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Beverly Donofrio + Kaylie Jones | Writing Your Life @ TBA
Mar 23 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

This memoir workshop is for anyone who has the urge to write about his or her life. We will write in class from long-tested prompts that will spark your creative energy. The work will be read aloud and discussed in class, and we will give you a virtual toolbox of literary techniques to take home with you as you plunge more deeply into your writing. We will help you start your story in the right place; discuss the use of transitions, including how to summarize effectively (how to gallop through time); how to shift, when necessary, to someone else’s point of view (when you weren’t there but the stories are so familiar you are an expert and can therefore tell them); and how to use dialog in memoir, and many other crucial elements of craft.

 

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.

 

Kaylie-Jones-Woodstock-Bookfest-2018Kaylie Jones is a novelist, memoirist, creative nonfiction writer, and editor. Her memoir, Lies My Mother Never Told Me, was released by Harper Collins in 2009.

 

Her third novel, A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries (Bantam, 1990) was adapted as a Merchant Ivory Film in 1998. Celeste Ascending was published by Harper Collins in 2000 and her novel, Speak Now, was released by Akashic Books in 2003. Her novels have been translated into many languages including French, Dutch, German, and Japanese. Kaylie taught fiction at The Writer’s Voice from 1988 to 1996, before helping to create the MFA Program in Writing of LIU’s Southampton campus, now the SUNY Stony Brook MFA Program in Writing, where she still teaches. Currently, she chairs the James Jones First Novel Fellowship, which awards $10,000 annually to an unpublished first novel. Many of the winners have gone on to publish to critical acclaim. Kaylie is also the proud editor of the Long Island Noir anthology, published by Akashic Books in spring 2012. Kaylie’s newest endeavor is her imprint, Kaylie Jones Books, which has published seven books to date. Kaylie’s novel, The Anger Meridian, was published by Akashic Books in July 2015 to glowing reviews. She is presently working on a memoir about motherhood, entitled No Grit, No Pearl.

 

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. Your day will also include admission to Friday night’s keynote event.

 

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, and both evening events. And share the bounty from our always-stuffed goody bag.

Elissa Altman | A Sliver of Life: The Art of Writing Food Memoir @ Woodstock
Mar 23 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

In a world that demands our splintered attention and focus, it is food that best connects us to our humanity, history, and well-being; whoever we are, wherever we come from, we all engage in the act of breaking bread. The successful food memoir engages the reader at the place where this most mundane and commonplace act becomes a provocative and compelling narrative catalyst.

In this class, you’ll learn how to create delicious food memoir that teems with life at every level. You’ll practice effective methods for writing with authenticity both gastronomical and beyond; develop your individual, unique voice that reaches out from the page and engages the reader; learn how to wrap personal narrative around the act of cooking and eating; and craft powerful description using sense and practical memory.

The class will engage in short writing exercises, explorations of style, the sharing of work, readings from and discussions of classic food memoir, and individual work review meetings with instructor. Learn to transform your writing skills to create compelling food memoir that will leave your readers hungry for more. SNACKS AND LIBATIONS will be provided throughout the day.

Elissa-Altman-Woodstock-Bookfest-2018Elissa Altman is the award-winning author of Treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw, the upcoming Motherland: A Love Story, Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking, and the James Beard Award-winning blog of the same name. A 2016 finalist for the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize, her work has been anthologized for six years in Best Food Writing, and has been published everywhere from Tin HouseThe Guardian and The Washington Post to the Wall Street Journal, Krista Tippett’s On BeingThe New York Times, and O: The Oprah Magazine. She lives in Connecticut.

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. Your day will also include admission to Friday night’s keynote event.

 

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, and both evening events. And share the bounty from our always-stuffed goody bag.

Kitty Sheehan | Revise and Edit Your Writing @ TBA
Mar 23 @ 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. Your day will also include admission to Friday night’s keynote event.

 

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, and both evening events. And share the bounty from our always-stuffed goody bag.

Lynn Johnston | So, You Want to Get Published? @ TBA
Mar 23 @ 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. Your day will also include admission to Friday night’s keynote event.

 

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, and both evening events. And share the bounty from our always-stuffed goody bag.

SOLD OUT: Abigail Thomas | Just Get Some Work Done @ TBA
Mar 23 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

THIS EVENT 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, and both evening events. And share the bounty from our always-stuffed goody bag.