Candlelight Writers Workshops at River Bend

Candlelight Writing Workshops are held spring, fall, and winter at River Bend Bookshop, as a motivator for writing, as a community builder for writers, and as a teaching tool. 


Here's what is going on at River Bend for writers:


Workshops - Registration Required

Register now: Send an email to janegordonjulien@gmail[dot]com

For Information Visit Candlelight Writing Workshops


Spring Workshop 1: Food as Memory

A four-week Candlelight Writing Workshop taught by food author and journalist Beth Hillson.

From Beth:” We all have stories to tell. Capturing them is tricky.  We’ll use our connections to food to unlock memories and tell our tales. Entice your taste buds, tantalize your recollection and join Beth. You’ll be amazed how easily your stories will flow. We will gather four Mondays at 6:30 p.m. March 2, 16, 23, 30.  (No meeting 3/9.)    No previous writing experience is necessary. 

Cost:  $160 / Space is limited.


Beth Hillson has an MFA in creative non-fiction and is writing a memoir through the lens of food.  Her work has appeared in many publications including The Hartford Courant, Yankee, FamilyFun, Gluten Free & More, Connecticut Magazine, and the Huffington Post. She is the author of three books.


Spring Workshop 2: Tell the Story You’ve Been Waiting to Tell

A six-week workshop taught by Candlelight Writing Workshops founder Jane Gordon Julien.

From Jane: “It’s time to stop waiting and start moving forward with your storytelling life. Whether it’s a fictional story or a factual rendering, now is the time to get it out of your head and onto the page. For six Wednesdays: April 1, (no class April 8), April 15, April 22, April 29, May 6, and May 13, we will gather to push the boundaries of our writing lives – wherever they have been - into new realms. For writers of all skill levels.

Cost: $240 / Space is limited.



Spring Workshop 3: Write About Your Life

A six-week workshop taught by Candlelight Writing Workshops founder Jane Gordon Julien.

From Jane: “Select a life experience about which you want to write and get the help you need to articulate it clearly and compellingly. We will meet at the River Bend Bookshop for six Wednesdays: May 20, May 27, June 3, June 10, June 17, and June 24. Space is limited. Cost: $240. (This workshop includes a visit from Andrew Julien, publisher of The Hartford Courant. Andrew will talk about The Courant’s Sunday section, Insight, which encourages personal stories from readers.)  



Writing Prompts

Candlelight Writing Workshops offers free weekly writing prompts. Go to and challenge yourself.


Jane Gordon Julien hosting writers' workshops at River Bend BookshopCandlelight Writers Workshops at River Bend are hosted by Jane Gordon JulienJane, an essayist and journalist, is a longtime contributing writer to The New York Times. Her work has been published in magazines and newspapers throughout the country, including the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Northeast Magazine, and NBC/ and was recently included in the anthology, “Words Matter.” She has served as an adjunct journalist professor at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and a guest lecturer at the University of Connecticut. Jane holds a master’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College, where she was an assistant editor at the literary journal Lumina, and a bachelor’s degree from the highly acclaimed University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism.