CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
Dig Deep: Writing The Past
Held online each spring through the Poetry Barn. Inquire about offering at other venues.
Embark on an archaeological journey to a landscape where your memories and imagination dwell side by side. Whether you write memoir, personal essay, family history, or historical fiction, this four-lesson prose workshop will inspire you to write the truth of the past and connect it to the truth of the present.
Exercises will include ways of excavating past sensations, emotions, and personal history and then working with your imagination to fill in the blanks and mold a narrative arc. You'll also learn how to establish a theme, balance scenes and narration, develop real or fictional characters, and get unstuck.
If you're working on a project, this workshop will help you sculpt it. If not, it will help you break ground.
Comments from students:
Careful focus on elements of craft each week gave me something I could use right away. And the class was a great deal of fun. I really appreciated your obvious respect for participants, which helped us bond as a group of writers. -- Mary S.
The critiques and channeling of wisdom that you will receive from Violet will steer and inspire you to enjoy writing. The quick improvements and insights received will surprise you. As an accomplished writer, Violet has the unusual ability to also teach her craft to others. -- Linda D.
A wonderful and inspiring class with much practical advice. You got my dormant project going again. --Bob A.
The assignments helped me to open up my writing in new ways that I am excited about. -- Amanda G.
Violet is an excellent teacher who provides helpful techniques and criticism for improving your writing. I enjoyed the online format and weekly meetings with her and other writers. Their comments and suggestions are valuable tools for realizing how your work is received by readers. I hope we can do it again! —Shelley B.
Handing Down Their Stories: Writing About the Ancestors
Are you among the millions of people who have used genealogy websites to research your family history? Has your family passed down stories and artifacts? This class will help you preserve your ancestors' past in written form for family members or for publication. We will talk about the power of details, historical setting, ways to frame a story, how to extract more stories from the data, and personal reflection, exploring what these stories mean to the living. Writing exercises, with optional feedback, will help you jumpstart and move forward with your own written account of your ancestors' lives.
To inquire about dates for upcoming workshops, contact me at: VioletSnow77 [at] gmail [dot] com.
I also offer one-on-one coaching for writing projects, described HERE.
EVENTS - 2023
Monday, May 22, 8 pm - Interview on "Smile Revolution with Princess Wow" on Facebook and YouTube
Past events for
To March or to Marry:
Saturday, July 10, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., book-signing at Merritt Bookstore, 55-57 Front St, Millbrook NY
Sunday, July 11, 2 p.m., Peterson House at Bearsville Center, 291 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY. Sponsored by the Golden Notebook Bookstore.
Tuesday, July 13, 5 p.m., Ulster County Women's Network, Mt. Tremper. Non-members $5. https://ucwn.org/
Friday, August 27, 7 p.m., interview on Let's Live with Thurman Greco, Woodstock cable TV channel 23.
Sunday, September 5, 2 p.m., reading at Historical Society of Woodstock, 20 Comeau Drive, Woodstock NY. http://www.historicalsocietyofwoodstock.org/
Sunday, September 12, 8 p.m., Words Carry Us, with Betty McDonald, interview and reading, livestreamed from Green Kill Gallery in Kingston. https://www.facebook.com/229GreenKill/
Friday & Saturday, September 17-18, vendor table at New England Regional Convention of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, Westborough MA
Saturday, October 2, vendor table at Middle Atlantic Regional Convention of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, Wilmington DE
Friday, October 8, 7 p.m., Phoenicia Library Zoom reading, along with Sparrow.
Sunday, October 10, 12-3pm, Pine Hill Library Fair author table
Monday, November 1, 6:30 p.m., talk and reading, Daughters of the American Revolution, Peter Minuit Chapter, New York City,
Tuesday, November 16, 10:30 a.m., book discussion group via Zoom, Salem Area Women's Clubs
Saturday, January 1, 8-minute reading within the 4-6 p.m. slot in Whiplash: The Hudson Valley New Year's Day Spoken Word/Performance Extravaganza, taking place 2-8 p.m. To watch: https://Youtu.Be/Huwsxlwh0h8
Thursday, February 3, 3 pm, Escarola, Positos 38, Centro, Guanajuato, Mexico
Thursday, February 3, 7:30 pm, Cinemanimal, Paseo de la Presa 30, Guanajuato, Mexico
Friday, February 4, 3 pm, Teatro Santa Ana, Biblioteca Publica de San Miguel de Allende, Insurgentes #25, Centro, SMA, Mexico
Friday, February 25, 7 p.m., interview on "Let's Live, with Thurman Greco," Woodstock cable TV channel 23.
Tuesday, April 12, 1 p.m., interview (with Sparrow) on Sharon Israel's "Planet Poet--Words in Space" on WIOX Radio 91.3 https://wioxradio.org
Sunday, April 24, presentation at New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs convention, Atlantic City
Wednesday, June 1, 1 p.m., Zoom with Alachua County Library District book club, Gainesville FL
Tuesday, June 14, 6:30 p.m., presentation at Wallkill Woman's Club, Wallkill NY
August 14, 3-6 pm. Reading with Sparrow and Ando Arike, 1053 Main Street Gallery, Fleischmanns https://www.facebook.com/1053mainstreetgallery
October 25, interview with Brett Barry on Kaatscast, the Catskills podcast.
November 19, What does it mean to be an artist in the 21st century? Speakeasy Salon, Woodstock
February 15, 7:30 p.m. Next Year's Words: A New Paltz Reading Forum, Elting Memorial Library, 93 Main St, New Paltz, NY