Writing Classes


Writing Workshop with Bernice Mennis
July 26th, 2023
1:00pm – 4:00 pm

The poet William Stafford said that following the threads of our own mind would lead us to the holyland.  The definition of “holyland” is open and wide, deep and unknown.  In this workshop we will  follow our  pen and heart to discover where we are led.  

Bernice has lived in the Adirondack woodlands for over 42 years, the bounty and beauty of nature continually nourishing her with its bounty, diversity and beauty. Bernice Mennis taught literature and writing at Vermont’s Adult Degree Program and at Great Meadows prison.  She wrote Breaking Out of Prison:a guide to consciousness,compassion and freedom, about her experience at Great Meadows and the rich writing of the men she taught, and Holding it All, a book of poetry exploring the challenge of holding what is complex and layered in our lives.

Cost:$20 for workshop 

$30 for workshop and day pass

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Journal Writing as a Tool for Self-Discovery and Manifesting Your Best Life
July 31st, 2023
9:30am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Lynn Sickles


Do you wish you would set aside a whole day to write in your journal but find that you never do it for one reason or another?  Here is your chance to spend the day with your journal and like-minded women in a beautiful setting on the shores of Lake George. During this day-long retreat we will discuss the importance of journal writing and how it can help us navigate the twists and turns on our life journey.  We will spend the majority of our time together writing and some sharing of our thoughts about the process.  Different journal writing techniques will be used and prompts provided.  Writing times for each prompt will vary from as little as 3 minutes to 20 plus minutes.  

Morning session:9:30-11:30

Lunch break:11:30-1:30

Afternoon session 1:30-3:30

Bring your journal and favorite pens.  This will be a thought-provoking and fun workshop.  I look forward to writing with fellow journal writers.  New and experienced journal writers are welcome to attend. 

Instructors Bio: Lynn is a certified life coach and holistic health and wellness coach, owner of Lynn Sickles Coaching. She is also an experienced journal writer and workshop facilitator.  She strongly believes in self-care and having a healthy lifestyle as key ingredients on our path to overall wellness and to living a healthy, happy, peaceful and balanced life.  She regularly presents workshops at Wiawaka, has been a presenter at area employee wellness programs, is on the faculty at Saratoga Continuing Education and has had a monthly journal writing circle in the Glens Falls/Saratoga area.  She is a member of the International Association for Journal Writers and incorporates journal writing in all her programs.

Cost:$35 for the workshop and day pass
Lunch can be purchased separately 

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Writing Workshop with Liza Frenette
August 25th, 2023
10:00am – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Liza Frenette


Have you had enough screen time? Come write by hand in journals or notebooks; come discover stories within as you take a day for yourself to sit in a rustic building on the lake and write. 
Writing instructor Liza Frenette, an author, journalist, poet and essayist, will lead writing sessions using word prompts and positive response. This isn’t a “how-to” workshop – it is a “go within” workshop. There is no need to have a work in progress; all material generated will be new. 
We will be listening to poems and short pieces, and then doing spontaneous writing based on prompts, followed by positive recall. Optional shared reading will take place at the end of the day. 
We will be writing on small, silly, and serious topics ranging from nature, witnessing, a labyrinth walk, what’s in a name, life in a pandemic, or persona reflection.
It is about being present, noticing life, and finding your voice, whether that be for yourself, for stories to pass on to family, or for publication. The workshop will open pathways to that voice. The day will include time outside to walk the labyrinth or sit along the lake and write, as well as time for lunch.  

Cost:$45 for workshop

$55 for workshop and day pass  (Lunch and dinner can be purchase separately)

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