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Postcard Poems, Valentines, & Other Letters to the World – G1910210

Workshop ID: G1910210
Dates: October 6 - October 12
Price: $675.00 - $1,195.00

Single supplement is not available for this retreat. This class will focus on the short poem, the long letter, and the literary love note. Working off Ted Kooser’s book of poems called Valentines, Charles Wright’s Sestets, and Kooser/Harrison’s letter poems called Braided Creek, we will write our best lyric poems to be stamped and sent out into the world. Join me for a week of writing exercises, compassionate sharing, and fun explorations into contemporary poetry.


Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$1,195.00
Camping RV$835.00
Camping w/Electricity$795.00
Rio Arriba Commuter$675.00
Jane Taylor

Jane Taylor is a poet with a special interest in creative collaboration. Her first book was a duet with poet, Judith Tate O’Brien, By the Grace of Ghosts. In 2007, Jane partnered with poet, Anita


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Postcard Poems, Valentines & Other Letters to the World

Instructor: Jane Taylor

Start Date: 10/6/19, End Date: 10/12/19

Check-In Begins at 3:00pm at the Welcome Center on 10/6/19. Dinner 5:30 – 6:30; Orientation 6:45 pm

Invitation: Dear Poets, Writers, and other Scribblers, This class will explore short-form poems and prose poems which use the easy and intimate voice of a letter. I’ll be pleased to have both experienced and new writers because all my classes include deep listening and some collaborative exercises. I appreciate the way each person brings unique and compelling language even when poetry is a new practice.

Learning Outcomes: This workshop will
1. Expose you to new ways to approach poetry
2. Introduce you to new contemporary poets
3. Help you find a passion for writing
4. Discover ways to play ad surprise yourself as writers
5. Find ways to send your poems out into the world

Course Schedule:
This class will meet each morning from 9 a.m. until noon. We’ll generate some writing in class but you will also be given overnight writing assignments due the following morning We will always have a mid-morning break. If weather allows, we may write outside. We may also visit places on or nearby the Ranch for inspiration.

Instructor Background: I consider my teaching at Ghost Ranch as a long internship in which I’ve learned the genuine mysteries and collaborations of writing. Each class has taught me way beyond my degrees (MLS, MA) how to write from the heart. In the last three years I have concentrated primarily on poetry in conversation with art. Less “publishing” and more exhibitions and diverse events. Cross boundaries.

Provided Materials: Everything I bring to class is offered for free. No course materials will be necessary to purchase.

What to Bring: Bring notebooks or journals for notes and writing assignments. Bring a few postcards and /or letters you have received that you keep for personal reasons.

FAQs: Q: Can I bring writing I’m currently working on to discuss or critique in class? A: My classes are meant to generate new writing so that at the end of the week you will have fresh work. I can often find time during the week to have personal sessions if someone wants to get feedback on something they’ve been working on.

Q: Do I have to read in class? Do I have to read in public at the Show and Share? A: Sharing work is always your choice. Most people gain trust in the class and enjoy sharing their writing. Shared writing is one major way we learn from each other. Again, sharing is always your choice.

Testimonials: Two recommendations from writers who take my classes: “As a teacher, Jane is an encouraging mentor. In her workshops you will discover your own playful side while digging deep to find the heart of a poem. You will leave Janes workshop inspired to keep writing, to keep reading more poems, and with a new community of writers.” Julia McConnell

“I came to Ghost Ranch for the first time in 2012 and Jane was my first teacher. Since then I have returned once or twice yearly. I often choose Jane’s class again because these classes are always welcoming, supportive and offering both lasting resources and insightful instruction. Through these classes with Jane my life through writing has grown and flourished.” Jeanne Castle

Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate. Prices are presented for each of the types of lodging available for the workshop you select. Some art workshops will have an additional list of course materials and supplies that can be purchased or you will be asked to bring with you.
  • Note:  Some courses (especially studio courses and plein air painting courses) can carry an additional material list or expense.
All rates are Per Person, Double Occupancy unless otherwise specified. Single Occupancy: Single occupancy rooms may be reserved for an additional $50 per night when space is available. The fee will be charged when space is confirmed. Single occupancy lodging is generally not available during June and July. If you are a single person and do not specify a roommate, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to share your lodging space or you can request the single occupancy and be charged the supplement of an additional $50 per night (based on availability). For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar's Office at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1001 ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available SundayFriday8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.

Three ways to register:

  1. Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, 280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to:
  2. Register by telephone at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678, ext. 4155 or ext. 4121 — available Monday-Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. MST.
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