Writers' Workshops/Conferences/Classes

As a resource for writers, we list upcoming workshops, conferences, classes. If you know of a writing activity that belongs on our list, let us know: send email with as many details, weblinks to writers at storycircle.org.



WHEN: ongoing
WHAT: Linda M. Hasselstrom's Windbreak House Writing Retreats
WHERE: rural Hermosa, southwestern South Dakota, on the grasslands just east of the Black Hills
What's So Great About a Writing Retreat at Windbreak House?
"Windbreak House retreats are unique because we shape each retreat to fit the participants, with written appraisals of each writer's work, suggestions on reading, and private conferences on revision. Retreat guests may also choose to exchange comments with any other writers in residence, read in my library, use my research files, and walk in the surrounding grasslands." —Linda M. Hasselstrom

Besides writing, you can watch the sun rise and set on the far horizons, walk on the prairie looking for wildflowers or beautiful stones, smell the sun baking the buffalo grass, feel the wind caressing or tugging you to pay attention to the ever-changing clouds, listen to the nighthawks at dusk, or watch the great horned owl soar away for a night of hunting under a starry sky.

When you are ready to discuss your writing, Linda will join you in a chair outdoors or in your retreat house, encouraging you, advising you, and showing you by example how she has carved a writing life out of ordinary occurrences.

See www.windbreakhouse.com for the simple Writing Retreat application process. Send 20 pages of any kind of writing to help Linda decide how she can help you. Write a paragraph about what you want from your retreat. Windbreak House is open all year, and discounts are available for repeat visits, and for groups. We.ve hosted mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, as well as groups of writing friends.

Questions? Ask them at info@WindbreakHouse.com.

Linda M. Hasselstrom is the author of 17 books of nonfiction and poetry about the prairie, and has conducted hundreds of readings, workshops, talks and lectures about writing, publishing, ranching, and land use-related subjects for audiences ranging from elementary students to senior citizens. She has hosted writers at her Windbreak House Writing Retreats since 1996. Visit her blog.


WHEN: 7-9pm, 2nd Monday of every month (South Austin) or 2nd Wednesday of every month (North Austin)
WHAT: Jeanne Guy's "Re-Story Circles"
WHERE: private residences (locations provided upon registration)
COST: $20

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." —Old African Proverb

Would you like to explore your life's possibilities, discuss issues, share thoughts, be heard without judgment, and practice deep listening? Are you looking for a way to have some time just for yourself and stay connected to others but with ease and without a huge time commitment?

A Re-Story Circle is the answer. The Circle process (The Circle Way, Christina Baldwin) is a safe structure for group sharing, deep listening and conversation, and for generating ideas to re-story your life through writing prompts. It's a place where you can feel nurtured, supported and empowered—in community.

The Circle Process will help you:

  • Create new possibilities.
  • Remember what's important.
  • Remember to celebrate your life.
  • Be a mess.
  • Do what you can do.
  • Do what you think you cannot do. (from Michael Bungay, Coach)

Limited Seating: 14 maximum (please rsvp early to save your seat)

Coffee, tea, water and cookies provided.

For questions or to make a reservation: email Jeanne. Want to sign up as a monthly "regular" attendee or sign up in advance for future months? Just let Jeanne know when you RSVP and she will register you for whatever months you wish to attend.


WHEN: ongoing
WHAT: Keets Brook Cottage: a private cottage nestled amongst pines, streams, and wildlife—a perfect place to write and BE without interruption.
WHERE: Leyden, MA, 600' south of the Vermont border, across a tree-lined dirt road from Keets Brook, a mile walk from Weatherhead Hollow Pond where you can fish, kayak, journal.

Contact: Complete details and contact information can be found on the Keets Brook Cottage website.


WHEN: ongoing
WHAT: Page Lambert's Mt. Vernon Writing Sabbaticals: a secluded place to work on your novel, memoir, or poetry
WHERE: in Page's renovated cabin in the mountains west of Denver, CO, surrounded by thousands of acres of protected forest, open space meadows, and hiking trails

A retreat custom-made for YOU and your Writing!

Contact: Complete details and contact information on Page's website


WHEN: ongoing
WHAT: Spalding University's four-semester, brief-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
WHERE: Louisville KY

Request brochure FA35 by email, by phone (800-896-8941, ext 2423), or on our website.