Summer 2017 Workshops With Holly Wren Spaulding

Over the next three months, I’m looking forward to teaching several in-person workshops, sharing new work in progress (in a gallery this time!), and talking about poetry as an act of conservation. Here’s the summer teaching schedule so far.

In my next post, I’ll share some plans to celebrate the release of my new book, If August, with readings and signings during the summer and fall.

June-July-August 2017

Workshop: Incubate Your Creative Life
Interlochen College of Creative Arts
Interlochen, MI
June 19-21

Are you struggling with where your creative work fits within your current lifestyle? This workshop is designed to provide heat and promote creative development through a three-day process of incubation. P
ractical, inspirational, and focused. Details and register here.

Reception for Lost Lexicon
The Old Art Building
Leland, MI
June 23, 5-8 pm

Public opening for my latest work in progress, Lost Lexicon, a series of poems presented as letterpress broadsides, and created in conjunction with my role as the 2017 Ann Hall Artist in Residence at the Leelanau Community Cultural Center. Details here.

Copies of my new poetry book, If August (Alice Greene & Co., May 2017) will be available.


Artist Talk: “Poetry as an Act of Conservation”
The Old Art Building
Leland, MI
June 25, 1:30-3 pm

I’ll talk about my work in progress, Lost Lexicon, the process of casting the type, and printing the poems in a letterpress studio. I’ll also discuss poetry’s ability to recuperate languages and ideas that are at risk of being lost. Details here.

Copies of my new poetry book, If August (Alice Greene & Co., May 2017) will be available, as will limited edition letterpress broadsides.


Poetry Workshop: Writing a Series
The Old Art Building
Leland, MI
June 26-28, 10 am-12:30 pm

A generative workshop for poets interested in exploring the poetic series or sequence as an alternative to the single, monumental poem. We’ll study some examples, write to prompts, workshop a draft or two, and explore a simple six-page book form as a way to think outside the usual boundaries of a poem. Details and register here.

Writing Workshop: Notebooking in Nature
Leland Township Public Library
Leland, MI
June 30, 2-4 pm

A two hour generative workshop in which we will read and discuss work by contemporary masters, spend time outdoors, practice the art of observation, and use our writer’s notebook to write in response to our natural world. Sponsored by the library, so there’s no cost. Details here.


Poetry Workshop: Evocative Nature: Writing in Response to Wildness
Glen Arbor Art Association
Glen Arbor, MI
August 14, 10 am-3 pm

A day-long poetry writing workshop in which we’ll consider the natural world and our place within it by using creative exercises to tune our awareness to the parklands that surround our studio, learning from the likes of Corman, Niedecker, Hirschfield and Basho, and writing poems of our own. Register here.

And just in case you need a reason to go to New Hampshire or Montana this summer 

International Affairs Family Conference: The World’s Oceans
Star Island, Isle of Shoals, New Hampshire
July 22-29, 2017

I’ll be offering a writing workshop and performing with the pianist Susan Hotchkiss on this beautiful island off the coast of Portsmouth, NH. This year’s retreat theme is “The World Oceans: Protecting an International Resource”. In addition, my husband, author of In Pursuit of Giants: One Man’s Global Search for the Last of the Great Fish, just released in paperback from University Press of New England, will present a keynote about the magic and beauty of the ocean, and how to turn love of that environment into meaningful advocacy for its preservation. Details and register here.


Beargrass Writers Retreat
Greenough, Montana
August 26-29, 2017

I’ll be among a vibrant group of writers who will present craft talks, read from new work, and offer manuscript consultations at the storied E Bar L Ranch outside Missoula. Food, drink, music, horses, fishing, writing, rivers, and big skies. It’s going to be fun.

Join us. Details here.


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Thanks for reading. Hope to see you soon!


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