Creative Writing Workshops

“Your sessions unblocked me.” – Jared G.
Profile of Marian Calabro as workshop leader

Marian CalabroDo you feel that you’re full of stories, but have trouble getting them on paper? Do you write at your job, then come home too tired to express your creative side? The solution is easy. Really! Carve out a time and place to write regularly, either in a group, class, or workshop. Structured settings will help you to:

  • find your voice
  • hone your writing and editing skills
  • develop longer works
  • make new writer friends
  • heal your writing wounds
  • feel the deep satisfaction of taking time for your creativity

I lead multi-genre workshops based on the productive and supportive Amherst Writers method. My home base is New Jersey’s Adult School of Montclair (part of the Montclair Public Library), where it’s been my honor and privilege since 2005 to work with hundreds of adult learners who have “always wanted to write” or to get back to writing. I also lead individual groups in person and on Zoom.

My workshops include single sessions and multi-week cycles in memoir, essays, poetry, scene structure, self-editing, and more. Click here for my class descriptions.

“Thank you for providing such a consistent opportunity for writing. I always feel so good after one of our meetings, and I know that writing regularly with you makes all of my writing easier.” – Madelyn H.

Writers of all ages, professions, skill levels, and genres are warmly welcomed in my groups. You need not submit a writing sample. The only requirements are your willingness to write and to be a constructive group member.

  • Private workshops: I lead two Amherst-method writing groups in Montclair, NJ. They are currently filled, but let me know if you’d like to be on a waiting list.
  • Customized workshops: Have pen, will travel. Contact me to custom-schedule a half-day writing or publishing workshop on a Saturday or Sunday. Ideal for reading groups who want to experience life from the writer’s side of the page, or for writing groups who want feedback or publication strategies.