Candlelight Writers Workshops at River Bend

Candlelight Writing Workshops are held spring, fall, and winter at the River Bend Bookshop, as a motivator for writing, as a community builder for writers, and as a teaching tool. We'll be posting fall workshops soon!


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

Writers' Accountability Group

Candlelight Writing Workshops and River Bend sponsor a Writers' Accountability Group that meets regularly at the bookshop. The next meeting - our inaugural meeting - is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23. It's free and open to all writers to share a few paragraphs of ongoing work.


Writers' Social

For writers seeking support and a chance to meet other writers, the River Bend Bookshop and Candlelight Writers Workshops are co-hosting a writers’ social at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 27, at the book shop, located at 2217 Main St., Glastonbury. All are welcome! The events are free and open to the public, please RSVP on Facebook or by calling the shop. 

Bring written work; we will pull three names out of a hat to read for three-five minutes each. Questions? Please call the book shop at 860-430-6608.


​​​​​​​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.