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Poems Around Town

April, 2021
Brattleboro, Vermont

To celebrate National Poetry Month, and poetry being alive and well during the pandemic, three area writing organizations have collaborated on Poems Around Town, a project placing poems written over the past year into downtown shop and restaurant windows.

Stroll downtown Brattleboro during the month of April, and you will find 70 poems written by 44 authors. Based in Brattleboro, Windham County and the tri-state region, poets participating range from unpublished-but-passionate to well-known literary figures.

This pandemic year has been for many a time of slowing down and reflection, often amidst very difficult circumstances. We believe there is healing in sharing those reflections, in a form that requires attention and care.

This is a project of Write Action, Time To Write, and the Brattleboro Literary Festival. Click here to download a site guide to the poems.

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Poems Around Town Poetry Reading

22 April 2021, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

As part of the Poems Around Town project, please join us for a virtual reading by participating poets on April 22, 2021 at 6:30 pm. A joint project by three local writing organizations to celebrate National Poetry Month, Poems Around Town placed poems by area poets in downtown shop and restaurant windows for the month of April. Doors open at 6:15; click here to join the meeting.


ONLINE Creative Writing Workshops

Saturdays in March, 2021
4-5 p.m.
Feeling out of touch? Finding it hard to get started? Join me online for these hour-long workshops, appropriate for beginning or experienced writers. Using exercises and guided writing sprints, we will explore techniques used in creative writing and practice applying them. These are stand-alone workshops, so come to one or all. Let’s flex our writing muscles!

March workshops:
4/3 Sharing Our Writing
4/10 Change it up: Point of View
4/17 Find Your Voice
4/24 Set the Scene: Setting

To receive the link for each workshop please register by emailing me.

The suggested donation is $10 per workshop,but whether you donate and how much is up to you. I know many people are struggling financially right now, so I am leaving it open. If you want to donate some amount, you may do so via PayPal to info AT timetowrite DOT us or contact me for a mailing address to send a check.


Two classes at Common Ground!

Traditions Week 3
Common Ground on the Hill

Common Ground on the Hill’s three Traditions Weeks are online again this year. What a great opportunity to take advantage of these fantastic classes! Sign up for individual week-long workshops or a whole week of classes, concerts, and other activities in the traditional roots-based arts. There are over 350 to choose from! Undergraduate and graduate credit available for taking Traditions Weeks classes. For more information and to register click here.

Wake Up Your Creativity

12-16 July 2020, Time 9:00-10:15 am
Whether musicians, writers, artists, or dancers, many of us have found our creativity napping lately. In this practical, participatory workshop, I will share innovative—and maybe sometimes goofy—tools and techniques to help you renew your creative life. Let’s have some fun!

Life Writing Workshop

12-16 July 2020, Time 2:30-3:45 pm
We all have stories to tell. In the Life Writing Workshop, appropriate for both novice and experienced writers, we’ll practice telling ours in journals, memoirs, personal essays and other forms of life writing. After looking at examples, we’ll discuss how to get started and then begin transforming our experiences into stories that will preserve memories and touch others.




Poetry Discussion Group

First Saturday of every month.
12 – 2 p.m.

NOTE: We have moved online for the duration.

Each month we read and discuss the work of a poet. Open to all. No experience or preparation necessary. Copies of the poems are available. These casual discussions are a great way to expand your knowledge of and appreciation for poetry. Come and help us choose next month’s poet.

For more information and a link to join, contact me.

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Weekly Writing Prompt Service

Having trouble getting started? Need a deadline to motivate you? Sign up for Time to Write’s weekly writing prompt service and award-winning writer and teacher Barbara Morrison will email you a writing prompt every Friday. That gives you a week to respond to the prompt in any genre you desire: fiction, poetry, memoir, essay, etc. For an additional fee, email your work to Barbara by the following Thursday and she will send you a critique of your piece.
Prompt only: $5/month
Prompt and critique: $20/month. Sign up for a year and get one month free.