The literary mavens at the Writers’ Barn in Shelburne are offering three new workshops for adults this fall. Whether your interest is in playwriting, children’s books, or developing methods to cope with stress, they’ve got a class for you. Check out the offerings and sign up before space runs out!
Playwriting for adults
In this six-week workshop, beginning Thursday, Oct. 2 from 6:30-8:30pm, Burlington jazz trumpeter, playwright, and director Stephen Goldberg will lead participants as they write a complete one-act play. The course will culminate in an evening of live performances at Burlington’s Off Center for Dramatic Arts.
Building resilience through story and art
Social justice educator Patricia Fontaine of Shelburne will lead a two-hour class Saturday, Nov. 15 from 10am-noon where participants explore art and writing skills that guide members toward healthy ways of coping with stress – often particularly useful skills during this busy and emotional time of year. Using simple exercises, participants will create and share stories and images that offer courage, compassion, and confidence. The morning’s activities will include guided relaxation, the creation of a Mind Map of Resilience, free writing, expressive art, and sharing work. This is a pay-by-donation course.
Writing children’s picture books
Picture books are a fun and challenging of form to master. Writers must fit all the elements of a story, from character development to conflict and resolution, into a tight space. This six-session workshop will address the craft and magic of creating contained worlds, and explore those refinements which make the best picture books stand out from the crowd. Elizabeth Bluemle, author and co-owner of the Flying Pig Bookstore, will be leading the workshop on Wednesdays from Oct. 8-Nov. 19 from 6:30-8pm.
Workshops take place at the Writers’ Barn in Shelburne for a fee of $150 unless otherwise indicated. To register or for more information please call Lin Stone at 985-3091, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.windridgebooksofvt.com.