Am Now Writer: Public Reading

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 19, 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Mary Jane LaVigne with Special Guest Fred Amram
Join us for a public reading for writers of poetry, fiction, non- fiction, and more. Sign up to share your short essay, a few poems, fan- fiction, flash- fiction, or your novel in progress; anything you can present in 5 minutes or less. Or, just come to listen! “Am now writer” wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald on his army discharge form, though he’d not yet sold a story. Whether writing is your avocation or vocation, it is our hope that this public reading helps you to claim this title for yourself. Reader registration required prior to the event.

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Recycled Journal: Old Book & Mixed Media

Date/Time: Monday, October 2, 1:00PM – 3:00PM

Debra Dresler
Create a journal for your everyday musings or travel experiences using an old hardcover book that you find. Look for a title that grabs you. I will show you how to transform it into a unique writing keepsake. We will also share ideas and techniques to add to your fun artful journal, including pockets, envelopes, small paintings, maps or drawings, and writing prompts to help you get started. No book making experience needed.

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Date/Time: Saturday, October 28, 10:00AM – 11:30AM

Erika Arndt
Abiyoyo is a troublesome giant who creates problems for the village until a boy and his father devise a plan to get rid of him. We’ll hear Pete Seeger tell the tale, then we’ll make three things from the story: an Abiyoyo yarn doll, a magic wand, and a homemade ukulele. Your child will want to sing, dance, and retell this story over and over again!

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Mindfulness and Writing

Greta Gaard, Ph.D.
Mindfulness practice teaches one how to set aside habitual patterns of thought, and to pay attention to a deeper level of sensations, images, emotions. Similarly, good writing is grounded in a loving awareness of our environments, our bodies, other beings, wind and water, soil and rock and insect. This workshop introduces mindfulness practice along with a careful observation of ourselves in and as nature, attending to nature, reacting to nature with awareness or aversion, grasping or indifference. We will read short excerpts from environmental writers who practice mindfulness — Gary Snyder, bell hooks, Stephanie Kaza, Alice Walker, Mushim Ikeda Nash. Participants will receive instruction in mindfulness practice and in writing practices, with quiet time for practicing each. If participants choose, the workshop can be used to launch a short piece of writing that articulates their experience of being in/as nature. Bring a sack lunch and water bottle to class.

Date/Time: Saturday, November 11, 9:30AM – 1:30 PM
Tuition: $38 Member/$48 Non-Member
Material Fee: $2 payable to instructor
Age/Level: Adults, All Levels

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Date/Time: Saturday, September 9, 10:00AM – 11:30AM

Erika Arndt
In this class, we’ll read the book by Eric Carle, then create a collage-based work during which parents will help encourage their child in the adventurous use of materials. Techniques include watercolor diffusion, oil pastel drawing, cutting, pasting, and assembling.

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