Take off your mittens and write

Don’t procrastinate any longer: this is the year to finally put your stories down on paper. And you can ensure that it happens with the support of talented professional writers and teachers at the Writers’ Barn.

New this session is Caitlin Downey’s, “Get Out the Word” and “Writing Off the Page.” In “Get Out the Word,” beginning on Friday, Jan. 8, Downey prompts participants to begin writing without conscious thought or focus on the facts. In Downey’s second offering, beginning on Friday, March 1, Downey has writers and artists “Writing Off the Page” – moving words from paper to other mediums, such as old blue jeans, egg cartons, or landscapes. Downey has a master of fine arts degree in poetry and her work has appeared in “Salon” as well as in multidisciplinary gallery shows.

Award-winning local children’s book author and co-owner of the Flying Pig, Elizabeth Bluemle, is back on Tuesday evenings beginning Jan. 15 with her standing-room-only class, “The Craft of Writing Picture Books.” Children’s picture books are one of the most fun and most challenging forms to master. Learn the craft of creating a magical world within 32 pages from the author of “My Father the Dog,” “How do You Wokka-Wokka,” and “Dogs on the Bed.” Bluemle holds a masters degree in elementary education and an MFA in writing for children.

Another award-winning writer as well as published poet, editor, teacher, and “story doctor,” Sue Roupp returns to the Writers’ Barn with three winter programs. New this session is “Rejected? Dejected? Manuscript Fixes,” a five-week Saturday morning program offering the “story doctor’s” editorial support and assistance for manuscript revisions.

Roupp is also offering two memoir-writing workshops this winter. Newcomers to the genre can join “Write your Memoir,” session I, beginning on Thursday, Feb. 14. Past participants of Roupp’s memoir classes can finish their work in the follow-up session, “Write your Memoir II.” Please note that Session II begins on Thursday, Jan. 10 and runs weekly through Feb. 7.

Registration is required for all classes. Classes are $150 for a five-week session. Contact Lin Stone at Lin@windridgepublishing.com or call 985-3091 for more information and to register.

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