Literary Hook: Poetry workshop in Wisconsin Sept. 6-7

Last week, we looked at a unique literary event to be held at The Clearing, in Ellison Bay, Wis. The Clearing is a folk school nestled into a bluff overlooking Green Bay. With hundreds of acres of wildflowers, trees, birds and, of course, the shimmering sunsets of Green Bay, it’s a great place to nurture your creativity.

Here is another workshop being offered in early September. The cost is $170, including lunch. Access to register, get more information or find out about other Clearing courses:

“Great Modern Poems to Jumpstart Your Poetry”

Wednesday-Thursday, Sept. 6-7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Modern poetry explodes with delicious and interesting work that comes in many intriguing forms: narrative, “spell,” supposition, quiet reflection, parody, confession, epiphany, political diatribe, social commentary, dramatic monologue. Other strategies are employed to produce poetry that startles, delights and satisfies. Sometimes several strategies are used simultaneously to create truly great poems.

In this two-day workshop, you will explore selected poems by Stanley Kunitz, Lisel Mueller, Patti Ann Rogers, Lynda Hull, Stephen Dunn, Ai, Billy Collins, George Ella Lyon, Lawrence, Ferlinghetti and others. You will glean inspiration and direction from the content and form of this exciting modern poetry, and will discover what makes these poems tick through reading, discussion and prompts that will fuel your own new work or reworking of older work. Beginning and very seasoned (and even published) poets alike can work afresh. Writing, sharing and some critique will be included in the workshop. Handouts and bibliography of sources will be provided. The workshop will culminate in a supportive reading event.

In addition, here’s the latest contest from the Illinois State Poetry Society:

Illinois State Poetry Society—13th Annual Contest, three categories; 1) free verse, 2) formal verse, 3) humor. Prizes $50, $30, $10. HM. Maximum length: one poem page. Submit two copies of each poem, first copy with ID (name/address/e-mail) and category in upper left corner; second copy without ID but with category. Entry fee: Non-members $5 for up to three poems, $1 each additional poem. Members ISPS, $3 up to five poems, $1 each additional poem. Simultaneous submissions accepted but no previously published work. Deadline: must be post-marked Aug. 30. Poems not returned. One out-of-state judge per category. Submissions sent to Marilyn Huntman Giese, 2572 Westminster Lane, Aurora, IL 60506. Winners’ names posted on ISPS Web site,

As the commercial used to say: JUST DO IT!

Christine Swanberg is a local author and poet who has written several books of poetry and formerly wrote a column called “The Writer’s Garret” for this newspaper.

From the Aug. 16-22, 2006, issue

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