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Writer's Room Winter Writing Workshop

Writer's Room Winter Workshop, Medford Oregon 2016A new weekly writing workshop begins January 26 through February 23rd on Tuesday evenings, 6:30 – 9 pm at the Medford Central Library.  Come join us and warm yourself with vigorous writing, inspiring prompts and a supportive, encouraging environment at the Writer’s Room Winter Writing Workshop!

Writers of all experience levels and genres welcome. The cost is $125. If cost is a barrier, student rates and scholarships are available. Please contact me at [email protected] to apply.

Register at http://writersroomworkshops.com/register-for-a-workshop/  

Winter Workshop

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A new weekly workshop begins January 26 through February 23rd on Tuesday evenings, 6:30 – 9 pm at the Medford Central Library.  Come join us and warm yourself with vigorous writing, inspiring prompts and a supportive, encouraging environment!

Writers of all experience levels and genres welcome. The cost is $125. If cost is a barrier, student rates and scholarships are available. Please contact me at [email protected] to apply.

Register at https://writersroomworkshops.com/register-for-a-workshop/  

Autumn Weekly Workshops

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There are a couple spots left in our Autumn Weekly Workshop… Are we missing you? This six-week workshop will meet Thursdays, October 8 – November 12 at the Medford Library. (One week we will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 21). Come join us for inspiring prompts, new exercises and a supportive, encouraging environment for every writer. All writers and all genres welcome.

The cost is $125. If cost is a barrier, student rates and scholarships are available. Register at https://writersroomworkshops.com/register-for-a-workshop/

Weekly Autumn Writing Group

Autumn Writing Group

Weekly Autumn Writing Group Forming Now!

It’s the season of new notebooks, sharpened pencils and fresh starts. What better time to begin a writing group? A six-week workshop is forming for Thursdays, October 8 – November 12 at the Medford Library. (One week we will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 21).  Come join us for inspiring prompts, new exercises and a supportive, encouraging environment for every writer.  All writers and all genres welcome.

The cost is $125. If cost is a barrier, student rates and scholarships are available. Please contact me at [email protected] to apply.

Register at http://writersroomworkshops.com/register-for-a-workshop/  

 

Winter Writing & Wine at EdenVale Winery

Winter is upon us and a new weekly writing group is forming. Warm yourselves with story in front of the fire at the Voorhies Mansion at EdenVale Winery. We will gather with inspiring prompts, delicious snacks, wine available for purchase, and a supportive, encouraging environment for every writer.
 
Winter Evening Writing Group
Five Thursdays
February 19 – March 19
6:30 – 9 pm
EdenVale Winery
$125

One-Day Summer Workshops

One-day workshops are being scheduled for this summer.  These three-hour workshops are a wonderful way to explore writing with Writers’ Room Workshops and the Amherst Writers and Artists method.  Afternoon workshops are only $25.

Summer Workshops:

Sunday, June 1 ~ 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 pm at the Medford Library

Sunday, August 3 ~ 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 pm at the Medford Library

 

To register, visit Register for a Workshop or email [email protected]

 

Advice from Ira Glass

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Advice from one of my favorite storytellers on why we need to write…. and write again…. and write again… and keep writing.

SOAR Welcomes the Writers' Room Workshops, Announces New Literary Arts Category!

Writers' Room WorkshopsSOAR is delighted to welcome its newest member, Writers’ Room Workshops. Writers’ Room Workshops provide a unique opportunity for creative exploration.  Workshops are led in the Amherst Writers and Artists method and are centered on the tenets that everyone has a creative voice and a story to tell. You can find their new listing HERE!

Writers’ Room Workshops provide a fun, supportive environment in which participants generate new writing and receive useful feedback.  Participants write to a wide variety of prompts and have the opportunity to share their work.  Hearing specifically what is working in their writing allows writers to build on their strengths as they grow in their craft. Designed for novice and experienced writers alike, Writers’ Room Workshops create a space in which to explore your creative voice.

A five-session workshop series begins March 26th.  For more information and to register, visit writersroomworkshops.com.

To accommodate the Writers’ Room’s new listing, we added a completely new category to the directory site, Literary Arts! Even with the addition of some existing members who are also writers and/or poets, the new category only has a few listings, so writers, authors and poets are all on one page for now. Please share with your creative writing friends and when there are enough listings we’ll add a new page so writers and poets will be listed separately. If you are an artist AND a writer and are currently listed with SOAR, please let us know if you would like to be added to this new category.

We have also added the Writers’ Room Workshops’ blog feed to Art Matters! ~ Look for new posts from the Writers’ Room and learn more about the valuable service they offer for writers seeking to explore their creativity in community with other writers!

Why Write with Others?

Pat Schneider writes, in her book Writing Alone and with Others:

“Writing is an act of communication. As a writer/artist, you give your art into the mind of your reader or listener when you read your work to someone else, or allow it to be read. It is received; you have communicated. That is the fundamental work of the artist.”

When writers work only in isolation, without anyone to receive our writing, we are not able to complete our work as artists. The act of storytelling is like a circuit.  We must have a listener/reader to connect the circuit and complete the work.

A writing group can be a safe, productive place to practice this act of communication.  Listening to each other’s work allows us to complete the circuit and grow as artists.