Musing to Fruition: A ‘Write Now!’ Series for Creatives of all Persuasions, 2019

I try to shake loose my mind, so something fresh can fall out… This process acts like a sifter – sand falls through and bright nuggets come to light.
Natalie Goldberg, Thunder and Lightning

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Register at the Sparkle Barn by clicking here

Musing to Fruition: A ‘Write Now!’ Series for Creatives of all Persuasions

I try to shake loose my mind, so something fresh can fall out… This process acts like a sifter – sand falls through and bright nuggets come to light.
Natalie Goldberg, Thunder and Lightning

MtF poster

Register at the Sparkle Barn by clicking here

Reduce Your Stress, the Write Way {video}

Take this workshop with me for free thanks to Rutland Regional Medical Center’s Community Education Program



Read my follow-up post on the Transformative Language Arts Network’s blog: When Writing for Stress Relieve Makes you Anxious.

‘Voice Quest’ Online

I realized with a shock that in the process of severing ties with my body I had lost my voice, my knowledge of true self. And I wanted it back.

Joanna Tebbs Young

I am very excited to announce that I will be offering a 6-week version of my workshop, “Voice Quest: Writing Your Self Home” online through the Transformative Language Arts Network, November 4 – December 14. Details and Registration is here:

With your pen as your worthy stead, begin a journey into the known that is unknown and the unknown that is known. To the answers that lie within the mystery of the questions. On the rocky paths, over the smooth oceans, into the dark forests, and onto the sun-lit meadows of your unconscious, back to the home of your body-mind where you will find your true voice: Your Self.

Fall Workshops scheduled

jlucymuses logo image 2inJournal to the Self: An Expressive Writing Group

A new on-going writing group beginning September 9th.

A Woman’s Quest: An Expressive Writing Circle

A new on-going writing group beginning October 3rd.

Details here:

“Get Writing, Express”


The “Get Writing, Express” Series

Intro to Journaling/Expressive Writing workshops

at The Writers’ Room at Allen House

Starts Saturday, January 26 and continues on the last Saturday of each month

Three sessions/topics per day per month on a rotating basis


Un(b)Lock your Creativity: Expressive Writing as a Key

“Thanks to this workshop I was able to, not only visualize my completed manuscript, but actually finish it!” – R.C.

“Joanna’s Creativity Workshop facilitates deep insights with startling ease; the often-overlooked pathways to Self that are revealed are often beautiful and always true.” – F.H.

Drawing on the wisdom of experts such as Natalie Goldberg (Writing Down the Bones) and Julia Cameron (The Artist’s Way), learn how to use your journal (and mandala drawing too!) as a tool to unlock creativity, get the words  & ideas flowing, overcome fears and gain confidence in your own talents. And guess what? The techniques can be applied to help you out-write your everyday fears of risk and failure!

~ Thursdays, November 15  – December 13 (4 weeks); 7-8:30PM
~”Pay-what-you-can” (suggested donation $10-$20 per session, due in full at first session or otherwise by arrangement)
~ Register or ask a question here

Held at The Writers’ Room at Allen House

Horace Greeley Writers’ Symposium: Oct 20

I am honored to have been asked to present at the annual Horace Greeley Writers’ Symposium once again this year. Coming up on October 20th in Poultney, Vermont, this is a small and cozy conference where you will have the chance to chat and write with other passionate and talented writers. Below is the press release.

Poultney, VT: The 10th Annual Horace Greeley Writers’ Symposium will be held on October 20, 2012 from 9:30-5 at the United Methodist Church, Main Street, Poultney, Vermont. This one-day conference is one offering of The Horace Greeley Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting the writer’s trade and the spirit of public oration central to Greeley’s life.

Horace Greeley, founder of the New York Tribune, suffragist, opponent of slavery, and man of letters, learned the newspaper trade in East Poultney, Vermont. He rose from humble beginnings to become one of the nation’s most respected journalists. He also helped Abraham Lincoln gain office and ran for President of the United States against Ulysses Grant.

Participants of the symposium will have plenty of opportunity to explore their own writing skills under the guidance of local experts in their craft. This year’s keynote speaker will be White River Junction, VT author and teacher, Joni B. Cole. Her talk is titled “Learning from Laughter: Tales of Life, Love and Neurotic Human Behavior.” Green Mountain College English professor and writer, Laird Christensen, will present “Backroads, Deadends and Roundabouts: The Joy of Getting Lost along the Way,” and Castleton State College professor and poet, David Mook, will discuss and guide writers through various examples of “poetry of identity.” Transformative Language Arts coach, Joanna Tebbs Young will present “Excuses and Abuses: Writing through the Fears.”

More information can be found at

Rutland, VT Writers Groups – updated 9/12

Please help me (and our fellow writers) by letting me know about your Vermont writing group or conference.

When we first moved back to Vermont I was trying to find a writer’s group to connect with and it wasn’t easy. I did eventually find one through some round-about internet and email networking. Yesterday I noticed someone found my blog by searching for “Rutland, VT writer’s groups” which made me think I should do an informational post. I would love to meet more writers in this area, so if you are reading this post because you are searching for a group of like-minded people, please contact me!

I will add more as I discover them and if anyone would like to add to this list, please feel free to leave the info in the comments.

Poultney, Vermont

Horace Greeley Writer’s Guild: Meet on a not-so regular monthly basis in Poultney or Middletown Springs, VT: Wednesday 7-9PM. Free and open to the public. [As of Nov. 2011, this group has not met for a while, however the conference is still scheduled annually.]

Diverse group that meets, sometimes eats, and chats about writing.

Annual conference in October.

Brandon, Vermont

Brandon Writer’s Group (Unofficial name),: Meets irregularly and geared toward YA writers. By invitation due to space limitations.

Rutland, Vermont

Chaffee Art Center Writer’s Group, Chaffee Art Center. (802) 775-0356. Meets Fridays 11AM-1PM. By donation.

COMING SOON: Monthly writing group to be held at The Writers’ Room at Allen House. (802) 747.0761. Details to be announced. Also coming to The Writers’ Room: Open Writers’ Hours with free wi-fi.

Shushan, New York

Dionondehowa Writer’s Group/Retreat, Meets Tuesdays 7-9PM. Cost $15. Annual retreat in July.

Manchester, Vermont

Northshire Bookstore, Wednesday evenings. Call 800-437-3700 and ask for Sarah.

League of Vermont Writers, Writer’s Conference annually in July.

White River Junction, Vermont

The Writer’s Center, Offers workshops and classes on a variety of writing topics.

Tinmouth, Vermont

Green Mountain Writers Conference Annually in August


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