2024 Spring

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Registration begins
Monday, March 4
at noon. 

Writers’ Workshop

Instructor: Janet Cowperthwaite

Mondays • 8 classes • 3/18-5/13 (No class 4/15) • 1:00-3:00 PM

Class size 4-13 students
13 seats remaining
Location: Randall 250 (hybrid)

Here is an invitation to write about ideas you haven’t thought about in a long time, to reflect on things that have happened and to put them into perspective, and to think new thoughts all in the supportive company of Senior College members. We meet for two hours for eight weeks. We do write a lot at each meeting. This is not your high school English class that you remember. I do not collect your work and mark them up with corrections. If you choose, you can pass in your final paper for the class chapbook that I compile. I supply a syllabus to all and a writer’s notebook to newcomers. I have new prompts and materials. Some of what we will write will be memoir, but some will be other kinds of writing as well. I see myself as a facilitator, encourager, and cheerleader. I know some of you have been thinking about signing up for some time. Now is the time to do just that. This is a hybrid class. I encourage you to come in person, but there is a zoom option if the weather is bad or if you are not feeling up to snuff. Last fall we had a person who joined us from out of state. 

There is a $10 fee for printing and mailing, payable at the first class.

Janet Cowperthwaite has worked with Writers’ Workshop in her second-grade class and in a graduate writing class. The workshop that Janet has been leading in Senior College has evolved from those experiences, and she feels her job is to be facilitator, encourager, and cheerleader.

Janet graduated from Houlton High School in 1959 and from the University of Maine in 1963 with a degree in English and credits to be certified as an elementary teacher. She earned a master’s in education, also from UMaine in 1992.