2016: Events and classes
"Not all great classes have to be all about 'learning something.' Especially in the world of creative arts, sometimes the best thing a teacher can do is to inspire. That was exactly what author Coleen Paratore did..." Lauren Grimley, student at Cape Cod Writers Center Conference http://blog.laurengrimley.com/2013/08/11/catching-fireflies.aspx
"Coleen Paratore is a font of inspiration, and energy. Her giving nature is fuel for the creative soul. I have been fortunate to take part in two of her workshops. On both occasions, I left revitalized and more confident about why I write." Dan Masucci, Writer/Director of DxONE, the first narrative film about Type 1 Diabetes
Jan 22 Voorheesville Public Library, Mother-Daughter Book Club, 6-8 p.m.
What a super fun time talking about Sunny Holiday and the Willa books, writing and reading, with awesome 3rd-5th grade girls and their Moms (sorry we took the photo after many had already left -- we'll get you in the picture next time!) Thanks so much Librarian Extraordinaire, Gail Brown. Please invite me back! :)
Jan 28 Writer's BOOTCAMP, The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY, 1 - 3 p.m. What will move you forward with your writing right now? After some illuminating writing exercises, class time will be equally divided so all participants may share pieces and get feedback. Appropriate for all genres/levels of experience. Come be inspired! Register at: www.artscenteronline.org (Additional sessions offered on 3/10 and 4/14)
Feb 11 FIREFLIES: A Writing Workshop, The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, 1- 3 p.m.
Through writing tasks and insightful questions, we will travel inside our minds and hearts where the sparks that ignite our most powerful writing are waiting for us to claim them. We'll write and share, write and share, and you'll leave with a "jar-full" of inspiration and ideas to move your writing forward. All genres/experience levels welcome. Register at: www.artscenteronline.org (Additional sessions offered on 3/17, 1-3 p.m., and on Sat 4/9 and Sat 5/7, from 10 am to noon. )
Feb 23 Hamagrael Elementary School Author Visit
March 10 Writer's BOOTCAMP (see Jan 28 above)
March 17 FIREFLIES: A Writing Workshop, Arts Center of the Capital Region, 1-3 pm (see Feb 11 class description above)
April 9 FIREFLIES: A Writing Workshop, "Join in and Be Inspired" Arts Center of Capital Region, 10am- noon (see Feb 11 class description above). Then enjoy Troy's wonderful Farmer's Market right outside the door. What a lovely way to spend a Spring Saturday :)
April 14 Writer's BOOTCAMP (see Jan 28 above)
NEW!!! April 20, Crafting Your Story into Story -- Troy native and award-winning author of 20 books, Coleen will discuss how she crafts aspects of her personal life and history into her award-winning fiction and non-fiction books, including her half-million selling debut novel, The Wedding Planners' Daughter, published internationally, twice optioned for a movie, which blossomed into a 6-book series with a new spin-off series (set in Troy) coming this August; her critically-acclaimed SUNNY HOLIDAY and historical-fiction novel, Dreamsleeves, (set in circa 1970's South Troy); FIREFLIES: A Writer's Notebook (for all ages, ; and Writing it Right, the memoir she co-authored with her beloved poet mother, Peg Spain Murtagh, which they wrote over the course of a year, meeting weekly in Troy restaurants to share essays and poems they'd written about the good things in life. Attendees are invited to bring a notebook and pen for some "write-and-share rounds" sure to spark ideas. Questions are most welcome. A few of Coleen's select titles will be available for purchase and will be happily autographed. Register at www.troypubliclibrary.org
May 3, Walter B. Howard Elementary School, Author Visit
May 5 Pine Hills Elementary School Author Visit
May 6 Susan Taylor O'Dell School Author Visit
NEW!!! May 7 FIREFLIES: A Writing Workshop,-- "Join in and Be Inspired" ~~Arts Center of Capital Region, 10 am - noon, (see Feb 11 class description above). Then enjoy the amazing Troy Farmer's Market right outside the door. Fun!
May 20 Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung Center Spring Summit, The Sage Colleges, "Writing it Right" Workshop
June 2 Troy Middle School, 1-3 p.m. ROAR LIKE A GIRL Kick-Off
June 3 Russell Sage College 100th Anniversary, ROAR LIKE A GIRL Talk/Signing, 11 a.m.
June 6 Red Mill Elementary School, East Greenbush, NY
June 7-14 FIREFLIES: Kick-off to Summer Reading/Writing RESIDENCY, all 4th grades, all 5 Troy City School District Elementary Schools; FIREFLIES Writer's Notebooks Books Generously Paid for by PIONEER BANK. Thank you Pioneer!!!
June 9, Keynote Speaker, Skribblers Magazine, 10th Anniversary, SUNY Albany, 6 p.m
June 10 Duanesburg Elementary Author Visit
June 14 YWCA "Ready for Work" Fireflies Journal Writing Workshop
June 15, Central Park International Magnet School, Schenectady, NY
June 15, 5th Grade writing workshop, School 14, Troy, NY
NEW!!! July 9, 9-11 a.m., The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY. "FIREFLIES: A Writing Workshop" -- We will travel to the firefly fields for sparks. We'll write and share in a relaxed, collegial, encouraging atmosphere, and leave inspired to write on. Appropriate for writers/artists of all experience levels and genres (the mix makes it interesting). Bring a writer's notebook/pen/beverage. Enjoy the fabulous Troy Farmer's Market right outside the door after class!
NEW!!! July 23, 9-11 a.m., The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY. "CRIT CLASS with Coleen Paratore." Bring a piece to have critiqued by the author and fellow classmates--(up to 5 pages max;typed, double-spaced)--a first chapter, essay, poetry, picture book manuscript, play, song... Enrollment capped at 8. Register soon as this will sell out quickly: artscenteronline.org. Bring a writer's notebook/pen/beverage. Enjoy the Farmer's Market after! :)
NEW!!! July 26, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Memoir Writing Workshop, Old Forge Library, Old Forge, NY; register with Isabella Worthen, Library Director, email@example.com; Book Fair, 1-4 p.m.
NEW!!! August 16, 2 p.m., ROAR LIKE A GIRL Kickoff Talk and Signing, Saratoga Public Library, Saratoga, NY, Register with: Kali Nagler, Saratoga Public Library
August 23, Northshire Books, Saratoga, NY
Oct 8 Warwick Children's Book Festival
Oct 14-16 Rutger's University Council on Children's Literature