BOOKS

This Day SERIES

Series creator Joni B. Cole was having a bad day when she conceived the idea for the “This Day” books. Trying to deal with a serious illness in her family, job woes, and a child who refused to wear socks in the winter, she wondered if any one else was feeling so low. Surely not. But what were other women doing and feeling and thinking on this very same day? And so a book series was born out of self pity, curiosity, and a need to connect. Each book in the three-volume collection invited about five-hundred women across the country and from all walks of life to create a day diary on a single day…and share it with the reading public.

 

Joni B. Cole

Author, Teacher, Speaker

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Good Naked Reviews

“I wrote this book because I want writers, including myself, to cheer up. I want us to swap out the all-too-common mindsets and practices that do not serve us for ones that feed our creativity, our productivity, and our souls.” Author and instructor Joni B. Cole guides readers through the steps of actively attending to the joyful aspects of creativity, while steering clear of unproductive attitudes, habits, and perceptions. With engaging honesty and humor, Cole shares anecdotes, examples, and exercises designed to jumpstart the discovery of happiness and inspiration throughout the entire writing process. Poets & Writers magazine

Happy News!

Poets & Writers magazine lists Good Naked as one of its "Best Books for Writers"

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TEACHING & CONSULTING

"My teaching begins with the assumption: If you show up in class, you're a writer. I focus on craft. CRAFT. CRAFT. CRAFT. I don't let writers trash people's work, including their own. I have people share their drafts, however rough, to expose the mysteries of the creative process. My FEEDBACK starts with appreciation. I believe in building stories from their strengths up. I don't let anything slide. I have pet peeves, mostly to do with characters who cry. (A little weeping goes a long way.) Even the most accomplished writers benefit from the  DEADLINES and

VALIDATION a workshop provides. I know how to help aspiring authors get started, and get out of their own way. I know how to help them FINISH. My goal is to make people want to bound to their writing desks, whistling in ANTICIPATION of the work ahead. Short of that, I want them to know that the struggle to find the right words is WORTH it. Because it is." 

Joni serves on the faculty of the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and teaches in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth College. Founder of the Writer's Center of White River Junction, Vermont, she teaches a variety of workshops in fiction and creative nonfiction. She also works individually with seasoned and aspiring authors to develop their book projects. Joni leads expressive writing workshops at women’s shelters, the VA hospital, the restorative justice program, and a diversity of other nonprofit and educational organizations.

For more information about the Writer's Center of White River Junction, VT, and to see our roster of workshops, click here.

Host a half-day or full-day retreat with Joni B. Cole

Consider this intensive workshop the equivalent of a 4-week master class rolled into one session. You'll receive personalized feedback on a work-in-progress. In addition, we'll cover an array of tips and techniques related to craft and cultivating a productive creative process that will leave you inspired and energized long after you return to your writing desk. To host a retreat, you simply need to provide the space and participants, and Joni will tailor the workshop to your group's specific needs.  All levels welcome. Half-day retreat: $135 per participant. Full-day retreat: $185/participant. Min: 6 participants.

Click here to schedule a workshop, talk, or a creative consult.

ABOUT

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CONTACT

Joni B. Cole 

jonibethcole@gmail.com 

NEWS & EVENTS

In Person

5.3.17                Hartland Public Library, Hartland, VT 

3.8.2017            Reading, International Women’s Day (a celebration of all of        women’s myriad and substantial strengths) Skinny Pancake Restaurant, Hanover, NH

 

 

Online

IN PERSON

Reading, International Women's Day
A celebration of women's myriad and substantial strengths
March 8, 2017 @
Skinny Pancake Restaurant
Hanover, NH

NEWS & EVENTS

IN PERSON

Reading, International Women's Day
A celebration of women's myriad and substantial strengths
March 8, 2017 @
Skinny Pancake Restaurant
Hanover, NH
Reading
 
 
 

NEWS & EVENTS

IN PERSON

EVENTS

ONLINE Workshop Pods: Four Weeks, Four Deadlines (Pets Welcome)

Wednesdays, July 22 - August 12  (10 – 11:30 a.m. )

Thursdays, July 23 - August 13   (10 – 11:30 a.m.)

Thursdays, July 30 - August 20 (6:30 - 8 p.m.)

Tuesdays, August 4 - 25   (10 – 11:30 a.m. OR  6:30 – 8 p.m.) 

Mondays, August 17 - Sept. 14 (skipping Labor Day, Sept. 7) (10 – 11:30 a.m  OR  6:30 – 8 p.m.)

Please indicate your date/time choice when pre-registering. Space limited to 5 people per Pod. 
Instructor: Joni Cole
$135 

 

(Note, we will be using Zoom videoconferencing for our online meetings, which is as easy as clicking on a link sent to you via email)       

 

Now more than ever it is important to connect with our creative selves, and to stay connected with each other through our stories and ideas. This small-group online writing workshop is open to writers of creative nonfiction and fiction of all levels. It offers participants motivation, personalized instruction on craft, and a small supportive community. Come to the first meeting (and every meeting) with 3-4 pages of something brand new or revised to read aloud for verbal feedback. Our goal is to meet every draft where it is at, and help you write forward productively and with confidence. You'll also receive weekly "prompts" you can use to inspire new ideas, scenes, or just keep the flow flowing! Preregistration is required. Contact: jonibethcole@gmail.com 

May 29, 2020

6:30-8:15PM

ONLINE Prompt & Pinot at Still North Books & Bar

The event will be held using Zoom.  Free but registration required. 

 

To reserve your spot, click here.


Looking for a little creative inspiration? Then join us for this fun online expressive writing workshop hosted by the entirely awesome Still North Books & Bar in Hanover, NH. We'll use the time-tested device of a writing “prompt” to help you tap into your story ideas, play around on the page, and share your unique voice. You’ll also pick up some writing tips along the way, so what's not to love?  Open to anyone who wants to imbibe in the creative process. 

For more info, call Still North at (603) 676-7846. 

TBA

How to Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier: A Full-Day Retreat - Old Clary Farm, 684 Taylor Farm Road, Greensboro, VT - $175

This retreat will help you cultivate a healthy and productive creative process that will serve you now, and for the rest of your writing life. You’ll learn tips and techniques to get started and stay motivated. You’ll receive quality instruction on craft. You’ll also find inspiration and generate new material through writing prompts and other forms of sustenance, most notably gathering within a supportive community. As part of the retreat, everyone is encouraged to bring 3-4 pages of writing to share for appreciation and quality critique. Both nervous beginners and seasoned authors are welcome—this workshop meets you where you’re at in your writing life, and moves you forward from there. Minimum participation 5. Max 8. Please leave your inner critic at home. (Bring a brown bag lunch; beverages and snacks provided.)

 

To register, email Isa Oehry at isa@isaoehry.com

Note: Workshop registration must be paid in full prior to the retreat, and is non-refundable for cancellations within two days of the event.

Jul 16, 2020

6-7:30 PM

Art Meets Expressive Writing: A Workshop

Location: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College

Free 

 

If you haven't been to the Hood recently, this is the perfect opportunity to check out this renowned museum right here in the Upper Valley. This workshop fuses explorations of works of art with fun and meaningful expressive writing exercises. No writing experience required, just a willing pen (actually pencil) and a curious mind.  Space is limited. Please register through the Hood Museum of Art’s website calendar. 

https://hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu/events For more information, call (603) 646-1469.

TBA

Summer Poetry Festival - South Duxbury, VT

Good Naked Workshop: Neither Rhyme nor Reason Required

What's more poetic (or fun) than writers gathering for a poetry festival at a Vermont farm to tap into their creativity and share their work. This workshop, hosted by the Poetry Society of Vermont, invites all to write from a “prompt” to see where it leads and what it inspires, be it poetry, prose, or simply the wonder of words on a page. Come, learn, share, and leave your self doubts at the edge of the field. For more info about this welcoming and wonderful gathering contact organizer Philip Coleman: phcoleman@gmail.com

 

              PREVIOUS EVENTS

Mar 13, 2020

6:30-8 PM

Prompt & Pinot at Still North Books & Bar - 3 Allen Street, Hanover, NH

Instructor: Joni Cole

Registration requested 

Free, but donations welcome  


Looking for a little creative inspiration? Then join us for this fun expressive writing workshop at the recently opened and entirely awesome Still North Books & Bar in Hanover, NH. We'll use the time-tested device of a writing “prompt” to help you tap into your story ideas, play around on the page, and share your unique voice. You’ll also pick up some writing tips along the way, so what's not to love?  Open to anyone who wants to imbibe in the creative process. 

To reserve a space, please call Still North at (603) 676-7846 or send an email to hello@stillnorthbooks.com.

Mar 03, 2020

6:30 PM

One Story at a Time: A Writing Workshop - Howe Library, Hanover, NH

Free. Space is limited. Please register at the Howe via the website: www.thehowe.org

Or call (603) 643-4120.

This everyone-is-welcome writing workshop is all about unleashing your creativity and tapping into your stories (real or imagined) without judgment or second guessing. You will be invited to write from a “prompt” and share aloud what you wrote for appreciation. Expect to be surprised by what lands on the page! Absolutely no writing experience is required, but if you are an aspiring author this workshop offers plenty of narrative techniques and tips to help you write more, write better, and be happier every draft of the way. Please bring a ready pen (or laptop) and an open mind.

Feb 04, 2020

6:30 PM

One Story at a Time: A Writing Workshop - Howe Library, Hanover, NH

Free. Space is limited. Please register at the Howe via the website: www.thehowe.org

Or call (603) 643-4120.

This everyone-is-welcome writing workshop is all about unleashing your creativity and tapping into your stories (real or imagined) without judgment or second guessing. You will be invited to write from a “prompt” and share aloud what you wrote for appreciation. Expect to be surprised by what lands on the page! Absolutely no writing experience is required, but if you are an aspiring author this workshop offers plenty of narrative techniques and tips to help you write more, write better, and be happier every draft of the way. Please bring a ready pen (or laptop) and an open mind.

Jan 11, 2020

12:45-3:45 PM

Quiescence: A Yoga and Writing Workshop - Upper Valley Yoga in WRJ

Instructors: Deb Heimann and Joni Cole 

$55

In this intimately-sized 3-hour "retreat" we welcome all who wish to quiet and soothe their spirit through a combination of yoga and expressive writing. As part of the yoga practice, we will seek tranquility through breathing exercises, poses to open channels of vitality, and heart-centered intention. We also will write from a “prompt” as a means of exploring our thoughts and feelings on the page, and sharing our journey forward. Absolutely no yoga or writing experience is required to attend this retreat. Min. participation: 5;  Max: 10. 

Pre-registration is required by contacting either one of the instructors:

dhremote@earthlink.net or jonibethcole@gmail.com 

For more info about Deb, visit  www.howlinghoundyoga.com

Jan 07, 2020

6:30 PM

Just Move the Pen: An Expressive Writing Workshop - Howe Library, Hanover, NH

Free. Space is limited. Please register at the Howe via the website: www.thehowe.org

Or call (603) 643-4120.

This everyone-is-welcome writing workshop is all about unleashing your creativity and tapping into your stories (real or imagined) without judgment or second guessing. You will be invited to write from a “prompt” and share aloud what you wrote for appreciation. Expect to be surprised by what lands on the page! Absolutely no writing experience is required, but if you are an aspiring author this workshop offers plenty of narrative techniques and tips to help you write more, write better, and be happier every draft of the way. Please bring a ready pen (or laptop) and an open mind.

Dec 07, 2019

12:30-2:30 PM

Waterbury Public Library - 28 North Main Street Waterbury, VT

Good Naked: Wit, Wisdom, and a Writing Workshop

As part of the gathering you will be invited to write from a “prompt” as a means of mining your own meaningful story material. Whether you consider yourself a writer, an artist, a wannabe, or an enthusiast for new experiences, this event offers participants a chance to uncover the creative potential within all of us. Come, learn, have fun, and leave your self doubts at the door.

For more info: (802) 244-7036

Nov 18, 2019

6:30-8 PM

NaNoWrMo Rally : An Expressive Writing Workshop - Norwich Public Library, Norwich, VT

Free and open to the public but registration is encouraged 

The pressure's on if you're participating in National Novel Writing Month, the creative writing project that challenges participants to write a 50,000 word manuscript in November. Let us take some of that pressure off, with this fun expressive writing workshop that invites you to write from a prompt to develop a character....add a plot twist...or discover a scene that's just been waiting to burst onto the page. Facilitator, Joni B. Cole, founder of the Writer's Center of White River Junction. Bring a notebook or laptop, and leave all self doubts at the door.

To register email Roger.Arnold@norwichlibrary.org, or call (802) 649-1184

Nov 05, 2019

6:30 PM

One Story at a Time: A Writing Workshop - Howe Library, Hanover, NH

Free. Space is limited. Please register at the Howe info desk starting Oct. 1, www.thehowe.org

 

In appreciation for the Everyone is Reading selection Walking to Listen by Andrew Forsthoefel—and in appreciation of all our stories—please join us in this fun and meaningful workshop. You will be invited to write from a “prompt” as a means of mining material from your own life story. You also will have the opportunity to read aloud what you wrote and, equally powerful, listen as others share their voices, memories, and perspectives. Absolutely no writing experience is required, but aspiring authors in the workshop will pick up narrative techniques and tips on how to effectively craft memoirs or personal essays. Please bring a ready pen (or laptop) and an open mind.

Nov 03, 2019

12:30-8:30PM

Gentleheartedness: A Writing and Yoga Retreat - Good Commons Retreat Center, Plymouth, VT

Instructors: Deb Heimann and Joni Cole 

$110 (early-bird price before October 7th)  or $125 (after October 7th)

Dinner included. Yum!

As we ready ourselves for the various end-of-year holidays and cold starkness of the coming winter, many of us feel anxious, overwhelmed, and even grumpy. In this 8-hour retreat we welcome all who wish to cultivate gentleheartedness as a means of dissipating fear and anger and channeling the potency of kindness toward peace within ourselves and the world. We will call on ceremony to support our hearts; write from prompts that explore our relationship to peacefulness, gratitude, and tenderness; breathe and move in ways that nurture us; and share ourselves, our writing, and a meal. Pre-registration is required by contacting either one of the instructors: dhremote@earthlink.net or jonibethcole@gmail.com 

For more info about Good Commons, visit www.goodcommons.com

For more info about Deb, visit www.howlinghoundyoga.com

 

Nov 02, 2019

9:30 AM-3:30 PM

How to Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier: A Full-Day Retreat - Old Clary Farm, 684 Taylor Farm Road, Greensboro, VT - $175

This retreat will help you cultivate a healthy and productive creative process that will serve you now, and for the rest of your writing life. You’ll learn tips and techniques to get started and stay motivated. You’ll receive quality instruction on craft. You’ll also find inspiration and generate new material through writing prompts and other forms of sustenance, most notably gathering within a supportive community. As part of the retreat, everyone is encouraged to bring 3-4 pages of writing to share for appreciation and quality critique. Both nervous beginners and seasoned authors are welcome—this workshop meets you where you’re at in your writing life, and moves you forward from there. Minimum participation 5. Max 8. Please leave your inner critic at home. (Bring a brown bag lunch; beverages and snacks provided.)

 

To register, email Isa Oehry at isa@isaoehry.com

Note: Workshop registration must be paid in full prior to the retreat, and is non-refundable for cancellations within two days of the event.

Oct 15, 2019

6:30 PM

One Story at a Time: A Writing Workshop - Howe Library, Hanover, NH

Free. Space is limited. Please register at the Howe info desk starting Oct. 1, www.thehowe.org

 

In appreciation for the Everyone is Reading selection Walking to Listen by Andrew Forsthoefel—and in appreciation of all our stories—please join us in this fun and meaningful workshop. You will be invited to write from a “prompt” as a means of mining material from your own life story. You also will have the opportunity to read aloud what you wrote and, equally powerful, listen as others share their voices, memories, and perspectives. Absolutely no writing experience is required, but aspiring authors in the workshop will pick up narrative techniques and tips on how to effectively craft memoirs or personal essays. Please bring a ready pen (or laptop) and an open mind.

Sep 28, 2019

12-3 PM

Sustenance: A Yoga and Expressive Writing Workshop - Upper Valley Yoga in WRJ

Instructors: Deb Heimann and Joni Cole 

$55

In this intimately-sized 3-hour "retreat" we welcome all who wish to reap the warmth and sustenance within ourselves, as a means of preparing for the winter ahead. As part of the yoga experience, we will practice breathing exercises, poses to nourish us, and heart-centered intention. We also will write from a “prompt” as a means of exploring and harvesting our thoughts and feelings on the page and aloud. Absolutely no yoga or writing experience is required to attend this retreat. Min. participation: 5;  Max: 10. 

Pre-registration is required by contacting either one of the instructors:

dhremote@earthlink.net or jonibethcole@gmail.com 

(For more info about Deb, visit  www.forrestyogawithdeb.com

Sep 20, 2019

5:30-8 PM

Practicing Non-Judgment: A Meditation and Writing Retreat

Shambhala Center of White River Junction (158 S Main Street)  
Hosts: Jeffrey Slayton and Joni Cole
Free, but donations are appreciated

 

As humans, part of our mind's natural capacity is to analyze and try to make sense of our experience. When this process is unconscious we can have a tendency for our analysis to turn into habitual judgement of others and ourselves. While our amazing capacity to make sense of our experience can positively inform our relationships, harboring harsh, perhaps old, and unfounded judgments--whether directed outward or inward--can take a toll on our happiness and health. This workshop offers participants the opportunity to practice ways of letting go of blame and judgment; to shift our minds into a more open, supportive, and tranquil space. During this retreat we will practice sitting and walking meditation.  We also will write from a “prompt,” as a means of inspiring a freedom of expression and rich creative flow. Absolutely no meditation or writing experience is required to attend this retreat. Please join us!  For more info: contact: shambhala.whiteriver@gmail.com or jonibethcole@gmail.com 

Sep 18, 2019

7 PM

Road Scholars Program, Lifelong Learning Adventures - Hotel Coolidge, WRJ VT

A low-key, fun writing workshop for weary riders. Info: http://www.hotelcoolidge.com

Sep 08, 2019

9:30 AM-12:30 PM

Writing Intensive: Drafting, Developing, and Revising Your Work

Location: The Writer's Center of WRJ 
Instructor: Joni Cole
$115

Writers face a lot of very real challenges, from the intimidation of a blank page, to a sense of staleness during the drafting process, to a dearth of quality feedback. Fortunately, there are very real solutions to these challenges—which is the focus of this 3-hour intensive. During this interactive workshop, we’ll cover techniques of narrative craft essential to empowering your prose. You’ll find your muse (and likely not where you expected). And you’ll get instructive feedback to help you write forward productively. (None of those generic responses that leave you deflated, or less than inspired.) Bring 3-4ish double-spaced pages to read aloud. Open to new and seasoned writers serious about making progress. Space is very limited. For info or to register (required) email: jonibethcole@gmail.comwww.thewriterscenterwrj.com


ATTN: Writers from a distance! Come for the workshop. Stay to visit the shops and sites of White River Junction, the eclectic, artsy, old-new charmer of a town USA Today calls the “Brooklyn of Vermont”


Note: This Writing Intensive Workshop is happy to go on the road. If your writing group or community (5-7 participants) is interested in hosting this workshop, please contact Joni.    

Aug 03, 2019

1-4 PM

Abundance: A Yoga and Writing Workshop - Upper Valley Yoga in WRJ

Instructors: Deb Heimann and Joni Cole 

$55

In this intimately-sized 3-hour "retreat" we welcome all who wish to revitalize their spirit through a combination of yoga and expressive writing. As part of the yoga practice, we will open ourselves to a feeling of abundance through breathing exercises, poses to open channels of vitality, and heart-centered intention. We also will write from a “prompt” as a means of exploring our thoughts and feelings on the page, and sharing our journey forward. Absolutely no yoga or writing experience is required to attend this retreat. Min. participation: 5;  Max: 10. 

Pre-registration is required by contacting either one of the instructors:

dhremote@earthlink.net or jonibethcole@gmail.com 

(For more info about Deb, visit  www.forrestyogawithdeb.com

Jul 15, 2019

6:30-8 PM

Gallery Around: An Expressive Writing Workshop - Norwich Public Library, Norwich, VT

This fun expressive writing workshop invites you to write from a prompt inspired by the photographs of Norwich resident Ros Orford, which will be on display in the Norwich Library's community room-slash art gallery. Absolutely no writing experience is necessary. Simply bring a notebook or laptop, and leave all self doubts at the door. 

For more info about Ros Orford:  https://rosamond-orford.com/photographs/.  

To register (encouraged) for the workshop, contact: circulation.desk@norwichlibrary.org or call 802-649-1184

Jul 13, 2019

9:30 AM-3:30 PM

How to Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier: A Full-Day Retreat - Old Clary Farm, 684 Taylor Farm Road, Greensboro, VT - $175

This retreat will help you cultivate a healthy and productive creative process that will serve you now, and for the rest of your writing life. You’ll learn tips and techniques to get started and stay motivated. You’ll receive quality instruction on craft. You’ll also find inspiration and generate new material through writing prompts and other forms of sustenance, most notably gathering within a supportive community. As part of the retreat, everyone is encouraged to bring 3-4 pages of writing to share for appreciation and quality critique. Both nervous beginners and seasoned authors are welcome—this workshop meets you where you’re at in your writing life, and moves you forward from there. Minimum participation 5. Max 8. Please leave your inner critic at home. (Bring a brown bag lunch; beverages and snacks provided.)

 

To register, email Isa Oehry at isa@isaoehry.com

Note: Workshop registration must be paid in full prior to the retreat, and is non-refundable for cancellations within two days of the event.

Jun 28, 2019

6-7:30 PM

Tapping into Your Write Brain: A Workshop for the Creatively Inclined

Location: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College 

Free

 

The Hood Museum's Gallery of Portraits presents artists' interpretations of who they are and whom their work portrays. What better setting for participants in this interactive workshop to explore meaningful and suprising facets of their own identities. As such, you will participate in a creative writing exercise using thematic prompts that stir up...who knows? And that's the fun, freeing, and always powerful experience of writing and sharing from a "prompt". No writing experience whatsoever is required. Space is limited. Please register by June 21 through the Hood Museum of Art’s website calendar. https://hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu/events For more information, call (603) 646-1469.

Jun 26, 2019

7 PM

Road Scholars Program, Lifelong Learning Adventures - Hotel Coolidge, WRJ VT

A low-key, fun writing workshop for weary riders. Info: http://www.hotelcoolidge.com

May 04, 2019

9:30 AM-3:30 PM

How to Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier: A Full-Day Retreat - Old Clary Farm, 684 Taylor Farm Road, Greensboro, VT - $175

This retreat will help you cultivate a healthy and productive creative process that will serve you now, and for the rest of your writing life. You’ll learn tips and techniques to get started and stay motivated. You’ll receive quality instruction on craft. You’ll also find inspiration and generate new material through writing prompts and other forms of sustenance, most notably gathering within a supportive community. As part of the retreat, everyone is encouraged to bring 3-4 pages of writing to share for appreciation and quality critique. Both nervous beginners and seasoned authors are welcome—this workshop meets you where you’re at in your writing life, and moves you forward from there. Minimum participation 5. Max 8. Please leave your inner critic at home. (Bring a brown bag lunch; beverages and snacks provided.)

 

To register, email Isa Oehry at isa@isaoehry.com

Note: Workshop registration must be paid in full prior to the retreat, and is non-refundable for cancellations within two days of the event.

Feb 04, 2019

7-8:30 PM

Romancing the Page: A Writing Workshop for People Who Love to Write...or Wish They Did - Norwich Public Library, Norwich VT

As part of We Love Our Patrons Month at Norwich Public Library, we want to spread a little love... for writing. Whether you are truly, madly, deeply working on a project, or are more interested in a casual writing relationship, this expressive writing workshop is a fun, no-pressure date. As part of the gathering you will be invited to write from a prompt as a means of mining material, and cultivating a healthy and happy long-term relationship with the creative process. Bring something to write on/with, and leave all self doubts at the door. For more info, or to RSVP (encouraged) (802) 649-1144.

Jan 26, 2019

10 AM

Waterbury Public Library - 28 North Main Street Waterbury, VT

Good Naked: Wit, Wisdom, and a Writing Workshop

As part of the gathering you will be invited to write from a “prompt” as a means of mining your own meaningful story material. Whether you consider yourself a writer, an artist, a wannabe, or an enthusiast for new experiences, this event offers participants a chance to uncover the creative potential within all of us. Come, learn, have fun, and leave your self doubts at the door.

For more info: (802) 244-7036

Jan 04, 2019

12-1 PM

HEART TO HEART: Fostering Wellness through Expressive Writing Workshops - Open Door Integrative Wellness Center, 18 N. Main St. White River Junction, VT

Expressive writing, also known as reflective or introspective writing, invites individuals to respond to a “prompt” as a means of exploring their thoughts and feelings, and tapping into the unconscious. What manifests on the page may take the form of word associations, a memory, a stream-of-conscious journey, a story... There is no wrong way to respond. While an expressive writing workshop is not therapy or a clinical group, the emotional and physical benefits to participants are well documented—especially when this form of free writing is done in a safe, appreciative group. Join Joni B. Cole as she discusses the value of expressive writing to you and to your organization. She’ll also facilitate a brief hands-on demonstration, so bring something to write on/with.  Cost: Free

Dec 04, 2018

6-8 PM

Priming the Pump: An Expressive Writing Workshop - Royalton (VT) Memorial Library

The pressure's on if you're participating in National Novel Writing Month, the creative writing project that challenges participants to write a 50,000 word manuscript in November. But we can take some of that pressure off, with this fun expressive writing workshop that invites you to write from a prompt to develop a character....add a plot twist...or discover a scene that's just been waiting to burst onto the page. So whether or not you're participating in NaNoWriMo, chillax and join us for this meaningful workshop! Bring a notebook or laptop, and leave all self doubts at the door. For more info or to register: 802.763.7094 http://www.royaltonlibrary.org/

Nov 10, 2018

9 AM-1 PM

Half-Day Writing Retreat: Woodstock, VT

Looking for quality instruction, feedback, and inspiration in a beautiful Vermont setting? This half-day retreat offers all that and more. You'll have the opportunity to share pages of a new or revised work for personalized feedback. You’ll learn tips and techniques to get started and stay motivated. And you'll reap the benefits of gathering within a supportive creative community. Both nervous beginners and seasoned authors are welcome—this workshop meets you where you’re at in your writing life, and moves you forward from there. Cost: $115. For more information, or to register (required), please contact: jonibethcole@gmail.com. Note: Workshop registrations must be paid in full prior to the retreat, and are non-refundable for cancellations within 24 hours of the event.

Nov 05, 2018

6:30-8 PM

NaNoWrMo Meets Monday Night Mellow: An Expressive Writing Workshop - Norwich Public Library, Norwich, VT

The pressure's on if you're participating in National Novel Writing Month, the creative writing project that challenges participants to write a 50,000 word manuscript in November. But we can take some of that pressure off, with this fun expressive writing workshop that invites you to write from a prompt to develop a character....add a plot twist...or discover a scene that's just been waiting to burst onto the page. So chillax and join us for this mellow but meaningful workshop! Bring a notebook or laptop, and leave all self doubts at the door.

Nov 03, 2018

9:30 AM-3:30 PM

How to Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier: A Full-Day Retreat - Old Clary Farm, 684 Taylor Farm Road, Greensboro, VT - $175

This retreat will help you cultivate a healthy and productive creative process that will serve you now, and for the rest of your writing life. You’ll learn tips and techniques to get started and stay motivated. You’ll receive quality instruction on craft. You’ll also find inspiration and generate new material through writing prompts and other forms of sustenance, most notably gathering within a supportive community. As part of the retreat, everyone is encouraged to bring 3-4 pages of writing to share for appreciation and quality critique. Both nervous beginners and seasoned authors are welcome—this workshop meets you where you’re at in your writing life, and moves you forward from there. Minimum participation 5. Max 8. Please leave your inner critic at home. (Bring a brown bag lunch; beverages and snacks provided.)

 

To register, email Isa Oehry at isa@isaoehry.com

Note: Workshop registration must be paid in full prior to the retreat, and is non-refundable for cancellations within two days of the event.

Oct 22, 2018

10:15-11:15 AM

New England Library Association Annual Conference - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick, RI

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need," Marcus Tullius Cicero. (Or pretty much everything you need.) Back for a repeat performance, Joni will once again lead a "Good Naked" workshop for librarians and other attendees of this meaningful conference.

Check it out at http://conference2018.nelib.org/

Sep 23, 2018

9 AM-1 PM

Half-Day Writing Retreat: Woodstock, VT

Looking for quality instruction, feedback, and inspiration in a beautiful Vermont setting? This half-day retreat offers all that and more. You'll have the opportunity to share pages of a new or revised work for personalized feedback. You’ll learn tips and techniques to get started and stay motivated. And you'll reap the benefits of gathering within a supportive creative community. Both nervous beginners and seasoned authors are welcome—this workshop meets you where you’re at in your writing life, and moves you forward from there. Cost: $115. For more information, or to register (required), please contact: jonibethcole@gmail.com. Note: Workshop registrations must be paid in full prior to the retreat, and are non-refundable for cancellations within 24 hours of the event.

Aug 04, 2018

10:30 AM