Philipstown Rec to Offer Writing Workshop with Susan Wallach

Cold Spring’s Susan Wallach will lead a writing workshop through the Philipstown Recreation Department. The workshop, to be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays for six weeks, begins Sept. 11.

The workshop is for adults, beginner and experienced writers in all genres, and follows the Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) method which encourages discovery of true voice, offering a safe place to explore and take writing risks.

Wallach will provide prompts to trigger creativity. Everyone will write, sometimes 10 minutes, sometimes 20. Afterward, participants will read their work aloud followed by group response.

Because the writing is a first draft, responses will focus on positive writing elements, discussing what sounds beautiful, what stays with the listener, and what’s memorable. Everything in this workshop is treated as fiction to encourage freedom.

Wallach is accredited by AWA. She has been an editor at Random House and is a published middle-grade/young adult author (Operation Isolation, Acting on Impulse, You’re Kidding, Jennifer!, Paradise Lost?, Skin Deep, and Great Parties: How to Plan Them). Other projects include ghostwriting Grammar Girl’s Complete Guide to Grammar for Students for Holt Henry Books for Young Readers and Animals at Play for Temple University Press. Workshop cost is $90 for residents, $105 for nonresidents. To register, contact the Philipstown Recreation Department at 845-424-4618.


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