Writing Room

Writing Through The Rough Spots

with Ellen Schmidt
 
Recent Workshops

 

August 18-25, 2018, Life On A Star (LOAS II), Star Island, NH  

Weeklong Writing Circle Workshop

 

Summer 2018 Writing Through The Rough Spots Classes            

Session I:    Wed. 6:45-9 pm June 6-July 11 (no class July 4);  Thurs. 10am-12:15 pm June 7-July 12 (no class July 5)           

Session II:   Wed. 6:45-9 pm July 18-Aug.15;  Thurs. 10am-12:15 pm July 19-Aug. 16

 

Spring 2018 Workshops Begin March 21 

Writing through the Rough Spots 

Choose a class: Wed. 10 am - noon, Wed. 6:45-9 pm, or Thurs. 10 am - noon 

 

2018 Spring Writes Literary Festival, Saturday, May 5, 10:00 - 11:00am 

Tompkins County Public Library Borg Warner Room East 

Workshop: Connecting Creatively through Writing 

 

Cornell University, Friday, April 20, 12:20 - 1:10pm 

Willard Straight Hall, International Lounge 

Feel Good Friday Series       Rx:Write! 

A Minds Matter Workshop Open to Cornell Students 

 

Winter 2018 Workshops Begin Jan. 10 

Writing through the Rough Spots 

 

December 2, 2017 Connecting Creatively Through Writing Sat. 10:30-12:00

Tompkins County Public Library, Borg Warner Room West, Ithaca 

Explore the therapeutic value of writing through exercises designed to help participants develop insights about themselves and others. This program is free and open to the public; however, advance registration is required.

 

November 18: Writing Room Reunion and Reading (Current & former students will receive detailed info) 

 

Fall Writing Room Classes Begin September 13, 2017 

Writing through the Rough Spots 

Choose a class: Wed. 10 am - noon, Wed. 7-9 pm, or Thurs. 10 am - noon 

Registration for Fall WR classes opens on August 1 

 

August 19-26, 2017 

Writing Circle Life On A Star (LOAS II), Star Island, NH 

 

Summer 2017 Writing Through The Rough Spots Classes            

Session I:    Wednesday evening 7-9 pm: June 14 - July 12;  Thursday morning 10-noon: June 15 - July 13           

Session II:   Wednesday evening 7-9 pm: July 19 - Aug. 17;  Thursday morning 10-noon: July 20 - Aug. 18

 

Spring Writing Room Classes Begin March 29, 2017 

Writing through the Rough Spots 

Choose a class: Wed. 10 am - noon, Wed. 7-9 pm, or Thurs. 10 am - noon 

 

Cornell University, Feb. 6-March 27, 2017 - Seven Mondays: 4:30-5:30 pm 

Willard Straight Hall, Office of the Dean of Students Conference Rm. 

Writing through the Rough Spots 

A Minds Matter workshop open to Cornell students 

 

Winter 2017 Workshops Begin Jan. 11 

Writing through the Rough Spots 

Choose a class: Wed. 10 am - noon, Wed. 7-9 pm, or Thurs. 10 am - noon 

Registration opened on November 20, 2016 

 

November 19: Writing Room Reunion and Reading (Current & former students will receive detailed info) 

 

Fall Writing Room Workshops: September 14-November 17, 2016 

Writing through the Rough Spots 

Registration for fall classes opens July 25 

Choose a class: Wed. 10 am - noon, Wed. 7-9 pm, or Thurs. 10 am - noon 

 

Cornell University, Monday, Nov. 7, 4:30-5:30 pm 

Willard Straight Hall, 5th Floor Lounge 

Rx: Write! A Minds Matter Workshop for Cornell Students 

 

Family and Children's Services, September 29, 2016 6:30-8 pm 

Writing through the Rough Spots

Free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required. 

 

August 20-27, 2016 

Connecting Creatively Through Writing

Life On A Star (LOAS II), Star Island, NH 

 

Summer 2016 Writing Through The Rough Spots Classes            

Session I:  June 15 - July 13, Wednesday Evening 7-9 pm;  June 16 - July 14, Thursday Morning 10-noon           

Session II:  July 20 - Aug. 17, Wednesday Morning 10-noon;  July 20 - Aug. 17, Wednesday Evening 7-9 pm

 

April 24, Cancer Resource Center Day of Renewal For Women who are traveling the path of diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship 

La Tourelle Resort & Spa, Ithaca, NY 1:45-2:45 PM 

Connecting Creatively with Yourself & Others through Writing 

For more info., contact Fran Manzella: fran@crcfl.net 

 

Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, Morristown, NJ April 9 and 10, 2016 

Writing Room - Connecting Creatively with Yourself and Others 

Adult Workshop Saturday 10am-3pm, Teen Workshop Sunday 9:30-11:30am 

 

Spring Writing Room workshops begin April 6, 2016 

Writing Through The Rough Spots 

10 Week Series  Choose a class: Wed. 10 am - noon, Wed. 7-9 pm, or Thurs. 10 am - noon 

 

Cornell University, March 8, Tuesday 4:30-5:30 pm 

Willard Straight Hall, 5th Floor Lounge 

Create Clarity with Journal Writing 

A Minds Matter workshop for Cornell students 

 

Winter Writing Room workshops begin Jan. 13, 2016 

Writing Through The Rough Spots 

10 Week Series  Choose a class: Wed. 10 am - noon, Wed. 7-9 pm, or Thurs. 10 am - noon 

 

Dec. 5, 2015 Connecting Creatively Through Writing 

Sat. 10:30-12:00, Tompkins County Public Library, Borg Warner Room, Ithaca 

Explore the therapeutic value of writing through exercises designed to help participants develop insights about themselves and others. This program is free and open to the public; however, advance registration is required. 

 

Cornell University, Nov. 10, Tuesday 4:30-5:30 pm 

Willard Straight Hall, 5th Floor Lounge 

Create Clarity with Journal Writing 

A Minds Matter workshop for Cornell students 

 

Celebrate 10 Years of Writing Room: Sunday Sept. 27, 2015 

Writing Room Reunion & Reading For all previous and current Writing Room participants 

 

Fall Writing Room workshops begin Sept. 16, 2015 

Writing Through The Rough Spots 

10 week series  Choose a class (note new times): Wed. 10 am - noon, Wed. 7-9 pm, or Thurs. 10 am - noon 

 

August 22-29, 2015 

Connecting Creatively Through Writing 

Life On A Star (LOAS II), Star Island, NH 

 

Summer 2015 Writing Through The Rough Spots Classes 

Session I:  Wednesday evening 7-9 pm: June 10 - July 15 (no class 7/1);  Thursday morning 10-noon: June 11 - July 16 (no class 7/2) 

Session II:  Wednesday evening 7-9 pm: July 22 - Aug. 19;  Thursday morning 10-noon: July 23 - Aug. 20 

 

Cornell University, Hasbrouck Community Center, Sunday, May 3, 4-5:30 pm 

"Writing through the Rough Spots: How Writing Can Help You Manage Change in Your Life" 

Writing can be a powerful tool for self-care during times of transition.

Open to international adult family members at Hasbrouck. 

 

Spring Writing Room workshops begin March 18, 2015 

Writing Through The Rough Spots 

10 week series   Choose a class: Wed. 7-9 pm or Thurs. 10 am - noon or Thurs. 7-9 pm 

 

Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, Morristown, NJ March 28-29, 2015 

Writing Room - Connecting Creatively with Yourself and Others 

Adult Workshop Saturday 10am-3pm, Teen Workshop Sunday 9:30-11:30am 

 

Cornell University, March 24, Tuesday 4:30-5:30 pm 

Willard Straight Hall, 5th Floor Lounge 

Create Clarity with Journal Writing 

A Minds Matter workshop for Cornell students 

 

Winter Writing Room workshops begin Jan. 7, 2015 

Writing Through The Rough Spots 

10 week series   Choose a class: Wed. 7-9 pm or Thurs. 10 am - noon or Thurs. 7-9 pm 

 

Connecting Creatively Through Writing Dec. 6, 2014 

Sat. 10:30-12:00, Tompkins County Public Library, Borg Warner Room, Ithaca 

Explore the therapeutic value of writing through exercises designed to help participants develop insights about themselves and others.

This program is free and open to the public; however, advance registration is required. Contact Ellen Schmidt

 

Fall 2014 Writing Room Writing Through The Rough Spots Classes 

Wednesday Evening: September 10 - November 19, 7-9 pm 

Thursday Morning: September 11 - November 20, 10 am - noon 

Thursday Evening: September 11 - November 20, 7-9 pm 

 

Cornell University, Oct. 28, Tuesday 4:30-5:30 pm 

Willard Straight Hall, 5th Floor Lounge 

Create Clarity with Journal Writing 

A Minds Matter workshop for Cornell students 

 

Summer 2014 Writing Through The Rough Spots Classes 

Wednesday Session I: May 28 - June 25, 2014 

Wednesday Session II: July 9 - Aug 6, 2014 

Thursday Session I: May 29 - June 26, 2014 

Thursday Session II: July 10 - Aug 7, 2014 

All classes meet 7-9 pm 

 

May 1, 2014 (Thursday) 7-9 pm 

Writing Through The Rough Spots 

 

April 30, 2014 (Wednesday) 7-9 pm 

Writing Through The Rough Spots 

 

Feb. 12, 2014 (Wednesday) 4:30-6:30pm 

Writing Through The Rough Spots 

 

Feb. 11, 2014 (Tuesday) 4:30-6:30pm 

Writing Through The Rough Spots 

 

Fall 2013 Writing Room Sept. 10 - Nov. 21, 2013 

Writing Through The Rough Spots 

Choose a class: Wed. 7-9 pm, Thurs. 7-9 pm, Or NEW Class Offering: Tues. 10:30 am - 12:30 pm 

 

August 17-24, 2013 

Connecting Creatively Through Writing 

Life On A Star (LOAS II), Star Island, NH

 

Summer Writing Room June 5 - Aug. 14, 2013 

Writing Through The Rough Spots 

Classes Meet Wednesday Evenings 7 - 9 pm, No Class 6/19 & 7/3 

 

Conference on the Arts, Star Island, NH  June 15-22, 2013 

Connecting Creatively Through Writing 

 

Writing Through The Rough Spots March 19 - May 30, 2013 

10 week series  Choose a class: Tues. 4:15-6:15 pm, Wed. 7-9 pm or Thurs. 7-9 pm 

 

Cornell University April 2, 2013, 4:30-5:30 

Get Write Through It! 

A workshop for Cornell students 

Information and Registration: Casey Carr, Asst. Dean of Students

 

Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, Morristown, NJ 

Writing Room - Connecting Creatively with Yourself and Others March 23 and 24, 2013 

Adult Workshop Sat. 10am-3pm, Teen Workshop Sun. 9:30-11:30am 

 

Winter 2013 Writing Through The Rough Spots Jan. 8 - March 14, 2013 

10 week series Choose a class: Tues. 4:15-6:15 pm, Wed. 7-9 pm or Thurs. 7-9 pm 

 

Connecting Creatively Through Writing Nov. 24, 2012

Sat. 10:30-12:30, Tompkins County Public Library, Borg Warner Room, Ithaca 

A workshop for individuals, significant others, friends, and family looking for new tools to enrich interpersonal communication.

This free, one-time workshop is open to the public, but advance registration is required because space is limited.

For more info and to register, please contact Ellen Schmidt

 

Writing Through The Rough Spots Sept. 11 - Nov. 15, 2012 

10 week series  Choose a class: Tues. 4:15-6:15 pm, Wed. 7-9 pm or Thurs. 7-9 pm 

 

Cornell University, 5 sessions Wednesdays Sept. 5-Oct.3, 2012, 4:30-5:45 pm 

Willard Straight Hall, Conference Room, 2nd Floor 

Writing Through The Rough Spots 

A Minds Matter class for Cornell students 

Information and Registration: Casey Carr, Asst. Dean of Students, Cornell University kc64@cornell.edu 

 

August 18-25, 2012 

Life On A Star (LOAS II), Star Island, NH 

Writing Circle 

 

All Day Writing Workshop! July 14, 2012 Saturday 

That relaxed day of writing you always wish for is here! 

10am-3pm Space is limited 

 

June 20- Aug. 15 Summer Writing Room Workshops 

Writing Through The Rough Spots Classes meet Wednesday evenings 7-9pm (no class July 4) 

 

Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, Morristown, NJ March 24- 25, 2012 

Writing Room - Connecting Creatively with Yourself and Others 

Adult Workshop Saturday 10am-3pm, Teen Workshop Sunday 9:30-11:30am 

 

Spring Writing Room March 20-May 24, 2012 

Writing Through The Rough Spots 

10 week series  Choose a class: Wed. 7-9 pm, Thurs. 7-9 pm, or Tues. 4:15-6:15 pm 

 

5 sessions: Wednesdays Feb. 1 – Feb. 29, 2012, 4:30-5:45 pm 

Willard Straight Hall, Cornell University 

Writing Through The Rough Spots 

A Minds Matter class for Cornell students 

Information and Registration: Casey Carr, Asst. Dean of Students, Cornell University

 

Writing Through The Rough Spots  Jan. 10 - Mar. 15, 2012 

10 week series Choose a class: Wed. 7-9 pm, Thurs. 7-9 pm, or Tues. 4:15-6:15 pm 

 

Fall 2012 Writing Room Sept. 13 - Nov. 17, 2011 

Writing Through The Rough Spots 

10 week series   Choose a class: Wed. 7-9 pm, Thurs. 7-9 pm, or Tues. 4:15-6:15 pm 

 

Sept. 7 - Oct. 5, 2011, 4:30-5:45 pm 

Willard Straight Hall, Cornell University 

Writing Through The Rough Spots 

A Minds Matter class for Cornell students 

Information and Registration: Casey Carr, Asst. Dean of Students, Cornell University 

 

August 20-27, 2011 

Life On A Star (LOAS II), Star Island, NH 

Writing Circle 

 

All Day Writing Workshop!  August 13, 2011 Saturday 

That relaxed day of writing you always wish for is here! 

The Annual "Marathon" 10am-3pm 

 

Summer 2011 Writing Room June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 13, 20, 27, Aug. 3 

Writing Through The Rough Spots 

Classes meet Wednesday evenings 7-9 pm 

 

Spring 2011Writing Room March 15-May 26, 2011 

Writing Through The Rough Spots 

10 week series 

Choose a class: Wed. 7-9 pm, Thurs. 7-9 pm, or Tues. 4:15-6:15 pm 

 

Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, Morristown, NJ March 19-20, 2011 

Writing Room - Connecting Creatively with Yourself and Others 

Adult Workshop Saturday 10am-3pm, Teen Workshop Sunday 9:30-11:30am 

 

5 sessions: Wednesdays Feb. 9 - Mar. 9, 2011, 4:30-5:45 pm 

Willard Straight Hall, Cornell University 

Writing Through The Rough Spots 

A Minds Matter class for Cornell students 

Information and Registration: Casey Carr, Asst. Dean of Students, Cornell University kc64@cornell.edu 

 

Winter 2011 Writing Room Jan. 4 - Mar. 10, 2011 

Writing Through The Rough Spots 

10 week series  Choose a class: Wed. 7-9 pm, Thurs. 7-9 pm, or Tues. 4:15-6:15 pm 

 

Fall 2011 Writing Room Sept. 14 - Nov. 18, 2010 

Writing Through The Rough Spots 

10 week series Choose a class: Wed. 7-9 pm, Thurs. 7-9 pm, or Tues. 4:15-6:15 pm 

 

5 sessions: Thursdays Sept. 16 - Oct. 14, 2010, 4:30-5:45 pm 

Willard Straight Hall, Cornell University 

Writing Through The Rough Spots 

A Minds Matter class for Cornell students 

Information and Registration: Casey Carr, Asst. Dean of Students, Cornell University

 

August 21-28, 2010

Writing Circle

Life On A Star (LOAS II), Star Island, NH 

 

August 7, 2010

Saturday Writing Marathon: That day of writing you always wish for is here! 

10am-3pm 

 

Summer 2010 Writing Through The Rough Spots Classes: June 16, 23, 30, July 14, 21, 28, 2010 

Classes meet Wednesday evenings 7-9 pm 

 

Spring 2010 Writing Through The Rough Spots March 23 - June 3, 2010 

10 week series 

Choose a class: Wed. 7-9 pm, Thurs. 7-9 pm, or Tues. 4:15-6:00 pm 

 

Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, Morristown, NJ March 20-21, 2010 

Writing Room - Connecting Creatively with Yourself and Others 

Adult Workshop Saturday 10am-3pm, Teen Workshop Sunday 9:30-11:30am 

 

5 sessions: every Thursday from Feb. 11 - Mar. 11 2010, 4:30-5:45 pm

Willard Straight Hall, Cornell University 

Writing Through The Rough Spots 

A Minds Matter class for Cornell students 

Information and Registration: Casey Carr, Asst. Dean of Students, Cornell University

 

Winter 2010 Writing Room Jan. 5 - Mar. 11, 2010 

Writing Through The Rough Spots 

10 week series Choose a class: Wed. 7-9 pm, Thurs. 7-9 pm, or Tues. 4:15-6:00 pm 

 

Fall 2010 Writing Room Sept. 15 - Dec. 3, 2009 

Writing Through The Rough Spots 

10 week series  Classes meet either Wed. or Th. 7-9 pm or Tues. 4:15-6:00 pm 

 

Five sessions; Two Sections:  Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29, and 10/6 2009- 7:30-8:45 pm

Tatkon Center, Cornell University 

Sept.10, 17, 24, 10/1 and 10/8 2009 - 4:30-5:45 pm

Willard Straight Hall, Cornell University 

Writing Through The Rough Spots 

A Minds Matter class for Cornell students 

Information and Registration: Casey Carr, Asst. Dean of Students, Cornell University kc64@cornell.edu 

 

Summer 2009 Writing Room June 17, 24, July 15, 22, 29 2009 

Writing Through The Rough Spots 

Classes meet Wed. evening 7-9 pm 

 

June 6, 2009 (Saturday) 

Writing Marathon: That day of writing you always wish for is here! 

10am-3pm 

 

Writing Through The Rough Spots March 17 – May 29, 2009 

10 week series Classes meet Wed. or Th. 7-9 pm; Tues. or Fri. 4:30-6 pm

 

Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, Morristown, NJ March 7-8, 2009 

Writing Room - Connecting Creatively with Yourself and Others 

Saturday 10am-3pm, Sunday 9:30-11:30am 

 

Cornell University Jan. 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, 2009 

Writing Through The Rough Spots 

Information and Registration: Casey Carr, Asst. Dean of Students, Cornell University 

A Minds Matter class for Cornell students, Thurs. 4:30-5:30. 

 

Writing Through The Rough Spots Jan. 7/8 – March 11/12, 2009 

10 week series Classes meet every Wed. or every Th. 7-9 pm. (alternate time possible) 

 

Nov. 12, 2008 

Meeting the Challenges of Depression: Opportunities for Change 

A conference exploring complementary approaches for prevention, treatment and recovery. 

Writing to Promote Healing Workshop by Ellen Schmidt and Steve Weed, 1:00-2:30 pm. 

All day conference, including writing workshop, at Borg Warner Rooms, TC Public Library, Ithaca, NY, Free.

 

Sept. 11 – Oct. 2, 2008 

Writing Through The Rough Spots 

Information and Registration: Casey Carr, Asst. Dean of Students, Cornell University 

A Minds Matter class for Cornell students, Thurs. 4:30-5:30. 

 

Writing Through The Rough Spots Sept.10/11 – Nov 12/13, 2008 

10 week series Classes meet Wed. OR Th. 7-9 pm.; alternate evening or daytime class possible 

 

August 23-30, 2008 

Writing Circle

Life On A Star (LOAS II), Star Island, NH

 

August 16, 2008 

One Day Marathon Writing Room Workshop 

10am - 3pm. 

 

Conference on the Arts, Star Island, NH  June 14-21, 2008

Writing Circle 

 

Feb. 26, 2008, 4:30-5:45 pm 

Writing Through The Rough Spots 

Free workshop sponsored by Cornell Minds Matter

207 Willard Straight Hall, Cornell University

 

Writing Through The Rough Spots Two 10-week series: Jan 10 - March 13, 2008; March 20 - May 29, 2008 

Classes meet Th. 7-9 pm. . 

 

January 5, 2008

Sat. 10:30-12:30: FREE Intro 

Writing Room Workshop: Writing Through The Rough Spots 

Tompkins County Public Library, Borg Warner Room, Ithaca, NY

About Workshops & Workshop Schedule

Workshop Schedule

 

 

Current/Upcoming Workshops

 

Fall 2018 classes Sept. 12-Nov.15

Writing through the Rough Spots

10 week series 

Choose a class: Wed. 10 am - 12:15 pm; Wed. 6:45-9 pm; or Thurs. 10 am - 12:15 pm

 

November 17: Writing Room Reunion and Reading (Current & former students will receive detailed info) 

 

November 28 and Dec. 5 Fall "Add-on" Classes, 6:45-9 pm Both classes are full

 

Winter 2019 classes Jan. 9-March 14

Writing through the Rough Spots

10 week series 

Choose a class: Wed. 10 am - 12:15 pm; Wed. 6:45-9 pm; or Thurs. 10 am - 12:15 pm

10 weeks/$310

Registration opens Nov. 18, 2018

 

Spring 2019 classes Dates TBA

Writing Circle: An Appreciation (With Longing After Separation)

Circles go round and round, rolling along covering ground. For this present moment, an evening sanctuary, everyone is huddled and looking inward. Each face is clear, lit with the glow of warm embers from our campfire. With our backs to the world for this moment we hear the truth and we speak the truth. Sparks fly up into the sky, swirling as the breeze catches them and spreads them widely. We move by imagination and feeling to far off places and we know, if only for a moment here, what it is to be another. A writing circle, like a fast-moving wagon wheel, in one evening may roll off to New Orleans then bounce along dusty roads with a kid in a family station wagon, then walk the pavement of New York, then ship out to foreign ports of call. The circle brings us joy and makes us want to cry, and still keeps going round. In the past, my half-formed mental image of the writing process might be like a rocket launched to some definite place of discovery and glory and attainment up away somewhere in the imminent future. Looking to that future, I hoped that writing would change me for the better once I’d gotten “all done” at some point called “someday”. But now I begin to see a little differently, and I feel it too: in the ‘right now’ moment I am part of a circle going round and round, rolling along covering ground. I huddle up and feel the warmth of the shared blaze. It is good. 

--Nate Sutter, September 2012 

About Workshops

 

I chose the name Writing Room to reflect that phrase in every sense. Writing Through The Rough Spots is designed to provide a trusting, non-judgmental atmosphere for you to write in. When people feel secure and encouraged, their creative juices flow freely. Classes are kept small. 

When we write about challenging events, tough conversations, or tricky situations, the process of writing helps to give shape, size, and parameters to these experiences, memories, and feelings -- thereby providing greater clarity. While writing may be therapeutic, this class is not therapy. We will not be giving advice or talking about the situations people write about. The writing will be our focus – how to make it strong, clear, and vivid. When people feel encouraged they write better and more easily. Feedback is kind, encouraging, honest and specific (see this article).

 

Workshops provide a time to relax and write from the heart in a confidential, supportive, and stimulating environment. They offer in-class and at-home writing opportunities: sparks to kindle memories and ideas. Your best writing will come out of things that you know intimately and about which you care deeply. You may write about happenings in your life that are true, partially true, totally made up, or a combination. There is deeper truth to what you write in this workshop whether it is actual or fictional (see this article). 

 

Participants span a wide range of ages and backgrounds. Some are new to writing; others are seasoned writers. I define a writer broadly -- someone who writes. Some participants write with a specific purpose in mind; others write to experiment with a different 'voice' than they use in daily speech or thought. Everyone is welcome. (See this article). 

 

Local workshops meet in a comfortable, warm setting in Ithaca, NY. 

 

I am available to travel to provide a Writing Room workshop or series for your conference or organization. Fees available on request. 

 

I am also available for individual consultation and editing.