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Bookmaking Workshop for Seniors

posted Jan 28, 2020, 5:58 AM by Colleen Getty   [ updated Jan 28, 2020, 6:06 AM ]

Seniors Writing Workshop Series: Bookmaking at Brightview Senior Living--

Saturday, February 15th, 1:30 to 3:30 PM--sponsored by Wakefield Rotary Club

The Room to Write is so excited to announce the first of a series of Seniors Writing workshops that we will be bringing to communities in the north of Boston region. 
Join us for a FREE Bookmaking Workshop facilitated by singer/songwriter/artist Lisa Bastoni.

Reserve a seat at the workshop by email: or call Brightview: (781) 667-0064.

In this 2-hour workshop, we will be writing, illustrating, and assembling a complete hand-made book. Seniors are encouraged, but not required, to invite a young person (grandchild, mentee or family friend aged 10 years & older) to join them. We will follow a series of guided writing and drawing exercises to find meaningful, vivid stories. Our focus will be on fun and creative connection, process over product. Everyone will leave with a beautiful handmade book as a memento of the day. No art or writing experience is required, and all materials will be provided.

Lisa Bastoni is an award-winning singer-songwriter, known for her thoughtful story songs and natural way with words and melody. With a Masters in Art Education, Lisa is also an experienced visual artist and arts educator who encourages students of all ages to connect with the joy of creative expression.

Special thanks to Wakefield Rotary Club for sponsoring this workshop and for Brightview Senior Living for providing a great space for the workshop to take place!

Writer's Toolbox Writing Workshop

posted Jan 28, 2020, 5:08 AM by Colleen Getty   [ updated Jan 28, 2020, 5:08 AM ]

Start 2020 off write with the FREE Writer's Toolbox Writing Workshop--Tuesday, January 21st at 7PM--sponsored by NESCBWI:

The Room to Write would like to extend a cordial invitation to area writers of all levels, genres and financial means to improve their craft at the upcoming Writer’s Toolbox Writing Workshop with Kristine Asselin. This writing workshop is being offered FREE of charge thanks to financial sponsorship from the New England Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (NESCBWI), as part of their ShopTalk series, and in space provided by Wakefield’s Beebe Memorial Library.

Join author Kristine Asselin on Tuesday, January 21st from 7:00 to 8:30 PM as she shares specific examples from published books to demonstrate how to infuse your writing with more detail and pull your reader into your story. Come prepared to write as participants will workshop their own writing samples. You'll never be accused of “telling” not “showing” again! 

Kristine Asselin is the author of sixteen works of children’s nonfiction as well as the YA novels Any Way You Slice It and Falling for Wonder Boy and co-author of the middle grade novel The Art of the Swap. Please note that this workshop is open to and applicable to writers of all genres—not just those who write for children.

Space is limited, so be sure to register online HERE or by calling the Wakefield Library Reference Desk at 781-246-6334 to reserve a spot. Links for online registration can be found at The Room to Write’s site (, the Beebe Memorial Library site ( or by finding the Wakefield Library on facebookWe look forward to learning and writing alongside you at the workshop!

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