The Write Connection at Thoreau Farm: A Program in Partnership With the Thoreau Society

The Write Connection at Thoreau Farm is an exciting new program of lectures and writing workshops. For now, we’ll be meeting over Zoom.  After the COVID crisis, most of our programs will 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.

Fall 2020 Programs

Filmmaker Ivy Meeropol on Roy Cohn, Donald Trump, and her grandparents Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.  As part of The Write Connection’s continuing series of intimate conversations with contributors to Thoreau Farm’s book of essays, ‘What Would Henry Do?” filmmaker and writer Ivy Meeropol will be joined by her father, Michael Meeropol, to discuss her latest documentary, “Bully. Coward. Victim.: The Story of Roy Cohn.”

Meeropol is best known for her 2004 film “Heir to An Execution,” about the legacy of her grandparents Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. In “Bully, Coward. Victim.,” she examines Cohn’s role in the execution of her grandparents; his being a mover and shaker in Republican politics; and a political mentor to Donald Trump.
Sunday, October 25, 2pm, Zoom

Thoreau On and Off the Page: A Journal Workshop, taught by Ernesto Estrella Cozar over two, one-hour Zoom workshops. Cozar is the Director of the Nomadic School of the Senses and the creator of the revolutionary Pi Point Method. He is an educator, author, voice expert, and poet. He is a member of the Thoreau Society, and a Thoreau scholar and translator. With a Ph.D. from Columbia University, he has been a Contemporary Poetry professor at Yale University.
Saturdays, October 31, 2020 and November 7, 2020, 1 pm – 2 pm, Zoom

A Book By YOU? How to Get It Written, Published, and Promoted, a publishing workshop over Zoom with Ken Lizotte, chief imaginative officer of emerson consulting group.
Sunday, November 1, 2020, 10am, Zoom

SOLD OUT! It’s Your Story: A Memoir Intensive Workshop taught over three one-hour Zoom meetings by Nancy Shohet West. She is a Boston-area journalist who helps individuals, multi-generational families, communities, and special interest groups to write and self-publish their memoirs. Zoom meetings:
Sundays, October 11, 18, 25, 2020, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT!!!

Spring 2021

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. Friday, June 4, 2021, 7 pm, Location TBA 

Writing About Family, a 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; BrothersNovember of the Soul; and The Game. He lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife, the writer Anne Fadiman.
Saturday, June 5, 2021, 10am – 3 pm, Thoreau Farm

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.
Saturday, June 19, 2021 and Sunday, June 20, 2021, 10 am – 4 pm, Thoreau Farm

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.
Saturday, April 17, 2021 and Sunday, April 18, 2021, 10 am – 3 pm, Thoreau Farm

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.
Monday, April 19, 2021, 1 pm – 2:30 pm, Thoreau Farm