Let Your Imagination Set Sail
Come write on the shimmering shores of Lake Erie and let your creativity set sail! Join the International Women’s Writing Guild for the Flagship City Regional Creative Writing and Poetry Conference on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the Erie Art Museum. The event will feature two workshops directed by poet and memoirist, Myra Shapiro, and poet and essayist, Marj Hahne and keynote by Erie County Poet Laureate, Marisa Moks-Unger. The workshops are appropriate for all skill levels of women 18 and older.
Myra Shapiro, born in the Bronx, returned to New York City after 45 years in Georgia and Tennessee, where she married, raised two daughters, and worked as a librarian and English teacher. She is the author of I’ll See You Thursday, In Greenwich Village We Talk of Love, and 12 Floors Above the Earth collections of poetry, and Four Sublets: Becoming a Poet in New York, a memoir. She was awarded the New School’s Dylan Thomas Poetry Award, named a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Robert H. Winner Memorial Award, and a Pushcart nominee. She serves on the Board of Directors at Poets House and teaches poetry workshops for the International Women’s Writing Guild.
Community and Solitude: Reading and Writing Poems
We write in solitude but we are never alone. We’ll explore the bridge between self and other, writing out of that experience. Please bring to the workshop something that has called to you, and you pick up, from nature.
Marj Hahne is a poet and educator from Boulder Colorado, who has performed and taught at over 100 venues around the country, as well as been featured on local radio and television programs. Her poems have been published in Paterson Literary Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Mad Poets Review, and Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts; and in anthologies such as Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, An Eye For An Eye Makes The Whole World Blind: Poets On 9/11, and Off the Cuffs: Poetry by and about the police. Marj’s poems have also appeared in several art exhibits, as well as been incorporated in the work of visual artists and dancers. She has a poetry CD titled notspeak.
Hybrid Lit: To Genre-Bend/Blend/Blur/Bust for Truer Narratives
“Emotional truth is the reward of digging deeply enough to find the truth about how one really feels, but in order to convey this truth with any force, or artistry, one needs to create a form of expression, and this form determines its own genuine information,” says poet Philip Schultz, in a 2008 interview (Five Points, Vol. 12, No. 2). We’ll survey the prose poem, flash fiction, flash nonfiction, haibun, zuihitsu, the lyric essay, surreal memoir, and the graphic poem and essay to elicit fresher ways of seeing and saying the scenes and stories that compose your life.
The event is $95 for non-members, $75 for members, and $45 for students, and includes a luncheon catered by Make It Fabulous, as well as a book sale by IWWG members. Furthermore, participants will have an opportunity to share the work created at that day’s workshops at an afternoon open mic reading. Build skills, network, and renew creativity!
Register at . https://iwwg.wildapricot.org/event-2347724
Questions? Contact Marisa Moks-Unger, IWWG Area Representative, at 814/450-1964.