Saturday, January 31, 2009

Amok in Spring Workshops

I'm offering two writing workshops for adults this spring. One is an ongoing class. The other is a full day workshop with author Edie Hemingway at her fab log cabin. With a campfire lunch! First, the class: I'm back at Baltimore's CityLit Project, this time at their home base, the Creative Alliance. You'll love this course description for Write Here, Write Now: Poetry Café: Small Plates to Tempt Your Writing Palate You don’t have to be a gourmet to enjoy good food. Sample a variety of poetic styles and forms in this workshop for beginners. The Poetry Café is dishing out model poems and writing exercises for you to try. Through reading and writing, you’ll discover new tastes and flavors to add to your own literary menu. Yummy! (I must be hungry.) My class is running 8 Thursday evenings beginning in late March. Visit CityLit's website for details and registration info. Those new to writing poetry are especially welcome. On to the workshop. To celebrate National Poetry Month, novelist Edie Hemingway and I are offering an all-day poetry workshop for writers of all genres. It's on Saturday, April 18. Spring Cleaning: Finding a Fresh Literary Vision Through Poetry The workshop includes a campfire lunch and four sessions. Edie (whose middle grade novel "The Road to Tater Hill" is coming out from Delacorte in September!!!) is doing sessions on poetic language and "disconnecting habitual ways of thinking and writing." I'll be doing a session on simple odes and leading haiku hike -- nature walk and writing. Both forms focus on calling the writer (and reader) to attention. Edie's place is a beautiful log cabin in Frederick, MD -- wooded, mountains. Plus, did I mention the campfire lunch? Visit Edie's website for info. This one has a maximum enrollment of 15 and we've got 10 signed up already, so get going! Children's authors -- I'll be posting info soon about the MD/DE/WV Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators conferences for 2009. The March 7, one day conference brochure is posted here. Registration deadline is 2/22, but if you want a critique send your stuff in sooner. (I'll be working registration and moderating the faculty panel discussion.) The regional SCBWI annual two-day shindig will be in mid-July. If you're a fan of the Purple Crayon website, you'll want to be at that conference (hint, hint). Hope to see you this spring!

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