Calendar

Apr
28
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2017
Bar Scott: For the Love of Writing @ TBA
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Calling all writers! If you’ve been writing or wanting to write for years but haven’t felt comfortable sharing your work with others yet, Bar Scott’s workshop is the place to start. And if you’re a writer working on a new project or writing in a new genre and you’re looking for other writers who will give you meaningful feedback to move your project forward, this is the workshop for you. Bar creates a safe, creative, inspiring place to share your writing and your questions about writing with other writers. Exercises and discussion will inspire you to write more, be afraid less. Each attendee will have the opportunity to meet with Bar for a one-on-one session by phone or Skype in the weeks that follow the festival. If you’d like to communicate with Bar before signing up, please do by writing her at bar@barscott.com.

 

bar-scott-woodstock-bookfestBar Scott is a singer-songwriter and memoirist who loves to see other people working with words, rhythm, and creativity almost as much as she loves doing her own work. She has published one memoir, The Present Giver, and a workbook for writers, The Lone Writer’s Writing Club. SheWrites Press, Timber Press, and The Sun Magazine have published her stories. And she has recorded 7 albums of original songs as well as an audio version of her memoir. She is the producer and facilitator of Wet Mountain Valley Writers Workshops, and has been with the Woodstock Writers Festival, now Woodstock Bookfest, since its inception.

 

“I found your presentation spellbinding. If I hadn’t already written a memoir, your workshop of the morning would spur me on to start one…Thanks for your heartfelt time with us. You always pull the best from us and surprise us about ourselves!

-Maria Weber, memoirist and workshop attendee, Buena Vista, CO

 

Just $250 per participant, your day includes a delicious lunch delivered to your workshop, Friday night’s Little Bites and Big Libations (appetizers, spirits and desserts) at a social evening with other participants, our instructors and panelists.

 

Or treat yourself to The Whole Shebang for $450. Here’s what you’ll get:

 

Take in the Story Slam on Thursday night. Join the One Day Intensive of your choosing on Friday, in one of Woodstock’s beautiful private homes, complete with a fabulous lunch. Then sail into the weekend: attending all the wonderful panels, breakfast, both Little Bites and Big Libations Cocktail Parties, both evening events, the Keynote and The Donahue Interview. And share the bounty from our always-stuffed goody bag.

 

 

Beverly Donofrio: Writing Your Life @ TBA
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Are you stuck, looking for a way in, unable to figure out how to proceed, wondering how to make a cohesive story and a compelling read from the raw material that is your life? To master memoirist Beverly Donofrio writing is about diving deep to find your truth, and then shaping your experiences into a story others will not want to put down: because your truth, pain, shame, obsessions, help them face their own. Telling your story not only has the potential to heal the teller, but the reader, too. Beverly will offer in-class exercises designed to unearth memory and approach your material in a safe, fun, and original way. She will instruct you in the craft of plot, setting, and reflection, teach you how to move back and forth in time seamlessly and to write detailed, visually descriptive language.

 

beverly-donofrio-woodstock-bookfest-2016fBeverly Donofrio, called a Master Memoirist by The Daily Beast, has published three memoirs, her first, the bestselling Riding in Cars with Boys, was made into a popular movie, her second, Looking for Mary, was a Barnes and Noble “Discover” pick, and her latest, the critically acclaimed, Astonished, is still collecting accolades. She has published three children’s books, her latest, Where’s Mommy was named by The New York Times a best picture book of 2014, and her essays have appeared in many anthologies and periodicals, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Mademoiselle, Marie Claire, More, Allure, Spirituality and Health, The Village Voice, The Huffington Post and Slate. Her award-winning NPR documentaries can be heard through Sound Portraits. She gives workshops around the country and is currently on the faculty of the low-residency MFA program at Wilkes University. She is working on a collection of essays and life stories.

 

Just $250 per participant, your day includes a delicious lunch delivered to your workshop, Friday night’s Little Bites and Big Libations (appetizers, spirits and desserts) at a social evening with other participants, our instructors and panelists.

 

Or treat yourself to The Whole Shebang for $450. Here’s what you’ll get:

 

Take in the Story Slam on Thursday night. Join the One Day Intensive of your choosing on Friday, in one of Woodstock’s beautiful private homes, complete with a fabulous lunch. Then sail into the weekend: attending all the wonderful panels, breakfast, both Little Bites and Big Libations Cocktail Parties, both evening events. And share the bounty from our always-stuffed goody bag.

Gail Straub: Life Story’s Two Essential Partners, Fact & Imagination @ TBA
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

“All of my writing is based on the premise of the mutability of fact, the mutability of memory. That it is difficult to separate fact and imagination—the lines are very blurry.” Isabel Allende

 

Your inner life, what you make of your story in the realm of your imagination, can be radically different than the outer facts of your life. This is what makes writing about your life so radically liberating. No one can create your story except you. When fact and imagination are in intimate partnership the most transformative and effective writing occurs. Through this partnership hidden patterns emerge, your story begins to fit together not in a linear chronological fashion, but in a fluid mysterious way that is often astonishing. Through lecture, creative writing exercises, and group dialog we practice this critical partnership.

 

These are some of the writing exercises and tools that we will focus on: how to access deeper regions of the imagination and get the linear brain out of the way; practicing the potent trinity of Write, Voice, and Witness; the use of spiritual practice in writing; how to recognize the facts that are important to include in your story; how to marry facts with your imagination in order to write a life story that liberates you; and how to balance fierce discipline with openhearted creativity in the writing process. In addition Gail will spend a short session at the end of the day discussing the pros and cons of both traditional publishing as well as self-publishing.

 

This workshop is appropriate for those who have already been published as well as those aspiring to publish, and, for anyone interested in using writing as a pathway into personal meaning and liberation.

 

gail-straub-woodstock-bookfestGail Straub is the author of five books including the best selling Empowerment, the award-winning feminist memoir Returning to My Mother’s House, and most recently the fairy tale Réveil . . . and the Old One at the Edge of the World. Currently she is working on a book exploring landscape as a pathway to consciousness. A pioneer in the field of empowerment, she co-directs the Empowerment Institute, a school for transformative social change where over the last three decades she has offered her work to tens of thousands of people worldwide.

 

Just $250 per participant, your day includes a delicious lunch delivered to your workshop, Friday night’s Little Bites and Big Libations (appetizers, spirits and desserts) at a social evening with other participants, our instructors and panelists.

 

Or treat yourself to The Whole Shebang for $450. Here’s what you’ll get:

 

Take in the Story Slam on Thursday night. Join the One Day Intensive of your choosing on Friday, in one of Woodstock’s beautiful private homes, complete with a fabulous lunch. Then sail into the weekend: attending all the wonderful panels, breakfast, both Little Bites and Big Libations Cocktail Parties, both evening events, the Friday Night Keynote and The Donahue Interview. And share the bounty from our always-stuffed goody bag.

 

 

Kim Wozencraft: Put It on the Page @ TBA
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

A writer’s biggest challenge is making sure the story in her head makes it to the page. We’ll focus on story and craft: the tactics you can use to pull readers into your story and keep them there. Voice, character, plot, dialogue, theme, scene structure, sentence structure, analogy, metaphor, and even acoustics are elemental to crafting a good story, whether it’s short fiction or a novel. We’ll explore how to use these elements to shape your story and make your writing more powerful, impactful, and moving.

 

kim-wozencraft-woodstock-bookfest-intensive-2017-LRKim Wozencraft has published five novels and is at work on her sixth. Her debut novel, Rush, was made into a feature film starring Jennifer Jason Leigh. Her work has appeared in The Best American Essays, the Los Angles Times, Texas Monthly and numerous literary magazine and anthologies. Kim took her Master of Fine Arts degree at Columbia University, and currently teaches English and writing at SUNY Ulster.

 

Just $250 per participant, your day includes a delicious lunch delivered to your workshop, Friday night’s Little Bites and Big Libations (appetizers, spirits and desserts) at a social evening with other participants, our instructors and panelists.

 

Or treat yourself to The Whole Shebang for $450. Here’s what you’ll get:

 

Take in the Story Slam on Thursday night. Join the One Day Intensive of your choosing on Friday, in one of Woodstock’s beautiful private homes, complete with a fabulous lunch. Then sail into the weekend: attending all the wonderful panels, breakfast, both Little Bites and Big Libations Cocktail Parties, both evening events, the Friday Night Keynote and The Donahue Interview. And share the bounty from our always-stuffed goody bag.

Kitty Sheehan: Revise and Edit Your Writing @ TBA
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

When it comes to writing, who needs to revise?

 

You do. We all do. But where do you start? What are you looking for? How do you decide what to rewrite, what to cut, what to add?

 

In this one-day workshop, editor and writer Kitty Sheehan will walk you through the revision process, a step at a time.

 

Revision and editing are the final polishing steps before you submit a manuscript.

 

If both are done well, your work will have a much better chance to rise above the rest, when it hits the agent’s desk.

 

Here are a few skills you’ll gain after your day with Sheehan:

 

• New confidence in your writing voice
• Quick recognition of the “junk” words in your writing
• Knowing how and when to add details
• Using dialogue to move your story forward
• Making your dialogue match your characters
• Narrowing down your themes and writing to them
• Moving your content around to tell a better story

 

Sheehan will also explain the different kinds of editing your work might undergo, even after you’ve done all the revising you can.

 

You still may need line editing, copy editing, or developmental editing.

 

None of these are the same as proofreading. It’s crucial to know the difference.

 

Come join us and learn how to make your writing instantly better, with some simple revision. Then learn how the proper editing will make it infinitely better.

 

When you cut out the noise, what will you find?
Your voice.

 

kitty-sheehan-woodstock-bookfestWriter, editor and photographer Kitty Sheehan is a former teacher, corporate trainer, consignment store owner, and graphic designer. Kitty is the founder and director of the annual Dartbrook Writers Retreat in Keene, NY. A freelance copywriter, she is also a social media editor and consultant for several brands. She’s been part of several panel discussions on social media trends. Kitty is a frequent contributor to Hudson Valley Magazine, and like almost everyone she knows, is working on a book. Visit her blog at kittysheehan.com and find her on Twitter at @KittyASheehan.

 

Just $250 per participant, your day includes a delicious lunch delivered to your workshop, Friday night’s Little Bites and Big Libations (appetizers, spirits and desserts) at a social evening with other participants, our instructors and panelists.

 

Or treat yourself to The Whole Shebang for $450. Here’s what you’ll get:

 

Take in the Story Slam on Thursday night. Join the One Day Intensive of your choosing on Friday, in one of Woodstock’s beautiful private homes, complete with a fabulous lunch. Then sail into the weekend: attending all the wonderful panels, breakfast, both Little Bites and Big Libations Cocktail Parties, both evening events: the keynote and The Donahue Interview. And share the bounty from our always-stuffed goody bag.

Lynn Johnston: So You Want to Get Published @ TBA
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

It’s a myth that only established authors or people with with big platforms get book deals. In fact, “regular” people get published every day because they understand how publishing works and how to maximize their chances. This interactive workshop led by New York City literary agent Lynn Johnston will help you crack the code on publishing. You will learn what publishers look for and how decisions are made, what to write and say to prospective agents and editors to get their attention, how to avoid the reject pile and finally how to get to yes. Each participant will leave with an individual plan based on group exercises and a one-on-one session where you will receive professional critique and advice.

 

lynn-johnston-woodstock-bookfestLynn Johnston is a literary agent in New York City where she has represented since 2001 notable authors in nonfiction and a small selection of fiction. In addition to Pulitzer-winning journalists, television personalities and international stylemakers, her clients include stay-at-home moms, school teachers and even a kazoo musician (whose book became a bestseller). Her list, which is short by design and long on reputation, features bestsellers (The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week and others) and award winners, among them the International Culinary Professionals Cookbook Award, Books for a Better Life Award and the Washington Post’s 2006 finalist for Best Nonfiction Book of the Year. She has an MBA and BA in Philosophy.

 

Just $250 per participant, your day includes a delicious lunch delivered to your workshop, Friday night’s Little Bites and Big Libations (appetizers, spirits and desserts) at a social evening with other participants, our instructors and panelists.

 

Or treat yourself to The Whole Shebang for $450. Here’s what you’ll get:

 

Take in the Story Slam on Thursday night. Join the One Day Intensive of your choosing on Friday, in one of Woodstock’s beautiful private homes, complete with a fabulous lunch. Then sail into the weekend: attending all the wonderful panels, breakfast, both Little Bites and Big Libations Cocktail Parties, both evening keynote events, the Friday Night Keynote and The Donahue Interview.

SOLD OUT: Abigail Thomas Just Get Some Work Done @ TBA
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

This intensive is SOLD OUT.

 

It is hard, especially when writing memoir, to approach difficult subjects through the front door.

 

In thirty years of giving workshops, I’ve found exercises that often give writers a side door into their material.

 

This workshop will focus on giving writers a larder of material to take home and work with. The assignments will be given in class, read aloud to each other, discussed. We will also talk about the reasons for choosing fiction or memoir to tell our stories.

 

The first assignment, which should be brought to class, is to write two pages about any ten years of your life, and every sentence has to be three words long.

 

We’ll have a good time, and I hope you’ll leave the workshop excited to write.

 

abigail-thomas-woodstock-bookfestAbigail Thomas’s memoir style has revolutionized the genre, and her books are not only cherished by her fans, they’re used in classrooms around the world. Her most recent memoir What Comes Next and How to Like It was published in 2015 and her memoir, A Three Dog Life, was named one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post.

 

Most recently, Abigail Thomas has been working with writers in an Oncology Support Program Memoir Group in Kingston, NY. Her other titles include Safekeeping, a memoir, and Thinking About Memoir. Of Abigail’s book, Thinking About Memoir, Anne Lamott said, “It is beautiful, charming, funny, painful, and will be of indescribable value and inspiration to anyone who wants to write anything.”

 

She lives in Woodstock, NY with her dogs. More about Abby and her books can be found at abigailthomas.net.

 

Just $250 per participant, your day includes a delicious lunch delivered to your workshop, Friday night’s Little Bites and Big Libations (appetizers, spirits and desserts) at a social evening with other participants, our instructors and panelists.

 

Or treat yourself to The Whole Shebang for $450. Here’s what you’ll get:

 

Take in the Story Slam on Thursday night. Join the One Day Intensive of your choosing on Friday, in one of Woodstock’s beautiful private homes, complete with a fabulous lunch. Then sail into the weekend: attending all the wonderful panels, breakfast, both Little Bites and Big Libations Cocktail Parties, the Keynote and The Donahue Interview. And share the bounty from our always-stuffed goody bag.