The Real Story of the Donner Party – via Zoom
Thursday, April 14, 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. EDT (single session)
Free, but requires advance registration
As the 175th anniversary year of the Donner Party comes to a close, let’s separate fact from fiction about this infamous group of California-bound pioneers. While they are best remembered for cannibalism, in fact there’s much more to their story—including the fact that women, children, immigrants, and Native Americans played vital roles. This program is sponsored by the Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences (my alma mater) and is open to all. Zoom link will be sent by Rutgers after you register at


Leaving a Legacy: Family and Organization Histories – in person
Tuesday, April 26, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Montclair Public Library, main branch (single session)
Tuition $25; less for Montclair residents
If you don’t tell your story, who will? Learn how to start and what’s involved in capturing the history of your family or organization for posterity. We’ll cover content, research methods, formats, use of outside writers and editors, and publishing possibilities. I’ll bring books that are good examples and allow time for Q&A. NOTE: This is not a writing class. Tuition $25; less for Montclair residents. Register at

Writing Personal Essays – via Zoom
Thursdays April 28, May 5, May 12, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT (three sessions)
Tuition $99; less for Montclair residents
Express yourself within the framework of this classic genre. Each week has a different theme: we’ll touch on place, humor, social issues, and tributes. Be prepared to do 30-60 minutes a week of reading of work by master essayists (documents will be emailed a few days in advance of class). Zoom link will be provided by ASM after signup. Register at

Note for ASM workshops: If you are enrolling from outside the USA, contact Maurice Boyer ( so he can register you individually (the online system is not set up for international currencies).


Marian Calabro will lead two single sessions in May 2022 for Write Around the World, part of a full month of workshops that support Amherst Writers & Artists. There are dozens more, open to everyone! Explore the full calendar at and claim your space soon, as sessions filled up fast last year. Zoom links will be provided by leaders in advance. These sessions are by donation, with options from $10 to $30. You can give more if you’re moved to do so, or arrange for low/no fee if cost is a barrier (contact for more about that).

Art-Inspired Writing – via Zoom
Tuesday, May 3, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EDT
We’ll use paintings instead of words as prompts.
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Greatest Hits – via Zoom
Saturday, May 14, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT
Favorite prompts from 18 years (!) of leading writing groups.
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