Poetry Intensive for Published Writers: Find Your Muse in the Woods 2020

October 5 - 8, 2020

Join Us To:

Find ways to grow your craft, sharpen your voice, and expand your poetic and creative boundaries. Participate in guided workshops, intended to ignite your inner muse through discussion, lecture, and generative writing exercises. Replenish and restore with this creative retreat.

What You’ll Learn:

As writers of books for children and teens, we seek ways to grow our craft, sharpen our voice, and reach for magic and muse wherever we can find them. In this intensive, writers will stretch and grow to embrace many poetic forms… and even meet a muse or two!

While we are all creators of children’s content, this workshop will focus on the poetic form itself, not tied to one reader or group. In seven guided workshops writers will learn from poet Gail Carson Levine. Upon acceptance into the retreat, writers will be provided with a common read.

Sample exercise: A Writing Exercise to Ignite Your Inner Muse

Attend If:

  • You are a published author. If you’ve been published–in any genre, online, in a magazine, in an anthology, or traditionally–the exercises, discussions and lectures in this course will help you expand your creative boundaries.
  • You could benefit from a retreat. In addition to the daily discussions and exercises, there will be ample time for you to rest, relax, and write.
  • You’re working on a novel in verse. Maybe you’re a novelist who’s decided to try their next project as a novel in verse. The exercises and lectures offered in this course will help you!
  • You’re looking for inspiration. This guided retreat will help unlock new words and spark new pathways.

Please note:
During the registration process, we’ll ask you to complete the following:

  1. List your most recent publications in the children’s market.
  2. Please share your personal connection to poetry.
  3. Share one (or more) of your recent reads.


Day 1
Arrival and check in
Workshop #1

Appetizers & dinner
After dinner: Workshop #2

Day 2
Tapping Into New Ideas
Workshop #3

Workshop #4

Appetizers & dinner
After dinner: Social Hour with Muse Guests

Day 3
Workshop #5

Workshop #6

Appetizers & dinner
After dinner: creative activity

Day 4
Workshop #7

Lunch & goodbyes

A Note About Highlights Workshop Agendas


Sample exercise: A Writing Exercise to Ignite Your Inner Muse
5 Ways to Reclaim Your Creative Joy
Step Away From Your Manuscript & Shake Things Up With Writers’ Bingo
Breaking Through Those Creative Blocks

From Gail: books about writing poems:

  • The Teachers & Writers Handbook of Poetic Forms, edited by Ron Padgett
  • The Practice of Poetry, Writing Exercises from Poets Who Teach, edited by Robin Behn & Chase Twichell
  • The Art of the Poetic Line by James Longenbach
  • The Poet’s Companion by Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux
  • The Poetry Home Repair Manual by Ted Kooser


“Gail is an accomplished poet and writer, but she also has the gift to teach, encourage, and inspire. She made many forms of poetry accessible to us through example, through readings and discussions of form, and through our attempts. She responded to our work constructively, brilliantly, which gave me the courage to write and to share with the group. 5 STARS!”

“I learned so much about poetic meter and how it can be used in my prose writing, as well as in writing poetry.”

Faculty & Special Guests

Gail Carson Levine

Gail Carson Levine is well-known for her children’s books such as the Newbury-Honor winning Ella Enchanted and Forgive Me, I…
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All-Inclusive Event Cost: $899.00

All-inclusive registration includes workshop tuition, lodging, meals, beverages, and snacks. Free shuttle service is available from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AVP) International Airport. Airport pick-up at Newark Airport is also available for $75 round-trip.

We offer payment plans as low as $75/month. We'll be in touch with details after you register.

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workshop information

Begins on Monday, October 5, with dinner and ends on Thursday, October 8, with lunch.