... to bring you this important announcement.
Because it's about writing, it's going to take place in Wyoming, it's a heck of a learning opportunity (at a very fair price) from a fine writer and we just wanted to make sure you knew about it!
The WyoPoet’s 2018 Spring Workshop, “The Art and Craft of Poetry,” will be held in Cheyenne on Saturday, April 28th from 9 am to 4 pm.
Award-winning Colorado poet Art Elser will lead the workshop, which will take place at the Kiwanis Community House at 4603 Lions Park Drive.
There will also be a poetry reading, open to the public, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Friday evening, April 27th in the Legend/Frontier Room of the Fairfield Inn and Suites at 1820 W. Lincolnway. The 2018 WyoPoets chapbook will be unveiled during this event, and coffee and light snacks will be served.
Art Elser is a familiar face to many of us through his involvement with WyoPoets and his attendance at past WW, Inc. conferences. He recently served as juror for the 2018 WyoPoets chapbook, selecting 34 poems from a large submission pool where “the level of writing,” according to Art, “was consistently high.”
Art has published three books of poetry, We Leave the Safety of the Sea (winner of the 2014 Colorado Authors’ League Poetry Award), A Death at Tollgate Creek, and his most recent book, As the Crow Flies.
Art draws from his diverse life experiences to create poetry--as an Air Force pilot in Vietnam, as a technical writer and writing instructor for 30 years and as a volunteer naturalist. He has published in numerous journals and anthologies and written over 2000 haiku.
For the workshop’s morning session, Art will address “Poetic Craft: Line and Stanza Breaks.” He’ll lead participants in the reading and discussion of poetry that exhibits the variety of approaches to line breaks, and provide several group exercises.
A light morning snack, coffee and lunch, catered by Girls Gone Gourmet, will be served.
The afternoon session, “Poetic Art: Inspiration in Ekphrasis,” will introduce participants to the ekphrastic poem, which is a vivid description of a scene or work of art. Art will incorporate four paintings and a sculpture into the discussion and let participants experiment with a poem inspired by a painting.
As a bonus, Art will hold a Q & A session to discuss ways of publishing your own books. He’ll walk us through his experiences and discuss such topics as obtaining ISBN numbers, eBook options, creating an Amazon author page and print options.
The Early Bird rate until April 14 is $50 per person. Late and at-the-door registrations are $55, lunch not guaranteed. For out of town registrants, WyoPoets has arranged for a room block at the Fairfield Inn and Suites.
For more information and to register, visit www.wyopoets.org.