Category Archive: Poetry

Clearwater Writers Weekend Retreat

What: Writers weekend retreat with experienced writer instructor
When: Mar 9 – 12, 2017
Where:  Reflections Inn, 6873 Highway 12, Kooskia ID

Why:

Gain inspiration in beautiful natural surroundings at the Clearwater River. Join a small group to share the insights of an experienced university writing teacher. The Clearwater Writers Weekend serves writers from a wide variety of writing genres.

Faculty:

Paula Coomer holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Univ. of Idaho. She has authored 7 books of poetry and prose, including Summer of Government Cheese, Nurses Who Love English, and two well-received novelsDove Creek and Jagged Edge of the Sky.

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Clearwater Writers Weekend Retreat

What: Writers weekend retreat with experience writer instructor
When: Mar 9 – 12, 2017
Where:  Reflections Inn, 6873 Highway 12, Kooskia ID

Why:

Gain inspiration in beautiful natural surroundings at the Clearwater River. Join a small group to share the insights of an experienced university writing teacher. The Clearwater Writers Weekend serves writers from a wide variety of writing genres.

Faculty:

Paula Coomer holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Univ. of Idaho. She has authored 7 books of poetry and prose, including Summer of Government Cheese, Nurses Who Love English, and two well-received novelsDove Creek and Jagged Edge of the Sky.


Visit their website

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Tennessee Mountain Writers 27th January Jumpstart

Why: Start your year by jumpstarting your fiction or poetry. Workshops with 20 participants will be led by Darnell Arnoult and Bill Brow.

Darnell Arnoult, leading the fiction workshop, is Writer-in-Residence at Lincoln Memorial University and author of the novel Sufficient Grace and What Travels With Us: Poems, winner of the Weatherford Award and SIBA Poetry Book of the Year.

Her work has appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies, including Southern Cultures, Southwest Review, Asheville Poetry Review, and Appalachia Now: Short Stories of Contemporary Appalachia. Her second collection, Galaxie Wagon: Poems, is forthcoming from LSU Press in spring 2016. She is co-editor of Drafthorse: A literary Journal of Work and No Work.


Bill Brown will lead the poetry workshop. He has authored nine poetry collections and a writing textbook.

His most recent titles are Elemental, The News Inside, and Late Winter. In 1999 Brown wrote and co-produced the Instructional television series Student Centered Learning for Nashville Public Television. The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts awarded him The Distinguished Teacher in the Arts. He has been a Scholar in Poetry at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, a Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a two-time recipient of Fellowships in poetry from the Tennessee Arts Commission. Brown has published hundreds of poems and articles in college journals, magazines and anthologies. The Tennessee Writers Alliance named Brown the 2011 Writer of the Year.

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Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway

What: Writer’s retreat
When: January 13-16, 2017
Where: Stockton Seaview Hotel, Atlantic City, NJ area

Why: Write and attend lots of prose and poetry workshops. Special guests, and Pulitzer Prize winners, Stephen Dunn and Sharon Olds lead feedback sessions of Advanced Poetry Writing.

Poetry Workshops:

  • Poetry Writing Workshop
  • Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop
  • Feedback session with Stephen Dunn
  • Feedback session with Sharon Olds
  • Creative Writing Sampler (Fiction, Poetry, Memoir)

Additional Writing Workshops:

  • Fiction workshops
  • Nonfiction and memoir workshops
  • Song writing and other writing workshops

Tagline: Supportive. Energizing. Inspiring.

http://wintergetaway.com/

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A Retreat for Writers in Oaxaca, Mexico

What: Writer’s retreat with feedback
When: Dec 6 – 14, 2016
Where: Casa Panchita, Xochimilco barrio, Oaxaca, Mexico

Why: Escape from the world with your writing under the tutelage of teacher and writer Donna Hanelin, who will offer feedback and editing on your work.

You will be able to work independently, but enjoy private consultation every day.  Take part in tours of the beautiful Oaxaca area.

Workshop-retreats in Mexico

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Write a Cascade!

This poetic form is like a waterfall

The lines tumble down as if in a cascade

The cascade is a poetic form which can be fun and rewarding to write. It gives you some of the elbow room of free verse – there are no rhymes or required number of syllables per line – but each line of the first stanza repeats as the last line of the subsequent stanzas. Thus the first line of the poem will be the last line of the second stanza, the second line of the poem will be the last line of the third stanza, and so on. This lends some form to the verse, and provides a little challenge and creative stimulus for the poet.

The number of lines in the first stanza thus determines the number of stanzas in your whole poem. In a tercet scheme, the line arrangement would look like this: ABC, abA, cdB, efC. For a quatrain, you would use ABCD, abcA, defB, ghiC, jklD.

Let’s have an example, the first cascade I ever wrote, to test the form:

The boy asks his father

the meaning of rain,

but the father does not listen.

 

The rain patters on the windowsill,

tickling the fantasy, when

the boy asks his father.

 

But the father is working, connecting the dots.

He’s not thinking about

the meaning of rain.

 

The drops call out to the open heart

and the flitting mind.

But the father does not listen.

 

Try writing one now; you’ll enjoy it! Feel free to submit your own cascades here on the blog.

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