Two Upcoming Events at Roe Jan Library

Sharon Flitterman-King Speaks about Art, Writing, and Victorian Fiction

Sharon Flitterman-King, Ph.D. will read from her books, Paradise Reclaimed: Collected Essays on Art and Writing and Articulate Terrain: A Study of Setting in Victorian Fiction at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm.

Flitterman-King describes her academic life as teacher and journalist in the talk, titled “Bringing Berkeley to the Berkshires—From Paradise Reclaimed to Articulate Terrain: An Independent Scholar’s Journey.”

Dr. Flitterman-King was a founding faculty member of the Bard Institute for Writing and Thinking, and has written, taught and lectured for many years. Her articles have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, The Independent, and The Artful Mind, as well as in collections on teaching and writing. She earned her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in English Literature from UC Berkeley, writing on Victorian Fiction. She lives with her husband, writer David C. King, in Upstate New York.


“Write Your Heart Out: A Workshop to Discover Yourself in Words and Meditation” Will Be Presented by Claudia Ricci

Claudia Ricci, professor and writer, will present “Write Your Heart Out:A Workshop to Discover Yourself in Words and Meditation,” at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library, Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Enrollment is limited to fifteen participants. To register call Roeliff Jansen Community Library at (518) 325-4101. Workshop participants should bring a favorite journal and pen or pencil.

Workshop Description:

“Write Your Heart Out” will lead participants through a series of simple meditative and inspirational exercises designed to help them write about their lives and things they love. Exercises such as breathing will be used because the goal is to help writers to write naturally, in the same way they breathe—letting thoughts, feelings, past experiences, words and images rise to the surface.

This workshop is not intended to teach the nuts and bolts of writing, but rather to encourage writers to discover their authentic voices, in part by reading their work aloud, and to take the fear out of writing.

Claudia Ricci, Ph.D., is a long-time university professor and published fiction and non-fiction writer. A practitioner of yoga and meditation for many years, she began teaching “Write Your Heart Out” workshops in 2003 and began painting the same year. Her websites are at and


Roeliff Jansen Community Library, which is chartered to serve Ancram, Copake, and Hillsdale, is located at 9091 Route 22, approximately one mile south of the traffic light at the Hillsdale intersection of Routes 22 and 23. For information on hours and events, call 518 325-4101 or visit the library’s website at Follow the library on Twitter: @libraryroe.