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Home and Away: A Writing Weekend @ Saranam

November 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - November 3, 2019 @ 1:00 pm


In this weekend workshop, we will focus on the theme of home from a variety of perspectives, each writer seeking her or his own path. You may write about coming home, leaving home, the joys and toils of making a home, the sorrow of abandoning a home. Your homeplace may be literal—for instance, a farm where generations have passed down their tools and stories—or metaphorical, a contemplation of finding a sense of belonging in another community or another realm.
In each of several writing sessions, participants will hear examples meant to inspire and encourage, spend time writing in the peaceful surroundings of Saranam, and share their drafts (if they wish) with others in the small group. Your workshop leader will provide gentle coaching in a safe atmosphere. This workshop is appropriate for beginners as well as accomplished writers.
The workshop begins at 7:00 p.m. on Friday evening, November 1 and ends after lunch on Sunday, November 3. COST: $200.00 includes workshop tuition, lodging, and five meals. Limited space available. If workshop is cancelled due to fewer than 4 registrations by October 20, your payment will be returned in full.
Colleen Anderson is a writer, songwriter, and graphic designer in Charleston, WV. Her fiction and poetry have appeared widely, and she has produced two collections of original songs. In 2012, her children’s novel, Missing: Mrs. Cornblossom, won a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, and her poetry chapbook, Bound Stone, was published by Finishing Line Press is 2016. Her writing has earned two Individual Artist Fellowships from the WV Commission on the Arts and a residency fellowship from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of Taos, New Mexico. Colleen leads workshops in schools, libraries, museums, and retreat centers including Ghost Ranch in New Mexico and Cedar Lakes Crafts Center in West Virginia. She believes that creative self-expression is a basic human need, and seeks to validate participants’ personal experience and help them express themselves with confidence. In her workshops, she provides a safe and supportive atmosphere. Visit Colleen’s website at colleenanderson.com.
Contact Colleen at motherwit@suddenlink.net or 304-342-1213 if you have questions!


November 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
November 3, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
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Montrose, WV 26241 United States + Google Map