We’re calling it The Writers Loft.

Writers love the light, airy room, and the welcome quiet in the new writing space on the second floor at Arts Escape. Come visit!

Check out our classes HERE and our unique Threads program HERE.


Conversations in the Loft

with Cortney Davis, poet and writer


Cortney Davis is the author of "Taking Care of Time," winner of the 2018 Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize; "Leopold's Maneuvers," winner of the Prairie Schooner Poetry Prize; and "Details of Flesh" (Calyx Books).  Her non-fiction publications include "When the Nurse Becomes a Patient: A Story in Words and Images" and "The Heart's Truth: Essays on the Art of Nursing."  She is co-editor of three anthologies, "Between the Heartbeats: Poetry and Prose by Nurses," and "Intensive Care: More Poetry and Prose by Nurses" (both from University of Iowa Press); and "Learning to Heal: Reflections on Nursing School in Poetry and Prose."

Her poems have appeared in journals including Poetry, Hudson Review, Superstition Review, Calyx, Descant, Sun, Bellevue Literary Review, Crazyhorse, Poetry East, Sentence, Underground Voices, Rattle, The Antigonish Review, and others and have been widely anthologized. 

Cortney is the recipient of an NEA Poetry Fellowship, three CT Commission on the Arts Poetry Grants, an Independent Publishers' Silver Medal, a Living Now Gold Medal in Non-Fiction, The CT Center for the Book Award in Non-Fiction, an Independent Publisher's Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal in Non-Fiction, and five Books of the Year awards from the American Journal of Nursing.  In 2007, she was awarded a Nightingale Award for excellence in nursing.  Cortney was recently selected to be the first poet laureate of Bethel, CT for a two year term 2019-2021.

Thursday October 17, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Register HERE or CALL 203-586-1474

Free for Threads Members / $5 General Public

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~FALL CLASSES

Revising Your Work (4-week class) EVENING CLASS

Writing is revision! Ask any writer. Once you have a draft that is structured well, it’s time to use the elements of craft to turn it into an engaging piece that a reader will have a hard time putting down. This class will help you polish your work so it best conveys your original intent. We’ll focus on craft issues such point of view, dialogue, setting, character development, and effective use of language. Students should bring a work-in-progress, fiction or non-fiction, to class.

Wednesdays October 16, 23, 20, November 6

7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Register and details HERE

Writers’ Lab (3-week class) Fridays

Back by popular demand, in this 2-hour session, students will spend the first hour generating material through timed prompts, and receive supportive feedback from fellow students.  The second hour will consist of working independently on a writing project of student’s choice, with the instructor available for individual consultation, as well as opportunities for continued shared learning. All genres welcome. 

Fridays November 8, 15, 22

Noon to 2 p.m.

Click HERE to enroll or call 203-586-1474


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