Upcoming workshops from Writers in the Mountains

Upcoming workshops sponsored by Writers in the Mountains (WIM) will explore the wellsprings of creativity and the craft of poetry.
The Wild Mind emphasizes the writing process over product by having participants create and expose themselves to visual images, sound bytes and tactile media, to enhance and enliven their writing. In this exciting voyage of self-discovery, led by Ellen Stewart, participants will explore the creative process through discovering their Wild Minds. Six sessions, Tuesdays, May 12 through June 16 from 10 a.m. to noon at RAG’s 76 Main! in Stamford, $75.
Ellen Greene Stewart, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT is a graduate of Goddard College’s Psychology and Counseling program. She is a licensed, board certified Art Therapist, and a certified school counselor. She has been in private practice for the past nine years. She has been a member of WIM since the beginning, serving on the board of directors for 10 years. She is the author of two nonfiction books: Kaleidoscope, which is about the uses of art therapy with dementia patients, and Superheroes Unmasked, which is about using superheroes that kids create themselves to teach them about self esteem, teambuilding, leadership and bullying. She has published numerous articles and reviews in Activities Director’s Quarterly, the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. Her development of the Wild Mind class blends awareness of the creative and writing processes so each one enhances the other.
Lynn Domina has been teaching poetry workshops for WIM for the past few years and has assisted numerous participants in understanding “what makes a poem.” In this workshop, “One Picture is Worth at Least Six Poems,” each student will select a photograph, painting, or other similar image to serve as inspiration for the duration of the course. The class will approach the image from a number of angles — character in the image, character outside the image, the image within time, etc., in order to write a series of poems. The class will also address elements of poetic craft, including imagery, figures of speech and use of the line. No previous experience with poetry is required. Wednesdays, May 27 – July 1, 6-8 p.m. Andes Library. Six sessions, $75.
Lynn Domina is the editor of the recently published Poets on the Psalms, a collection of essays published by Trinity University Press in San Antonio, Texas. She is the author of a collection of poetry, Corporal Works, as well as books on Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun and Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony. Her recent poetry appears or is forthcoming in the Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, New Letters, Tiferet: A Journal of Spirituality and Literature, and Christianity and Literature. She teaches at the State University of New York in Delhi.
Those interested in joining either of these workshops can register online at writersinthemountains.org or by calling 607 326-7908. Pre-registration is required. Scholarships are available.