A Writing Retreat in the Woods (Nov. 8)


A Writing Retreat in the Woods
at the Schuylkill Center
Saturday, November 8
Join Musehouse at The Schuylkill Center’s beautiful wooded environs to: Write! Reinvigorate your craft! Reconnect with nature!
Cost: 45 dollars (early)
50 dollars (regular)
Beth Kephart’s morning workshop is called “The Memoir Portal.”
What does the world around us teach us about ourselves? How do we identify the voice that feels most true? In an intimate workshop setting, inspired both by the nearby landscape and a series of carefully selected readings, we will discover and write signifying memories. We will open the door to memoir.
In the afternoon, you may choose between these three workshops:
Poetic Memoir: In 7 Words (with John Ebersole)
Can we really say more with less? How can one tell his or her story adequately in seven words? In the midst of the natural splendor of The Schuylkill Center, writers will find inspiration and explore the possibilities of painting tiny portraits with words.

Flash Fiction, More Than Just a Word Count (with Curtis Smith) Flash fiction is more than a story that meets a specific word count. Flash is an exciting and challenging form that combines traditional (and non-traditional) storytelling techniques with a precision of language more commonly associated with poetry. This workshop, set in and inspired by the beautiful surroundings of The Schuylkill Center, will explore the elements that contribute to a compelling piece of flash fiction. Bring a pen and paper and an open mind as we share what promises to be an interesting autumn afternoon.


(photograph taken at Princeton Friends School in Princeton, NJ)

Writing Haiku and Haibun: Patterns in the Woods (with Valerie Fox)The haiku and haibun are traditional Japanese forms. We associate haiku with brevity as well as the seasons, and we often associate haibun with diary and journey. In this workshop we will write in both styles, paying attention to the forms and patterns in the woods that surround us. As part of the writing and idea generation for our poems we will also handle and build with the materials in the woods. Key questions: How do I experience this place, and why? What is my place in this place? No prior experience working with these styles is necessary to fully enjoy and participate in the workshop.

Musehouse: Fall Catalog


Check out the fall offerings from Musehouse.

Originally posted on Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets:


Check out the fall offerings at Musehouse in Mt. Airy.


Lynn Levin is offering two four-week courses in October, one on working with prompts for poetry writing, and the other in writing poems using short forms (triolet, rondel, and so on).

Amongst others offering workshops this fall are Kristina Moriconi, Grant Clauser, and Leonard Gontarek.

Here’s their full catalog:

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Celebrating Music and Meter in Poetry! Friday, June 20, 2014 at the PHILADELPHIA SKETCH CLUB, 235 South Camac St., Philadelphia, PA 19107. 5:00 – 7:00 pm. (Upstairs on the second floor.) Doors open at 5:00 for a meet and greet, with the reading to begin at 5:30. About this special event: From spoken word to libretti, from structured sonnets to free-styling, join poets who find innovative ways of infusing their work with ideas old and new. How does form and innovation shape their work? Music and poetry combine in this lively performance and Q & A. Join us in a new space, the lovely surrounds of the Philadelphia Sketch Club (this month, an art show that benefits Philadanco will be on display). Browse the art, hear good poems (and a little music) and peruse our journal swap (trade a literary journal or poetry book for another from our stash). The arts are alive and well and inspiring each other in Philly!

ERNEST HILBERT is the author of the poetry collections Sixty Sonnets (2009) and All of You on the Good Earth (2013), as well as the spoken word album Elegies & Laments (Pub Can Records, 2013). He supplies libretti and song texts for contemporary composers Stella Sung, Daniel Felsenfeld, and Christopher LaRosa, as well as scripts for the post-punk conceptual band Mercury Radio Theater. He works as an antiquarian and first edition bookseller for Bauman Rare Books and teaches a summer graduate course on the art of the opera libretto at Western State University of Colorado Master of Fine Arts in Poetry program.

NATHANIEL KOSTAR FEATURING JUSTIN “J-BOOGIE” HATCHER: Originally from New Jersey, Nathaniel Kostar now lives in New Orleans where he fronts a local hip-hop blues band and is an MFA candidate at The University of New Orleans. His work has appeared in The Legendary, Haggard & Halloo, Burlesque Press, The Litro and Buried Letter Press. A travel junky, Nathaniel has roamed to Argentina, South Korea, Thailand, Edinburgh, France, Italy, and Costa Rica. He is writing a book that details his journey to six different countries to study a different skill at each stop—an idea expected of Italian Renaissance Men. So far the project has taken him to Italy for Poetry, Thailand for Muay Thai, Paris for Art, New Orleans for Music, and Puerto Rico and Mexico for Salsa.

JUSTIN HATCHER hails from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He currently lives in New Orleans where he sings, plays guitar, bass, congas, and orcarina in the hip-hop blues band Tha Neighbors. According to Tha Neighbor’s frontman, “If a songbird and angel had a love child, his name would be Justin Hatcher.”