Adult School of Montclair

From Anecdote to Story
Four Tuesday nights, May 21 through June 11, 7:00 to 8:30pm
Bellevue Branch of Montclair Public Library, 185 Bellevue Avenue (parking lot in back)
Multi-week; write in class; no homework outside of class. Are you good at writing sketches, but not sure if they add up to a scene or a story? Would you like to boost the emotion quotient (EQ) and play down mere reportage of events in your work? Through exercises, we’ll practice ways to “thicken up” our writing and share supportive feedback. Especially suited to writers of fiction and memoir. Bring a laptop or notebook and pen.

Registration details: Sign up at Tuition is free for Montclair residents and low-priced for others. Locations and dates are subject to change by ASM.


The Real Story of the Donner Party – May 2019
The Cedar Crest Institute for Learning in Retirement in Pompton Plains, NJ, part of the Road Scholar Institute Network®, will host my Donner Party program in May. This event is open only to Cedar Crest residents, but I can bring it to your library, classroom, or organization—just reach out and contact me for details. Inspired by my award-winning book The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party, this visually rich PowerPoint program immerses you in the saga and tells how I researched the book. You’ll be assigned a Donner Party member identity at the start, if you wish – and will discover by the end whether your character survived. The program can be tailored from 1 to 2 hours and includes time for Q&A.

Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) Affiliates Gathering
May 4, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT
AWA-certified affiliates are warmly invited to join organizer Marian Calabro in historic Salem, Massachusetts, for a one-day gathering on Saturday, May 4. Our time together will include writing and sharing ideas about our leadership experiences. (Depending on number of enrollees, we may also enjoy a librarian-led tour of the Salem Athenaeum, a private library founded in 1810.)

We will meet at a private venue in Salem. Lunch will be on your own (“bring your own” or takeout). For participants who want to arrive on Friday evening and/or stay over on Saturday night, Marian may be able to arrange the use of two bedrooms with shared bath at a low rate. Ask her about this after registering. Salem also offers numerous lodging options (

The cost of $60 ($50 for dues-paying affiliates) will be donated to AWA. There are two scholarship slots for $25. Writers may use the writing portion of the day as part of AWA’s Write Around the World initiative.

Registration: Sign up directly at the following link.!event/2019/5/4/awa-northeast-8212-a-regional-gathering