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2020 Workshops

Sponsored by Stone Ridge Library: "Where I'm From"
3-4 p.m. Thursday, May 14    Register:
Sponsored by Gardiner Library: "Witness to History"
 7-8 p.m. Monday, May 18  Register:

You don't have to be local for a ZOOM!



Private Six-Week Summer Intensive Witness to History Workshop


July 14-August 18


Image © copyright 2019 by Alexandra Baer, Director, Unison Arts Center, New Paltz, NY

Writing Creative Nonfiction @ NYU SPS-CALA


Note: This workshop will be taught on ZOOM


Explore the process of writing nonfiction with clarity and precision as well as with a poet's eye. Geared toward both novice writers and out-of-practice scribes, this course guides you through a series of effective exercises to jump-start your nonfiction writing. Emphasis is placed on building self-confidence and developing your individual voice. Write short essays, memoirs, and profiles. Learn to improve tone, style, and point of view through imaginative weekly writing assignments and by reading masters of nonfiction.


Course Number


Humanities, Arts, and Writing
Program Area
Creative Writing

10 Wednesdays 6:10-8:30 p.m.


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Inspired by Nature Writing Workshop: Location TBA

© copyright by Carol Bergman 2020


Harness the forces of nature to discover its many sources of inspiration in this writing workshop. Bring a notebook with unlined pages, a free flowing pen, a glue stick, memories of hikes and walks, favorite nature photographs, and most important, your imagination. Learn how to utilize journal notes, photographs, observations, sketches, and dreams to inspire ideas for short stories, poems, memoirs, and essays. Read and discuss writers inspired by nature, including Annie Dillard, Gretel Ehrlich, Jourdan Imani Keith, and Meera Subramanian. 




Live Storytelling Workshop @Unison Arts Center, New Paltz, NY  Saturday, March 14, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. In the tradition of "The Moth," Unison is offering its first live storytelling workshop and performance. I will run a workshop to generate stories and introduce students to Seth Davis Branitz, storytelling coach, who will help writers prepare their stories for performance on March 21. I am excited about this collaboration. 


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Where I'm From Writing Workshop @ The Stoneridge Library, Stoneridge NY  on Saturday, March 21 1p.m-3p.m.  


©copyright Carol Bergman 2020

This workshop is designed to inspire poets and prose writers to find inspiration in their family history, family legends, childhood neighborhoods, early schooling, significant friendships, influences, and unexpected challenges. There will be discussion about writing craft, sample readings, and free writing in situ.





Witness to History Writing Workshop

© copyright Carol Bergman 2020


Saturday, March 28, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

@ The Gardiner Library, Gardiner, NY


In this interactive workshop class, students will choose a reported event they have witnessed either first-hand or through the media. We will begin with oral story-telling of personal recollections and then seek out primary material, such as interviews and archival material @ the library, before drafting a personal essay. The only required tools are memory, a notebook and a free flowing pen. Beginners and seasoned writers are welcome.







By audition/ invitation only. Prerequisite: workshop experience, motivation, commitment to critiquing work.


Individual Coaching @ a realistic sliding scale within your budget.


Email: for more information.