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