Spring Programs 2020

The Write Connection, postponed until Fall 2020

The Write Connection at Thoreau Farm

A Program in Partnership With The Thoreau Society & The Thoreau Farm Trust

The Write Connection at Thoreau Farm is an exciting new program of lectures and writing workshops. All of the workshops listed below meet at Thoreau Farm, 341 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742, in the house where Henry was born. Whether you’re a writer ready to submit your manuscript for publishing, looking to strengthen your voice, or searching for a community of writers, you’ll find it at The Write Connection.


Courses and programs for Fall 2020:

Melinda Levin

April 18-19, 2020,10 am – 3 pm 

Documentary Filmmaking: An Immersive Experience, a two-day workshop led by award-winning documentary filmmaker Melinda Levin. Levin’s work takes her around the world as she examines environmental, cultural, socio-political, arts, and indigenous issues with a Transcendentalist’s eye. She has served as an artist citizen-ambassador for the U.S. Department of State and has presented in Vietnam, Thailand, Tajikistan, and the remote villages of the Hindu Kush range in the Afghanistan Autonomous Zone. 


Tuition: $175   Early Bird Deadline April 1: $150   

Corinne H. Smith

April 20, 2020 - 2:00pm

Awaken Your Senses: Write Outside Your Door, a 90-minute workshop led by writer Corinne H. Smith. She is the author of Westward I Go Free: Tracing Thoreau’s Last Journey, and Henry David Thoreau for Kids: His Life & Times, With 21 Activities. Smith will teach the art of mindfulness and observation, the same tools Thoreau employed when documenting the natural world.

Suggested Donation: $5   Register

Ken Lizotte

 April 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

A Book By YOU? How to Get It Written, Published, and Promoted, a publishing workshop with Ken Lizotte, chief imaginative officer of emerson consulting group.

Tuition: $75   Register

Heidi Jon Schmidt

May 2 and 3, 2020, 10 am – 3 pm

Writing from Your Original Point of View 2.0, a two-day fiction writing workshop with Heidi Jon Schmidt.  She is the author, most recently, of The Harbormaster’s Daughter and The House on Oyster Creek. Schmidt’s fiction and essays have been published in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, among others, and she is the winner of an O. Henry Award for Fiction. She teaches writing at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA.

Tuition: $200  Early Bird Deadline: April 15, $175   Register

Brad Bennett

May 16, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

What You See: Japanese Poetry, a writing workshop by award-winning haiku poet Brad Bennett. His haiku have appeared in over forty magazines, journals, and anthologies. Bennett has published two collections of haiku, a drop of pond (2016), and a turn in the river (2019) with Red Moon Press. a drop of pond won a 2016 Touchstone Distinguished Book Award from the Haiku Foundation.

 Tuition: $95  Early Bird Deadline: April 15, $75   Register

George Howe Colt

June 5, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Writing About Family, a memoir writing workshop by George Howe Colt. He is the author of The Big House, which was a National Book Award finalist and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Brothers; November of the Soul; and The Game.

 Tuition: $100  Register

Lucille Stott

Sandy StottSat. and Sun., June 13 – 14, 10 am – 4 pm

From Path to Page, a two-day nature writing workshop by Lucille Stott and Sandy Stott. Both Sandy and Lucille are writers, editors, and educators. Lucille is the author of Saving Thoreau’s Birthplace: How Citizens Rallied to Bring Henry Out of the Woods. Sandy is the author of Critical Hours: Search and Rescue in the White Mountains. Sandy and Lucille have also served as editors of AppalachiaAmerica’s longest-running journal of mountaineering and conservation, and they continue to contribute the journal.

Tuition: $200 Early Bird Deadline: April 15, $175