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Joni B. Cole



58 N Main Street

White River Junction, VT 05001


My consulting and teaching begins with the assumption: If you show up in class or for a consult, you're a writer. I focus on craft. CRAFT. CRAFT. CRAFT. I don't let writers trash people's work, including their own. I make people share their drafts, however rough, to expose the mysteries of the creative process. My FEEDBACK starts with appreciation. I believe in building stories from their strengths up. I don't let anything slide. I have pet peeves, mostly to do with characters who cry. (A little weeping goes a long way.) Even the most accomplished writers benefit from the DEADLINES and VALIDATION a workshop provides. I know how to help aspiring authors get started, and get out of their own way. I know how to help them FINISH. My goal is to make people want to bound to their writing desks, whistling in ANTICIPATION of the work ahead. Short of that, I want them to know that the struggle to find the right words is WORTH it. Because it is.


Joni B. Cole, founder of the Writer's Center of WRJ, is the author of the new book Good Naked: Reflections on How to Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier ("brilliant, instructive, and witty..." "Cole will make you laugh out loud and nod in agreement..."). Her acclaimed first book on writing, Toxic Feedback: Helping Writers Survive and Thrive, is “strongly recommended” for students and teachers by Library Journal. Joni is also the author of Another Bad-Dog Book: Essays on Life, Love, and Neurotic Human Behavior, and a regular contributor to The Writer magazine. Joni serves on the faculty of the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and is a guest teacher at the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth College. Visit:

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