Each faculty member will lead a workshop with a maximum of 10 students for four morning sessions. These workshops will be augmented by craft talks, student readings, and lectures by guest speakers. In addition, students may choose among a variety of planned excursions and outdoor adventures. The event concludes with our annual Gala Faculty Reading, a celebration of the arts open to community members with music, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction.

Camille Dungy

Putting Poems on the Page

In this generative workshop, we will write daily and discuss our work toward the goal of building new poems and developing new ways of thinking about our work and the work of other writers. During our week together, we’re going to observe what happens when our poems walk beyond our minds and into the world. We’re going to seek out the moments in our work and the work of our peers that lead toward engaging lines of inquiry (and also those that might lead our readers astray). We’re going to learn how to better identify the moments of our poems that cause genuine delight and productive wonder. Bring your imagination and energy to the class. We’ll be writing and talking a lot!

Laura Pritchett

What Wild Power: Writing Place in Experimental Forms and Techniques

Experimentation, exhilaration! This class will be about all things rule-bending. About playing the edges. About taking risks. We’ll try out forms such as episodic, listical, epistolary, image-based, recipes, alerts, etc, and you’ll leave having generated creative, original work by taking stylistic risks. We’ll have reading examples by contemporary nature writers (including the faculty here) who illustrate that form can INform content in brilliant ways. Our guiding idea will be this perfect bit by Annie Dillard: “The writer knows his field—what has been done, what could be done, the limits—the way a tennis player knows the court. And like that expert, [s]he, too, plays the edges. That is where the exhilaration is. [S]he hits up the line. In writing, [s]he can push the edges. Beyond this limit, here, the reader must recoil. Reason balks, poetry snaps; some madness enters, or strain. Now, courageously and carefully, can [s]he enlarge it, can [s]he nudge the bounds? And enclose what wild power?” Let us find our wild power by writing about place in the most edgy, new, experimental ways. Appropriate for all genres.

More individual workshop details coming soon.