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VIRTUAL – Not Missing the Moment: The Ten-line Poem in the Time of Crisis

This workshop is full – please use the waitlist button if you would like to be considered should a spot open up.

For most of us, our lives have changed dramatically in the last six months.  We no longer go to our places of work, our children remain home and away from friends, we cannot see or touch or hug the people we love, we do not go to restaurants or to places of worship, we have our groceries delivered.

We have lost a lot.  But there is, or can be, a silver lining to this dark cloud:  We have time, if we take it, to notice the small things we would have missed in the normal fast pace of our frantic pre-pandemic lives.  There are treasures around us we have left undiscovered.  There are small moments of joy that are more important now than they were. There are memories we have time to resurrect, plans to be made for the future.

In this course we will observe, appreciate, and write about these experiences in poems of only ten lines.  We will learn to look with new eyes and write with new understanding of the power of the small, tight poem, one which requires that we eliminate the unnecessary trappings of explanation, one which works from the outset toward memorable closure through image, detail, association, and revelation.

Through the magic of Zoom, lessons in craft will begin each day, followed by writing time, followed by time to share, if writers so choose.  At the end do the week, participants will have a chance to read one of their poems in a Zoom session open to all Ranch participants.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW WELCOME LETTER: 2020 Not Missing The Moment Welcome Letter

Dates: Monday-Friday, Oct 5-9, 2020
9:00 A.M. – Noon MT

Suggested: $200
$50 – Contribute to scholarship ($250)
-$50 – Need scholarship help ($150)
Course is limited to 12 participants.

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  • Anita Skeen
    Anita Skeen

    Anita Skeen is currently Professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University where she is the Director of The Center for Poetry. She has been a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts on numerous occasions. She taught students in kindergarten through high school while working with the Kansas Arts Commission’s Artist in the Schools Program; in traditional venues such as college classrooms as a Visiting Writer and Writer in Residence; and in senior citizens’ centers, libraries, and at Ghost Ranch. She has been the Director of the Creative Arts Program at Ghost Ranch for 37 years, and the Fall Writing Festival for 19 years.

    She is the author of six volumes of poetry: Each Hand A Map (1986); Portraits (1990); Outside the Fold, Outside the Frame (1999); The Resurrection of the Animals (2002); Never the Whole Story (2011); When We Say Shelter (2007), with Oklahoma poet Jane Taylor; and The Unauthorized Audubon (2014), a collection of poems about imaginary birds accompanied by the linocuts of anthropologist/visual artist Laura B. DeLind. With Taylor, she co-edited the literary anthology Once Upon A Place: Writings from Ghost Ranch (2008). Her poetry, short fiction, and essays have appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. She has recently completed a new manuscript of poems, Road Down Troublesome.

    In 2015, she received the William J. Beale Outstanding Faculty Award at Michigan State University.


Oct 05 2020 - Oct 09 2020


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