Writing Workshops at Canio’s
We’re committed to encouraging the creative process in all and in whatever form it takes. Canio’s community writing workshops are open to all interested in developing their authentic voice on the page.
Our popular series of Master Writers Workshops continues with two new sessions on offer: Memoirist Louise DeSalvo returns to Canio’s to offer a session entitled “Turning Pages Into Books” on Monday, September 21. This session is for experienced writers working on assembling their writing into a coherent whole. Also this fall, poet and memoirist Mark Doty returns for another Master Workshop. Details forthcoming
Throughout the year, co-owner Maryann Calendrille offers prose writing workshops and editorial consultation. Our next session will be Hot Memoirs in late July into August. Call the shop for details and sign up to receive emails about the latest events.
Spring workshops take their inspiration from wet soil after early rain, from ospreys circling overhead, from lengthening daylight drawing out our imagination. “Sowing seeds: the writers garden” is a five-week session on nature writing. Exercises help you get started, plant seeds, weed the rows, cultivate your next personal essay or memoir excerpt. Writing set in a specific landscape, defining our connection to the natural world, digging in the dirt of metaphor, that’s what this workshop is about. Contact the shop for further information and to register.
012709 Our most recent memoir writing session, “Necessary Stories,” is soon to conclude. We began in autumn and writing right through the hectic winter holidays, we arrived in the New Year with a folder full of good work to carry us forward. My workshops are always rooted in and inspired by the turning of the seasons. My next session will begin in March with the intention of sowing seeds. Meanwhile, the second session of writing with Thomas Merton is underway and reaching the halfway point. Writers in this group write deeply considered essays on spiritual topics. The rewards of their efforts have been many.
040908 Hot memoirs sizzled this summer. Despite the heat, the busy social scene, house guests and the allure of beaches, these writers cooked! It was a dedicated group, their attention focused despite distractions of the season. Who said the Hamptons is just a playground? One thing that helped: Natalie Goldberg‘s new book: Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir. Most of us have used Writing Down the Bones to get started. Now Old Friend continues the conversation. It really helped free me up, said one participant. I recommend Old Friend especially to those new to writing personal narrative. Writers familiar with academic or technical writing will find Goldberg’s work especially encouraging. She helps us bring out our more authenic, unique voice.
Once summer’s heat dissipates, we’ll be forming an autumn writing group. Time to sharpen pencils, open a fresh notebook, and meet yourself on the page. Contact Canio’s Books for more about Autumn Memoirs.
20 July 08: Local farms are about bursting with delicious vegetables, flower gardens are in high color…fiery reds, salmon pinks and sunny yellows of a fecund summer. In the heat of it all, we offer a summertime writing workshop: Hot Memoirs: a five-week intensive. The workshop is designed for serious beginning writers interested in developing personal essays into fuller memoir. The small group setting allows for individuals to read and critique one another’s work in a cooperative and encouraging atmosphere. Led by Maryann Calendrille, M.F.A. and co-owner of Canio’s Books. Space is limited and registration is required, so please contact the shop at 725-4926. Or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.