Workshop dates


   Workshop description


   Registration and Paymet Policy

   Withdrawal and Refund Policy

   Course Cancellation


   What to bring

   About Joni B. Cole

   Attractions in the area


Workshop dates:
July 12: 6:30pm - 8:30pm  (check-in after 4:00pm)
July 13: 9:00am - 3:30pm  (evening: outdoor fire and merrymaking if weather allows, bring your lawn chair and instrument)
July 14: 9:00am - 1:30pm  (and check-out)

Fees: $685/person (includes meals and camping – see below for details) 

Workshop description:
Inspiration, instruction, quality feedback, and support. That is what you'll experience during this small-sized workshop with one of the country's most noted writing instructors. During this interactive weekend workshop for writers of creative nonfiction or fiction, you will have the opportunity to share sample pages of a nascent or developed work-in-progress for personalized, verbal feedback. You also will have ample opportunities to discover new material and write forward with insight and direction. In short, this weekend intensive within a supportive community will help you cultivate positive, productive creative practices that will serve you throughout your writing life. Both nervous beginners and seasoned authors are welcome—this workshop meets you where you're at...and moves you forward from there.

Please join us for this meaningful, instructional workshop in a truly unique and beautiful setting, (Note space is limited to assure instruction and feedback tailored to each participants' needs and goals.) For more details about the workshop contact instructor Joni Cole directly.

at Old Clary Farm is included in the workshop. We consider our land sacred and we welcome you to experience these wonderful surroundings during your stay at Old Clary Farm. Camping spots are first come first serve, however, there is ample, beautiful space for everyone.
Please note: There are no showers for campers. Be prepared accordingly. Beautiful Caspian Lake and pristine Long Pond are only 5 minutes away.

Rooms at Old Clary Farm with shared bathrooms (incl. showers) are available at first come first serve basis. Fees: shared room $55/person/night, single room $95/night/person.

There are several Airbnb's in the area as well as Greensboro's quaint Highland Lodge overlooking Caspian Lake. We strongly advise you to make reservations early if you choose this venue, as summers in Greensboro are a very busy time.

Registration and Payment Policy:
One, two, and three-day workshops at Old Clary Farm are paid in full at the time of registration.  Please refer to Withdrawal and Refund Policy below before booking.

We accept payment by PayPal to or by cash. Please mail checks or bank drafts via snail mail to:
Isa Oehry
684 Taylor Road
Greensboro Bend, VT 05842

All fees are to be paid in U.S. funds. No foreign checks are accepted.

To register: email

Withdrawal and Refund Policy:
Enrollment is limited in our workshops, so once you have been accepted your participation is important to us – we rely on your attendance to make important arrangements with instructors and other logistics. If you must withdraw from a workshop, please do so in writing (an email to is fine).  We provide the following refund policy:

  • Withdraw 45 days or more prior to the start of your workshop and we will refund all payments made less a $55 cancellation fee.
  • Withdraw less than 45 days, but more than 30 days prior to the start of your workshop and we will retain 50% of your workshop tuition.
  • Withdraw 30 days or less prior to the start of your workshop, there will be no refund.
  • Replacement of your reserved spot by another attendee is acceptable.

Course Cancellation:
Occasionally, we cancel a workshop because of low enrollment. In this case, we will refund all monies paid in full. We cannot be responsible for non-refundable airline tickets unused, or other expenses incurred, because of a workshop cancellation. Our limit of liability is to return all monies paid for attendance only of a workshop at Old Clary Farm.
There are NO exceptions to our cancellation policies.

We make an effort to take advantage of locally grown produce and locally raised meats.
The following meals are included (vegetarian and gluten free options will be available):
Saturday: Breakfast
Saturday: Lunch
Saturday: Dinner (This meal is a Stone Soup medley. You are invited to add to this meal with anything that you might want to share. Also, if you take a particular liking to cooking, feel free to join the gang in the kitchen with your special tricks.)
Sunday: Breakfast

What to bring:
Bring along 3 or so doublespaced pages to read aloud for appreciation and responses. This can be a new beginning, a revision - anything you want to share for feedback. And of course bring something to write on/with.

Bring a lawn chair to lounge in your favorite spot or by the fire on our top 30 acres. Bring an instrument if you like to play and sing together. If cooking is close to your heart, bring something for our communal meal on Saturday evening. Of course, bring your personal items such as camping gear, appropriate clothing for July (usually hot but a shower or thunder storm is always a possibility) bathing suits and beach towels, and your personal toiletries.

About Joni B. Cole:
Joni B. Cole is the author of the new release Good Naked: Reflections on How to Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier, included in Poets & Writers list of “Best Books for Writers.” Joni is also the author of the acclaimed book on writing Toxic Feedback: Helping Writers Survive and Thrive (“I can't imagine a better guide to [writing's] rewards and perils than this fine book,” American Book Review ), and Another Bad-Dog Book: Essays on Life, Love, and Neurotic Human Behavior (“Funny, smart, original, and, just to keep us on our toes, occasionally heartbreaking”). She teaches in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth College, serves on the creative writing faculty of the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and is founder of the Writer's Center of White River Junction, Vermont. She is also a contributor to The Writer magazine, and leads expressive writing workshops for a diversity of social service and academic programs. Joni has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and USA Fellowship Award.

For more information:

Reading Good Naked by Joni B. Cole prior to the workshop is highly recommended. It is not only fun and entertaining but also a great primer for the workshop. The book can be ordered at:





Attractions in the area:
-The paths in our woods not only are a place for relaxation and rejuvenation, but offer inspiration as well peacefulness seldom found in our busy world. We strongly encourage you to take time to venture out into our mystical forest.

-Mountain biking: We are surrounded by dirt roads... and the famous Kingdom Trails (Burke Mountain are within 30 minutes)

-Swimming: Prisitne Caspian Lake is only 5 minutes away. So is our local secret - beautiful Long Pond.

-Hiking: excellent hiking with views within 5 minutes. More challenging hikes can be found within 20 minutes near Lake Willoughby.

-Art: The Highland Art Center with its Highland Cafe offers events year-round events:

- For beer lovers, famous Hill Farmstead brewery (voted world's best beer) is only 1.4miles from our front porch. (PS: The brewery is open until 5pm on Friday and Saturday, but closed on Sunday).

-Other attractions include: The Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Bread and Puppet, Burke's Kingdom Trails, Glover Country store and Willey's Country store, many small restaurants, and much more.


For questions about lodging, registration, meals, etc.
or inquire by phone: 802-345-5966

For questions about the workshop, please contact Joni