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Writing To Heal: A Poetry Intensive – G210647

This intensive poetry writing class is a combination of generative workshop, reading, and feedback. Writing your way out of trauma and disease is like hacking your way through a thorn forest; it’s difficult but necessary work.

One way to do that is to connect with nature. Walking Ghost Ranch and learning about the flora and fauna and ancestors who are part of the land will be our medicine. We will explore ways that writers have written about various life- altering traumas—sexual abuse life-threatening disease, domestic violence, hate crimes, pandemic, war. Everyone has a story, and everyone is part of humanity’s stories.

As we pick up our falling down selves, some of us write about it in the hopes that this literary surgery will help us and others through heartache, self-loathing and despair.

Taking imagery from the wild and beautiful land around us, we will seek transformation and empowerment through writing poems. Poetic technique will be taught. Participants will be provided with prompts and writing exercises and given time to write. Criticism and feedback for participant writings will also be provided. We will discuss ways to get your writing out to the public.

Are you a trauma victim? Do you love the natural world? If you would like to learn techniques to empower you to write about your experience with trauma, this is the course for you.

Sunday-Friday, June 27 – July 2

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In-Person Events: During this Covid-19 pandemic period, written notification must be received no later than 45 days prior to the start date of your workshop in order to receive a refund, minus a $100 processing charge. No refunds will be processed after that time. We reserve the right to announce a change in leadership or cancel any program 45 days prior to the first day of the workshop. In that event, you may transfer to another workshop without charge or we will refund the full workshop payment. Many participants have found it helpful to purchase travel insurance. This cancellation policy does not apply to January term. If the cancellation is Covid-related and is received less than 45 days prior to your start date, your funds will be left on deposit for another ghost ranch workshop or future stay or you can make it a full donation to support us through this unique business period.

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What day/time does the workshop start and end?

In-person workshops begin with check-in at 3:00 p.m. and a ranch orientation in the evening on the first date listed for the course and end at 10:00 a.m. with checkout on the last date listed.

Virtual workshops will have a varied schedule that is identified within each workshop description.

During Covid safety period - single occupancy lodging is the standard
  • During Covid-19 periods, all lodging types will be single occupancy at no additional charge. Of course, you can share a room with a spouse, partner, family or another person that shares your full-time residence. The extra folks that share a room will pay for workshop registration fees and meals.
What is the difference between a room with private bath, a room with semi-private or shared bath, and a room with communal/dorm bath?

Private bath refers to the type of bathroom, not single occupancy

Private Bath Room: There is a bathroom in that one room that is not shared between or with any other rooms. The highest rate tier of Ghost Ranch lodging.

Semi-private/shared: There is a bathroom between two rooms that is shared by the occupants of the two adjoining sleeping rooms. These rooms will only be used as family or group suites, not to be shared by unknown neighbors as in the past.

Communal/dorm: There is a communal bathroom/shower in the lodging building and participants will need to exit their room to reach these facilities.

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  • Pam Uschuk
    Pam Uschuk

    Political activist and wilderness advocate Pam Uschuk has howled out six books of poems, including “Crazy Love,” winner of a 2010 American Book Award and others. Translated into more than a dozen languages, her work appears in over three hundred journals and anthologies worldwide, including “Poetry,” “Ploughshares,” “Agni Review,” “Parnassus Review,” etc.

    Among her awards are the War Poetry Prize from winningwriers.com, New Millenium Poetry Prize, Best of the Web, the Struga International Poetry Prize (for a theme poem), the Dorothy Daniels Writing Award from the National League of American PEN Women, the King’s English Poetry Prize and prizes from Ascent, Iris, and Amnesty International.

    Editor-In-Chief of “Cutthroat, A Journal of the Arts,” Uschuk lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband, first Tucson Poet Laureate William Pitt Root. She edited the anthology, “Truth To Power: Writers Respond To The Rhetoric Of Hate And Fear, 2017.”


Jun 27 2021 - Jul 02 2021



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