Market Street Writers

Market Street Writers

Lisa Colburn of Market Street Writers offers a variety of creative writing and journaling workshops,

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Anthology Deadline Oct. 15! Plus New Journaling Workshop 10/03/2023

Want to see your work in print? Submit your writing to the Market Street Writers anthology! Details below.

Anthology Deadline Oct. 15! Plus New Journaling Workshop Dear Writers, Journal keeping is always an adventure! Lately I've had a really vivid (and trippy) dream life, and writing down my dreams has given me lots of rich material for introspection. Working with dreams is one of the techniques we will cover in Journal to the Self®, which I will be teaching...

SUBMIT 1: 10th Annual Submission Drive 08/31/2023

I'm going to be participating in this event, and I invite you to join me! There's a local chapter meeting in Maryland on September 10, too, for those who are so inclined. Let me know and I can give you contact information.

SUBMIT 1: 10th Annual Submission Drive SUBMIT 1 is the one day out of the year WWS encourages woman-identifying and non-binary writers across the globe to send one of their most beloved pieces of writing to tier…


I'm excited to be hosting award-winning children's book author Barbara Leary for a five-part workshop series on creating and self-publishing children's picture books! This is open to everyone, and I wanted to share because there may be a few grandparents (or parents) out there who would like to create a book for their littles. Barbara is a wonderful teacher (and writer), and we plan on having LOTS of fun doing this! Consider yourself invited. You can save $25 if you register by August 31. Feel free to share! 😊

Home - A Writing Room 08/08/2023

This looks great! I wish I could go in person (love Santa Fe!), but I may participate online. September 22-24

Home - A Writing Room

Opinion | Telling the Truth in a Story-Haunted South 08/03/2023

Something for my watch list (and perhaps yours?). I thought of you in particular, Amy Lyles!

Opinion | Telling the Truth in a Story-Haunted South The PBS series “Southern Storytellers” reminds us that, despite stereotypes, human beings are infinitely more complex than we often imagine they are.

the sealey challenge 07/27/2023

Just learned about this fun poetry reading challenge in August! Want to try it?

the sealey challenge a community challenge to readone book of poetry a dayfor the month of august ↓ join the challengeplan your reading list. for suggestions, start here.dive into reading one book a day.take a "shelfie"! share your experience on social media. “as august approaches, I recognize the excitement vibr....

Share Your Writing in a Market Street Writers Anthology! 07/24/2023

Have you ever participated in a Market Street Writers workshop or retreat? If so, I invite you to submit a piece of writing for our new anthology! Details below.

Share Your Writing in a Market Street Writers Anthology! In April 2012 I took my seat in the circle at Pat Schneider’s Amherst, Massachusetts, farmhouse and learned how to lead writing workshops using the method she developed, the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method. It was one of the most transformational weeks of my life, and it changed the traject...

Photos from Market Street Writers's post 07/10/2023

The Writers' Tea at Blooming Hill Lavender Farm was a success! Beautiful writing in a gorgeous setting. And the scones were scrumptious!

Why Walking Helps Us Think 07/07/2023

Has this been your experience?

Why Walking Helps Us Think Since at least the time of Greek philosophers, many writers have discovered a deep, intuitive connection between walking, thinking, and writing.

Photos from Cara Jones's post 07/06/2023

I love this advice! I met Cara at a group facilitation training in NC, and I enjoyed spending time with her. Her documentary film, Blessed Child, is extraordinary.

Virtual Event 06/22/2023

This website hosts short webinars on various aspects of craft. Yesterday I watched a presentation by humor writer Shannon Reed called "Mining Your Life for Laughs," which was very good. Some webinars are free, and others range from $15 (early bird price) to $25. The next one is on June 28 with Allison K. Williams. Check it out!

Virtual Event Join noted teachers for CRAFT TALKS webinars, workshops & courses. Connect with the broader writing community. Learn your publishing path while creating your best work.

“Smoke Gets in My Eyes” by Jeremy Marks 06/18/2023

A poem on a timely topic.

“Smoke Gets in My Eyes” by Jeremy Marks I got a call this morning from my father who said the smoke was so thick over home that it had come in the form of a brown fog to make your throat burn or what my sister said smelled like the apoca…

GTTP Speaker Series Sign Up June 2023 06/17/2023

Interested in journaling? Check out this FREE event, "How to Use Journaling to Thrive During Change & Transition," with experts in the field, including Kay Adams, Lynda Monk, and Eric Maisel! It runs June 19-26.

GTTP Speaker Series Sign Up June 2023 GET FREE ACCESS NOW Discover Specific Journaling Tools, Ideas & Inspiration For Your Own Journaling Practice How to Use Journaling to Thrive During Change & Transition LINDA JOY Transform Your Mindset & Heal Your


Good advice for anything aspirational. Try substituting “writer” for “woman” and see where that takes you!

Tea & Writing: The Perfect Combo! Please join me on July 7 06/16/2023

Please come to tea with me on Friday, July 7! All are welcome.

Tea & Writing: The Perfect Combo! Please join me on July 7 Writers' Tea at Blooming Hill Friday, July 7 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT In person, Purcellville, VA This tea is my favorite Market Street Writers tradition! We’ll do some writing and sharing in the garden, then enjoy the famous Blooming Hill Lavender Farm Cream Tea on the veranda: two scones (one s...

Photos from Martha Silver Breninger's post 05/14/2023

Me too.


Congratulations to Barbara Kingsolver, one of my favorite novelists! If you haven’t read Demon Copperhead, you have additional incentive now. 😊

Wow. Thanks so much for reading, believing, loving our place and our people. I’m overwhelmed, I won’t lie - this just doesn’t happen, does it? It’s the first Appalachian novel to win this prize since 1958. I’m so happy for Demon.

Poems, Poets & Prompts: It's National Poetry Month! 04/14/2023

How are you celebrating National Poetry Month?

Poems, Poets & Prompts: It's National Poetry Month! April is National Poetry Month, and I feel like celebrating! I haven’t always loved poetry. When I was an undergrad studying English literature, my Modern Poetry class was the bane of my existence (I shudder to think of the dreadful paper I wrote on Wilfred Owens’ World War I poems). But becomin...


I have this on my calendar! Care to join me?

You're Invited: New Spring Workshops! 03/31/2023

Please join me on April 29 and May 4!

You're Invited: New Spring Workshops! Dear Writers, I am preparing to make my annual pilgrimage to the Highlights Foundation's retreat center next week for some extended writing time (I wrote a blog post about Highlights a few years ago, if you're interested). Before I leave, I want to share two new workshops that I posted on my website...


A little inspiration for when times get tough.

Late Bloomers 03/06/2023

Good news for late bloomers.

Late Bloomers Picasso’s greatest works came early but Cézanne’s came late. Why do we equate genius with precocity?

Timeline photos 02/23/2023


Great advice from one of my favorite writers, Ray Bradbury 📚

Monthly Online Write 02/17/2023

Join me for a FREE AWA workshop Monday night at 7 p.m. EST! I'll be one of the breakout room facilitators. :-)

Monthly Online Write Monthly Online Write on Mon Feb 20 2023, 04:00pm PST: AWA's monthly writing series for our community and all AWA-curious writers In 2023 AWA is offering...



I've seen women insist on cleaning everything in the house before they could sit down to write... and you know it's a funny thing about housecleaning... it never comes to an end. Perfect way to stop a woman. A woman must be careful to not allow over-responsibility (or over-respectabilty) to steal her necessary creative rests, riffs, and raptures. She simply must put her foot down and say no to half of what she believes she should be doing. Art is not meant to be created in stolen moments only.
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Reading Poems at the Hotel Chelsea 01/29/2023

On, among other things, the benefits of reading one's work aloud.

Reading Poems at the Hotel Chelsea I consider myself more an essayist than a poet, but early in 2020 I took a poetry class with Linda Barnes through the Therapeutic Writing Institute and produced several poems I liked. We used In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop by Steve Kowit as a text, which I highly recommend ...

New! Kidlit Basics Webinar Plus 1 More Week to Get 15% Off Coaching 01/24/2023

Children's book author Barbara Leary is offering a webinar for anyone interested in writing a picture book! Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Details below.

New! Kidlit Basics Webinar Plus 1 More Week to Get 15% Off Coaching Dear Writers, I'm excited to share the news that children's book author Barbara Leary will be offering a webinar called "Kidlit Basics: How to Write a Children's Picture Book" on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Barbara wrote and self-published three picture books, one of which won first place in the Writer's Dige...

New: Tending Your Soul Fire! Plus Writing from the Heart Begins Jan. 16 01/11/2023

I'm excited about a new group coaching series I'll be offering in February called "Tending Your Soul Fire." Perhaps you'll join me?

New: Tending Your Soul Fire! Plus Writing from the Heart Begins Jan. 16 Dear Writers, It's time for something new! After completing creativity coach training with Eric Maisel, I am currently working one-on-one with five wonderful clients. And now I am rolling out something I've been thinking about for months: group coaching! This new offering is called "Tending Your Sou...

Peregrine XXXVI Launch Reading 01/06/2023

On Jan. 12 there will be a free public reading of the most recent annual issue of Peregrine, the literary journal of Amherst Writers & Artists. I am so pleased to have two poems published in this issue, and I'll be reading one of them called "Unrequited." The reading will take about an hour, and you are invited to attend!

Peregrine ###VI Launch Reading Peregrine # # Launch Reading on Thu Jan 12 2023, 04:00pm PST: This is a reading to celebrate the launch of the most recent edition of Peregrine...

Happy New Year! Workshops Begin Jan. 7 12/29/2022

Please join me!

Happy New Year! Workshops Begin Jan. 7 Dear Writers, 2023 is almost upon us! I don't know about you, but I have found it challenging to make any progress on my writing during the holiday season. I think the only writing I have done in the past month, aside from workshops, is on Christmas cards and in my journal! Even as I enjoy all of th...

A Few Math Problems for Mothers 12/23/2022

What a fantastic essay! It has a bite. 😊

A Few Math Problems for Mothers If x is the Monday Jess returns to the office from maternity leave and y is her manager who asks her how she liked “her break.” Why? Seriously, y.

Special Offer on Creativity Coaching! plus "Voice First" on Dec. 1 11/14/2022

I'm so excited to share this with you all! :-)

Special Offer on Creativity Coaching! plus "Voice First" on Dec. 1 Dear Writers, Would you like to make more time for your creative life? Do you have a project you can’t seem to get going? Would you like some accountability for your creative goals? A creativity coach can help! I am currently finishing up an advanced training with creativity coaching pioneer Eric ...

Writing from the Heart Begins Monday! 11/03/2022

Writing from the Heart Begins Monday! Dear Writers, I used the photo above as a writing prompt in the last session of my Monday afternoon Writing from the Heart workshop. I love using images as prompts. It never ceases to amaze me what people see and how they approach it in their writing. Several people wrote about a church or cathedral...


Interested in writing together? Check out these workshops from Amherst Writers & Artists, offered on a donation basis.

Are you interested in writing more, finding inspiration, connecting with others through art, or learning about the AWA Method? Would you like to support AWA in raising funds while sharing your work in community?

Join us for a series of online writing groups, alternating between the last Monday of the month from 4-6 p.m. PST (7-9 p.m. EST) & last Fridays from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. PST (1-3 p.m. EST).

Each workshop will be facilitated by a different AWA leader. Our first session led by Carla Hanson of Jocko River Writers was a success, we’d love if you can attend all, a few, or just one of our upcoming sessions!

Join Deepam Wadds of Write Your Way In on Oct. 28.
Join Kimberly Lee on Nov. 28.
Join Sue Reynolds of Ink Slingers on Dec. 30.

The writes will be held online via Zoom. You’ll need a computer equipped with a camera and a microphone as well as Internet connection. Because these sessions are part of a fundraiser for AWA, we ask that you make a donation to attend. Our suggested levels are $10-20.

To learn more & sign up, please visit: #!event-list

Please Join Me for NEW Fall Workshops! Starting Oct. 22 10/04/2022

I'm excited about all of these workshops, but especially my first workshop IN PERSON in my home on October 22! If you're local to Leesburg, VA, I hope you'll join me!

Please Join Me for NEW Fall Workshops! Starting Oct. 22 Dear Writers, I am thrilled to be offering my first in-person workshop in my home since the pandemic began! While Zoom has been a blessing, and has enabled me to work with writers across the country, I have missed the sounds of the doorbell and the dog barking, the conversation and laughter, the tea...

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