Programs

The Craft and Heart of Writing Poetry for Children

September 19 - 23, 2021

TYPE & LENGTH:

  • In-person at our Retreat Center with lectures, writing exercises, faculty consultations, and ample time to relax, retreat, and work on your own writing
  • Begins at 5:30pm Eastern on Sunday, September 19
  • Ends at 1:00pm Eastern on Thursday, September 23

PARTICIPANT CAP:

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WHY THIS WORKSHOP?

Craft and Heart of Poetry
Poetry is at the heart of this workshop. If writing poetry for children is your passion, this workshop is for you. Over this 5-day/4-night retreat we will spend time on our own poetry and grow as poets together through guided writing exercises, lectures, and private consultations.

This workshop will offer plenty of interaction, direction, and free creative writing time. We’ll focus on all elements of poetry, from the importance of word choice to surprising metaphors. There will be plenty of writing exercises to inspire new poems followed by group discussions. As a group, we’ll brainstorm ideas, share our writing process, and generate original poems.

Note: The deadline for submitting poems to Georgia and Rebecca for 1:1 consultations during the workshop is September 12. They will look at individual poems (up to 20 lines each), or poems for verse novel projects.

Additional, informal feedback is provided during open sharing times at the retreat.

THIS WORKSHOP IS A GREAT FIT IF:

  • You are a poet who writes for children. This workshop is open to poets who are just beginning and those who have more experience. We learn best from one another.
  • You want to immerse yourself in the elements of craft within a community of poets. At this workshop you’ll be surrounded by words and a community of poets who love them.
  • You’d like a retreat where you can work on new poems. There will be ample free writing time built into this course so that you can stretch and work on your own projects.

HOW THIS WORKSHOP IMPACTS KIDS:

Kids love poetry and it motivates them to play with language and words, increases phonemic awareness in reading and builds essential skills like vocabulary, fluency, and authentic expression. This workshop will immerse you in the craft of writing poetry that can inspire a love of poetry and creativity in children.

TENTATIVE AGENDA:

Pre-workshop: You will receive a link to our virtual classroom where you can introduce yourself to fellow poets, engage in Highlights Foundation related resources, and view submission details related to this course.

Sunday, September 19
3pm Eastern
Arrival and check in.

Evening
Appetizers & Dinner
Over dinner: Introductions

Following dinner: Expectations and goals for our time together

Monday, September 20
Morning
Breakfast

Mini-workshop #1 (60 minutes)

Writing Time: optional peer group gathering to share poems; independent writing time; or retreat to your private accommodations to relax and recharge

Afternoon
Lunch
Consultation with Rebecca or Georgia

Peer-led sharing from morning exercises & guided poetry prompts

Special guest lecture

Evening
Appetizers & Dinner

After dinner: informal poetry discussions and sharing fire-side (weather permitting)

Tuesday, September 21
Morning
Breakfast

Mini-workshop #2 (60 minutes)

Cooperative poetry building exercise

Afternoon
Lunch
Consultation with Rebecca or Georgia

Peer-led sharing from morning exercises & guided poetry prompts

Special guest lecture

Evening
Appetizers & Dinner

After dinner: informal poetry discussions and sharing fire-side (weather permitting)

Wednesday, September 22
Morning
Breakfast
Mini-workshop #3 (60 minutes)

Faculty led small group workshopping

Afternoon
Lunch

Writing Time: optional peer group gathering to share poems; independent writing time; or retreat to your private accommodations to relax and recharge

Special Guest Lecture

Evening
Appetizers & Dinner
After dinner: Visiting Editor session with Wordsong editor Rebecca Davis

Thursday, September 23
Morning
Breakfast
“A Quick Glance” with visiting editor Rebecca Davis, followed by last questions

Afternoon
Lunch & farewells

Highlights Foundation Resources for Workshops and FAQs: 

RELATED RESOURCES

Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Georgia Heard: Collecting Word Treasures
Rebecca Kai Dotlich: One Poet’s Story
Georgia Heard and Rebecca Kai Dotlich: The Magic of Metaphor
Faculty Interview: Poet Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Picture Books: To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme
Writing Poetry for Children
Harvesting Language From the Worlds We Know

FROM OUR COMMUNITY:

“Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Georgia Heard are amazing apart and absolutely magical together. Smart, approachable, creative and supportive. Would attend ANY workshop with either of them again.”

“Georgia and Rebecca were amazing, fun presenters, knew their stuff, gave lots of information, supportive. One-on-one session was very valuable. Their choice of poems was on-spot to exemplify the lesson. Assignments and feedback were valuable. Open, friendly, knowledgeable, honest. what you hope to get!!!”

“Georgia & Rebecca were incredible. The workshop was the perfect blend of instruction, writing, group reading, feedback and guest speakers. Georgia and Rebecca took the time to become “part of the group”, appearing to have as much fun with us as we had with them.”

“Highlights include connecting with all the other writers (all along the writing continuum) to share their experiences. Hearing Lee Bennett Hopkins and Rebecca Davis to understand the hard travels that we all go through from editor and master!…all the struggles (even they go through) and the process of publishing! Of course, Rebecca and Georgia’s amazing travels were inspiring in so many ways.”

 

Faculty

Georgia Heard

Georgia Heard received her M.F.A. in poetry writing from Columbia University and is a founding member of the Teachers College…
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Rebecca Kai Dotlich

Rebecca is the author of a diverse range of picture books and poetry collections for children, including Lemonade Sun, One…
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Rebecca Davis

Rebecca M. Davis is Senior Editor of Boyds Mills Press and Wordsong, imprints of Boyds Mills & Kane. Wordsong is…
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Janet Wong

Virtual Special Guest Janet Wong is a graduate of Yale Law School and a former lawyer who switched careers to…
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$1,299.00

All-inclusive registration includes workshop tuition, lodging, meals, beverages, and snacks..

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workshop information

Begins with dinner on Sunday, September 19,with dinner; ends on Thursday, September 23, with lunch.

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