Poetry on the Plateau Workshops

A weekend of writing workshops for National Poetry Month

Workshop Leader: Jodi Hollander

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Ancient Inspiration Workshop
Date: Friday, April 5, 2019, from 3:00-6:00 pm
Cost: $30 Members/ $50 Non-members

Details: Held in the stunning Easton Collection Center, with views of the San Francisco Peaks, this workshop uses rare artifacts from the Colorado Plateau as inspiration for poetry and includes an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour with a collections expert.

Participants will also examine celebrated examples of poems that respond to art and discuss effective strategies for transforming our visual observations into powerful and immediate poems. We’ll have a special focus on crafting strong imagery and metaphor and effectively editing the poetic line. Suitable for all experience levels. Limited to 10 people.

Nature Writing Workshop
Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 9:00 am -12:00 pm
Cost: $30 Members/ $50 Non-members

Details: Using the remarkable beauty of the Ponderosa pine forest and landscape surrounding the museum, this workshop offers participants of all experience levels an opportunity to take in the extraordinary beauty around them, then turn their observations into powerful and vivid poems. The workshop includes a guided nature walk with museum horticulturist Jan Busco.Using celebrated examples of both traditional and contemporary poetry, we’ll discuss techniques such as metaphor, imagery, sound and allusion as well as introducing basic techniques for creating musicality within a poem. Participants will work either outside in nature (weather permitting) or inside the museum with sweeping views of the Colorado Plateau. Limited to 15 people.

Polish and Publish Workshop
Date: Sunday, April 7, 2019, from 12:00 pm -2:00 pm
Cost: $15 Members/ $30 Non-members

Details: What's the next step after you’ve written a poem or a series of poems? How do you edit your work, to whom do you show your work to if you want to improve it?

Then, which magazines/journals do you approach; how do you write a cover letter, and how do you approach a publisher if you have a manuscript?

In this workshop we’ll discuss effective strategies for all of these questions - focusing on the business end of writing. Specifically we’ll look at how best to edit and polish your work, and how to bring your strongest writing out into the world. This workshopis for participants that have some prior experience with writing and want to learn more about editing and publishing. Please prepare three poems to share with the group in advance of this workshop.

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