LET YOUR CREATIVITY SOAR AT ONE OF OUR WRITING WORKSHOPS!!!
at River Bend Book Shop
March – “Food as Memory” – a four-week Candlelight Writing Workshop taught by food author and journalist Beth Hillson. Held at the River Bend Bookshop, 2217 Main St., Glastonbury.
From Beth:” We all have stories to tell. Capturing them is tricky. We’ll use our connections to food to unlock memories and tell our tales. Entice your taste buds, tantalize your recollection and join Beth. You’ll be amazed how easily your stories will flow. We will gather four Mondays at 6:30 p.m. March 2, 16, 23, 30. (No meeting 3/9.) Space is limited. No previous writing experience is necessary. Cost: $160. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Beth Hillson has an MFA in creative non-fiction and is writing a memoir through the lens of food. Her work has appeared in many publications including The Hartford Courant, Yankee, FamilyFun, Gluten Free & More, Connecticut Magazine, and the Huffington Post. She is the author of three books.
April – “Tell the Story You’ve Been Waiting to Tell” – a six-week workshop taught by Candlelight Writing Workshops founder Jane Gordon Julien. Held at the River Bend Bookshop.
From Jane: “It’s time to stop waiting. Move forward with your storytelling life. Whether it’s a fictional story or a factual rendering, now is the time to get it out of your head and onto the page. For six Wednesdays: April 1, (no class April 8), April 15, April 22, April 29, May 6, and May 13, we will gather to push the boundaries of our writing lives – wherever they have been – into new realms. Space is limited. For writers of all skill levels. Cost: $240. Contact: email@example.com.
An essayist and journalist, Jane Gordon Julien is a longtime contributing writer for The New York Times. Her work has been published in magazines and newspapers throughout the nation, including the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Northeast Magazine, NBC/Today.com, and for the Associated Press and was recently included in the anthology, “Words Matter.” She has served as an adjunct journalism professor at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and a guest lecturer at the University of Connecticut. Jane holds a master’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College, where she was assistant editor at the literary journal Lumina, and a bachelor’s degree from the highly acclaimed University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism.
May – “Write About Your Life” – a six-week workshop taught by Candlelight Writing Workshops founder Jane Gordon Julien.
From Jane: “Select a life experience about which you want to write and get the help you need to articulate it clearly and compellingly. We will meet at the River Bend Bookshop for six Wednesdays: May 20, May 27, June 3, June 10, June 17, and June 24. Space is limited. For writers of all skill levels. Cost: $240. (This workshop includes a visit from Andrew Julien, publisher of The Hartford Courant. Andrew will talk about The Courant’s Sunday section, Insight, which encourages personal stories from readers.) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bring written work; we will pull three names out of a hat to read for three-five minutes each. Questions? Please call the book shop at
Writing the Personal Essay
Learn to write a compelling personal essay
If you have something you need to say but are unsure how to say it, the Candlelight Writing Workshops is offering a two-part essay-writing workshop on consecutive Thursdays, June 13 and June 20, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the River Bend Bookshop, 2217 Main St., Glastonbury.
The personal essay offers one of the simplest paths to becoming a published writer. Numerous publications, including The Hartford Courant, are seeking to publish personal essays. The Hartford Courant’s publisher and editor-in-chief, Andrew Julien, will make a guest appearance to discuss the types of essays in which The Courant is interested.
Wednesday Night Craft Class and Workshop: “Get Started and Keep Going: Creating a Writing Life” April 3 – May 22, 2019