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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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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
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. Well 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
14
7:00 PM19:00

"Unifyng 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
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
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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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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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
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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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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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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Jan
28
6:00 PM18:00

Expressive Arts - How Art Moves Your Soul Workshop

Welcome to Expressive Arts methods: An engaging experience with different modes of art making and materials—clay, painting, stitching, moving, sound, writing—to understand your potential for insight, creative curiosity, self-care, and deep connection. If you are interested in an opportunity to explore how art moves your soul, and your soul moves your art, this is the class for you!

This class meets Monday evenings from January 28 through February 18.

Cost: $136 for members; $160 for non-members

Registration: Register on the AVA website.

Contact: AVA Gallery and Art Center

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Jan
26
1:00 PM13:00

Bookbinding Journals Workshop

Come learn how to hand-bind an art journal! Participants will learn the whole process, starting by selecting beautiful handmade papers to sewing the open-spine binding using traditional techniques, resulting in a high-quality journal for writing, drawing, doodling ... or whatever your heart desires! We will also learn how to make a button closure for our books. Participants will leave with a handmade book and a wealth of knowledge.

Cost: $85, includes materials

Registration: Register online or call (802) 888-1261

Contact: River Arts

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Jan
26
1:00 PM13:00

"Bookbinding Art Journals" Workshop with Nancy VanWinkle

Come learn how to hand-bind an art journal! Participants will learn the whole process, starting by selecting beautiful handmade papers to sewing the open-spine binding using traditional techniques, resulting in a high-quality journal for writing, drawing, doodling ... or whatever your heart desires! We will also learn how to make a button closure for our books. Promises to be a full-immersion experience in book-binding; participants will leave with a handmade book and a wealth of knowledge.

Cost: $65

Registration: Register online or call (802) 888-1261

Contact: River Arts

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Jan
19
10:00 AM10:00

Travel Writing for the Fearless Workshop, with Dan Szczesny

From the other side of town to the other side of the world, bringing a sense of place to your writing takes more than knowing geography: you have to get comfortable with discomfort! Immersing yourself into another culture is never easy. In this workshop, we’ll explore how to be a fish out of water—the pitfalls, dangers and joys of exploring another culture and how to turn that experience into a sellable travel essay or travelogue. Be prepared to bring your own travel adventure, or one you want to take, to the discussion. This workshop will be led by author Dan Szczesny.

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

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

Registration: The workshop is limited to 12 students. Register now to ensure your spot.

Contact: New Hampshire Writers’ Project

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Jan
19
8:30 AM08:30

Honing Your Craft: Writing that Sizzles

The League of Vermont Writers' winter program, "Honing your Craft: Writing that Sizzles," will feature talks and workshops by two well-published Vermont authors: Julia Shipley and Sean Prentiss.

Julia Shipley will discuss how to make writing, whether it's a poem, essay or story, more impactful by asking "But why?" She will explore how writers can improve their writing by asking that question to determine what's smoldering at the core of their work, using examples from her own writing journey as well as those of others.

Sean Prentiss will build on the concepts presented by Shipley as he examines perceptions and misperceptions of time. In his talk, "Bengal Tiger Moments: Perception of Time on the Page," he will explain how writers can use tools, such as the five speeds of scene and three incident frequencies, to make words align with how time might move in the real world.

Both speakers will lead workshops to help writers apply these ideas to their own work. Participants are asked to bring a favorite story, poem or book by a writer they admire as well as a piece of their own creative writing. The agenda also includes the League's annual business meeting.

The program is open to writers of all abilities.

Cost: $46 for League members; $56 for non-members. Includes morning refreshments and lunch.

Registration: The deadline to register is January 6. Register online or by sending a check, payable to “League of Vermont Writers,” to LVW, P.O. Box 5046, Burlington, VT 05402. Please write "Winter Program 2019" on the memo line.

Contact: The League of Vermont Writers

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Dec
1
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 the Saint Albans Museum in Saint Albans, Vermont.

Cost: $95 ($50 for students)

Registration: Register online, by email (info@vermontfolklifecenter.org) or by phone (802-388-4964).

Contact: Vermont Folklife Center

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Nov
17
1:00 PM13:00

Become a Centurion: Strategies for Submission and Rejection Workshop

NaNoWriMo too easy? Become a Centurion by earning 100 poetry, essay, or short-story rejections in twelve months. Lead by R. W. W. Greene, this two-hour workshop hosted by the New Hampshire Writers’ Project will “take you through the steps of submitting your work, the mystery of rejectomancy, and the best methods of recuperation from a ‘thanks but no thanks.’”

Cost: $50 for NHWP members; $75 for non-members

Contact: New Hampshire Writers’ Project

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Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

Rewriting: A Guide For the Perplexed Workshop

You are looking at a sentence that doesn’t work, a scene that has gone flat, an essay with a weak ending and pages and pages of scribbled notes from your writers workshop. Diagnosing writing problems is easy; prescribing the right treatment is hard. So how do you cure a sick manuscript?

Join author James Patrick Kelly in this workshop that will look at specific techniques you can use to work on your narratives and questions you will have to answer to before you can proceed. We’ll consider the difference between revising on the fly during composition and re-configuring a finished draft. We’ll also discuss how to respond to comments from your editor.

This is an online workshop.

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

Registration: Register now to ensure your spot.

Contact: New Hampshire Writers’ Project

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Nov
3
10:00 AM10:00

Oral History: An Introduction

Do you have an interview project in mind but don’t quite know where to begin or how to proceed? This workshop can help you move your project forward. “Oral History: An Introduction 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 Dorset Historical Society in Dorset, Vermont.

Cost: $95 ($75 for Dorset Historical Society members; $50 for students)

Registration: Register online.

Contact: Vermont Folklife Center

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Nov
2
4:00 PM16:00

Fielder Farm Retreat

Sun Dog Poetry Center is excited to offer its Fifth Annual Poetry Retreat, which will take place from the afternoon of Friday, November 2 through the afternoon of Sunday, November 4 at Fielder Farm in Huntington, Vermont. The goal of the retreat is to create a network of poets who are interested in discussing poetry in depth and who are willing to support each other in their creative work. We believe this will be an opportunity for each of us to learn something significant about poetry, whether it is about our own work or about poetry in general.

The retreat includes accommodations at beautiful Fielder Farm, all meals, two workshop sessions during which you’ll receive and give feedback, a talk about the craft of poetry with discussion, opportunities to read your work, time for writing, reading, and relaxing, and mini-workshop choices.

Cost: $100 to $350; a deposit of $100 is required to secure your place.

Registration: To reserve your spot and pay the deposit, please visit the retreat page.

Contact: Sun Dog Poetry Center

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Oct
26
2:00 PM14:00

Folktales, Fairy Tales, Monsters, Myths & Legends: A Comics Workshop

  • University of Vermont, Billings Library, Marsh Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join New Hampshire teaching artist Marek Bennett for this hands-on comic creation lab, featureing source materials from UVM Special Collections, the Vermont Folklife Center, or materials you bring along.

We’ll look at basic techniques of cartooning and comics creation, then try our hands at drawing original comics based on folk tales, fairy tales, myths and legends. Our discussions will address elements of readability, visual impact, point of view, research, and the  responsibilities of the artist as an interpreter of traditional tales and cultures.

This event will be held at the Billings Library at the University of Vermont.

Registration: The workshop is limited to 25 participants. Registration is required.

Contact: Vermont Folklife Center

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Oct
15
7:00 PM19:00

Get Published! Literary Magazines Workshop

Are you a writer seeking to publish your work? Lisa Buckton, writer and Poetry Editor, will guide you through the steps of sending out work to print and digital literary magazines. You’ll learn behind-the-scenes tips and tricks, plus gain resources to navigate the complex submissions process, and knowledge you can put to use straight away. (Note: This workshop will focus on magazine-based publications, not literary agents, chapbook, or book publications.)

*Words & Pictures is on the 2nd floor of an old building without elevator access. Must be able to climb a flight of stairs.*

Cost: By donation

Contact: Words & Pictures

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Oct
13
10:30 AM10:30

Burlington Book Festival

  • UVM Alumni House and Silver Pavilion (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Burlington’s 14th annual celebration of the written word kicks off Friday, October 12 and runs through Sunday, October 14.

All events take place at the UVM Alumni House and Silver Pavilion unless otherwise noted.

10:30 am

11:30 am

  • Reeve Lindbergh: Two Lives

  • T. R. Hummer: After the Afterlife

  • Exploring Dimensionality in Narrative: A Panel - Nina Gaby, Cynthia Close, Josh (J.) Turk, and Jill Abilock, moderated by Rachel Moore. The panel will discuss dimensions in writing and art and will present a slide show of recent projects. Members of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont will have a demo and exhibit in conjuntion with this presentation.

12:30 pm

1:30 pm

2:30 pm

3:30 pm

4:30 pm

7:00 pm

  • America: The Movie - An Evening with Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight). A benefit for the Burlington Book Festival, this ticketed event features a screening of film excerpts with live directorʼs commentary and an audience Q&A followed by a reception and book signing. Emceed by Vermont International Film Foundation Director Orly Yadin. $15. Purchase tickets in advance online at sevendaystickets.com.

Contact: Burlington Book Festival

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Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Vox Pop Workshop

Vox pop,” from the Latin phrase “vox populi,” means “voice of the people.” In the context of media-making and storytelling, the vox pop is used to hear many different answers to the same question. 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 for community-based research projects.

We’ll begin with an introduction to the Vermont Folklife Center’s work and our approach to cultural research and media production. Participants will be invited to discuss their own projects (prospective or in progress) and the ways VFC staff and resources might offer support or guidance. Then we’ll explore the range of tools, technologies, and methods involved in collecting audio field recordings and interviews. You’ll put your skills to work immediately as we hit the streets to practice interviewing folks around Middlebury, and then come back and begin the process of editing your Vox Pop recordings into a short audio piece. By the end of the day you will have learned the basics of interviewing, audio recording and editing. You will have a new set of skills and connections to bring to your personal or community projects.

Cost: $95 ($50 for students)

Registration: Attendance is limited to 14 participants. The registration deadline is October 12. Register online.

Contact: Vermont Folklife Center

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Oct
12
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.

Cost: $95 ($50 for students)

Registration: Attendance is limited to 14 participants and the registration deadline is October 11. Register online, by email (info@vermontfolklifecenter.org) or by phone (802-388-4964).

Contact: Vermont Folklife Center

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Oct
9
9:00 AM09:00

Share Your Heart, Share the World! Student Intensive

Join Sun Dog Poetry Center for a student intensive workshop featuring guest poet, Vermont Poet Laureate Chard deNiord. This is event is part of the annual "Share Your Heart, Share the World" event.

This event will be held at the Bishop Booth Conference Center in Burlington, Vermont.

Contact: Sundog Poetry Center

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Oct
6
8:30 AM08:30

Other Paths to Publication: Independent Presses & Self Publishing

The League of Vermont Writers hosts its Fall Program, Other Paths to Publication: Independent Presses & Self Publishing. The speakers and their presentations for the day are: Sonja Hakala presenting, “What Would William Shakespeare do in Today’s Publishing Landscape,” Ed Vincent presenting, “Details, Details, Details: The Crash-Course in Going the Independent Publishing Route," and Bill Schubart presenting, “The Publishing Journey Requires Perseverance, Courage, and Humility: Tips and Life Lessons from a Pro.”

During the day there will be two genre "break0out" sessions where writers will collaborate on a group activity, network, swap business cards, and dialog about current writing projects and publications.

The event will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Shelburne, Vermont.

Cost: $42 for members; $63 for non-members.

Registration: Pre-registration is required. The registration deadline is September 21. Register online or by sending a check (made out to "League of Vermont Writers") to League of Vermont Writers, P.O. Box 5046, Burlington, Vermont, 05401.

Contact: League of Vermont Writers

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Sep
29
10:00 AM10:00

Vox Pop Poetry Slam Tournament

  • New Hampshire Institute of Art (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Two days - 50 poets - Over $1000 in prizes - Winner take all!

Saturday workshops

NHIA | Lowell Hall | 88 Lowell Street | Manchester, NH

  • Workshop #1 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm - Asking The Shadow To Dance w/Clementine von Radics

  • Workshop #2 - 12:15 to 2:15 pm - Ode to Dystopia w/Porsha O

  • Workshop #3 - 2:30 to 4:30 pm - The Myth Myself w/CE Bain

For a complete workshop schedule and info, go to: www.tinyurl.com/VOXPOP2018workshops

Saturday Team Slam

NHIA | French Hall | 148 Concord Street | Manchester, NH

Doors open at 6:00 pm; show starts at 7:00 pm. This is an all ages show.

Cost: $5 cover

Contact: New Hampshire Institute of Art

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Sep
15
8:00 AM08:00

New Hampshire Poetry Festival

The Annual New Hampshire Poetry Festival is an exciting event celebrating the reading and writing of poetry. The day culminates with a headliner reading by Linda Pastan, Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize Winner for lifetime achievement.

Held in the scenic town of Henniker, New Hampshire, on the New England College campus, the 2018 event will include readings, panels, and workshops by poets from New Hampshire, across the country, and around the world.

Cost: $55 - $120

Registration: Registration is required

Contact: New Hampshire Poetry Festival

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Sep
14
5:00 PM17:00

Poetry & Food: Two Things the Mouth Loves - Weekend Retreat

Join Sundog Poetry Center for a weekend (September 14 to 16) of cooking and eating food intermingled with writing, reading, and reciting poetry. We will focus on poetry that engages with food, while also exploring how food is laced with language, culture, and politics. We will be seeking the sensuousness and significance in both oral forms. The retreat features discussions, workshops, readings, and meals.

This event will be held at Fielder Farm in Huntington, Vermont.

Cost: $500 to $1000; a deposit of $250 is due at registration. The balance must be received by September 1.

Registration: To register and pay your deposit, please visit the retreat's registration page.

Contact: Sundog Poetry Center

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Aug
18
1:00 PM13:00

The Prose Poem, "Between the Gap//Interstellar" Workshop with Shir Dentz

In this two-day workshop (August 18-19), author Shira Dentz will help you 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. Each hour we’ll enter a different portal to this liminal space, shifting our starting point from objects to metaphysics to social autobiography to the surreal.

Cost: $275

Registration: Register online

Contact: The Word Barn

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Aug
12
1:00 PM13:00

Mindfulness and Writing: A Workshop with James Crews

In this generative writing workshop, held at the Robert Frost Stone House Museum, we'll examine connections between the practice of meditation/mindfulness and the act of writing fearlessly from the heart. We will complete several exercises and short meditations that invite us to pay closer attention to ourselves, our lives, and the world around us as we do our best to define the term, "mindfulness," and what it means for each of us. Beginners and all skill levels are welcome. You do not need any previous experience with mindfulness, meditation or writing; all you need is a notebook or laptop and an open mind. Email James Crews with any questions you might have: jcrewsjr@gmail.com.

$15 for members/$25 for non-members

Contact: Robert Frost Stone House Museum

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Jul
28
9:00 AM09:00

Bookstock Literary Festival

Bookstock 2018, Woodstock's annual literary festival, is celebrating its 10th consecutive year July 27 to 29 with a superlative array of prominent authors, artists, performers, and teachers.

Headliners of this 10th edition include Richard Russo, Robert Pinsky, Alexander Chee, and Ezzedine Choukri Fishere.

Besides its 30+ presenters, Bookstock includes a huge used book sale and a vintage book sale. Publishers and authors gather in a spacious tent to display their publications and talk to participants about their work.

The Artistree Gallery in nearby South Pomfret stages UNBOUND, an exhibit of artist creations inspired by books. At different venues, workshops are led by talented authors dealing with writing and poetry. Also on the program are a poetry slam and a literary brunch at a local restaurant.

Saturday schedule

9:00 am to 6:00 pm

  • Vintage book sale, Norman Williams Public Library
  • Used book sale, The Green
  • Hire a Poet, The Green: GennaRose Nethercott will write a custom poem for you. Pay her what you'd like. She tours nationally and internationally, composing poems to order for strangers on a 1952 Hermes Rocket typewriter.

10:00 to 10:40 am

11:00 am to 4:00 pm

12:00 to 12:40 pm

1:00 to 1:40 pm

  • Gareth Hinds: Poe: Stories and Poems, Norman Williams Public Library
  • Robin MacArthur: Heart Spring Mountain, St. James Parish Hall
  • Patricia Smith: Incendiary Art, North Universalist Chapel
  • Mark Bray: Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, Woodstock History Center
  • Sean Prentiss: Nature writing workshop, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park

2:00 to 2:40 pm

3:00 to 3:40 pm

  • Alexander Chee: How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, Norman Williams Public Library
  • Garret Graff: Raven Rock, St. James Parish Hall
  • Eileen Myles: Afterglow, North Universalist Chapel
  • Robert Madrygin: The Solace of Trees, Woodstock History Center
  • Tova Mirvis: "What it Means to Write Fiction About the Jewish world," Congregation Shir Shalom

4:00 to 4:40 pm

5:00 to 6:00 pm

  • Author reception, St. James Parish Hall

7:30 pm

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Jul
27
9:00 AM09:00

Bookstock Literary Festival

Bookstock 2018, Woodstock's annual literary festival, is celebrating its 10th consecutive year July 27 to 29 with a superlative array of prominent authors, artists, performers, and teachers.

Headliners of this 10th edition include Richard Russo, Robert Pinsky, Alexander Chee, and Ezzedine Choukri Fishere.

Besides its 30+ presenters, Bookstock includes a huge used book sale and a vintage book sale. Publishers and authors gather in a spacious tent to display their publications and talk to participants about their work.

The Artistree Gallery in nearby South Pomfret stages UNBOUND, an exhibit of artist creations inspired by books. At different venues, workshops are led by talented authors dealing with writing and poetry. Also on the program are a poetry slam and a literary brunch at a local restaurant.
 

Friday schedule

9:00 am to 6:00 pm

  • Vintage book sale, Norman Williams Public Library
  • Used book sale, The Green

9:15 to 11:30 am

  • Daniel Lusk: Wonder writing workshop - Woodstock History Center

11:00 to 11:40 am

  • Andrea Avery: Sonata: A Memoir of Pain and the Piano, Thompson Senior Center

12:00 to 12:40 pm

1:00 to 1:40 pm

2:00 to 2:40 pm

2:30 to 3:10 pm

3:00 to 3:40 pm

4:00 to 4:40 pm

5:30 pm

7:30 pm

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Jul
24
5:00 PM17:00

Occoult Poetics and (Soma)tic Poetry Rituals Workshop with CA Conrad

In this two-day workshop (July 24-25), CAConrad will discuss how occult and paranormal experiences and practices of poets in the past show us the way to trusting these same forces are also alive and at work for us today. CA has successfully used (Soma)tic poetry rituals to overcome depression after the murder of their boyfriend Earth (aka Mark Holmes). CA has also created writing rituals using the night sky to design homemade star constellations, another ritual to experience what the impact of hearing the word “drone” has on the human body, and many others from talking with trees, ghosts, translating Shakespeare’s sonnets with crystals, and coping with the destroyed wilderness of our planet.

Please bring notebooks and pens as we will construct together a (Soma)tic poetry ritual for all workshop participants.

Cost: Sliding scale of $27 to $108; personalized rituals available for workshop participants on Thursday and Friday. Sliding scale of $9-$27.

Registration: Register now for the two-day workshop by sending email to hello@antidotebooks.com

Contact: Antidote Books

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Jul
14
10:00 AM10:00

Mindfulness & Writing: A One Day Workshop with James Crews

James Crews

In this one-day writing workshop, we'll examine connections between the practice of meditation/mindfulness and the act of writing fearlessly from the heart. Using quotes and written works as prompts, we will complete several exercises that invite us to pay closer attention to ourselves, our lives, and the world around us as we do our best to define the term, "mindfulness," and what it means for each of us. Beginners and all skill levels are welcome. You do not need any previous experience with mindfulness, meditation or writing; all you need is an open mind. Email James Crews with any questions you might have: jcrewsjr@gmail.com.

Contact: The Northshire Bookstore to register

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Jul
11
6:00 PM18:00

Tapping into Your Write Brain Workshop

In her exhibition The Firmament, Toyin Ojih Odutola presents an interconnected series of fictional portraits chronicling the lives of two aristocratic Nigerian families. This dynamic workshop fuses an exploration of the Ojih Odutola’s work with a fun and meaningful creative writing exercise using thematic prompts. All writing levels welcome. Leave all self-doubt at the door. Facilitated by a Hood staff member and Joni B. Cole, founder of the Writer’s Center of White River Junction.

Free and open to all.

Registration: Space is limited. Register by July 9.

Contact: Hood Downtown

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