Thank you to those who attended Sundog’s first workshop: Reading (and Writing) Robert Frost on December 3. The two hours passed quickly as we discussed Frost’s early life, read and discussed a selection of his poems, and wrote from prompts connecting his life and poetry to our own. Watch this website for upcoming workshops to be held in 2014. If you would like to suggest a workshop topic, please share it at email@example.com.
And thank you to all who attended any or all of the three fall evenings offering Poetry, Music, and Delectable Delights! The dates are set for the spring evenings: March 15, April 19, and May 17. You are invited to join us at the beautiful fine art gallery, Visions of Vermont, Main St. in Jeffersonville, Vermont, and listen to Vermont’s best poetry and music while tasting the culinary masterpieces of The Gilded Pear catering. These evenings provide a place and time for everyone in the community (and beyond) to gather and enjoy the arts.
Workshops offered by SPR can be tailored to your wants and needs. The number of sessions, participants, length of workshop, and even content is discussed and agreed upon ahead of time. Workshops can be geared to teachers with or without experience in teaching and incorporating poetry into their curriculum, experienced poets, novice poets, or to the lover of poetry who enjoys reading, not writing, poetry. Workshops can also be geared towards small groups of students in the accompaniment of a teacher; a great way to individualize instruction and allow those students especially interested in words, language, and poetry to explore beyond the normal classroom experience.
Two-day Retreats will offer a more extensive experience with poetry. They are centered around a theme such as the introduction to poetry, nature poetry, narrative poetry, social justice poetry, among many other topics. Participants may suggest their own topic as well. For example, if you are a farmer, we can explore the world of agrarian poetry – there is a lot out of it out there! Two-day retreats include craft lessons, feedback on your poetry, time to relax, reflect, and revise, and catered meals in a beautiful environment – all at a reasonable rate.
I hope to see you soon!
Tamra J. Higgins, M.Ed., MFA
Owner and Director, Sundog Poetry Retreat