Writing Workshop - Pause, Play, Repeat

Date: 6 Thursdays, January 27 - March 3, 2022
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Classroom 3A (Building 27)
Instructor: Dana Meachen Rau
Tuition: $145 Non-Members / $130.50 Members

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Class Description

In an ideal world, when the muse arrives, writers pause our responsibilities and scribble away. In reality, we instead must schedule “creative time.” That may seem counterintuitive to the freedom of expression, but it’s necessary to prioritize writing practice.

This six-week workshop will offer writers a pause from personal and professional obligations to play with words, with a promise that we will repeat it as a habit. Once a week as we sit down together, I’ll present an inspirational reading, image, or activity to give our brains (and muse) somewhere to settle. We’ll let that prompt us to write for 45 minutes of uninterrupted time to see what bits of ourselves escape onto paper. Then we’ll reconvene to discuss. We won’t critique each other’s work. Instead, we’ll offer encouragement and gratefulness for any bit of voice we’re willing to share.

This workshop is for:
Writers who have trouble disciplining themselves to write on a regular basis.
Writers who need to give themselves permission to play, and not just work, with words.
Writers in the early stages of a manuscript who wish to navigate their ideas and create material to work with.
Writers who work in solitude who would like the gentle accountability of a group.
Artists of all kinds who want to venture into the wonder of words.


Materials List
Journal and writing utensil, (or laptop if preferred)


About the Instructor

Dana Meachen Rau has written more than 350 books for children in a variety of genres. She graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, with degrees in both creative writing and art history, and has worked in the publishing world as an editor, author, and illustrator. Since attending Vermont College of Fine Arts for her master’s degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults, she has also taught writing and literature classes at the University of Hartford, the Highlights Foundation, and the Mark Twain House. Dana lives in Burlington, Connecticut. Visit Dana's website.