Events & Programs

Writer In Residence Judith Pond

Events and Programs

Lit Lunch – February 13th | 11:30am-1:00pm

The Hero is Released: A Lit Lunch on Characterization

Often we try too hard, and end up mired in detail, without lifting our characters off the page. Literary critic James Wood calls this “the tyranny of necessary eloquence,” and suggests that by allowing ourselves to write closer to the plainness of mental speech, “the hero is released…; he is an ordinary man.” Or woman, or person.

It takes only a few well-placed strokes of color or bits of dialogue to bring a character to life. Let’s do lunch!

“Pond”tificate with Judith

Join Judith for group discussions on any topic related to writing.


Feb. 10, 24, Mar. 9, 16, 23, 30, Apr. 6, 20, 27  |  12-1pm

Feb. 20, Apr. 16  |  6-7pm

Special Guest – Poetry Café

April 5th  |  12:30-2:30pm

Poetry Cafe combines poetry prompts or exercises to generate poems with workshopping and discussion. It’s great for both emerging and established poets, and it’s open to poets of all ages. Join us to write with prompts from 12:30-1:45 and workshopping from 1:45-2:30. Great for both emerging and established poets and it’s open to poets of all ages.

Manuscript Consultations Now Available for Members


Writer in Residence Workshops

Point of View and Distinguishing Voices | Feb. 29, 2020 | 10-3:30pm

How do we write characters whose voices, rather than sounding like universal mouthpieces for the author, are unique to themselves, and separate from each other?
Students will be asked to bring samples of their own writing for peer critique, and to examine writing provided by the WIR, in order to discern how accomplished writers create distinct voices. Exercises in writing characters with distinct POVs will form part of this workshop. REGISTER

More Bang For Your Buck: How Form and Content Can Work Together in Fiction and Poetry | March 21, 2020 | 10-3:30pm

A writer should hold the reins with authority, but with enough ease to let the writing offer surprise. Paradoxically, writing that sings is intentional on many levels. One form of intention in writing is the craft of allowing the content of narrative to dictate its form. Concrete poetry could be said to be an example of form emulating content. This workshop will give participants the opportunity to study examples of both prose and poetry in which form evolves from content, and to create a short piece of such writing to read aloud.
This workshop will also give instruction on public reading. REGISTER

Foregrounding Language In Fiction and Poetry  | April 18, 2020 | 10-3:30pm

Similar to form that emulates content, language used with intention enhances a reader’s pleasure in a text. The difference between the two techniques is that foregrounding language is more subliminal—less visual—than form emulating content. It requires an intense listening on the part of the writer, similar to the acoustic attention demanded by poetry. A long apprenticeship to poetry has heightened my own attention to language, and informs my prose line by line. I consciously—and unconsciously—build subtle subliminal assonances, agreements, and acoustic balancings into my own prose. This workshop encourages participants to hear words, both for themselves, and for how, when placed judiciously, words enhance and layer the coloring of prose lines, for emotional and poetic effect. REGISTER

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