we’ll use the Vox Pop as an entry point to learn the concepts and methods behind interviewing, audio-recording and audio-editing. We’ll also talk about how vox pops and other audio stories can be shared through podcasting and other audio-based platforms.

Vox Pop and Audio Storytelling is intended for anyone interested in developing collaborative documentary or digital storytelling skills. This includes students, community members, staff members of organizations doing cultural, community and social-service work or anyone looking to make a first effort at media production. No prior experience is needed. The VFC will provide all necessary equipment; if you have your own equipment that you prefer to use, you are welcome to bring it.

Cost: $95 ($55 students)

Registration: Register by calling (802) 388-4964

Contact: Vermont Folklife Center

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Apr
13
9:30 AM09:30

People Need Stories: League of Vermont Writers Spring Program

Explore the art of storytelling and learn how to shape your writing to tell a compelling story. The agenda includes talks by three writing professionals, a tour the town library for a librarian's perspective on books and writing, and a generative writing exercise with local writer Amy Braun. The program concludes with a Q&A on storytelling and books.

Cost: $54 for members; $74 for non-members

Registration: Register by April 9 online or by sending a check, payable to “League of Vermont Writers,” to LVW, P.O. Box 5046, Burlington, VT 05402 and write "Spring Program 2019" on the memo line. Mailed registrations must be postmarked by the deadline.

Contact: League of Vermont Writers

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Mar
30
1:00 PM13:00

"Making Scrivener Work for You" Workshop with Steve Carter

  • Southern New Hampshire University, The Ford House (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

What writing tasks do you want to accomplish, and how can Scrivener help? This workshop, led by Steve Carter, will show you how to use Scrivener to: write the first draft; manage characters and settings; develop the structure of your writing; revise; prepare your manuscript to be shared with beta readers, editors, and publishers; make an ebook, and more.

This workshop will be held at The Ford House on the campus of SNHU.

Cost: $50 for NWHP members; $70 for non-members.

Registration: Limited to 12 students. Register online.

Contact: New Hampshire Writers’ Project

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Mar
30
10:00 AM10:00

"Storytelling for Social Change" Workshop

Storytelling is a powerful tool for the documentation of voices, memories and histories. It can also be a catalyst for activism and social change. In this workshop we will explore the ethics and techniques of oral history, ethnography, and storytelling as activist research methodologies.

Attendees will be introduced to these three merging methodologies through a combination of short media pieces and discussions, will be invited to take a critical and analytical look at the history of documentary work, and will learn the basics of skills such as interviewing, story circle facilitation, and ethnographic observation. We will also cover the technical aspects of storytelling, providing an introduction to tools for minimal-resource and mobile audio recording.

This event will be held at Northern Stage in White River Junction, Vermont.

Cost: $95 ($55 students)

Registration: Register by calling (802) 338-4964.

Contact: Vermont Folklife Center

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Mar
23
10:00 AM10:00

"Oral History: An Introduction" Workshop

Do you have an interview project in mind but don’t quite know where to begin or how to proceed? The Vermont Folklife Center is offering “Oral History: An Introduction” to help you move your project forward. This workshop combines discussion of the theories and methods that inform oral history research with practical, hands-on training in oral history interview techniques. The class includes a demonstration interview followed by group discussion of the interview process. Attendees will also work as teams to conduct interviews using provided digital audio recording equipment. The day concludes with reflection on interviewing and a discussion of project ideas.

This event will be held at The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont.

Cost: $95 ($55 for students).

Registration: Register online, or by calling (802) 388-4964

Contact: Vermont Folklife Center

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Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

"Unifying Your Story Around a Meaningful Theme," Workshop with Jeanne Cavelos

Do your stories “tell a truth”? Is it a truth you believe in? Few writers realize that unity is key to creating a powerful and emotionally resonant story, and theme is key to creating a unified story. In this online workshop led by Jeanne Cavelos, we’ll identify themes important to you and explore how to build a story from a theme so it is conveyed in an organic, not preachy, way. A way “that the reader cannot forget.” When the core of your story reflects your heart and mind, your unique way of seeing and understanding the world, it gives readers that experience we all seek: to see life through a new and unforgettable lens.

Cost: $20 for NHWP members; $30 for non-members

Registration: Register online to ensure your spot in the class.

Contact: New Hampshire Writers’ Project

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Mar
9
1:30 PM13:30

Prose Poem Workshop with Shira Dentz

In this two-day workshop, lead by Shira Dentz, we'll explore the elusive form of the prose poem through reading, discussion, writing experiments, and workshop. We’ll read and discuss prose poems by poets including Francis Ponge, Rosmarie Waldrop, Claudia Rankine, and Charles Simic, and unconventional writing prompts will follow each of our discussions. As prelude to each days class, we will do warm-up sensory/language experiments to flex your bodily sense-perceptions, language, and imagination, and we will conclude on the second day with an extended workhop that will give everyone the chance to refine at least one prose poem they drafted through this workshop.

Note: This is a two-day workshop, on March 9 and 10.

Cost: $275

Registration: Space is limited. Register online.

Contact: The Word Barn

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Mar
9
9:00 AM09:00

One Photo, Four Stories Workshop

Use a photo of your choice as a prompt for four separate stories. Get your creative juices flowing and spark your memories in this fun and stimulating workshop. Launch or jumpstart a memoir, a new journal, or create an archive for family or friends. This class is open to all levels. Come with a spirit of fun and a willingness to share!

Cost: $68 for members; $80 for non-members

Registration: Register via the AVA website.

Contact: AVA Gallery and Art Center

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Mar
5
2:00 PM14:00

"Family, Memory, Place: Writing Family Stories" Workshop

What family stories do you carry with you? What story do you tell over and over? What landscape do you cherish the most? One of the deepest human instincts is to tell our life stories, to figure out who we are and what it means to be human. This interactive workshop led by Maura MacNeil explores how the landscapes of our lives shape the stories that we tell. Participants explore the themes of family, memory, and place through sample narratives and a series of short writing exercises, gaining a deeper awareness of how their stories can preserve personal, generational, and communal history.

Contact: New Hampshire Humanities

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Feb
9
1:00 PM13:00

"So You Think You Know Me?" Workshop with Ana E. Ross

In this workshop, Ana E. Ross focuses on three vital elements of characterization in storytelling: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict (GMC). Referencing characters from her books, she explains the importance of authors building such deep, personal relationships with their characters that they seem to jump off the page, right into the readers’ worlds. This interactive workshop invites you to bring a character you’re working on. We will interview your characters and find out everything you need to know about them in order to bring them to life.

Cost: $65 or NHWP members; $80 for non-members.

Registration: Registration is limited to 12 students. Register online.

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