9-week writing workshops

with Patricia Lee Lewis at Patchwork Farm Retreat

Tuesday  or Thursday afternoons

Summer or Fall

About Weekly Workshops

Watch the seasons change on this little mountain as I welcome you to the writing circles, the beautiful light, the cottage, the trails, the quiet, the fellowship with other writers, the snacks. It is the perfect chance to make space for your creative self, reconnect, make progress on your writing project, or jump-start your writing.

Our workshop process encourages experienced and beginning writers alike.

Meditation, guided writing sessions, inspiring exercises; individual consultations are included.

My writing workshops and retreats are designed after the process developed by my mentor, Pat Schneider of Amherst Writers & Artists, to help us find our truest voice; to write from the images, memories and feelings we all carry inside ourselves; and to write with greater confidence and skill. The weekly workshop is a wonderful way to take time out and allow the deeper levels of your own creative self to emerge onto the page. Besides all of this, we have fun.

Schedule

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Tuesdays

9 Tuesday afternoons

Summer Series: June 13th to August 8th 

Fall Series: September 12th to November 7th   

Sessions are from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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Thursdays

9 Thursday afternoons

Summer Series: June 15th to August 10th

Fall Series: September 14th to November 9th

Sessions are from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

 

 

*Photos by Alyssa Angus

Business matters

Each series of 9 workshops costs $445 (alums pay $385). Tuition is due one month before the series begins. We can help you with a payment plan if you’d like to set up recurring payments that will have you paid in advance by the balance due date. And you can pay using a credit card via PayPal! Just let us know and we’ll send you a link.

We need a deposit of $100 to hold your spot.

We offer a list of possible substitute writers to help you plan your schedule if you have to miss meetings.

Download our Registration form:   Patchwork Farm Registration FORM

 Contact us here or email Robin at robin@writingretreats.org

Enrollment is limited.

Guidelines for Weekly Writing Workshops

What to expect: We meet together weekly at Patchwork Farm for three hours in a small group. Writers of all levels of experience and of all genres are invited. There are no criteria for acceptance other than a sincere desire and willingness to write and be a constructive group member. Schedule: Afternoons begin at 1:30 and end at 4:30 pm. 

No meals are provided, but I will serve a light snack, tea & coffee. What to bring: Please bring your notebook, pens or lap top, and socks or slippers for indoors. Wear walking shoes or boots for the trails, if you wish to come early and explore.

The writing: We will write in response to exercises I suggest (which you are completely free to ignore!). Always you are encouraged to write whatever you want. We are invited to read the new work aloud and respond to each other’s writing with what is working. To maintain a safe, confidential space in which to write whatever comes to us to write, we follow certain practices in responding to new writing:

  • We hold the writing of others in confidence;
  • We honor the writer by listening carefully;
  • We treat everything as fiction;
  • We refer to the narrator/speaker, not to the author, as the voice of the piece;
  • We remember that while healing often occurs through our writing, this is not a therapy group, and we maintain our focus on the writing;
  • We concentrate on the writing at hand, not on anecdotes of our similar experiences;
  • We are free to write what we want; exercises are offered;
  • We are invited to read;
  • We respond only with what we like, what stays with us, what moves us-and not, at this stage of vulnerability, with what will make it stronger.
  • We invite our inner critic to take a walk!

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