The Merry Barn is growing! From inception we have held offerings for children, such as summer camps and book clubs. But creativity is not just for the young, the vibrancy it brings is for folks of all ages! To further our mission of cultivating Creativity, Curiosity, and Community, we are expanding our programs for teenage and adult writers of all abilities. With a diverse selection, and offerings that span weekday evenings and weekends, we have something for everyone.
Soul Notes - Published poet and creative writing teacher Elizabeth Potter will facilitate Soul Notes: Writing as Meditation. This workshop will include nurturing, meditative practices intended to open our hearts, enliven the senses, and free what waits to be expressed on the page. Soul-stirring readings, chosen to coax our essential truths and first thoughts, will help free our voices and cast off our inner critics. There will be ample time to write, share, and receive feedback in a supportive, safe community of fellow writers. A Writers’ Tea and Reading will be held at the completion of the workshop to share our writings with family, friends, and the community. Soul Notes meets Monday evenings from 5-8 p.m. at the Merry Barn (June 20 & 27; July 11 & 18).
Summertime Snapshots - Writer, artist, and healer Kelsy Hartley will offer Summertime Snapshots, a bi-monthly community writing series. Using creative memoir prompts, participants will explore new ways of telling their unique tales. By first sketching albums of “summer memory snapshots,” and then through exaggeration, mixing of characters, and getting to the “heat” of the story, writers will excavate and cultivate their stories. Each session will follow a format of reading, writing, and sharing to cultivate momentum. (First and third Wednesdays in June, July, and August, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.).