Joni B. Cole

Author, Teacher, Speaker

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"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

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


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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.



"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." 

Founder of the Writer's Center of White River Junction, Vermont, Joni teaches a variety of workshops in fiction and creative nonfiction online and at her own center. She is a guest instructor in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth College, and served on the faculty of the former New Hampshire Institute of Art (now part of New England College). Joni works individually with seasoned and aspiring authors to find their voice and develop their writing projects. She is a frequent workshop leader at libraries and academic programs. Joni also leads expressive writing workshops at women’s shelters, the VA hospital, the restorative justice program, and a diversity of other nonprofit organizations.

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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.


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Joni has taught creative writing through her own Writer's Center in White River Junction, Vermont. She also has taught in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth College and at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. Joni leads expressive writing workshops at women’s shelters, the VA hospital, the restorative justice program, the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, and at a diversity of other academic and nonprofit organizations.

Joni B. Cole is the author of two books for writers: Good Naked:  Reflections on How to Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier (UPNE, 2017); and Toxic Feedback: Helping Writers Survive and Thrive  (UPNE, 2006). She is also the author of the re-released Another Bad-Dog Book: Essays on Life, Love, and Neurotic Human Behavior. In work and life, Joni looks for the extraordinary in the ordinary, the wonder, humor, and mystery in everyday moments. This focus inspired her to create the three-volume "This Day" series that shares a day in the life of hundreds of women across America and from all walks of life (“fascinating and eye-opening" —Publishers Weekly).

A freelance writer, Joni is a contributor to The Writer magazine. Her essays and feature articles  have appeared in numerous publications. She also works as a creative consultant and workshop facilitator for a variety of academic and nonprofit organizations.

Guest Lecturer, past speaking engagements include:  

Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop • New England Library Association • Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College • New Hampshire Romance Writers of America • Harvard Medical School CME • Road Scholars Program, Lifelong Learning Adventures • Burlington Writers Workshop • League of VT Writers • Bookstock, Woodstock VT • Miami Book Fair • National League of American PEN Women

Nominee, USA Fellowship Award; Pushcart Prize 

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Saturday April 23, 2022 - 10AM - Noon  

Waterbury Public Library - 28 North Main Street Waterbury, VT 

Good Naked: Wit, Wisdom, and a Writing Workshop

As part of this online 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


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

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