Write Like a River:

Women’s Multi-Genre Writing Workshops 


















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.

Write Like a River 1-Day Retreats

Saturday, January 10, 2014 / 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 (

Saturday, January 17, 2014 / 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 (Please pay as close to market rate—$95—as possible. If you would like to help sponsor another woman writer, several scholarships are needed.)

To Register: please contact my terrific assistant, Maya, using the contact form.

For those who’d like to read from a draft on which you’re working, bring copies of one (1) piece or except. Prose: up to 5 pages, double-spaced with 1-inch margins. Poetry: a 1-2 page poem, single-spaced.

Blessings as we near the winter solstice, & I hope to see you in January!

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: (describes workshop structure) (describes my concept of “spilling”) (testimonials)


3 Responses to Workshops

  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!

  2. csandage says:

    I emailed you & hope to connect soon!

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