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Come Play with Poetry

In-person and via Zoom

Don’t understand Poetry?  Think it’s not your cup of tea?  This workshop may be just for you!

A poem can speak volumes with a handful of words. Come celebrate National Poetry Month in April and try your hand at writing your own poems. In this two-part class, instructor Nancy McMillan will introduce students to a set of contemporary, accessible poems and lead the class in a discussion of the basic elements of poetry.

These poems will be used as a springboard for students to write their own poetry. Students will experiment with a variety of poetic forms as the instructor guides them step-by-step in creating their own work. Writing by hand is recommended but not required.

No experience is necessary, but do bring your spirit of play!

The fee for the two-day workshop is $60. Class enrollment is limited to eight students.

Nancy McMillan of Bethlehem is the award-winning author of March Farm: Season by Season on a Connecticut Family Farm  (www.marchfarmthebook.com). She holds a graduate degree in writing from The Graduate Institute and one in music from Lesley University, where she studied historical women composers. She also studied in the MFA program at Manhattanville College. Her essay “For the Love of Linen” appeared in the 2020 Connecticut Literary Anthology and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her essays and articles have appeared in Connecticut newspapers and magazines and in literary journals. She is the Director of the Writing and Literature Program at Arts Escape. In her writing classes, she helps students embrace and inhabit their innate creativity. Find more at www.nancymcmillan.com.

Children’s/YA Writers Forum

Read Out Loud

Via Zoom

This monthly writers forum is for beginner and seasoned writers who write for children and young adults. If you are interested in sharing your work for gentle critique and feedback, this monthly group may be just for you. This is a great opportunity to share your work with fellow writers in a positive, non-judgmental format.

Please try to keep pieces to 5 pages, doubled spaced.

***Remember that you never need to make an edit to your piece just because someone suggested it. Your piece is your own.  You only need to take what is most helpful to you.

Admission is Free
The Writer’s Forum is limited to 8 participants.

Tina Tocco’s writing for children has appeared in HighlightsHighlights High FiveCricketAppleSeedsHumpty DumptyTurtle Magazine for Preschool KidsPockets, and other children’s publications. She is the author of the children’s poetry collection The Hungry Snowman and Other Poems (Kelsay Books, 2019). Tina’s fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have also been published in various literary journals and anthologies, such as New Ohio ReviewCrab Creek ReviewPotomac ReviewRiver StyxHarpur PalateOvunque SiamoBest Small Fictions 2019, and Wild Dreams: The Best of Italian Americana. In 2019, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in fiction. Tina earned her MFA in creative writing from Manhattanville College, where she was editor-in-chief of Inkwell, the college’s national literary journal.