Hays, Kansas: Kansas Weather in Life, Literature, and Photography
When it comes to weather, Kansans have a lot to say, and for good reason. Not only is weather on the High Plains some of the most dramatic in the world, but it also shapes how those living in the region see themselves. This presentation opens with storm chaser Stephen Locke’s vibrant images of weather, paired with poetry by Kansas writers inspired by the drama that unfolds in the sky. Audience members are encouraged to share their weather-related stories and images as part of short writing exercise intended to spark discussion about the natural forces that influence our lives and shape our world. 6:30 on Thurs., July 11.
Sponsored by: Hays Public Library and Humanities Kansas. http://www.hayspublib.org
Greensburg, KS: Kansas Weather in Life, Literature, and Photography
When it comes to weather, Kansans have a lot to say, and for good reason. Not only is weather on the High Plains some of the most dramatic in the world, but it also shapes how those living in the region see themselves. This presentation opens with storm chaser Stephen Locke’s vibrant images of weather, paired with poetry by Kansas writers inspired by the drama that unfolds in the sky. Audience members are encouraged to share their weather-related stories and images as part of short writing exercise intended to spark discussion about the natural forces that influence our lives and shape our world.
Sponsored by: Kiowa County Senior Center
Kansas City, MO: Poetry Playhouse Workshop
Poetry Playhouse: Exploring the World of Poetry – 6:30-8:30, Wed., Aug. 28.
Our lives offer us ample material for poetry, which we can envision as a poetry playhouse: writing about family in the living room, food and sustenance in the kitchen, dreams in the bedroom, memories in the basement, and ancestors in the attic. In this innovative workshop, drawing on an ample handout with writing prompts for all the rooms of our poetry playhouses, we’ll explore the power of original images and strong rhythms to bring a poem alive, how to work with lines and forms, and touch on ideas and approaches for revision. Where you’re a seasoned poet looking to spark your writing or someone drawn to explore the power of poetry, you’ll find ample inspiration, ideas, approaches, and a welcoming community in this workshop. Details here.
A Leap Forward Writing Retreat
Saturday, September 21, 2019
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
at a private home in the country near Lawrence, Kansas
$90 includes retreat, delicious food, a handout of
writing prompts & tools, and a mini coaching session
Have a project – a book, an essay, a story, a poem, a song or two – that you need time and support to work on or finish? This one-day writing retreat can help you find your voice, groove, and direction, plus get a fresh perspective and some strong writing done. Come to a peaceful place where you can write in concert with others doing the same.
Scottsdale, AZ & Online: Your Right Livelihood
The Transformative Language Arts Network’s Your Right Livelihood Training with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and Laura Packer offers writers, storytellers, performers, coaches, facilitations, and others in the arts a pathway to make a living in concert with their callings and communities. Unlike cookie-cutter career programs, this visionary training guides you toward what constellation of vocation works best for you now, and when the path meanders, whether you’re leaping into a new career or form of service or developing your new work while keeping your current job. This 100-hour training includes a weekend retreat in Scottsdale, AZ (right before the Power of Words conference); an in-depth online class; video-conferencing with guest teachers. . https://www.tlanetwork.org/Right-Livelihood-Training
Online Class: 15 Poets to Change Your Life & Spark Your Writing
Want to immerse yourself into poetry you may already love or will get to fall in love while also generating a lot of new poems of your own? This six-week class (through the Transformative Language Arts Network) leads you on a journey through sparkling poetry from many contemporary and and some more ancient poets from across America and around the world, including Rumi, Mary Oliver, Adrienne Rich, Sharon Olds, Tomas Transtromer, Seamus Heaney, Wislawa Szymborska, William Stafford, Pattiann Rogers, Rainer-Maria Rilke, Tess Gallagher, Audre Lorde, Jane Hirshfield, Simon Ortiz, and Gregory Orr. Each week features two or three of the poets, including a sampling of their poetry, links to articles and interviews, plus writing tips on the practice and craft of poetry and lots of opportunities to share our work and grow our body of writing. Class is full, but you can join the waitlist here: https://www.tlanetwork.org/event-3288344 or take Caryn’s self-paced writing class, “Truth to Power: Poetry for Our Times With Poets Laureate here.
Note: The summer session of this class sold out in record time, so we’ve added this fall session. Sign up soon to secure your spot.
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Join a Writing Workshop: Caryn bi-monthly retreats for people living with serious illness (as patients or caregivers) through Turning Point in Kansas City, wild weather workshops through the Kansas Humanities Council, and many other offerings. More here.
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Come to an Event: Caryn teaches classes through the Osher Institute, leads talks and book discussions through the Kansas Humanities Councils, and speaks, reads, and meets with people widely. See more here.
Create Your Own Right Livelihood Through the Arts in the Transformative Language Arts Network's Right Livelihood Professional Training with Laura Packer and Caryn, launching June - October, 2018. More here.
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