Writing & Creativity Workshops

As part of our mission to help support writers that identify as women, we offer affordable workshops on a variety of topics to help you hone your skills as a writer. We currently run two sessions a year, in fall and winter, and have invited a variety of speakers to work with us.

Look for our next round of workshops in Winter 2019!

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Previous Workshops

Most recently, our winter 2019 round of workshops included:

  • Unblocking the Muse: a workshop on creativity and finding inspiration

  • Finding Your Authentic Voice: a workshop on the meaning of voice and how to discover your own

  • Finding Healing Through Writing: a workshop on using writing as a way to work through some of your own emotional wounds and grow as a person

Workshop Presenters

ARIELE SIELING is a Baltimore-based writer, specializing in science fiction and speculative fiction. Her work includes soft science fiction series, the Sagittan Chronicles, post-apocalyptic series, Land of Szornyek, and children’s book series, Rutherford the Unicorn Sheep. In addition, she has numerous short stories and essays published in a variety of anthologies and magazines. Originally from upstate New York and more recently from New Hampshire, she now lives in Baltimore with three cats, a dog, a fish, and a husband. Visit her website to learn more about her.

GWEN VAN VELSOR writes creative nonfiction and pseudo-inspirational prose. She is the founder of Yellow Arrow Publishing, a project that publishes and supports writers who identify as women. Raised in Portland, Oregon, Gwen has moved many times, from sea to shining sea, now calling Highlandtown, Baltimore her forever home. Her major accomplishments include walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain, raising a toddler, and being ok with life exactly as it is. Her memoir, Follow That Arrow, was published in 2016.

CIJA (pronounced Kia) JEFFERSON is the author of Sonic Memories (and other essays). She is an academic adviser by day, a writer by night, and host of Writers & Words, a Baltimore reading series. Her work has been featured in multiple publications including Baltimore Style, Yellow Arrow Journal, The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet, and HelloGiggles. She earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts from University of Baltimore, and B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College. She is a pop-culture junkie who--when not watching copious amounts of Bravo and HBO--is reading and of course, writing. Visit her website to learn more about her.

DR. DIANE POMERANTZ is a clinical psychologist who has been in practice working with children, adolescents, and adults in the Baltimore, Maryland area for over thirty-five years. She has done extensive work in the area of trauma and child abuse and research in the area of personality development of abused children. She currently runs Therapeutic Writing Groups in her practice, and is author of her memoir titled, Lost in the Reflecting Pool. She is a breast cancer survivor and has two wonderful grown children. She and her shaggy dog, Rug, live amidst tall trees on the outskirts of Baltimore, Maryland. Learn more about her by visiting her website.