Workshops & Events
June 24–26, Monday–Wednesday
New York Writers Studio at Hill-Stead
3-day workshop with Philip Schultz
Following on the success of Tony Hoagland's "Five Powers of Poetry" workshop in 2012, Hill-Stead will again offer a teacher workshop during the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Schultz will lead a three-day introduction to his Writers Studio Method, a brand new format the poet is eager to bring to Hill-Stead. The workshop will culminate with a reading by Schultz, the second in the 2013 summer series.
Philip Schultz a well-known poet, fiction writer and educator, has been teaching creative writing for nearly 40 years. He founded The Writers Studio in 1987 after spending four years as the director of New York University's graduate creative writing program. Mr. Schultz has taught undergraduate and graduate fiction, poetry, literature, and craft classes at Tufts University, Kalamazoo College, University of Massachusetts at Boston, Columbia University and New York University. In addition to several collections of poetry, including Failure (winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize), he has also published a memoir entitled My Dyslexia (Norton, 2011), in which he recounts his difficulties with the language disability, and his struggles to overcome it. For additional information go to www.writerstudio.com. Photo by Monica Banks.
The fee for 3-day workshop is $350/person. Limited to 35 participants. Accommodations are not included, but can be facilitated. A deposit of $100 will be due upon acceptance; the balance is due by May 15, 2013. Please inquire about Professional Development credits. For information or to register, contact Sarah Wadsworth at 860.677.4787 ext 134 or . Space is limited – reserve your spot today!
October 20, Sunday, 1:30–5 pm
Poetry at the Torn Edge
Workshop with Leslie McGrath
Psychiatric illness is one of the last acceptably stigmatized issues of our time, yet many people live with depression, bipolar illness, schizophrenia, or along the autism spectrum. Still others know, love, and work with someone whose life is complicated, and enriched by, psychiatric illness. In this workshop, we'll learn about the connection between certain types of psychiatric illness and creativity. We'll read some work by poets who live with these disorders, examining the way their work serves as both therapeutic tool and public education. Last, we'll devote time to writing about this topic, learning new ways to approach what has been for many a source of shame and embarrassment. Handouts will be mailed to registrants prior to the session.
Leslie McGrath's poems have been widely published, most recently in Salamander, Cimarron Review, and CT Review. Her interviews with poets are regularly published in the Writer's Chronicle. She initially trained as a clinical psychologist and became a poet at forty. Winner of the 2004 Pablo Neruda Prize for poetry, her first collection of poetry, Opulent Hunger, Opulent Rage, was a finalist for the CT Book Award. McGrath co-edited Reetika Vazirani’s posthumous poetry collection, Radha Says. She teaches creative writing and literature part time at Central CT State University.
Admittance is $30 for members, $35 for members-to-be. Register by contacting Sarah Wadsworth at 860.677.4787 ext 134 or . Space is limited – reserve your spot today!
November 17, Sunday, 1:30–5 pm
Writing Against the Current
Workshop with Lisa Taylor, for Grade 8–12 teachers and writers who want some new inspiration (or writers who hope to teach)
If you need to jump-start your writing or your writing curriculum, this is the workshop for you. Join veteran teacher and writer Lisa C. Taylor, and spend an afternoon engaging in creative writing activities and learning what stimulates writing for teens and adults. Lisa's original ideas have helped her students win awards regionally and nationally. Share her enthusiasm for writing and become familiar with authors that speak to today's teenagers. Highlights include using surrealism in your writing and writing about taboos.
Lisa C. Taylor published poet and writer with four collections. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and she has been published in numerous national journals and anthologies. Lisa teaches part-time at Eastern Connecticut State University and conducts literacy and writing workshops for students and teachers. Lisa is also a Connecticut certified professional educator and holds an MFA in Creative Writing. In 2009, she received a Surdna Arts Teaching Fellowship that enabled her to spend most of a summer in Ireland collaborating with an Irish writer. Her next collection of poetry, Necessary Silence, will be published in July of 2013 by Arlen House, Dublin and Syracuse University Press. For more information, www.lisactaylor.com.
Admission is $30 for members, $35 for members-to-be. For information or to register, contact Sarah Wadsworth at 860.677.4787 ext 134 or . Space is limited – reserve your spot today!