Poetry Writing & Family: Inspirations & Obstacles: A poetry workshop with Susie DeFord: Saturday, March 31, 1-4pm. Only 8 spots! You must reserve your spot by buying a $35 ticket in advance here:

We all grow up with people who influence and shape us, whether its our traditional or nontraditional family. Our identities are tied to these people and reflected in our poetry writing. In this workshop we will focus on the pains & joys of family and everything in between.

In this class we will:
-bring in poems by other writers to study how they write about family
-bring in family photographs or objects to write about and discuss
-Generate poems from prompts focusing how family shapes and influences our worldview
-Edit our poems focusing on line and musicality of language

This class is for all levels of writers.

Susie DeFord is the author of the poetry collection Dogs of Brooklyn. She studied poetry at Florida State University, and received her MFA from the New School University. Her work has appeared in BOMB, Poets and Artists, Mipoesias, Work Zine, Dog Fancy, Shampoo, the Anthology “Dogs Singing,” amongst others. She has taught writing at Brooklyn Friends School, Berkeley Carroll, and the College of New Rochelle. She currently lives in the Hudson Valley, NY where she is a real estate agent & dog trainer by day and a writer and and experimental musician of NEON GRLZ by night.

Learn more about Susie DeFord here:

Overcoming Writers’ Block: Four Essay Drafts in Four Weeks with Chloe Caldwell: Mondays, April 16 -May 7th.

Only 8 spots. You must purchase a ticket through Brown Paper Tickets at

This is a four-session workshop, held Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30, on April 16, 23, 30 and May 7 at Kingston Writers’ Studio.

In essayist and novelist Chloe Caldwell’s generative nonfiction class, we will focus on a a different breed of essay each week: Personal essay, lyric essay, flash essay, and persuasive essays.

By the end of the month you will have four drafts of essays you can polish and submit to your ideal publication venues.

Chloe will provide readings, prompts, and homework along the way to encourage students to reach their full potential. Students will finish class motivated and accomplished.

Coming in July: Another writers’ camp with Sari Botton & Jen Doll, and many speakers…stay tuned…

Email for more information or to sign up.