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Peter White Public Library

Peter White Public Library

Workshop Description

Who: Jill Darling, workshop leader. See bio below

What: Building Hope Writing Workshop: Personal Writing, Community, and Citizenship

Class is limited to first 20 registered participants. A waiting list will be kept in case of cancellations

When: Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 12:00-4:00pm

Where: Peter White Public Library Shiras room, Upper level of the library.

Cost: no charge but donations to the library are always gratefully accepted.

How: To register call Margaret at 906-226-4318 or email mboyle@pwpl.info

 In this workshop we will begin with some conversation around the essays in Section 6 of The Impossible Will Take a Little While and discuss connections between personal experience, writing, and social engagement. We’ll practice our own essay writing by reading some additional short pieces of creative personal nonfiction and talk about how to turn personal experiences and interests into strong and evocative pieces of writing. We’ll also further consider possibilities for writing as social action in the world. Participants need not have prior experience with creative or essay writing but simply be willing to share and learn. Ideas and examples from previous sections of The Impossible Will Take a Little While will be welcome.


Jill Darling has authored the poetry collections: Solve For (BlazeVOX, ebooks) and begin with may: a series of moments (Finishing Line Press) and two collaborative chapbooks with poets Laura Wetherington and Hannah Ensor. She’s also had poems, essays and short fiction published in journals including /NORAufgabe580 SplitQuarter After EightPhoebefactorial, and Denver Quarterly. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Colorado State, a Ph.D. in Twentieth Century American Literature and Culture Studies from Wayne State, and has been teaching creative and academic writing, and literature classes, for over 15 years at universities including Eastern Michigan and University of Michigan-Dearborn. More information and links to work online can be found at http://jilldarling.com.



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Copper Harbor, Michigan

Copper Harbor, Michigan


Summer Writers Workshop Now Offering Buddy Discounts & Scholarships  

EVENT DATE:   JULY 19-20, 2014
PHONE:   (906) 370-5358
COPPER HARBOR – Aspiring and experienced writers both are encouraged to jump-start their creativity by attending the Keweenaw Writers Workshop in Copper Harbor, July 19-20.  This year, need-based scholarships will be offered, as well as  generous “buddy discounts” (bring a friend and each gets a reduced rate).   This relaxing, weekend retreat will be held at the Willow Wisp Cottage and includes refreshments, writing workshops in either poetry or travel/life writing, and an evening presentation by visiting poet Randy Freisinger.   The theme this year is “The Wandering Word.”   Over the weekend, workshop participants may enroll in additional activities designed to enhance creativity such as songwriting, yoga, meditation,  QiJong, and guided nature hikes.    For specific information or to register, please see:   http://www.keweenawwritersworkshop.com/index.html  or  call:   (906) 370-5358.

Workshop Descriptions:
The Wandering Word:   Poetry & Transformation
Words are our common spark, the familiar roost, the nest we have built together and from which each of us can fly. This workshop will hone your skills with imagery and language, broaden your scope, and rekindle your creative energy.
Workshop Leader: Laura Smyth, MFA Columbia University’s Creative Writing Program
The Wandering Word:   Travel & Life Writing  
Writing takes us places – sometimes south of the border, sometimes deep within ourselves.   This workshop is designed to help you access those places, bringing your memories to life in personal essays, short stories, travel memoir, and more.
Workshop Leader:   Suzanne Van Dam (MFA University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Creative Writing Program).
The workshops will be held concurrently and include reading, discussion, the chance for participants to share and receive feedback on their work, and writing prompts designed to  help writers overcome the intimidation of the blank page. Class size is limited to 12, so interested writers are encouraged to register early to hold a place.
About the Workshop Leaders:
Laura Smyth, the instructor for  Poetry and Transformation,  was awarded a Fellowship to attend Columbia University’s Creative Writing Program and while living in New York City had the opportunity to work with a broad array of poets including Diane Ackerman, Quincy Troupe, Anne Lauterbach, Jane Copper, Molly Peacock, and Derek Walcott. She worked as an editorial assistant at the renowned  Parnassus: Poetry In Review, and participated in a Master’s Class in poetry conducted by the poet Amy Clampitt at New York’s 92nd Street Y Poetry Center. Laura’s poetry has been included in several anthologies, literary magazines, online journals, and recent work has been nominated for the 2014 Pushcart Prize. Her teaching experience includes adjunct work at Finlandia University’s Suomi School of Arts and Science, International School of Art and Design, and Gogebic Community College. She is also the Creative Director for two small publishing companies located on the Keweenaw Peninsula:  Thimbleberry Press  and  Mudminnow Press.
Suzanne Van Dam, the instructor for  Travel & Life Writing,  is an Associate Professor of Language & Literature at Finlandia University where she teaches English and creative writing.  She earned both a B.A. and an M.A. in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.F.A. from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Creative Writing Program.  Van Dam has lived abroad in Tanzania, Malaysia, and Mexico, and has traveled widely.   She’s recently completed a novel and received an Honorable Mention  for an essay in the  New Millennium  Writings  competition.   Her work has appeared in  Traverse Magazine,  Further North,  Mothering,  Ceramics Monthly,Running Times,  The U.P. Environment,  and elsewhere.

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Bonnie Jo Campbell

Bonnie Jo Campbell

Tyler Tichelaar reports that Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of Once Upon a River, will be offering a Writers Workshop on Thurs, August 8th at 1pm at Peter White Public Library. People interested can contact the library for more information at 906-226-4312. There is limited seating for the event.

Campbell was nominated for the National Book Award and has written several books. You can visit her website at: http://www.bonniejocampbell.com/ She also has a Wikipedia entry.

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Deb Pascoe will be leading the Fearless Writing workshop Wednesdays, April 3rd – May 8th, 2013 from 7 to 9pm at the Marquette Arts and Culture Center.

Deb will share tips and strategies for releasing your inner storyteller.  Whether you are trying to write out your life history, poetry, or fiction, getting started is often the hardest part.

Workshop fees: Residents $40, non-Residents $45

(Peter White Library, lower level)

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Kettering University Campus Center

New this year. Writing Workshops for all ages. Art workshops for kids.

*2012 Arts and Authors Fair*, Friday Oct. 26 noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday, October 27 from ten a.m. to 3 p.m. Kettering University FOLA, Book signings featured. Silent auction. Fine arts and Crafts Show located in the Kettering University Campus Center. More Info
Jane  Gunderson (810) 762-9890

Kettering University
1700 University Ave. Flint, Mi
Free Admission and Free parking.
Boothspace is still available.

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"Everyone Has a Story" a special presentation by Lou Emerick

“Everyone Has a Story” a special presentation by Lon Emerick

“Everyone Has a Story” a special presentation and booksigning by Lon Emerick at the Calumet Public Library on July 25th, 2012.  Refreshements will be served.  Public are invited.


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Photos from the 2011 Camp Michigamme Writer’s Retreat

back row: Tyler Tichelaar, Jenifer Brady, David Gorneau front row: Karin Beery, Donna Winters, Mary Henderson, Geri Hamlen


Jenifer Brady and Donna Winters


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