Upcoming Writing Workshops

In-person and online writing workshops starting in late February and early March offer writing exercises, prompts, structure, and a supportive environment for sharing work and receiving constructive feedback.

Moments in Time Writing Workshop

Dig into memories and begin to write stories by revisiting important moments in our lives, big and small, the lighter ones and the more difficult experiences. Talk about the writing process in each session, looking to passages from established writers to start the discussion. Prompts and writing exercises will jumpstart the writing process while leaving you free to write about whatever you choose. At the end of each session, those who are comfortable will share their work in a supportive environment. Bring your laptop or pen and paper and prepare to learn from and inspire each other and experience the joy of recounting our stories.

6 Sessions, starting Monday, February 26 (no class 4/1) •

1:00pm-2:30pm • Westchester Reform TempleCourse 12390 • $240

Finding Your Voice through Memoir Writing

Ever wonder what will happen to all those wonderful stories hidden within your photo albums and shoeboxes full of memorabilia? Here is a special way to share and pass down those memories, and create a forever gift to your family. By reminiscing out loud in class, answering provocative and probing questions, participating in group conversations to be recorded, and completing assignments each week, students will begin the process of organizing and presenting their life stories in writing. By the end of the course, students will have the start of a full memoir. Students from prior classes are welcome as we will be exploring new questions.

8 Sessions, starting Tuesday, March 5 (no class 4/23, 4/30) •

1:00pm-3:00pm • Westchester Reform TempleCourse 12388 • $240

Personal Essay Writing:

A Way to Make Meaning of Your Life

According to Socrates, “[t]he unexamined life is not worth living.” This course will help you not only examine your life but also write about it. We all have stories — good ones, funny ones, scary ones and unsettling ones. But what do they mean and what do they tell us about our world? Through writing about your life, recounting it, and analyzing it, you will find the wisdom in it. The personal essay — a form that calls on the author to take small experiences and mine them for the universal truths — is the perfect vehicle to teach us lessons about life. The instructor will prompt your writing exploration, gently supporting and encouraging you to prepare a short essay for each class.

6 Sessions, starting Tuesday, March 5 (no class 4/9) •

4:00pm-6:00pm • OnlineCourse 12389 • $240

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Aspiring writers may also be interested in our upcoming special event featuring Jessica Saunders, who has just published her first book, and Leigh Stein, an experienced, published author who has been helping fellow authors publicize their works.

Author Visit: Jessica Saunders, Love, Me (2024) in Conversation with Leigh Stein

Thursday, February 15 • 11:00am-12:30pm • Westchester Reform TempleCourse 12430 • $30

Meet debut novelist Jessica Saunders in conversation with experienced author Leigh Stein as they discuss Love, Me (due out January 16, 2024). This contemporary romance incorporates celebrity gossip along with flashbacks to the 1990s for an entertaining and quick read about self-discovery and the enduring pull of old flames. Venture into the professional lawyer and soccer mom’s realm of “what ifs” and fantasies of second-chance love with the one that got away. Discussion will also cover the nitty gritty of book promotion, capitalizing on Stein’s expertise in helping fellow authors publicize their works on social media, primarily TikTok. Time will be reserved for Q&A. Class fee includes a copy of the book.

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JESSICA SAUNDERS is a first-time novelist pursuing a new path after working as a product liability defense lawyer. She was inspired to write her first book after the death of a close friend in 2021. At that point, she turned her passion for fiction and love of writing into a new vocation.

LEIGH STEIN is an author, cultural critic, and was the cofounder and executive director of Out of the Binders/BinderCon, a feminist literary nonprofit dedicated to advancing the careers of women and gender variant writers. She also moderated a Facebook community of 40,000 writers before leaving that social media platform. She is the author of What to Miss When, Self Care, Land of Enchantment, Dispatch from the Future, and The Fallback Plan. as well as many articles published in literary magazines and news media.

Register for Author Visit with Jessica Saunders in Conversation with Leigh Stein on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 11am
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