Writer Workshops

Lisa offers custom-created, day-long, weekend & extended writing and creativity workshops in the beautiful Central West Virginia region. Retreats include workshop time, writing time, themed writing prompts, short seminars and personal critiques.

Lisa will come to you. In addition to her regular venues, Lisa can provide workshops and retreats and your location. For an idea of retreats and workshops Lisa can provide, visit her workshop menu.

Current Workshops Include:

Back in Time Writer’s Workshop – Held Annually in October


Click here to see a video about Calhoun County’s Heritage Village

sept_20_08_065At our Back in Time Writer’s Workshop at Heritage Village you step right into memories and imagination! This vintage town is created from actual historic buildings in the region, relocated to the site. What a prime location for writing from memory, or for fiction set in the late 1800s, early 1900’s.

july_10_10_015Enjoy lessons in the one-room school house, writing on the porches, readings in the chapel. Immerse yourself in the past, surrounded by pieces and parts of lives and times long gone. Note: A day at Heritage Village includes walking and outdoor weather. There is no electricity, no running water. Facilities include wash basins and an outhouse. Please be prepared.

October 7, 2017 at Calhoun County Park, Rt. 16 near Grantsville., WV. 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 1. 

$75 includes Lunch, Refreshments & Booklet w/ Prompts &  Village Historical Information.

Pay by credit card by calling 304-354-9132.

from previous workshop attendees:

I recently attended a Writers Workshop presented by Lisa and was immensely pleased with my decision to attend.  Lisa’s individual critique of one of my pieces was invaluable to me, that day and moving forward in my writing.  I am looking forward to attending future workshops with her.
                                                                                       Elaine Ferry, Big Springs, WV

The workshop I attended with Lisa was very engaging.  It even inspired me because I came away from the workshop with new story ideas to work on in the future.  I plan to attend more of her workshops when they become available. Entertaining, Enlightening, and Engaging.                                                                                                                       Elaine Satterfield, Bridgeport, WV

I would highly recommend workshops coordinated and facilitated by Ms. Minney.  She is down to earth, humorous, and a wealth of knowledge.  If you have the opportunity to attend, by all means, sign up quickly before they fill up!                                                       Holly Knight, Calhoun County, WV

          I attended the Writer’s Workshop conducted by Lisa at Heritage Park in Calhoun County, and must say it was one of the best workshops I have attended in quite some time.  Lisa worked hard on this project and it showed.  She was well prepared with prompts and stories to compliment the prompts.  The location, the exercises and the food was excellent.  I was able to accomplish my goal for the workshop, which was to come away with writings and drafts to take home and continue with my writing.  The workshop was geared to participants of all levels of writing (which was an added bonus) and I know everyone came away with new writing.
      I would not hesitate to attend any workshop conducted by Lisa and in fact, would attend this same workshop again if it were offered.  I have recommended the workshop to numerous writing friends.
                                                            Sherrell Wigal (poet), Parkersburg, WV



Writing in Nature

Join us as we explore nature with our writing, including the environment of our bodies each morning, the environment of the Whispering Springs Haven wildlife refuge each day, the environment of our universe each evening.

Learn breathing and meditation practices to focus your writing, take daily sensory hikes, enjoy and examine the moonlight. Prompts and exercises designed for inspiration, perspective and discovery.

For writers of all genres: personal narrative, nonfiction nature writing, inspiration for poetry, observation and description of setting for fiction.  Freewrite in any genre, learn about and create framable Haiga to take home.  Time allotted for sharing work and receiving input.

Whispering Springs Haven, Frametown, WV
To be Scheduled
Visit whisperingspringshaven.com for information on the location.