Current Offerings

November 20-22 Writing Retreat:

Wellspring House in Ashfield, Massachusetts

(This event has 1 opening left)

We arrive at Wellspring House ( 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.

Writing Workshops:

The Autumn Series 


Jumpstart or 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 balanced manuscript critiques for rotating participants. Nurture and connect with your work and a lively community of writers. This multi-genre workshop is appropriate for all levels.

In Northampton, Massachusetts—(2 spots left)

When: Sept 3 & Oct 1 on Thursdays 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Where: Writers in Progress Studio, a literary arts center located in the Arts & Industry Building on 221 Pine Street in Florence, MA (

In Collinsville, Connecticut—(1 spot left)

When: Sept 10, Oct 22, & Nov 5 on Thursdays 2:00-5:00

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

Fee & Registration info for both MA & CT—

Deposit: $50 (non-refundable) reserves your space in the workshop

Fee: Sliding Scale: $135-120-105 per series. Remaining payments (after your deposit) can be made by cash or check at the beginning of the series, in installments, or per session. Those who cannot commit to the series have the option of paying $40-45 per session (in advance and non-refundable) if there is an available opening. If you would like to help sponsor another woman writer, even for a session or two, please ask about the scholarship fund.

Cancellation Policy: As with any writing workshop, you are responsible for the entire series you’ve committed to attend. Emergencies happen and if you cannot attend a session for any reason, your payment will be considered a donation to Write Like a River. I’m happy to provide receipts for your donation. If you withdraw from the workshop after your series begins, you will receive no refund or credit. These standard policies make it possible to offer a sliding fee scale (which I’ve not seen elsewhere) that benefits all—because our circle is inclusive—as well as low-income participants. These policies also allow me to offer “you-decide” payment options, and keeps my tiny business afloat so that I can continue to support your voice, and the voices of other women writers in your community.

Registration: Space is limited and first come, first serve. To reserve your spot, please contact my wonderful coordinator, Maya, at

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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