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:

Stark Mad Abolitionists: Concord and The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, Join Concord historian Richard Smith for this Zoom event as he tells the story of Concord and the Fugitive Slave Law. The well known Concordians are part of the story, but some of their lesser known friends and neighbors, male and female, black and white, also took part in the resistance!
Friday, September 18, 2020, 7 pm 

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

Writing from Your Own Guts, a writing workshop taught over three one-hour Zoom meetings and continuous online discussion by 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, Massachusetts. Zoom Meetings:
Monday, October 12, 2020, 3-4 pm; Saturdays, October 17 and 24, 2020, 11-noon and online conversation in a private blog format

The Great Tide of Humanity: Race and Gender Reform in 19th Century Concord, Massachusetts, A Zoom event, featuring historians and activists Richard Smith, Nikki Turpin, Beth van Duzer,  Tammy Rose, and moderator and executive director of Thoreau Farm, Margaret Carroll-Bergman. This program is sponsored by The Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program at Central Oregon Community College, Marjorie Meret, M.Ed., Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund,  Associated Students of COCC, and The Write Connection at Thoreau Farm, in partnership with the Thoreau Society.
Thursday, October 15, 2020,  7:30 p.m. (EST)

Goodbye, Ice: Author Talk, A Zoom event with Arctic Explorer (and Mycologist) Lawrence Millman. Unlike most books of poems nowadays, “Goodbye, Ice” by Lawrence Millman has a strong ecological bias. The book offers a window on the natural world of the Arctic and its tradition-bound indigenous people. Climate change, inevitably, raises its ugly head in many of the poems, but the book itself is a lament not just for the loss of ice, but for the loss of the Arctic itself. Q and A with Millman after the talk.
Sunday, October 18, 2020, 2 pm, Zoo

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

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