Workshops & Retreats

November 20-22, 2015 Writing Retreat:

Wellspring House in Ashfield, Massachusetts

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 a workshop on generating 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.

For detailed information about the schedule and fees, please use the contact form below.

December 2015 Solstice Workshop

(Northampton)

Jumpstart, restart, & deepen your writing in a supportive circle of women. Discover & generate new material, explore & diversify, or make progress on an ongoing project.

When: 1:00-4:00 pm, Thursday, December 17, 2015

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)

For detailed information about the workshop & fees, please use the contact form below.

January 2016 1-Day Retreat

(Northampton)

This event filled but has a waiting list 

Start 2016 with an intensive retreat into your writing! We’ll mix things up with a range of inspiring, intriguing prompts, short & long writing periods, & readings followed by immediate, supportive group feedback. At lunch, we’ll enjoy a potluck picnic (in our sunny studio) & take a walk—or at least explore this fascinating & extensive building packed full with artists’ studios. The afternoon session will start with a short reading of participants’ writing samples (5 minutes each) followed by discussion, & a final writing period & reading. Connect with yourself, your writing, & a community of women writers.

When: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm, Saturday, January 9, 2016 (I will rent the space from 9:30-5:00 so that we can arrive early & depart in a relaxed manner)

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)

Getting There: directions will be emailed; carpools are encouraged.

For more information about the retreat & fees, please use the contact form below.

January 2016 Yoga & Writing Workshop

(Naples, Florida) 

Only 1 spot left!

a workshop for women

with author, yoga teacher Jean Erlbaum

& author, writing teacher Chivas Sandage

Sunday, January 24, 2016 / 11 am – 2 pm

NDC Ballet & Pilates / 1100 Commercial Blvd, Suite 111, Naples, FL

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1846483398911322/

Yoga supports exploration of our energy centers & can open us to regions of our deepest creativity. Writing invites discovery & play, expression & transformation. Combining these powerful tools brings deep healing of the body, mind, & spirit. Together we will create a supportive atmosphere where each woman can stretch, write, & share at her own pace.

Experienced & beginning yogis & writers are welcome. Yoga props, chairs, & cushions will be available. Please bring water, a pen, & a notebook or journal. Wear loose, comfortable clothes.

For detailed information about the workshop & fees, please use the contact form below

About Jean & Chivas: Jean Erlbaum holds an M.S. in Education, is a Certified Yoga Teacher, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, long-time Zen practitioner, & feminist writer. She has enjoyed teaching yoga since 1972 & is the author of Sit with Less Pain (Wisdom Publications 2014). Chivas Sandage holds an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her first book, Hidden Drive (Antrim House 2012), was a finalist for the 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards in Poetry & nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has taught women’s writing workshops since 2006.

February-April Workshop Series:

Write Like a River into Spring 

(Northampton, MA & Collinsville, CT)

Jumpstart, restart, & deepen your writing in a supportive circle of women. Discover & generate new material, explore & diversify, or make progress on an ongoing project. “Spill” & read your work; expect prompts & feedback that inspires! This is a multi-genre workshop. We devote the last half-hour to discussion of craft in one participant’s work-in-progress.

All workshops happen Thursdays, 1:00-4:00 pm.

Northampton, MA

Dates: Feb 11, 25; March 10, 24; April 7, 21

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)

Collinsville, CT (This workshop filled but has a waiting list that doubles as a list of substitutes)

Dates: Feb 18; March 3, 17, 31; April 14, 28

Where: My home in Collinsville. Directions will be sent.

To Register: Space is limited; first come, first serve. Use the contact form below for info about cost & registration.

April 2 Yoga & Writing Workshop: 

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Upcoming Offerings:

Summer Workshops & Retreats /

Northampton, MA & Collinsville, CT

2 Responses to Workshops & Retreats

  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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