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Touchstone Writers Workshop

May 1 – July 3, 2024
10:00-11:30am
100 Wurts Street
Kingston, NY 12401

What’s your story?
CFD hosts a workshop for both beginners and more seasoned writers who want to put pen to paper—or finger tips on keys—to tell their unique story. And we all have a unique story to tell.

This ten-week workshop will be led by Ann Hutton of Touchstone Writers, at Circle Home in the Rondout District of Kingston. Join us from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday mornings, May 1st to July 3rd to delve into your memories and record them for posterity.

Whether that means honing a piece for publication or creating a legacy will to pass down to friends and family, you will benefit from expressing yourself and receiving positive feedback. You will learn to listen for what works in another’s writing. And you will know that practicing the craft with others can be a rewarding and enlightening experience.

When people write together and share their work, something magical happens. To know others and be known authentically affirms your place in life, however impermanent it may be.

“The ultimate touchstone of friendship is not improvement, neither of the other nor of the self, the ultimate touchstone is witness, the privilege of having been seen by someone and the equal privilege of being granted the sight of the essence of another, to have walked with them and to have believed in them, and sometimes just to have accompanied them for however brief a span, on a journey impossible to accomplish alone.” David Whyte

Touchstone sessions will be limited to 10 people. $225 per person for the complete series (paid in full with registration). A writing notebook will be provided to all participants.  Registration by check, Paypal, Venmo, or credit card, before April 30 please. To register, click here.

If you have additional questions, you can contact Ann by email, clicking here.

If the weather is nice, we can spend some time writing outside. What joy!


Ann Hutton is not only a Boomer, she’s a Late Bloomer. Having raised her five kids and sent them off to college and/or into the big world, she finally completed her own Bachelor of Arts Degree at Vermont College (UI&U) and started writing for real. Her work as a journalist has appeared in numerous publications in the Hudson Valley region of New York. She has led writing workshops for the Oncology Support Program at HealthAlliance Hospital in Kingston, NY, Breast Cancer Options at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, Lifelong Learning Institute at Bard College, and CFD Death Café meetings throughout Ulster County, following the Amherst Writers & Artists method. As editor-at-large for Circle of Friends for the Dying, she manages Full Circle Blog at https://circlehome.org/full-circle-blog/


Our workshop is being held in Jim & Lisa’s Circle Home at 100 Wurts Street in Kingston, NY. Parking is on the street or at the McEntee Street intersection, in the church parking lot across from the Redeemer Lutheran Church. You can come in the front door and walk through to the family room next to the kitchen, where we will be meeting. We look forward to seeing you there!