Thursday, August 8 (arrival day)
through Saturday, August 10.
Theme: Introduction to Poetry
What is the big deal about poetry anyway? What makes a poem a poem? How do you read a poem? What is meter? In this workshop we’ll explore some basic elements of poetry, discuss how one might go about reading and writing a poem, and explore your favorite poets.
Thursday, Sept. 12 (arrival day) through Saturday, September 14.
Theme: Nature Poetry
Nature is beautiful, no doubt about it, but it can also be cruel, ugly, ominous, and deadly. How do you write about nature without the romantic notion that nature is only “good”? What techniques do poets such as Robert Frost use to make the darker side of nature come through? What are new ways to describe a snake in the grass or a maple tree in its autumn glory? These are some of the questions we’ll explore in the nature-themed retreat and workshop.
Thursday, October 3 (arrival day) through Saturday, October 5.
Theme: Narrative Poetry
Through the very act of writing, we take control of whose stories are told and whose voicesare heard. When those stories are shared as poetry, they can have even more powerful effects. How does narrative poetry differ from prose? Whose stories do we tell? How do we decide which details to include or exclude? How do the different types of narrative poetry (ballad, lay, persona, epics) impact the story being told? How can we compress the story without oversimplifying it? Bring your favorite narrative poem and share what makes it particularly effective.
Thursday, November 7 (arrival day) through Saturday, November 9.
Theme: Poetry and Loss
Poetry can be a healing force that helps us get through our most difficult times. It allows us to share emotions that may otherwise go unexpressed. But how does one begin to do this? In this workshop, we’ll explore what various authors say about the poetry of grief and loss, examine how poets have expressed these emotions, and work through some initial attempts and/or revisions of what we’ve begun.
More dates for 2014 coming soon! Upcoming themes will include Social Justice Poetry, Poetry of Place, and Structures and Forms. Introduction to Poetry will also be repeated in the spring or summer. Suggest a date that would work for you.
Is there a theme you’d like to explore with a group of poets? Let me know!
Select your dates on the registration form.