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VIRTUAL: What We Talk About When We Talk About Writing

Writers are people who write. Period. Some of us write every day, every week, some on special occasions or when the deadline looms, and some of us write only at Ghost Ranch. But all of us are writers when we put pen or pencil to paper or clatter along the keyboard.

Let’s take some time this week to examine the writing PROCESS. Let’s look at some essays, commentaries, and works by successful writers to lead us into a discussion about what makes for good writing. Is it the process or the product we’re interested in? Why are both important?

Then there’s the practice. Just like tennis or quilting or storytelling or carpentry, we all get better with PRACTICE. How do we practice our writing? How do we get better? What do established and well-known writers have to say about writers and/or writing? Finally, what will make it possible for us to craft a powerful story, an artful poem, an evocative memoir, or a suspenseful play?

During our daily sessions we will read these commentaries about good writing, look at examples of memorable writing, then use these as models for exploring our own lives and experiences on the page. Beginning and experienced writers (or writers-to-be) are all welcome.

Monday-Friday – Morning Session: 9-Noon MST (3 hours)
Additional afternoon special offerings: 
Tuesday: 5-6:30pm MST (90 minutes)
Wednesday: 5-6:30pm MST (90 minutes)
Friday: 5-6:30pm MST (90 minutes)

Suggested: $200
(+$50) $250
(-$50) $150

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  • Anita Skeen
    Anita Skeen

    Anita Skeen is currently Professor Emerita in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University where she is the Founding Director of The Center for Poetry. and currently the Series Editor for Wheelbarrow Books. 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 Coordinator of the Creative Arts Program at Ghost Ranch for 41 years, and the Fall Writing Festival for 23 years.

    Anita 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.


Feb 22 - 26 2021

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Feb 22 - 26 2021


$200 (+/- Optional $50 Scholarship Support)

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