Creative Writing Workshops for Libraries
& Teachers with Author Peggy Rambach
Libraries and Schools
Cross-Generational Memoir Writing
This writing workshop offers older adults and young
adults ages 16 18 the opportunity to share work-in-progress
for affirmation and critique, as a means of learning the techniques
necessary to writing effective memoir. The cross-generational
element provides the added benefit of increasing human understanding,
by bringing together the stories and perceptions of two different
General Creative Writing Workshop for Young Adults
This workshop gives you the opportunity for young
adults to record and dramatize their past, as well as navigate
and express the turbulence, complexities of the present through
the form of memoir, fiction, and poetry. Under the guidance of
author, Peggy Rambach, and with the camaraderie of class members
participants will read work-in-progress for discussion, affirmation,
and critique, and then revise it as a means of learning the techniques
necessary to convey experiences in a way that provides enduring
insight to both the writer and his or her readers.
In-service Professional Development Writing Workshops
for Middle and High School Teachers
Author, Peggy Rambach, offers one day to ten-week
professional development writing workshops for middle and high
school teachers in poetry, fiction, the personal essay, or the
Peggy Rambachs writing programs:
Build teachers confidence and pleasure in
writing by giving them the opportunity and time to write their
own poems, stories or essays, and to then present, discuss, critique,
and revise their work, all of which will significantly develop
their skills in any writing form, and give them a deeper understanding
of writings significant challenges and lasting rewards.
Demonstrate to teachers what techniques are central
to the successful execution of each writing form, so that they
can give their students precise suggestions for revision on every
Teach teachers how to effectively facilitate and
establish a writing workshop that exhibits a trusting and collaborative
atmosphere, offers productive critique and allows for exploration
and positive exchange.
Provide teachers with specific writing strategies,
and more importantly the means of developing their own strategies
derived from contemporary literature and fine art that enable
students to adopt an honest voice, explore a meaningful topic
and produce insightful and enduring work in any writing form.
Make all literary forms accessible by offering teachers
a simple approach to interpretation that acknowledges the authors
emotional source, need to understand, and drive to communicate.
What teachers have said about Peggy Rambachs
This course gave me an opportunity to
hear about the process of writing poetry and to try to write
poems myself using the workshop method. I now have some great
poems to build lessons around and new ideas to try with my students.
Peggy Rambach was excellent, very helpful.
Peggy put a lot of time and effort into
the course. I enjoy her style. Hand-outs were excellent.
We need to continue this thread for
I learned some great new ideas about
Notes of Appreciation from Andover High School teachers who completed
a 10 week poetry workshop:
Thank you for the joy you have given
us. How Ive loved this class!
Thank you so much for the time, energy,
guidance and inspiration you have given over the past couple
Thank you for all your insight and support!
Roses are red/Violets are blue/You brought
out the best in us that/We never knew!
Standard fee per hour: $60
One full-day residency: $500
6 week residency or 60 contact/non-contact hours:
All residency fees are negotiable.
Peggy Rambach collaborates with facilities and arts
agencies to procure funding for her residencies.
General Statement About Workshops:
All of Peggy Rambachs workshops can be designed
for a one-hour presentation, a weekend to two week intensive,
and a six - ten week session. All workshops culminate with a reading
and website and/or hard copy publication of participants
work. Participants are encouraged to determine their own topics
that are more meaningful and relevant to the writer than guided
exercises. All submissions to the booklet/website publication,
and participation in the reading are voluntary. HIPAA Laws are
observed in health care settings. All workshops in health care
settings are followed by a twenty-minute debrief session with
staff and/or administrators. Generally, workshop enrollment is
limited to 12 participants.
Author, Peggy Rambach, runs creative writing workshops in community education settings for the Healing Arts in health care, correctional facilities, ESL programs and immigrant support centers as well as offering assistance with lesson plans in professional development presentations for middle and high school teachers. She teaches memoir writing in medical schools as part of the curriculum in Narrative Medicine and Medical Humanities. Ms. Rambach is conveniently located for teachers, students and participants from throughout New England including the Vermont (VT) cities of Bennington, Burlington and Montpelier, the Maine (ME) cities of Portland, Gardener, Kennebunkport and York, the New Hampshire (NH) cities of Portsmouth, Concord, Manchester, Dover, Nashua and Rochester, the Massachusetts (MA) cities of Boston, Newburyport, Amherst, North Hampton, Salem, Beverly, Lawrence, Lowell, Haverhill, Gloucester, Plymouth, New Bedford, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Marblehead, Rockport, Hyannis, and Falmouth, the Rhode Island (RI) cities of Providence and Newport and the Connecticut (CT) cities of New Haven and Hartford.