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The Authentic Writing Studio

Reclaiming Our Stories

August 10, 2014 – August 15, 2014
Rhinebeck, NY
Fred Poole, Marta Szabo
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Authors Fred Poole and Marta Szabo create a studio where writers bring their most important stories to life, even those that seem too complex to tackle.

Here, each person’s story is sacred and writing is considered an art form, never an exercise in obedience to someone else’s idea of what is correct. Grounded in each person’s experience, the writing becomes an exploration that is deeply personal, excitingly unpredictable, life-giving, and potentially life-changing.

Whether you already write or have always longed to begin, you will write a great deal in this workshop. Periods of writing alternate with periods of reading aloud and a specific form of response that consistently supports each writer in going further and writing more.

By week’s end you have a collection that stands alone as a valuable body of work, which can become the makings of a book, film script, or theater production.

Most importantly, you have an invigorated sense of your direction and purpose as a writer and artist.


More Information

Fred Poole and Marta Szabo are also part of the Omega Memoir Festival.

4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
8:00 p.m.Welcome & Orientation
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
Noon–1:00 p.m.Check Out

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 800.944.1001 for details.

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.

Fred Poole

Fred Poole’s books include Authentic Writing: A Memoir on Creating Memoir. Decades earlier he published fiction until it interfered with his passion for real stories. In 1993, he founded Authentic Writing, a culmination of his studies in theology and painting, combined with a life as a world traveler and writer.

Marta Szabo

Marta Szabo is codirector of Authentic Writing and author of the memoirs The Guru Looked Good and The Imposters. She has been a magazine and paperback editor, and lived in a yoga ashram for 10 years. She posts current writings online at Experiments in Memoir.