Jamie Cat Callan

Spencertown Academy Presents Writing Workshop with Jamie Cat Callan

Spencertown Academy Arts Center presents a virtual writing workshop with Jamie Cat Callan titled “What’s Love Got to Do with It: A Writing from the Right Side of the Brain Workshop.” The class will meet for four sessions via Zoom from January 25 through February 15 on Wednesdays between 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Enrollment is limited to 18 participants, and the cost is $120. To register, please see www.spencertownacademy.org.

“When we write about love, we are writing about our entire world—not just romantic love (although that’s welcome!), but the love for a child, the love between long-time friends, the love of a sport, the love for a house, a country, our animal friends, and our fellow humans,” says Callan. “Whether you’re a new writer or a seasoned professional—whether you write memoir, fiction, short stories or essays—this workshop will inspire and encourage you to infuse your writing with the complexities of love. Through a series of right-brain writing exercises, I will familiarize you with the essential elements of good writing, including how to discover your own unique themes, viewpoints, voice, and structure, and how to develop a love story.”

“To celebrate this coming Valentine’s Day, we are inviting writers to join Jamie Cat Callan’s writing workshop to write about love in all its myriad forms,” says Jill Kalotay, Academy board member. “By the end of this four-session workshop, you will have either four separate short pieces or one story inspired by the in-class and take-home assignments.”

Callan is the creator of  The Writers Toolbox: Creative Games and Exercises for the ‘Write’ Side of the Brain” (Chronicle Books). She is also the author of over nine books, including novels and nonfiction. Her work has been translated worldwide into more than 25 languages. She earned a B.A. in literature with a concentration in poetry from Bard College and an M.F.A. in screenwriting from the U.C.L.A. School of Film, Television, and Theater. She has taught writing at Fairfield University, U.C.L.A., Yale University, N.Y.U., Wesleyan University, and many other places. Callan lives with her husband on La Belle Farm in Valatie, New York. She writes a weekly creativity newsletter on Substack. Visit her online at JamieCatCallan.com.

This program is also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Founded in 1972, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is a cultural center and community resource serving Columbia County, the Berkshires, and the Capital region. Housed in a landmark 1847 Greek Revival schoolhouse, the Academy is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York. For more information, please contact info@spencertownacademy.org.

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