"This work is unlike any other, in its range of rich, conjuring imagery and its dexterity, its smart voice. Carroll-Hackett doesn’t spare us—but doesn’t save us—she draws a blueprint of power and class with her unflinching pivot: matter-of-fact and tender." —Jan Beatty

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Summer 2018 Workshop at The Porches! Writing (Extra)Ordinary Grace

Writing (Extra)Ordinary Grace

August 10-12, 2018

at the fabulous Porches Writers Retreat

Poetry, for me, is one of the ways I pray. But cooking, sewing, gardening, walking my dogs, teaching–these too are all, for me, ways of praying. I learned to recognize and honor Grace in the Everyday from my mama, and this workshop would focus on writing into the Grace in those beautiful, too-often-unrecognized, ordinary moments filling all of our days. Prompts will explore observation & recognition of those personal moments of Grace, using imagery and sensory work to surround & articulate them, capturing the awe & emotional veracity, the role of specificity, subtext and surface narrative,as means to create universality, all in celebration of Ordinary Grace.

$275 for the weekend, includes full weekend’s workshop, tons of prompts and exercises to energize your writing in exciting new ways, take-home printed materials, supper Friday night, light breakfast food for Sat and Sun, and private room lodging.

Please be mindful that last minute cancellations result in empty rooms and lost opportunity for our gracious hostess, herself a writer making her creative and fiscal way through the world. Any cancellation twenty-one days or less before the workshop will require payment in full.

Contact me via email at carrollhackettma (at) gmail (dot) com 

Check out the beautiful Porches Writers Retreat HERE

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Spring Openings for One-on-One Manuscript Consultations!

Spring Openings for One-on-One Manuscript Consultations!
 
Choose which works best for you: an intensive weekend at The beautiful Porches Writing Retreat, owned by the fabulous Trudy Dean Hale or a distance consult–four weeks focused on your book via email, mail, & phone.
 
I’d be honored to help with your writing.
 
From my most recent consultation:
 
“My weekend consult with Mary was the best writing instruction and editing commentary I have received since I started working on my first novel. She was incredibly well prepared with an in-depth knowledge of my plot lines and characters. She asked me the right questions to help me articulate where I wanted my novel to go, and was able to share her wealth of experience as a teacher to help me make my characters more real, and my writing much more smooth. I truly enjoyed my weekend with Mary, and am grateful for having had chance to work with such a talented teacher.” -Marni von Wilpert
 
Email me and let’s talk about how, working together, we can make your beautiful work even better!
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One Seat Left in March Promptathon Workshop at The Porches!

There’s still one opening in our March Porches Promptathon!
 
Spring Promptathon at the fabulous Porches!
 
All Brand New Prompts! Join us for a full weekend of prompts at the beautiful Porches Writers Retreat!
 
March 9-11, 2018
at the beautiful historic writers retreat The Porches, in Norwood VA, owned by the gracious Trudy Dean Hale
 
Come write with us! To reserve your spot now, email trudyhale@gmail.com and tell her you want the this spot in our March prompt workshop!
 
5 Sessions of Diverse and Intriguing Prompts designed to inspire, incite, and ignite your creativity!
 
This workshop will be a fun and generative weekend of inspiration focused on generating new writing in a supportive and easy environment. The weekend is open to writers of all genres – poetry, fiction, nonfiction– even to those who think they’re not writers! As a group, we’ll go through five different sessions of prompts and exercises designed to ignite creativity, inspire new ideas or reinvigorate old ones, maybe even giving ourselves the push to finish something we are currently working on!
 
After writing, participants will have the option to share what’s created for gentle feedback, if desired. Perfect for those who want some inspiration, and to simply write to gather new materials!
 
Join us for a weekend of freewheeling creativity and encouragement! And I cook for you! 🙂
 
$275 – includes described three-day workshop, one shared evening meal prepared by instructor, light breakfast fare Saturday and Sunday mornings, and the beautiful relaxing accommodations at The Porches.
 
Message me on Facebook, or email carrollhackettma@gmail.com
 
Pass this on, please, to any you think might be interested! Thanks!
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Daily Prompt Catch-Up! Porches, and Pictures, and Plans–Oh My!

 

 

13 May 2016

Headed off to teach a weekend Promptathon workshop at The Porches Writing Retreat 🙂

Make art about porches.

upper porch

 

14 May 2016

Saturday morning at The Porches Writing Retreat, and we’re working on Voices.

Make art about the voice you hear down in the hall.

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15 May 2016

I have a habit of collecting discarded photographs in thrift stores, those precious memories sold in estate sales, so many beautiful faces, so many voices, so many stories.

other people's pictures

Make art about other people’s pictures.

 

16 May 2016

Had some sweet winged company.

A luna moth emerges from its cocoon with not long for this earth. The average lifespan is a week, during which time they have no means to eat (no mouths). Their week (and life) goal is simple: to reproduce. To make love, the strongest of human emotions.

Many observers believe this to be a reminder of the importance of love in our short time on this earth. Live and love to the fullest and enjoy every experience that gets thrown your way. 

Make art about Loving fully in the moment. 

 

luna moth

 

 

17 May 2016 

Okay, so the garden’s cleaned up and turned over, but it’s pouring cold hard rain outside. So I guess I’m sewing, instead of planting today.

Make art about having your plans thwarted.

hard rain

Get-Your-Write-On Promptathon! New Workshop Offering

NEW WORKSHOP OFFERING! 🙂
 
Get-Your-Write-On Promptathon!
 
Join me this spring!
 
June 3-5, 2016
at the beautiful historic writers retreat The Porches, in Norwood VA
5 Sessions of Diverse and Intriguing Prompts
designed to inspire, incite, and ignite your creativity!
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Come write with us! Let’s make some beautiful work together!
4 Spaces available–Reserve your spot now!
This workshop will be a fun and generative weekend of inspiration focused on generating new writing in a supportive and easy environment. The weekend is open to writers of all genres – poetry, fiction, nonfiction– even to those who think they’re not writers! As a group, we’ll go through five different sessions of prompts and exercises designed to ignite creativity, inspire new ideas or reinvigorate old ones, maybe even giving ourselves the push to finish something we are currently working on!
After writing, participants will have the option to share what’s created for gentle feedback, if desired. Perfect for those who want some inspiration, and to write to generate and gather new material!
Join us for a weekend of freewheeling creativity and encouragement! And I cook for you! 🙂
 
$275 – includes described three-day workshop, one shared evening meal prepared by instructor, light breakfast fare Saturday and Sunday mornings, and the beautiful relaxing accommodations at The Porches.
Message me on Facebook, or email carrollhackettma@gmail.com
Pass this on, please, to any you think might be interested! Thanks

 

Daily Prompt Catch Up! Get That Creativity On!

Away for a weekend manuscript consultation, so now we’re back to prompting! 🙂 

1/9/2016

Snuggled up in the comfort of the beautiful Porches Writers Retreat. Make art about making a retreat.

1/10/2016

After days of winter rain, the clouds have gone, revealing blue blue sky. Make art about clearing skies.

1/11/2016

Thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste.” G.K. Chesterton Make art inspired by a thrift store find.

 

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