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Apr
28
Fri
One Day Intensive – Writing Your Life @ TBA
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Are you stuck, looking for a way in, unable to figure out how to proceed, wondering how to make a cohesive story and a compelling read from the raw material that is your life? To master memoirist Beverly Donofrio writing is about diving deep to find your truth, and then shaping your experiences into a story others will not want to put down: because your truth, pain, shame, obsessions, help them face their own. Telling your story not only has the potential to heal the teller, but the reader, too. Beverly will offer in-class exercises designed to unearth memory and approach your material in a safe, fun, and original way. She will instruct you in the craft of plot, setting, and reflection, teach you how to move back and forth in time seamlessly and to write detailed, visually descriptive language.

Beverly-Donofrio-Woodstock-Bookfest-2017-4Beverly Donofrio, called a Master Memoirist by The Daily Beast, has published three memoirs, her first, the bestselling Riding in Cars with Boys, was made into a popular movie, her second, Looking for Mary, was a Barnes and Noble “Discover” pick, and her latest, the critically acclaimed, Astonished, is still collecting accolades. She has published three children’s books, her latest, Where’s Mommy was named by The New York Times a best picture book of 2014, and her essays have appeared in many anthologies and periodicals, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Mademoiselle, Marie Claire, More, Allure, Spirituality and Health, The Village Voice, The Huffington Post and Slate. Her award-winning NPR documentaries can be heard through Sound Portraits. She gives workshops around the country and is currently on the faculty of the low-residency MFA program at Wilkes University. She is working on a collection of essays and life stories.

Just $250 per participant, your day includes a delicious lunch delivered to your workshop, Friday night’s Little Bites and Big Libations (appetizers, spirits and desserts) at a social evening with other participants, our instructors and panelists.

Or treat yourself to The Whole Shebang for $450. Here’s what you’ll get:

Take in the Story Slam on Thursday night. Join the One Day Intensive of your choosing on Friday, in one of Woodstock’s beautiful private homes, complete with a fabulous lunch. Then sail into the weekend: attending all the wonderful panels, breakfast, both Little Bites and Big Libations Cocktail Parties, both evening events. And share the bounty from our always-stuffed goody bag.

May
26
Fri
Your Life as Story @ Holy Cross Monastery
May 26 @ 6:30 pm – May 28 @ 12:00 pm

Limited to 10 participants.
Are you stuck, looking for a way in, unable to figure out how to proceed, wondering how to make a cohesive story and a compelling read from the raw material that is your life? To master memoirist Beverly Donofrio writing is about diving deep to find your truth, and then shaping your experiences into a story others will not want to put down: because your truth, pain, shame, adn obsessions help them face their own. And because telling your story not only has the potential to heal the teller, but the reader, too.
Beverly will offer in-class exercises designed to unearth memory and approach your material in a safe, fun, and original way. She will instruct you in the craft of plot, setting, and reflection, teach you how to move back and forth in time seamlessly and to write detailed, visually descriptive language.

Jul
2
Sun
Omega Institute Writing Workshop @ Omega Institute
Jul 2 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 7 @ 12:00 pm

Put pen to paper—or fingers to the keyboard—in this writing workshop with master memoirist Beverly Donofrio.

Donofrio believes that writing heals. Writing exercises are designed to stimulate memories, which we learn to craft into compelling stories. It’s in the revising, in the application of craft—scene writing, using specificity and reflection, moving around in time—that we reach deeper meaning, insight and understanding, compassion for ourselves and others—and ultimately transformation.

Through in-class writing exercises, overnight assignments, and sharing our work, we not only learn craft but also develop camaraderie and have fun. We may even find that what made us rage and cry now makes us laugh.

Throughout the workshop we engage in an ongoing discussion of the writing life and how to sustain it after we return home.