Current Offerings

May 15-17 Writing Retreat

Wellspring House in Ashfield, Massachusetts

Please note: 1 opening left 

We arrive at Wellspring House (http://www.wellspringhouse.net) on Friday afternoon for a workshop with prompts and a writing session followed by dinner, time to visit the lake, and an inspirational evening offering. On Saturday, we begin at 10:00 a.m. with Lyric Vision & Voice, a presentation on image-driven writing (whether prose or poetry) that emphasizes the rhythms and sounds of language and indulges compression and fragmentation. Prompts and a writing period follow until 1:00 p.m, then a two-hour break for lunch, a walk to the lake or café, time to chat or nap, read or draw. We start back up at 3:00 p.m. with a presentation and workshop on revision, followed by a discussion of strategies for writing and completing your book project, ending at 5:30. The evening is free for dinner and socializing, dancing and writing, and a short overnight assignment. Sunday begins with a reading and discussion, then brunch at Elmer’s, and a final writing session and reading, ending at 4:00 p.m.

Retreat Sliding Scale Fee: $240-220-200

For those seeking lodging at Wellspring House: Single/$60 per night; double/$80 per night.

Openings: 1

Writing Workshops

Jumpstart, reboot, develop, and deepen your writing in a supportive circle of women. Generate new material and/or make progress on an ongoing project. Count on intriguing prompts, time to write, supportive feedback, and discussion of craft, strategy, and writing as a practice. The end of each session features a balanced manuscript critique for rotating participants. Nurture and connect with your work and a lively community of writers. This multi-genre, generative workshop is appropriate for all levels. Seats available: 7

In Canton, Connecticut—

When: March 5 & 19; April 9 & 23 on Thursdays / 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Where: My home along the Farmington River in Collinsville, CT (directions will be sent to registrants)

In Northampton, Massachusetts—

When: March 12 & April 16 on Thursdays / 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Where: Writers in Progress Studio, a literary arts center located in the Arts & Industry Building on 221 Pine Street in Florence, MA (http://artsindustryopenstudios.blogspot.com)

Fee & Registration Info for CT & MA—

Fee: Sliding Scale $45-40-35 per workshop (If you would like to help sponsor another woman writer, please ask about the scholarship fund.)

Registration: Space is limited & first come, first serve. To reserve your spot, please contact Maya at writelikeariver@gmail.com.

Several helpful links:

http://www.writelikeariver.com/a-day-in-the-life (describes workshop structure)

http://www.writelikeariver.com/spill-theory (describes my concept of “spilling”)

http://www.writelikeariver.com/feedback (testimonials)

Private Consultations & Coaching

For Writers

One session, a series, or ongoing support for your poetry, fiction, and nonfiction writing projects from beginning to end. Receive in-depth feedback that supports your vision and voice, insightful perspective on “global” issues such as structure and pacing, reliable line editing for “local” issues like syntax and rhythm, and effective strategies for writer’s block, procrastination, and time-management.

For Students

Coaching in academic and creative writing: undergraduate and graduate level admission essays; essay writing for English, Humanities, and Social Sciences; and creative writing (poetry, nonfiction, fiction). Qualifications: CV and professional references available upon request.

For more information, contact Chivas at writelikeariver@gmail.com

Recent Offerings

Write Like a River 1-Day Retreats in January 2015

I’m delighted to announce upcoming writing retreats in both Massachusetts & Connecticut! Jumpstart, restart, & deepen your writing in a supportive circle of women. Discover & generate new material. Explore & diversify. Make progress on an ongoing project. We’ll mix things up with a range of inspiring, intriguing writing prompts. We’ll discuss craft, strategy, & writing as a practice. You’ll have time to “spill” in short & longer timed sessions. Share your fresh sketches and receive supportive group feedback as we read around the circle. Participants are also invited to bring a draft from which to read in the afternoon. Nurture and connect with yourself, your writing, & a lively community of women writers.

Saturday, January 10, 2015 / 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. / Florence, MA

Location: Writers in Progress Studio, a literary arts center located in the Arts & Industry Building on 221 Pine Street in Florence, MA (http://artsindustryopenstudios.blogspot.com)

Saturday, January 17, 2015 / 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. / Collinsville, CT

Location: my home along the Farmington River in Collinsville, CT (directions will be sent to registrants)

Arrival: anytime after 9:30 (settle in with a mug of tea & greetings)

Start: 10:00 a.m. sharp

Lunch break: 1:00-2:00 (each group chooses to pack a lunch or potluck; tea & seltzer provided; rest or take a stroll)

Fee: Sliding Scale $95-85-75 (If you would like to help sponsor another woman writer, a scholarship is needed.)

Testimonial:

“Chivas, this is your fault! I only want to write. To think about writing. I’m writing all the time—in my head, to myself. I’m energized by thinking/writing/telling/reading/hearing. I love it. And I blame you… Again, I blame you.” Joyce R.

Several helpful links:

http://www.writelikeariver.com/a-day-in-the-life (describes workshop structure)

http://www.writelikeariver.com/spill-theory (describes my concept of “spilling”)

http://www.writelikeariver.com/feedback (testimonials)

2 Responses to Current Offerings

  1. Marie Lavendier says:

    Is there an opening for the Thursday Collinsville Writing Workshop?

    • csandage says:

      Yes, Marie, I believe there’s an opening. Maya forwarded your email & I’ll get back to you in the morning. Thanks for contacting us!

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