Candlelight Writing 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.  Workshops are held in-person at the bookshop with occasional meetings held over Zoom.


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


Fall Workshops:

September 27 - October 18 (Mondays): Food Writing

A four-week workshop exploring a smorgasbord of ways to incorporate food into writing, from recipes to essays, to memoir and food blogging. Perhaps you have spent the long months of the pandemic cooking and baking. Maybe you have a drawerful of heirloom recipes and a head filled with memories that began at the family table. No previous writing experience necessary. TBD: Virtual or in-person.

Cost:  $160/ Space is limited.   Instructor: acclaimed food writer Beth Hillson.


October 21 - November 18 (Thursdays): Advanced Creative Writing

A five-week workshop for experienced writers working on a particular story.

Cost:  $250 / Space is limited. Instructor: Candlelight Writing Workshops founder Jane Gordon Julien.



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. 


Candlelight Instructor Beth Hillson has an MFA in creative nonfiction where her thesis was a food memoir, “Well-Fed, I Hungered for Love and Got Brisket.” She has been a food writer and food editor for many years, writing stories that appeared in The Hartford Courant, Yankee, Connecticut Magazine, and the Huffington Post. She is the author of four cookbooks.