Wednesday Scene: A Getaway & A Workshop

Wednesday Scene: A Getaway & A Workshop

November 30 / 16

Good Morning! Last Wednesday for November. Not too much going on, but I did find this little gem to share with some writers…..

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24th Annual Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway

Galloway, New Jersey, United States


January 13-16, 2017 – Atlantic City area

Advance your craft and energize your writing at the 24th Annual Winter Getaway featuring Stephen Dunn and Sharon Olds. Enjoy challenging and supportive workshops, insightful feedback and an encouraging community. Choose from fiction, nonfiction, memoir and poetry. Early registration discounts and scholarships available – details at

This program is presented by Murphy Writing of Stockton University.



Featured Writers Include:

Stephen Dunn, Sharon Olds, James Richardson and more. Past workshop leaders include Kim Addonizio, Julianna Baggott, Christian Bauman, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Mark Doty, Kathleen Graber, Tony Hoagland, Dorianne Laux, Thomas Lux, Laura McCullough, Carol Plum-Ucci, Mimi Schwartz, Patricia Smith, Terese Svoboda. Directed by Peter E. Murphy. See for this year’s faculty list and bios.



Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Children’s literature


Stockton Seaview Hotel
(near Atlantic City)
New Jersey, United States

Murphy Writing of Stockton University

Murphy Writing of Stockton University offers programs in the US and abroad to help writers develop their craft. When writers immerse themselves in these challenging and supportive workshops and an encouraging community, they often make breakthroughs in their art. The Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway, founded in 1994, is the flagship program, attracting more than 200 poets and writers from across the country each year. In Fall 2014, Murphy Writing became part of Stockton University.

Our Participants Say it Best

“The Getaway was exactly what I needed to recharge as a writer and start the year off on the right foot. From the supportive community to the hotel’s friendly atmosphere, I left feeling inspired. Now I can’t wait to get back to work on the many projects I’ve lined up for myself. I only wish the Getaway could last all year!” ~ Cate, Pittsburgh, PA

Our Philosophy

Escape the distractions of your busy life. Advance your craft and energize your writing with a challenging and supportive writing getaway. Join us at one of our upcoming writing retreats and take advantage of plentiful writing time, insightful feedback, good meals and good company. Get Away to Write.

View our upcoming programs by visiting

At A Glance:

JAN 13 JAN 16, 2017


TUITION / COST:“Early Bard” and “re-PETER” Discounts available. See website for details:
Sign up for our email list to receive scholarship details when they become available:

PHONE: 609-626-3594


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Tin House Winter Workshops

Newport, Oregon, United States

These retreats combine the rugged beauty of the Oregon Coast with a weekend immersed in all things literary. The program consists of morning workshops, one-on-one meetings with faculty, afternoon craft discussions, and generative exercises. Evenings are reserved for coastal revelry.

Session 1 (Fiction)

January 20th-January 23rd

Faculty: Kevin Barry, T. Geronimo Johnson, and Michelle Wildgen

Session 2 (CNF)

January 27th-January 30th

Faculty: Melissa Febos, Rob Spillman, and Lidia Yuknavitch

Session 3 (Poetry)

March 3rd-March 6th

Faculty: Ada Limón, Kevin Young, and Matthew Zapruder

The Winter Workshops (Fiction, CNF, and Poetry) will be held at the beautiful, literary-themed Sylvia Beach Hotel. Located in the Nye Beach district of Newport, OR, the property sits on a 45-foot bluff overlooking the Pacific, with coastal panoramas that include the famed Yaquina Head Lighthouse. A true hotel for book lovers, the Sylvia Beach Hotel offers 21 individually decorated rooms based on some of the world’s most famous authors. Once registered for the workshop, you will be able to select which room you will be staying in. Rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

A bevy of book stores, specialty boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants are all within walking distance of the hotel.

Workshops are held daily from 9:30-1:00pm and will be taken place at the Sylvia Beach Hotel and the nearby Hemingway House, a beach retreat dedicated to Papa himself.

Located two and a half hours southwest of Portland, the city of Newport is best reached by car.

Tin House will be providing limited transportation to and from the workshop. Those who sign up will need to arrange to be at our offices by 12pm on the Friday of their workshop. The scheduled return time will be 6:00 pm on the following Monday.


Featured Writers Include:

Kevin Barry, T. Geronimo Johnson, and Michelle Wildgen

Melissa Febos, Rob Spillman, and Lidia Yuknavitch

Ada Limón, Kevin Young, and Matthew Zapruder



Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction


267 NW Cliff Street
Oregon, United States

JAN 20 – MAR 6, 2017


One full scholarship will be awarded per session.

CONTACT: Lance Cleland
PHONE: 503-219-0622



Tin House Workshops

The Tin House Workshops combine morning classes with afternoon craft seminars and career panels. Evenings are reserved for author readings and revelry. Workshops are led by prominent contemporary writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

The Summer Workshop (July 9-16) is held at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

The Winter Workshops (Various weekends in Jan, Feb, March) take place at the Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport,Oregon.


 If your interested, just click on the sites to get the information.

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Creative Close-Up: Art Talks w/Stephen Silver 26-30

November 29 / 16

Good Morning! Shadowbox is back in the office. I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday and didn’t eat too much. Time to get back to business. It’s time for some Art Talk with Stephen Silver 26 to 30.


Art Talk 26 Stephen Silver The Chaos of Being Creative



Art Talk 27 Stephen Silver Experiencing Frustration as an Artist


Art Talk 28 Stephen Silver The Professional Artists Hidden Secret


Art Talk 29 Stephen Silver Are your friends REAL?


Art Talk 30 Stephen Silver Difficult vs Impossible


There you have it. The last five will be posted in December, but it will be early. I clearly enjoy watching them and I hope you do to. Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday, be blessed!


















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Have A Safe & Happy Thanksgiving…..Will Return Nov. 29

November 20/ 16

Just wanted to say to my readers to have a Blessed, Happy, and Safe Thanksgiving. Don’t eat too much, enjoy your family and loved ones! 
Shadowbox is officially out of the office, but will return November 29. 
P.S….you might see a few rearrangements going on the blog. 


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Film Review: I Saw the Light

November 20 / 16

Tom Hiddleston as the late Hank Williams, one of the bright spots on this film.

“You got to have smelt a lot of mule manure before you can sing like a hillbilly.”

Hank Williams

What word do I use to describe Hank Williams? A musical genius? A true songwriter? Lost soul? well, you could say all three. I Saw the Light is not just another biopic, but this biopic has failed in many ways than one.

First I will say this, Tom Hiddleston was a great treat to see. An Englishmen playing a country crooner was a surprise. Williams’s grandson Hank III wasn’t too pleased, but who really cares. I wish he could give Hiddleston the credit for the hard work to portray such a legend in country music and what a legend. Not only did the film did touch about William’s as a great performer, but it also touched on his demons. His spinal condition called Spina bifida, caused him lifelong pain, and the fact that this was one of the cause for his abuse of drugs and alcohol didn’t make it any easier. Hiddleston’s work has paid off greatly. It also helped that he did his own singing in the film, that was one of the highlights.

Audrey (Elizabeth Olsen) and Hank in happier times.

Elizabeth Olsen, who portrayed William’s first wife Audrey, was also a great addition. Audrey wanted to have a career in music as well. Even though she lacked vocal talent, that wasn’t going didn’t stop her. When you see Hiddleston and Olsen together, that’s pure chemistry right there. The relationship between Hank and Audrey had it’s highs and terrible lows, due to his drinking of course.

There is one problem I have with this film. Based on Hank Williams: The Biography by Colin Escott, with George Merritt and William MacEwen, there are some issues.

Marc Abraham, who not only directed, but also written and produced the film failed to bring what the film really needed and that is the heart. When you do a biopic, aren’t you supposed to let audiences know how the person become who he or she was? What truly made Hank the way he was? That’s not the case here. Abraham though that Hank’s humble beginnings didn’t really matter. To be honest, Abraham just cheated not only the audience, but the actors. Hiddleston’s and Olsen’s performances we’re spot on, it just wasn’t enough to save this film.

While I do feel that the film was great, it could’ve been a whole lot better.

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@ The Event: Montreal, Canada

November 18 / 16

Hello and Good Morning! The week is coming to a close and today’s @ The Event, we’re heading over to Montreal. Lots of great things to do up there. Wanna see? Ok, let’s see what they have to offer……



Niykee Heaton

Nov 19 – 9:00 PM / L’Astral


*In Flames, Hellyeah & From Ashes To New

Nov 22 – 7:00 PM / Metropolis


Straight No Chaser

Nov 29 – 7:30 PM / Theatre Maisonneuve – PdA



*Festival Les Coups de Théâtre

Nov 1 – Nov 30 / Montreal, Quebec, Canada



Nov 26 – 10:00 AM / Santa Cruz Church Hall

Cirque du Soleil – Ovo

Nov 29 – 7:30 PM / Bell Centre



Animated Movie: La guerre des tuques …

Nov 20 – 2:00 PM / La Maison Culturelle de Montréal-Nord

Movie: Histoires À Faire Rêver, Histo…

Nov 27 – 3:00 PM / Maison De La Culture Notre Dame De Grace

Le laboratoire de l’humour

Dec 1 – 8:30 PM / Hôtel Les Trois Tilleuls



Yoga & Books (Mile End)

Nov 24 – 3:30 PM / Bibliothèque du Mile End

*Fun with Books (Mile End)

Dec 1 – 3:30 PM / Bibliothèque du Mile End


The Magic of Books (Maisonneuve)

Dec 3 – 11:00 AM / Maisonneuve Library


Visites guidées express « spécial 5 a…

Nov 29 – 12:15 PM / Maison du développement durable

Family Activities at the McCord Museum

Oct 2 – Nov 27 / Le Musée McCord Montréal McCord Museum


Family Activities at the McCord Museum

Dec 4 – Mar 12 / Le Musée McCord Montréal McCord Museum

* Featured Events

This is what’s going on in Montreal. For more information, please go to Go to to see what other events are going on across the globe. Read through the site to see what you’re looking for and you’ll be on your way. Come back Sunday for two more posts.

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More Wednesday Scene: Writing 101

More Wednesday Scene: Writing 101

November 16 / 16

Hey again….Did you notice that there is a Writing/Literary Tutorial at the top of the blog page? I did promised it and I delivered. Now I’m adding more to the page. Found this at the Writing Center at Columbus State University, where I work my day job. This is from The St. Martin’s Handbook, Sixth Edition by Andrea A. Lunsford.  It’s title, The Top Twenty: A Quick Guide to Troubleshooting Your Writing. This is two-part post. The rest will be posted to the Writing/Literary Tutorial page. 

Readers judge your writing by your control of certain conventions, which may change depending on your audience, purpose, and context for the writing. Whether an instructor marks an error in a student assignment will depend on personal judgements about how serious  the error is and what the writer should be focusing on in the draft. Some of the student writing patterns identified here may be considered errors by some instructors but stylistic options by others. Statistically, though, these twenty errors–identified in nationwide research by Andrea A. Lunsford and Karen Lunsford–are the ones most likely to result in negative responses from readers.


  1. Wrong word
  2. Missing comma after an introductory element
  3. Incomplete or missing documentation
  4. Vague pronoun reference
  5. Spelling (including homonyms)
  6. Mechanical error with a quotation
  7. Unnecessary comma
  8. Unnecessary or missing capitalization
  9. Missing word
  10. Faulty sentence structure
  11. Missing comma with a nonrestrictive element
  12. Unnecessary shift in verb tense
  13. Missing comma in a compound sentence
  14. Unnecessary or missing apostrophe (including its/it’s)
  15. Fused (run-on) sentence
  16. Comma splice
  17. Lack of pronoun-antecedent agreement
  18. Poorly integrated quotation
  19. Unnecessary or missing hyphen
  20. Sentence fragment

There you have it. I’m sure this will help with your with your craft as a writer. As I said before, this is just the first part of this post. The rest will be posted on the Writing/Literary Tutorial Page. Enjoy your Wednesday, be blessed!






















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Wednesday Scene: Sundance Film Festival 2017 & Other Events

November 16 / 16

Good Morning! The Sundance Film Festival is coming soon and I wanted to give you a heads up on what’s happening at the moment. The festival dates are January 19 -29, 2017 in Park City, Utah. Passes and ticket packages are on sale now. All you need to do is go to

Upcoming Events

Art In Action From the Theatre Lab / Friday, December 9, 2016 / North Adams, MA

Documentary Film Program Story Development Workshop / December 10-11, 2016 / Miami, FL

An Artist At the Table / Sundance Film Festival / January 19, 2017 / Kamas, Utah

I will be searching for festival press updates. If your planning to go to the festival, just click on the link for tickets, but don’t get too comfortable…..

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Shadow Spotlight: Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen

November 14 / 16

Hello. Lots of things to cover for this week, so let’s begin with today’s Shadow Spotlight on Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.

From the time they were babies, the lives of Mary Kate and Ashley were always in the public eye. They grew up before our eyes as Michelle Tanner in the adorable sitcom Full House. Then came Dualstar, their limited liability company, which produced films, tv shows, and other products.



These days the ladies are now known as fashion businesswomen and icons. With their fashion lines Elizabeth & James and The Row, Mary Kate and Ashley have paved their own path away from the acting world and into the world of fashion. Recently they just opened their first boutique at The Grove in their native Los Angeles. Not only that, but the twins celebrated another milestone, turning 30. Yep, it’s hard to believe, but Mary Kate and Ashley are now 30 and their successful career in fashion is just another turning point.

How would you describe their line? Well, I would like to say low-key luxury, with clean lines. That’s what you see with either The Row or Elizabeth & James. There is nothing too busy or fussy about it. To the hemlines, the colors, it all blends together.



MK and Ashley have a style all their own. That low-brow, uniform, almost boho chic look. Some people may not understand it, but that’s their style. The twins and I do have one thing in common though, how we layer our clothes.

According to a recent article, the ladies have started seven trends, which include Birkenstocks, oversized outerwear, and boho-inspired dresses just to name a few.

The future is becoming a lot bright for these two, I mean, when you are CFDA Award-winning fashion designers, the sky’s the limit. Mary Kate and Ashley have already arrived.



Read the article 7 Trends the Olsen Twins Started by Michelle Scanga.

















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