Bar Scott | Working with Words (When Words are Scary)
Mar 23 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Have you wanted to write memoir? Fiction? Poetry? Lyrics? Have you stopped yourself because it’s scary or you think you’re not good enough or interesting enough or because someone in your life might not like hearing what you have to say? These feelings are common for writers at every stage of their writing life. Bar Scott offers a safe and inspiring place for attendees to dip their toes into the writing they long to do. The focus of our morning together will be to explore the challenges inherent in writing what is most important, and to find the courage to do it anyway. Writers at all stages of their work are welcome—whether writing is new or you’ve written for decades. Come with pen and paper and a hopeful heart.




“Bar’s workshop was magical. She was so generous with all of us, which made for the lovliest setting. I loved our day together.”

— Doreen DeCarolis, after a 2017 Woodstock Book Fest workshop


One-on-one sessions with Bar are available following the workshop. For more information, contact Bar at


bar-scott-woodstock-bookfestBar Scott is best known for her song writing. She was an ASCAP special-award winner for thirteen consecutive years. In 2011, her memoir The Present Giver was published. Since then she has been the producer and facilitator at the Wet Mountain Valley Writers’ Workshops in Colorado and New York. Her stories have been published by Bacopa Literary Review, The Raven’s Perch, The Sun magazine, Timber Press, She Writes Press, as well as others. She is working on her second memoir about songwriting now.

Journal Making Workshop using Japanese Bookbinding Techniques with Tracy Leavitt
Mar 23 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm



Take your journals and sketchbooks to another level, by designing and binding them yourself in this mini-workshop. Students will learn an adapted version of stick and knot binding based on Japanese Folk Art.


Each participant will be supplied with all the necessary materials and tools to use and will create your own unique book which can be used as a writing or sketching journal. You also will gain the knowledge to self-produce your own hand-bound chapbook. No experience required.


Tracy Leavitt holds a BFA degree from the Maine College of Art, with majors in painting and sculpture. She was a professional storyteller for 15 years, telling folk tales and original stories in schools, colleges and festivals around the world. Her original visual art training led her to become the arts coordinator at High Meadow School in Stone Ridge, NY. In combining her love of story and of making things – this workshop was born! Outside of teaching, she pursues her own art practice in encaustic & mixed media painting and sculpture – telling stories in pictures and form.


The Haiku Moment with Sharon Rousseau
Mar 23 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

What would it take to create a daily artistic practice? How much time, what kind of commitment, what kind of space would you need? Sharon Rousseau has found haiku to be both poem and practice, a written snapshot of a moment, a form to document life as it moves quickly.


Haiku offers a way to pause right where we are, within the busyness of our daily lives, to connect with ourselves, the world around us—and just write.


In this workshop, we’ll explore the path of traditional haiku, three lines composed of seven syllables, as artistic practice. Through reading and writing haiku, we will find freedom within structure, while leaving judgment and self-criticism at the door.


Engaging with nature and works of art, we will discuss ways that haiku can guide and revitalize the practice of writers, visual artists, songwriters and anyone on the creative path. Join us and write into the moment with haiku.


Participants need to bring a notebook and pen.


Sharon-Rousseau-Woodstock-Peony-photograph-haiku-contest-Woodstock-BookfestSharon Rousseau is a writer, photographer and poet living in NYC and the Hudson Valley. She partnered with Woodstock Bookfest for the Summer’s End Haiku Contest, and was interviewed on Woodstock Booktalk by Martha Frankel. Sharon’s haiku have been published in The New York Times and in Rizzoli’s NEW YORK CITY HAIKU. Sharon graduated from UNC-CH with a degree in journalism, studied photography at ICP and has taught writing workshops in NYC. She also wrote a haiku every day for one year with journalists and writers as participants in The Haiku Room. Haiku is a cherished part of her artistic practice, influencing both her writing and photography.