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Autumn Poetry Retreat and Workshop 2014 | October 19 – October 23

Do you have a passion for writing children’s poetry? Do you want to hone your skills, work in an intimate setting with a published poet, make new poetry friends, immerse yourself in the act of writing poetry, and talk about poetry for a few days? Then this workshop is for you. Our goal is to bring poets together to delve into all elements of poetry, to play with words, images and sounds, and to polish their poetry skills. We will be discussing, learning, writing, revising, and working on the craft of poetry. This workshop offers plenty of interaction, direction, and creative writing time. We’ll focus on all the elements of poetry, the importance of word choice and surprising metaphors, and experience plenty of writing exercises followed by group discussions.

As a group, we will brainstorm ideas, talk about the writing process, start new poems, and have lots of time to implement new ideas. You may want to start new work or bring works in progress.

You will have one-on-one critiques with your poetry workshop leader, in addition to group critiques and readings in the evening after dinner.

Your workshop leader will give a peek into her own writing process, giving specific pointers and tips to help you hone your own poetry writing skills.

We’ll examine good models of poetry in published collections, from free verse to rhyming. Our days will include instruction, exercises, brainstorming, optional nature walks, journaling, quiet writing, shared writing, and group critiques and discussions.

This workshop will be a mix of instruction, interaction and fun.

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