Workshop descriptions | Upcoming workshops
Creative self-expression is a basic human need, like the need to be nourished
with food. Encouraged, it can flourish to enrich individuals and societies; thwarted, it diminishes
both. In workshops, I try to share the joy, fun, depth, and solace I have found in poems, stories,
and songs. I also love folding origami boxes and envelopes, and have recently been teaching this meditative craft.
Workshops can be designed for all ages, from pre-kindergarten through adults. They
may concentrate on poetry, fiction, songs, short essays, journaling, playwriting, or a combination
of more than one form. All of my workshops are designed to validate the personal experience of
participants and to help them express themselves with freedom and confidence.
range from a single, one-hour classroom visit to residencies of one to two weeks. I have also
designed an eight-week course in creative writing for adults. A singing performance or reading may
be added to any workshop.
Workshop fee range: $350 to $650 per day, plus expenses, according
to the following schedule:
Two sessions in a single
Three sessions in a single
Four or more sessions in a single day..............$650.00
Readings and singing performances are negotiable.
Here are examples of some workshops I have conducted:
the Inside Out: Your Own Story, Your Own Words: A workshop that concentrates on making personal
experience vivid, direct, and accessible. This workshop may be tailored to any age level, and can be
as short as one day or as long as a week.
KISS: Keep It Short & Shapely: A workshop that concentrates on the art of writing the short essay, including personal essays intended for broadcast on radio.
Make Your Own Folk Song: Songwriting with
History Writing a song about an event in history can bring history to life, making it memorable
and personal. In this workshop designed for teachers, participants will learn to shape a collection
of facts, images, and personal experiences into a song. Teachers will learn how to use and expand
the workshop activities to help your students learn and preserve their local history through
original songs. This workshop can also be presented as a two- to three-day workshop for
Road Scholar/Creative Writing for Adults: Choose from two different five-day
workshops designed to unleash creativity and hone writing and revising skills with readings,
in-class exercises, and gentle critiques. See upcoming Road Scholar classes listed below!
Sizzle and Sing: Writing with the Senses: A workshop designed for beginning writers,
concentrating on personal writing that uses the senses of seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and
smelling to make writing more vivid and lively.
Murder, We Wrote: A one- to two-week playwriting and acting workshop for middle or high
school students, also featuring actor/playwright Arla Ralston. Working collaboratively, students
solve a murder mystery, write the final scenes, rehearse, and perform.
Song: A performance/workshop, conducted with singer/songwriter Julie Adams, that explores the
many and varied sources of songs, from personal reflections to weird noises.
Download printable one-page brochure PDF file.
May 1-6, 2016: Sensory and Specific: A Creative Writing Course. A week-long Road Scholar
program at Cedar Lakes Crafts Center near Ripley, West Virginia. Writing with all five senses makes for vivid, memorable language in poems, essays, and memoirs. Take the plunge into the "five rivers," as poet Mary Oliver calls the senses. Examples, discussion, exercises, and some laugh-out-loud wordplay for beginners and seasoned writers. Visit the Road Scholar website to learn more and register.
July 31-August 6, 2016: Summer Creative Arts Festival at Ghost Ranch. Sign up for any workshop during Ghost Ranch's Creative Arts Festival, and you'll get a free bonus: This year I'm leading free, open-to-all evening sessions of creative play with words and visual images. Activities will range from origami to cut-up poetry to invented animals. I promise you'll laugh a lot, and you'll take home great ideas to share with friends and family. Visit the
Ghost Ranch website to learn more and to register for classes including poetry, painting, collage, and more.
October 2-8, 2016: KISS: Keep It Short & Shapely, Short Essay Writing at Ghost Ranch. Writing such an essay can employ the research skills of a journalist, the critical eye of an editor and the performance techniques of a storyteller. At Ghost Ranch, writers also tend to bring to their essays healthy measures of humor, wonder, compassion and the inimitable camaraderie that thrives at the ranch. Visit the
Ghost Ranch website to learn more.
October 23-28, 2016: From the Inside Out: Your Own Story, Your Own Words. A week-long Road Scholar
program at Cedar Lakes Crafts Center near Ripley, West Virginia. Honor your personal story with vivid creative writing. You'll hear examples of luminous writing, respond to a writing prompts, share stories, and learn to clarify your writing. You'll gain new skills you can apply to personal writing in any form: journaling, memoir, poems, essays, even songs. Visit the Road Scholar website to learn more and register.