Ethel’s Song has won the 2023 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, Grades 7-12 and was named a 2023 Bank Street College Best Book…Facing the Enemy: How a Nazi Youth Camp Tested a Friendship due out on December 5, 2023
Writing the Past
Everyone Has a Story to Tell
Writing the Past workshops offers writers of all genres and all levels the opportunity to bring the stories they’ve heard or imagined onto the page. Using the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method, , we’ll meet online via Zoom using time-based prompts as inspiration. All material is considered fiction and all work receives responses about what resonates, what is memorable or sticks. There is no critique. AWA Certified Affiliate Barbara Krasner provides provide the prompts.Learn More
Current Writing the Past Workshops
Writing Family History Workshop
Perhaps you’ve come across a photo or a family heirloom that intrigues you. Maybe you’ve found your immigrant grandparents’ citizenship papers. Or perhaps you can’t stop thinking about the last time you saw Cousin Ellen at Aunt Helen’s funeral and the conversation did not go well. Maybe that story Uncle Irving told you about your great-grandparents still commands your attention. Or that cookbook your mother inherited that became the basis of holiday meals.
In each session, we’ll write to timed prompts to help you put your thoughts on the page. Family history can be preserved forever if someone, maybe you, writes it down.Learn More & Register Now
Writing the Past Memoir Workshop
Memoirist Sue William Silverman writes in her craft book, Fearless Confessions, that memoir involves the connection between the voice of experience and the voice of innocence. We’ll write to a variety of prompts to bring these voices together with insight and respect. We’ll meet via Zoom for two hours each week in a four-week cycle.Learn More & Register Now
Creating Your Full First Draft | A Revision Workshop
Maybe you’re like me with loads of bits and pieces of writing that need to be knitted together into a whole, cohesive narrative. In this workshop, I’ll introduce some tools to help you:
- Week 1 – Organize
- Week 2 – Find the Arc
- Week 3 – Plot the Emotional Journey
- Week 4 – Transition
Using exercises of freewriting, storyboarding, and honest assessment, by the end of this workshop, you’ll have a collection of pages that now have flow and meaning.Learn More & Register Now
When I studied fiction in Prague a decade ago, our group visited sites of Jewish heritage, including the infamous ghetto/camp of Terezin, known in German as Theresienstadt. I found myself needing to express my feelings through writing. In fact, I wrote poetry and the resulting poems become some of my first to be published.
I am not a descendant of Holocaust survivors, but I’m still enormously impacted by the destruction and that’s why I pursued a doctorate in it. My creative writing explores prewar discrimination and the aftermath of trauma and despair.
Often in my workshops I have participants who are descendants of Holocaust survivors and survivors of other genocides and marginalizations. This workshop is for you.
We will write to timed prompts in this 2.5 hour session and honor those who were forced to endure terrible things.Learn More & Register Now
In this workshop, you’ll identify opportunities to get your creative writing–fiction, nonfiction, and poetry–published in literary magazines through sites like Chill Subs, New Pages, and Duotrope. You’ll also learn how to use online submission managers such as Duotrope and Submittable.Learn More & Register Now
Poetry Editing Circle
When we generate new poems using the Amherst Writers & Artists method, we get feedback on what’s strong and what’s memorable. But we won’t hear about ways to make the poem even stronger. Join this once-a-month poetry editing circle to hear from other poets what’s working and where your diction, lines, stanzas could be more powerful.Learn More & Register Now