Past Events

George Colt 2006 by Ellen M. Augarten

CANCELLED Writing About Family: Memoir Writing Workshop with George Howe Colt

Date: 
Saturday, June 4, 2022 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Location: 
Thoreau Farm

We will explore the challenges and rewards of writing about what Dodie Smith, author of I Capture the Castle, called “that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to.”

The Write Connection at Thoreau Farm: A Program in Partnership with the Thoreau Society

George Colt 2006 by Ellen M. Augarten

FEATURED EVENT: From Stream of Consciousness to the Well-Built Sentence: A Life Spent Working with Words

Date: 
Friday, June 3, 2022 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Concord Art Association

Taking as starting points five Thoreauvian aperçus, George Howe Colt will discuss lessons learned from a half-century of writing, touching on such topics as how a reader becomes a writer, what it means to write from the inside out, how to see the forest and the trees, and what happens when two writers marry.

The Write Connection at Thoreau Farm: A Program in Partnership with the Thoreau Society

Thoreau & the Nick of Time

Date: 
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 9:00am to Sunday, May 29, 2022 - 9:00pm
Location: 
The Snorrastofa Cultural and Medieval Centre, Reykholt, Iceland

The Snorrastofa Cultural and Medieval Centre, Reykholt, Iceland

Thoreau & the Nick of Time

Tom Montgomery Fate

Writing Memoir: Tom Montgomery Fate and "The Long Way Home"

Date: 
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Zoom

Sandy Stott and Tom Montgomery Fate will discuss Tom's writing process and his forthcoming memoir The Long Way Home.

The Write Connection at Thoreau Farm: A Program in Partnership with the Thoreau Society

E.B. Bartels Photo by Small Circle Studio

The Non-Traditional Essay Workshop with E.B. Bartels

Date: 
Saturday, May 7, 2022 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: 
Zoom; links sent after registration.

You may have learned that there was only one correct way to write an essay (five paragraphs) but in fact, the ways to write an essay are limitless! This course will dive into some particularly unusual and unique forms of the essay: the braided essay, the lyric essay, the mosaic essay, and the hermit crab essay, among others. Looking at examples from writers such as Roxane Gay, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Jo Ann Beard, Melissa Febos, Samantha Irby, Durga Chew-Bose, and Bonnie Tsui, we will discuss alternative approaches to the form and tackle prompts to get your own non-traditional essay juices flowing!

The Write Connection at Thoreau Farm: A Program in Partnership with the Thoreau Society

Corinne Smith

What a Writer Can Learn from Henry David Thoreau with Corinne Smith

Date: 
Tuesday, May 3, 2022 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Zoom

Although Henry Thoreau never devoted an essay to advising fellow and future writers of best practices, he did talk about the act and the process of writing, from time to time. What can aspiring authors learn from his words, his texts, and from his own life examples? Corinne H. Smith will explore Thoreau’s approach to the art, including his techniques of observation, editing, reader engagement, perseverance, and commitment to the craft.

The Write Connection at Thoreau Farm: A Program in Partnership with the Thoreau Society

Nancy Shohet West

It’s Your Story: A Memoir-Intensive Workshop with Nancy Shohet West

Date: 
Sunday, May 1, 2022 - 1:00pm to Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 2:30pm
Location: 
Thoreau Farm

Sundays, May 1, 15, 22 (Note: no session on 5/8)
Does the idea of writing your memoir tempt you — or intimidate you — or maybe both? No matter what your age, you’ve had unique experiences worth retelling. Where you’ve lived, what you’ve created, whom you’ve influenced and been influenced by, what your passions are, what challenges you’ve faced down: these are all aspects of your life worth exploring in writing. The process of writing a memoir can be therapeutic, creative, informative, or some combination of all of these. Deciding where to begin, what to cover, what to omit, how to balance detail with emotion: it’s easy to bog down in the early stages of a memoir project, but that doesn’t need to stop you.

The Write Connection at Thoreau Farm: A Program in Partnership with the Thoreau Society

Sy with Banshee, a Peregrine Falcon. Photo by Keith Ellenbogen

When Things Go Horribly Wrong

Date: 
Sunday, April 24, 2022 - 2:00pm
Location: 
Zoom

To research books, films, and articles, Sy Montgomery has been chased by an angry silverback gorilla in Zaire and bitten by a vampire bat in Costa Rica, worked in a pit crawling with 18,000 snakes in Manitoba, and handled a wild tarantula in French Guiana. She has been deftly undressed by an orangutan in Borneo, hunted by a tiger in India, and swum with piranhas, electric eels, and dolphins in the Amazon. She has searched the Altai Mountains of Mongolia’s Gobi for snow leopards, hiked into the trackless cloud forest of Papua New Guinea, to radiocollar tree kangaroos, and learned to scuba dive in order to commune with octopuses.

The Write Connection at Thoreau Farm: A Program in Partnership with the Thoreau Society

Tim Laman

Interconnectivity: Birds as Teachers, A Conversation with David Lindo & J. Drew Lanham

Date: 
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 - 5:00pm
Location: 
Zoom

Celebrate Earth Week with renowned birders and authors J. Drew Lanham and David Lindo in a special presentation sponsored by the Center for Biological Diversity, Thoreau Society, and College of Idaho.

This program is sponsored by the Thoreau Society, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the College of Idaho.

Kate Flora

Imagine This! Workshop with Kate Flora

Date: 
Saturday, April 2, 2022 - 11:00am to Saturday, April 30, 2022 - 1:30pm
Location: 
Zoom; links sent after registration.

Saturdays, April 2, 9, 23, 30 (Note: no session on 4/16)
A class designed to help aspiring writers who want to write but don’t always have ideas yet, and writers who have ideas but can’t seem to put them into practice. We will use a series of weekly writing exercises and class discussion to tune up the imagination, begin a regular writing practice, and explore the world through different eyes.

The Write Connection at Thoreau Farm: A Program in Partnership with the Thoreau Society

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