2021 Spring



Writers’ Workshop

Instructor: Janet Cowperthwaite

Mondays • 8 classes – 3/15-5/3 • 9:00 AM

Class size 4-12 students
3 seats remaining
Location: Zoom

You have so many stories to tell, and yet you haven’t written them down.  Sometimes you need a supportive community and a regular time to write to make that happen.  This class is such an opportunity. If you are interested, you will sign up for the same class whether you are a returning or a new student.  I would like to invite the newcomers to agree to meet three additional times in the first three weeks to catch you up on some things the others have already done and that I would like you to experience as well. Most of the time, we will deal with personal stories. That makes sense, as at our age we have lived through so much, dreadful to wonderful, that we would like to remember, put into perspective, and share with others. We also dabble in fiction and other forms of writing. There is book that I would like you to buy: The making of a story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing by Alice LaPlante (see below).  I supply a Writer’s Workshop writing kit and anything else that might be needed. We have been able to create a chapbook of stories at the end of each series of classes.  You will be amazed at all you will write in just eight weeks!

In lieu of tuition, students are asked to purchase the textbook and any supplies.

The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing by Alice LaPlante, 2007/2010 edition
This textbook is available at Barnes and Noble for $21.25, or you can get the August 2007 edition or January 2010 edition at the ISBN website. Contact the UMASC office if you need help.Classes

Janet Cowperthwaite has worked with Writers’ Workshop in her second grade class and in a graduate writing class. The workshop that Janet has been using 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.