Workshops

PAYMENT POLICIES
* Payment in full is due prior to the start of a class.
* If you have registered for a class but withdraw with less than 72 hours notice before the first meeting, please note you will be charged a $50 cancellation fee. 
* There are no refunds once a workshop begins, and past payment will not be transferred to a future workshop. 
* Workshops are not pro-rated for missed sessions. 

ONLINE WORKSHOPS

Six-Week Online Workshops
Mondays, Mondays, May 9 – June 20, 10 – 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 – 8 p.m. (Skipping May 30) 
Tuesdays, May 10 – June 14, 10 – 11:30 a.m
Wednesdays, June 1 – July 6, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Joni Cole
$200
These small-group workshops are open to writers of creative nonfiction and fiction of all levels. Each group offers participants motivation, personalized instruction on craft, and a small supportive community (6 participants max). Come to the first meeting (and every meeting) with 2-4 pages of something brand new or revised to share for verbal feedback. Our goal is to meet every draft where it is at, and help you write forward productively and with confidence. Pre-registration is required. Contact the instructor at: jonibethcole@gmail.com (Note: we will be using Zoom videoconferencing, which is as easy as clicking on a link sent to you via email)

Writing for Healing and Joy Workshop: An Online Workshop
Six sessions
Tuesdays, February 22 – April 5 (skipping March 15)  6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  *One spot open*
Wednesdays, February 23 – April 6 (skipping March 16), 10:30 – noon *One spot open*
Tuesdays, April 12 – May 17, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, April 13 – May 18, 10:30 – noon
Instructor: Vicky Fish, MSW, LICSW
$150
In this six-week Writing for Healing and Joy Workshop, we will create a safe and supportive environment for you to explore your experiences through the written word. Through writing we discover and can recover parts of ourselves. Writing taps into our wise unconscious, where hidden resources often reside. A favorite quote is “How do I know what I think until I see what I say?” (E.M. Forster)  Through writing we have a chance to understand our stories and perhaps rewrite our stories.
During each session, prompts will be offered as the springboard for in-session writing. Sharing will be encouraged but not required. Prompts will also be offered for your own writing between sessions. While writing is therapeutic, this is not a formal therapy group.  Pre-registration is required. Contact the instructor at: fishvicky1@gmail.com (Note: we will be using Zoom.)  

Prompt & Pinot
TBA
Instructor: Joni Cole
Free (but do something nice for someone for whom you are thankful) 
Looking for a little creative inspiration? Then join us for this fun online expressive writing workshop that uses the time-tested device of a writing “prompt” to help you prime your creative pump.  NO WRITING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED, just a willingness to put pen to page (or fingers to laptop) and discover where your thoughts take you. You’ll also pick up some tips on craft, connect with a creative community, and feel good in the process. This event will be held using Zoom. Space is limited. To register (required), contact: jonibethcole@gmail.com

IN PERSON WORKSHOPS (TBA)

Sunday Surges: A Month of Motivation and Quality Feedback
Sundays
​4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Instructor: Joni Cole
$135
This four-session workshop for fiction and creative non-fiction writers of all levels is a great way to generate new material, revise with direction, and make solid progress on your prose project. Each meeting provides you with a deadline to assure you are producing consistently. Unlike a lot of writer meet-ups, this workshop offers real instruction and specific responses to your work that will help you hone your skills, overcome blocks or boredom, and make the most of your creative process. Not to be under-recognized is the tremendous value of writing within a supportive community. Come to the first meeting with 3-4 pages of something brand new or revised to read aloud. We meet every draft where it is at, and help you move forward from there. (Note: This workshop requires no outside reading.) Preregistration required. Contact: jonibethcole@gmail.com

Women’s Writing Circle
Wednesdays
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Instructor: Joni Cole
$145 (five weeks)
It’s all about freedom of expression, appreciation, and jumpstarting… whatever needs jumpstarting! Join our Women’s Writing Circle to discover for yourself why this workshop is so motivating and uplifting. We write from a “prompt,” and inspire purposeful conversations and connections. We also seem to laugh a lot. (And commiserate, and sometimes cover difficult terrain.) No writing experience is needed at all so leave all self doubts at the door. (There is no wrong way to write from a prompt!) If you are interested in generating ideas for future writing, however, this is one of the easiest and most productive ways to get some first thoughts on the page. Registration is required by contacting:  jonibethcole@gmail.com

Prompt & Pinot
Friday
​6:15 – 8:15 p.m.
Instructor: Joni Cole
$25 per session
Need a little writing inspiration? Here’s a more laid back yet productive one-session workshop that uses the time-tested device of a writing “prompt” (and a glass of Pinot or fizzy water or both) to stimulate your creativity, tap into your story ideas, and release your unique writing voice. You’ll also pick up tips on technique and experience first-hand how motivating and fun it can be to be part of a community of other writers. Open to anyone who wants to imbibe in the creative process.  Registration required. (Minimum enrollment 4; maximum 11.) Contact: jonibethcole@gmail.com

Writing Intensive: Drafting, Developing, and Revising Your Work
Sunday
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Joni Cole
$115
Writers face a lot of very real challenges, from the intimidation of a blank page, to a sense of staleness during the drafting process, to a dearth of quality feedback. Fortunately, there are very real solutions to these challenges—which is the focus of this 3-hour intensive. During this interactive workshop, we’ll cover techniques of narrative craft essential to empowering your prose. You’ll find your muse (and likely not where you expected). And you’ll get instructive feedback to help you write forward productively. (None of those generic responses that leave you deflated, or less than inspired.) Bring 3-4ish double-spaced pages to read aloud. Open to new and seasoned writers serious about making progress. Space is very limited. For info or to register (required), email: jonibethcole@gmail.com.
Note: This Writing Intensive Workshop is happy to go on the road. If your writing group or community (5-8 participants) is interested in hosting this workshop, please contact Joni.  

Writing Personal Stories: A Crash Course for Beginners
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Joni Cole
$65
How do you tap into meaningful material? How do you shape a personal essay to capture and maintain a reader’s interest? What narrative techniques can you use to make your prose vivid and convey emotion? Those are some of the issues we’ll cover in this one-session workshop that will help you start and develop those stories from your life that you’ve long wanted to get on the page. We will be doing in-class writing so please bring a notepad or laptop.  Preregistration required.(Minimum enrollment 4 participants; maximum 8.) Contact: jonibethcole@gmail.com

Create your website with WordPress.com
Get started