Sponsored by RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and a part of the Seacoast’s vibrant arts scene since 2007, Pen Central is a hub for writing workshops, tutorials, manuscript consultations and editing, and readings and performances.
Pen Central is dedicated to nurturing beginning, practicing, and established writers. The fiction, memoir, and poetry workshops are open to all who seek a writing community for learning, inspiration, and mutual support. As the poet Stephen Dunn says,“(writing) affirms what we vaguely already know, makes us less strange to ourselves, invites us more fully into the human fold.”
Our writers come from all walks of life ~ retirees, university professors, social workers, homemakers, computer programmers, professional writers, and nurses. Some take our workshops to explore a desire to write, others to hone their craft, and others to revise for publication. All share a desire to write more, improve their work, and explore the work of others.
The workshops are facilitated by professional writers, teachers, and editors who understand that the writing process is deeply relational. Their commitment is to create and sustain communities of support and to encourage and develop each individual writer’s process and progress through prompts, exercises, instruction in elements of craft, and respectful readings of participants’ work.
In addition to its writing workshops, Pen Central offers one-to-one or group consultations on everything from basic grammar and rhetoric to revision and copy-editing.
Created by Jody Hetherington, Kimberly Cloutier Green, and Rebecca Dawson Webb with the support of Tom Holbrook of RiverRun Bookstore, Pen Central’s workshops and tutorials give writers an opportunity to be the best writers they can be.
|Kimberly Cloutier Green is a poet, collaborating artist, and teacher living in Kittery Point, Maine. She is a first place prizewinner in a number of competitions, including The Aldrich Poetry Prize (2001).The prize included the publication of Ms. Green’s chapbook, What Becomes of Words. Her poems have been published in several literary journals, including Mid-American Review, The Café Review, The Comstock Review, Presence, Vineyards, and The Anthology of New England Writers. Ms. Green was selected in 2005 for the Maine Community Foundation’s Martin Dibner Fellowship in Poetry, and she is a recent MacDowell Artist Colony Fellow. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and her full-length collection of poems, The Next Hunger, will be released in April, 2013.|
|Rebecca Dawson Webb is a writer, workshop leader, freelance editor and writing coach. She is also the word person for Clear Creative, the web design company she and her husband own. A former instructor of freshman composition and creative nonfiction at University of New Hampshire, Rebecca has a master’s degree in nonfiction writing and 20 years of teaching experience. As a writing teacher, she is passionate about helping people share their stories and speak their truths.|
|Jody Hetherington, a freelance writer, editor, and wordsmith, has completed a collection of linked prose poems called Letters from Winter and is working on both a novel and a second collection of poems. She is the recipient of a Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance award for poetry and an honorable mention for fiction.|