Writing Classes



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Writing with Bernice Mennis
July 7th, 2021
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

We all have a deep well within us: memories, experiences, insights,
observations, words said and unsaid.  The poet William Stafford says
that if we follow the threads of our minds and hearts gently, they will
lead us to the “holyland.”  In this workshop we will create a space to
follow those threads, conscious and less conscious, and see where we
are led.

Cost: $15 for the workshop only
$25 for the workshop and a day pass
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Poetic Immersions: Exploring the Vibrance and Power of Poetry
July 20th, 2021
3:30 – 5:30 pm
Facilitator: Susan Jefts M.S. Published Poet

Susan Jefts

Poems can be like jewels or odd stones you find throughout your life. You pick one up and find it speaks to you, carries energy and wisdom. A poem’s imagery and rhythm can create immediacy that is felt in the body, telling us a little more about who and how we are in that moment. We’ll read poems that explore nature and the human spirit, feel our way to what words and images speak to us, and then write some of our own (which don’t have to be poems!). Colored pencils will be available for those who like to add images.
We’ll use a little music too, to get us writing. No experience with poetry necessary.

Susan Jefts, M.S. is a published poet who has been offering poetry workshops and experiences since 2005. Her workshops use poetry to explore our lives, our connections to nature, and the power of language to bring us into deeper awareness. She worked for many years in higher ed as an advisor and writing instructor and currently writes a poetry column, does freelance editing, and runs poetry groups. Her website is manyriverslifeguidance.com

Cost: $15 for Workshop
Make it a day pass: $25 for workshop and day pass
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Writing with Bernice Mennis
August 11th, 2021
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Bernice Mennis

We all have a deep well within us: memories, experiences, insights,
observations, words said and unsaid.  The poet William Stafford says
that if we follow the threads of our minds and hearts gently, they will
lead us to the “holyland.”  In this workshop we will create a space to
follow those threads, conscious and less conscious, and see where we
are led.

Cost: $15 for the workshop only
$25 for the workshop and a day pass
Click here to register


Writing Workshop
Instructor: Liza Frenette
August 20th, 2021*correct date

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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 is not 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, your favorite hat and where you’ve worn it, life in a pandemic, or personal 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.  

Liza’s Bio:
I am currently an assistant editor writing feature articles and news focusing on education, social justice, personality profiles, trauma and addiction, and health and safety in schools and campuses. I write for a website and magazine for New York State United Teachers, where our magazine has a circulation of 600,000. I have won statewide, national and international writing awards for my writing. Prior to this job, I worked for years for newspapers and magazines as a writer. I have also served as a faculty member for 20 years for the New York State Young Writers Summer Institute at Skidmore College, working with teens from across the country. I have had three middle grade children’s novels published: Soft Shoulders, Dangerous Falls Ahead, and Dead End,  and have provided workshops and assemblies as a visiting author at numerous schools and colleges. I also presented talks at Wiawaka about my books on two occasions.

Since earning my master’s degree at University at Albany, I have continued professional development in my field at many intensive writing retreats for memoir/essay/nonfiction, as well as children’s fiction. I have been awarded several weeklong writing fellowships at the former Norman Mailer Writing Colony in Provincetown, MA.

Cost for the workshop is: $50 which includes the workshop, lunch and day pass.
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Writing Your Way to Self-Discovery
August 27th, 2021
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Lynn Sickles

Use the power of journal writing to discover your true self and deepest desires. Writing down your thoughts, ideas, emotions, memories and the details of your day to day life can:

  • Bring Clarity to your Life
  • Empower you to identify areas of your life that you would like to change
  • Put you in touch with your deepest self

During this workshop Lynn will discuss the many benefits of journal writing, a variety of journaling techniques and provide writing prompts and ideas that will assist you on your journey of self-discovery. We will spend our time together writing from a variety of prompts. Some are thought-provoking and others are just plain fun. Beginning and experienced journal writers welcome. Bring a notebook or journal and a favorite pen.

Bio: Lynn is a certified life coach and a holistic health and wellness coach as well as an experienced journal writer and workshop facilitator. She strongly believes in self-care techniques 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, 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.

Cost: $15
Make it a Day Pass: $25

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