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A sampling of past workshops is shown below. 


Micro-Memoir Workshop:
Write Your Life in 200 Words or Less


Memoir doesn’t have to begin at the beginning starting with when you were born. Sometimes a single moment, vividly depicted, illuminates a life.

If you’ve wanted to write memoir but are overwhelmed at the immensity of the task — or you’re already writing about your life but need a fresh approach — consider the micro-memoir. The smaller format can be freeing, allowing you to concentrate on an event that serves as a microcosm of the larger experience.

This 2-hour workshop on the micro-memoir — in which you’ll write a piece no longer than 200 words — will prove that less can be so much more. We’ll learn a popular technique that unpackages the idea of the micro-memoir as a way to start capturing details of a unique life well-lived: your own.

Along with in-class prompts and plenty of writing time, you’ll have the opportunity to read your micro-memoir aloud to the group.


Four Prompts and a Reading: A Night of Prompt-Based Writing

Remember the film “Four Weddings and a Funeral”? Neither do I, but the clever title inspired this night of prompt-based writing.

You’ll get four prompts throughout the workshop and at the end, you choose your favorite piece to read aloud to the group. No critiques, no commentary, just a chance to share with an audience.

For those new to writing, a prompt is an idea — a word, phrase, sentence or picture — that you use as a jumping-off point for inspiration in your writing. It allows for a freer, more uninhibited style of writing as you have a short span of time to get the work done and there’s no room for doubt, second-guessing, or endless revision.

I’ll provide the prompts, and you provide the creative spark.

Here’s your chance to write with others in a judgment-free zone. If at the end of the writing period you don’t want to share but just want to hear the work of others, that’s fine too.


The Writer’s Craft Book Club

September, October, November
Dates below
6:00-8:00 pm 

A book club for writers, this monthly gathering focuses on the craft of writing. Read, discuss, meet other writers.

Held at the Always Wanted To Write studio inside the Delavan Center, the Writer’s Craft Book Club features a new book each month. Coffee, tea and snacks are included.

Registration is on a month-by-month basis, so come to one or attend all. Coffee, tea and snacks will be served.

The fall schedule is below.
Each link will take you to the Eventbrite page to register. You must register for each separately.

Writing Down the Bones – Natalie Goldberg
September 14, 2017 6-8 pm

Eventbrite - The Writer's Craft Book Club:

On Writing – Stephen King
October 26, 2017 6-8 pm

Eventbrite - The Writer's Craft Book Club:

Bird By Bird – Anne Lamott
November 30, 6-8 pm

Eventbrite - The Writer's Craft Book Club:

A list of questions to consider will be sent prior to the meeting.

Other Details:

  • Suitable for fiction and non-fiction writers and poets – anyone who wants to explore the craft of writing.
  • There’s an 8-person cap for a more intimate experience.
  • The space is not handicapped accessible; a flight of stairs is required.


WriteStart Writing Class:
Intro to Writing 3-Hour Workshop

Designed for the newbie who’s never taken a writing class but wants to try one, this workshop covers the basics of writing and good storytelling. Appropriate for those interested in:

  • creative non-fiction
  • memoir
  • fiction
  • short stories
  • essays
  • blogging
  • social media
  • writing for the online environment

What to expect:

  • in-class writing based on writing prompts
  • small, supportive atmosphere
  • next-step guidance for moving forward with your writing.

You’ll come away with concrete tools you can use in your work and increased confidence in your abilities.

Other details:

  • Fiction and non-fiction only. No poetry, please.
  • There’s a four-person cap for a more focused learning experience. 
  • The space is not handicapped accessible; a flight of stairs is required.


Get Back Into Writing:
2-Hour Workshop

You’ve written before, but you’re stuck. In this 2-hour session, discuss your work in progress, get recommendations on reading materials and moving forward, browse books on technique, and talk with other writers about process, problems and possible solutions.

If you wish, prior to the workshop you can submit a piece of writing up to 1,200 words for light editing and in-class critique.

After the two hours are up, you’re welcome to stay for a third to sit, write, read, and enjoy AWTW’s extensive library curated especially for writers.


Writing About Food with ‘Dining Out’ Reviewer Jane Marmaduke Woodman


There’s more than one way to share a good meal–or to warn readers away from a bad one. Writing about food can be almost as much fun as eating, but there’s a learning curve involved in becoming a fair and precise reviewer useful to readers.

Come spend an evening with’s Dining Out writer Jane Marmaduke Woodman at a workshop on restaurant reviewing. You’ll learn some of what Woodman had to learn in making her move from the world of academic writing and lyric poetry to journalism and its very different audience.

Food blogging and restaurant reviewing happens in many different venues these days. Be the unusual reviewer who provides truly useful, well written, fair minded reviews wherever you post them–and have fun learning more about how to write them.


Poetry Intensive with Bruce Bennett:
3-Hour Workshop

Begin the new year with a single-session poetry intensive that will help focus and refine your work. Pushcart Prize recipient Bruce Bennett will lead a 3-hour workshop that includes group critique of poems previously submitted by participants along with thoughtful instruction using examples drawn from notable poets as well as his own work.

Capped at eight participants, attendees will receive individualized feedback from an acclaimed poet and writer who, in the words of X.J. Kennedy, has produced “one of the most enjoyable bodies of poetry I know….”

Required text: Bruce Bennett’s book “Just Another Day in Just Our Town” available at Orchises Press .

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