Words To Hold A Glittering World: Crossing Genres Mindfully
Featuring Writer-In-Residence Holly Hughes

                                                                                                    

                                                                                                   

June 21-24

Poet Jane Hirschfield writes that “a single moment’s perception is more than enough to hold a world. It glitters, both beautiful and transient, amid the words’ leaves.”   Beginning each writing session with mindfulness practice, writers will create space to explore their inner and outer landscapes, writing toward such moments of perception and finding meaning in their words. In addition, writers will discover that crossing genres can be freeing by studying the Japanese haibun, the prose poem and a variety of lyric essay forms.  Writers will also enjoy writing outdoors together, drawing inspiration from the natural world and each other, and sharing work in a supportive environment.  Join Holly Hughes for three days of lively writing, workshop, and individual conferences.  Poets and prose writers of all levels are welcome.

Special features of this writing retreat include:

  • Guest visit from former Wisconsin poet laureate Max Garland  (The Word We Used for It, etc.)
  • Q&A on Holly's latest poetry collection, Passingsrecipient of the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation
  • A  free reading for friends

Writer-in-Residence Biography:

Holly J. Hughes is co-author of The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World (Skinner House Press, 2012), and author of several poetry collections, most recently the award-winning chapbook Passings (Expedition Press, 2016) and Sailing by Ravens (University of Alaska Press, 2014). She taught writing at the college level for more than 25 years and spent over thirty summers working on the water in Alaska, including fishing for salmon, skippering a 65-foot schooner, and working as a naturalist on ships.  She currently lives on the Olympic peninsula where she leads writing and mindfulness workshops.  

Click here to hear a recording of her reading with fellow bird enthusiast B.J. Hollars

Retreat Cost: 290.00 (includes all on-site, chef-prepared meals by Forage/drinks courtesy of The Brewing Projekt, complimentary copies of Barstow & Grand and Wisconsin People & Ideas)

Retreat Cost and Dual Occupancy On-site Lodging (shared bath): 440.00 (includes all on-site, chef-prepared meals by Forage/drinks courtesy of The Brewing Projekt, complimentary copies of Barstow & Grand and Wisconsin People & Ideas)

Application Fee: 12.00

Writing Sample Length: 10 double-spaced pages (maximum)

Deadline: May 1