Writing Groups



Creative Writing Groups
2017 - 2018

 REGISTRATION for the new program year will open for the Autumn 2017 session in August.


Please see individual writing group descriptions below.

Registrations for sessions are in August, December and March.

Questions about the writing groups may be sent to 7bridgewriterscollaborative@gmail.com



Writing groups require preregistration and are filled on a “first come, first served” basis.  We ask that participants plan regular attendance, and if for some reason that becomes impossible, that people withdraw from the current session to allow for those on the waiting list. 


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CREATIVE WRITING GROUPS MEET AT THAYER MEMORIAL LIBRARY, 
IN THE TRUSTEES ROOM
           


Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Fall Session:  September 12 - November 14
Winter Session: January 9 - March 13
Spring Session: March 27 - May 29


Facilitator: Ann Connery Frantz


The Tuesday morning creative writing group follows the Amherst Method as described in founder Pat Schneider's book, Writing Alone and With Others (Oxford University Press, 2003). The Amherst Method believes every person is a writer and strives to provide a safe environment where writers of all experience can experiment, learn, and develop craft.

In the writing group, writers are given 20 minutes for spontaneous writing, using the provided  prompts, followed by an opportunity to read their pieces and receive positive reinforcement and encouragement.  The facilitator writes and reads aloud, along with the other participants, and all work produced in the writing workshop is treated as fiction, to minimize the personal vulnerability of the writer. 

As the group progresses, elements of craft such as point of view, description, voice, or dialogue may be addressed by the weekly prompts.

This workshop meets 2 hours weekly for eight weeks in the fall, winter and spring.   Class size is limited.

Ann Connery Frantz is a cofounder of the Seven Bridge Writers Collaborative in Lancaster, and a retired journalist turned freelance fiction and nonfiction writer and editor. Contact her at ann.frantz@gmail.com



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Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Fall Session: September 14 - November 16
Winter Session: January 11 - March 15
Spring Session: March 29 - May 31


Facilitator:  Paula Castner


The Thursday morning creative writing group follows the Amherst Method as described by founder Pat Schneider's book, Writing Alone and With Others (Oxford University Press, 2003).  The Amherst Method believes every person is a writer and strives to provide a safe environment where writers of all experience can experiment, learn, and develop craft.

In the writing group, writers are given 20 minutes for spontaneous writing, using the provided prompts, followed by an opportunity to read their pieces and receive positive reinforcement and encouragement.  The facilitator writes and reads aloud, along with the other participants, and all work produced in the writing workshop is treated as fiction, to minimize the personal vulnerability of the writer. 

As the group progresses, elements of craft such as point of view, description, voice, and dialogue may be addressed by the weekly prompts.

This workshop meets 2 hours weekly for eight weeks in the fall, winter and spring.  Class size is limited.


 Paula Castner is a co-founder of Seven Bridge Writers' Collaborative as well as a freelance writer and workshop facilitator. She receives emails at pajamalivingwriting@gmail.com.



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Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Fall Session: September 14 - November 16
Winter Session: January 11 - March 15
Spring Session: March 29 - May 31


Facilitator:  Winona Wendth

 Do you know what you want to say but can’t seem to find a way to say it?  Or are you looking for effective ways to develop those ideas or sketches in your notebooks or journals?  Do you sense that your writing is complete but not “finished”? The Thursday evening creative writing group is designed for writers who want to develop the tools they need for their own projects.  The group produces writing shared in a workshop setting generated by in-group and at-home prompts.  Examples of exercises include those that focus on point of view, description, rhythm and texture, voice and dialogue, working with the senses, character description, and exposition. The workshop is open to writers on any level. 


This workshop meets 2 hours weekly for twelve weeks in the fall and ten in the winter and spring. Class size is limited..


Winona Winkler Wendth holds an MFA in literature and writing with an emphasis on creative non-fiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She currently teaches writing, literature, and other humanities courses at Quinsigamond Community College. Winona has been a resident of Lancaster since 1992, a writing mentor since 2007, and a workshop leader in Lancaster for the past two years. Her work appears frequently in print and online literary journals and was listed in Best American Essays/2010. She writes both fiction and creative non-fiction; she is finishing a collection of memoiristic essays and working on a short novel.




Fridays, 11:00 am - 1:00 p.m.
Fall Session: September 15 - November 17
Winter Session: January 12 - March 16
Spring Session: March 30 - June 1

Facilitator: Lucinda Bowen

The Friday morning creative writing group follows the Amherst Method as described by founder Pat Schneider's book, Writing Alone and With Others (Oxford University Press, 2003).  The Amherst Method believes every person is a writer and strives to provide a safe environment where writers of all experience can experiment, learn, and develop craft.

In the writing group, writers are given 20 minutes for spontaneous writing, using the provided prompts, followed by an opportunity to read their pieces and receive positive reinforcement and encouragement.  The facilitator writes and reads aloud, along with the other participants, and all work produced in the writing workshop is treated as fiction, to minimize the personal vulnerability of the writer. 

As the group progresses, elements of craft such as point of view, description, voice, and dialogue may be addressed by the weekly prompts.

This workshop meets 2 hours weekly for eight weeks in the fall, winter and spring.  Class size is limited.

Lucinda Bowen is a freelance writer and writing group leader in Harvard, Massachusetts. Her essays, features, and profiles regularly appear in the Harvard Press. She also co-leads a women's writing workshop and gave her first public poetry reading this year. When she is not writing, you can find her running, knitting or tending her backyard flock of chickens. 


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