The Write Connection at Thoreau Farm is an exciting new program of lectures and writing workshops. Most of our programs meet in the house where Henry was born. Whether you’re a writer ready to submit your manuscript for publishing, looking to strengthen your voice, or searching for a community of writers, you’ll find it at The Write Connection.
Courses and programs for
Documentary Filmmaking: An Immersive Experience, a two-day workshop led by award-winning documentary filmmaker Melinda Levin. Levin’s work has taken her all over the world, where she examines environmental, cultural, socio-political, arts, and indigenous issues with a Transcendentalist’s eye. She has served as an artist citizen-ambassador for the U.S. Department of State, and has presented in Vietnam, Thailand, Tajikistan, and in remote villages of the Hindu Kush range in the Afghanistan Autonomous Zone.
Awaken Your Senses: Write Outside Your Door, a 90-minute workshop led by writer Corinne H. Smith. She is the author of Westward I Go Free: Tracing Thoreau’s Last Journey, and Henry David Thoreau for Kids: His Life & Times, With 21 Activities. Smith will teach the art of mindfulness and observation, the same tools Thoreau employed when documenting the natural world.
Writing from Your Original Point of View 2.0, a two-day fiction writing workshop with Heidi Jon Schmidt. She is the author, most recently, of The Harbormaster’s Daughter and The House on Oyster Creek. Schmidt’s fiction and essays have been published in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, among others, and she is the winner of an
O. Henry Award for Fiction. She teaches writing at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA.
What You See: Japanese Poetry, a writing workshop by award-winning haiku poet Brad Bennett. His haiku have appeared in over forty magazines, journals, and anthologies. Bennett has published two collections of haiku, a drop of pond (2016), and a turn in the river (2019) with Red Moon Press. a drop of pond won a 2016 Touchstone Distinguished Book Award from the Haiku Foundation.
Featured Event! Author Talk with George Howe Colt. He is the author of The Big House, which was a National Book Award finalist and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Brothers; November of the Soul; and The Game.
Writing About Family, a memoir writing workshop by George Howe Colt. He is the bestselling author of The Big House, which was a National Book Award finalist and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Brothers; November of the Soul; and The Game. He lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife, the writer Anne Fadiman.
From Path to Page, a two-day nature writing workshop by Lucille Stott and Sandy Stott. Both Sandy and Lucille are writers, editors, and educators. Lucille is the author of Saving Thoreau’s Birthplace: How Citizens Rallied to Bring Henry Out of the Woods. Sandy is the author of Critical Hours: Search and Rescue in the White Mountains. Sandy and Lucille have also served as editors of Appalachia journal, and they continue to contribute to the journal.