Generosity & Joy!
Spend two days in an intimate and supportive setting, and enjoy an infusion of new craft techniques, island charms, and the stimulating conversation of other serious writers. The workshop is open to all genres and takes place at the historic Kangaroo House Bed & Breakfast. Limited to twelve participants, the workshop is likely to sell out quickly, so reserve your spot as soon as possible.

Our workshop will focus on language that opposes hatred and fear.  We will write with exuberance and curiosity and pleasure.  Some pieces will deal simultaneously with trauma and healing, with pain and growth.  Writers of all genres and all levels of experience are welcome.

Peggy Shumaker is the daughter of two deserts—the Sonoran Desert where she grew up and the subarctic desert of interior Alaska where she lives now. Shumaker was honored by the Rasmuson Foundation as its Distinguished Artist. She served as Alaska State Writer Laureate and received a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Shumaker is the author of eight books of poetry.  Her new and selected volume is Cairn, published by Red Hen Press. Her lyrical memoir is Just Breathe Normally. Professor emerita from University of Alaska Fairbanks, Shumaker teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA at Pacific Lutheran University. She serves on the boards of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize,  the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, and the Storyknife Residency Foundation. Shumaker is editor of the Boreal Books series (an imprint of Red Hen Press), editor of the Alaska Literary Series at University of Alaska Press, poetry editor for Persimmon Tree, and contributing editor for Alaska Quarterly Review. Please visit her website at www.peggyshumaker.com.

Schedule:
March 2, 2018
Friday night fireside welcome reception & opening writing prompt

March 3, 2018
Saturday morning workshop with writing prompts. Afternoon free to explore the island and write. Optional dinner out. Evening fireside sharing of work.

Coffee, tea, mid-morning snacks, and evening desserts provided.

Please note that because Writer Island has a limited number of spots which are likely to sell out, registrations are non-refundable. However, should you have to cancel, registrations can be transferred. Ask about connecting with someone on our waitlist to arrange transfer and possible remuneration.

Lodging is available at reduced workshop rates ($135/night/queen, $165/night/king) at the following B&Bs, including a delicious breakfast each morning:
Be sure to mention Artsmith's Writer Island when you make your reservation!



I’m the One I’m Not: Writing the Persona Poem

Spend two days in an intimate and supportive setting, and enjoy an infusion of new craft techniques, island charms, and the stimulating conversation of other serious writers. Open to poets, the poetry curious, and prose writers who want to explore new approaches to voice and dialogue, the workshop takes place at the North Beach Inn on Orcas Island. Limited to twelve participants, the workshop is likely to sell out quickly, so reserve your spot as soon as possible.


Description

Write what you know
, they always say… And so, since childhood, most of us have written poems that are about what we know best─i.e., the Wonder of Me. After a while, however, we may have become a bit bored with the ever-present highway of our interior lives. Maybe a tree has fallen across the road and there’s no getting by. Maybe we don’t like writing about our experiences on Uncle Jake and Aunt June’s swan and mule farm, that home in which we grew up while our parents traveled the globe. Maybe we’ve always preferred the sound of someone else’s voice, anyone’s voice not our own?  What then? Writing persona poems about people we make up or people who actually exist (or once existed) can liberate us and juice up our imagination. While reading persona poems by several contemporary poets, we will examine helpful ways to begin poems that engage the first person voice of the Other.

About Kevin Clark

Winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series Book Competition, Kevin Clark’s Self-Portrait with Expletives was published by Pleiades Press and distributed by LSU Press. His first full-length collection, In the Evening of No Warning (New Issues Poetry and Prose), earned a grant from the Academy of American Poets. Clark also won the Angoff Award for best contribution to The Literary Review, an Artsmith fellowship, and a Bread Loaf fellowship. The author of three chapbooks, Clark’s poems and essays about literature have appeared in such journals as the Georgia Review, Iowa Review, Antioch Review, Crazyhorse, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, diode, New York Quarterly, Denver Quarterly, and Contemporary Literary Criticism. A semi-regular contributor to The Georgia Review, he has published essays in books about Ruth Stone, Charles Wright, and Sandra McPherson. He and his son, the actor and artist Joe Hewes-Clark, have cowritten a play, Brick’s Last Call. Recipient of two teaching awards, Clark’s textbook on writing poetry, The Mind’s Eye: A Guide to Writing Poetry (Pearson Longman), guides students through a variety of discussions and prompts designed to give them fluency in the major aspects of contemporary poetry writing.

This special Writer Island Worskhop is offered as part of the Orcas Island Lit Fest and includes a festival pass, including panels, readings, bookfair, Lit Crawl, and the Battle of the Genres throughout the weekend of April 13-15, 2018.

Please note that because Writer Island has a limited number of spots which are likely to sell out, registrations are non-refundable. However, should you have to cancel, registrations can be transferred. Ask about connecting with someone on our waitlist to arrange transfer and possible remuneration.

Lodging is available at reduced workshop rates ($135/night/queen, $165/night/king) at the following bed and breakfasts:
Lodging is also available at the workshop site, North Beach Inn. If you stay an additional one of two nights before or after the workshop and Orcas Island Lit Festival April 13-15, the North Beach Inn will apply their reduced mid-week rate to the length of your stay.

Be sure to mention the Orcas Island Lit Fest and Artsmith's Writer Island when you make your lodging reservation!








$15.00
The Doug & Ann Johnson Scholarship covers workshop fees and two night's lodging for one of two Writer Island workshops on Orcas Island in 2018. Two scholarships will be awarded, one each for....

Generosity & Joy with Peggy Shumaker, March 2-3, 2018
The workshop will focus on language that opposes hatred and fear.  We will write with exuberance and curiosity and pleasure.  Some pieces will deal simultaneously with trauma and healing, with pain and growth.  Writers of all genres and all levels of experience are welcome.

I'm the One I'm Not: Writing the Persona Poem with Kevin Clark, April 11-12, 2018

A workshop and retreat inspired by the ghosts of our stranger selves. Writers of all genres and all levels of experience are welcome.

TO APPLY:
Submit a brief statement, 100 words or less, of how a workshop will benefit your writing practice at this time. Please bear in mind that this is not the place for hardship requests. Instead, talk to us in terms of craft and your current artistic explorations.