Writing Roundtable

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 24, 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Date/Time: Tuesday, November, 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Mary Jane LaVigne
Join with fellow writers to talk about craft, try a short exercise, and share work. Bring paper, pen, and a writing sample of up to 500 words to read. Bringing work is optional.

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WBCA Writers’ Group

Date/Time: 6 Fridays: September 29 – November 3, 2:00PM – 3:00PM

Elise d’Entremont
The focus of this group is to encourage fellow writers in their aspirations of writing. We will meet weekly to discuss our work, our writings, our resources, and ways to overcome our obstacles.

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Beginning Calligraphy

Date/Time: 3 Saturdays: October 7-21, 10:00AM – 12:30PM

Pat Barrett
Learning calligraphy is similar to learning any art form. It involves line, shape, space, texture, color, and movement. In calligraphy there are basic rules and techniques meant to help the learning process. In this class our focus will be on learning
the Italic minuscule script (lower case letters). Students should be able to apply these rules and techniques to learning other calligraphic scripts. The focus of the first class will be on learning the basics such as tools, supplies, terms, and any other basic information necessary to start putting pen to paper. The focus of the following two classes will be on learning the structure of each letter within the Italic lower case alphabet, spacing, and a bit on layout, as well as individual guidance and answering questions.

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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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