Encouragement and Inspiration
Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 1:00 pm
Telling Your Story is a workshop that focuses on writing from personal experience in prose and poetry. Sandra will weave readings from her poetry collection, “The Temporary Vase of Hands,” with a discussion of the stories and experiences that inspired them. Chris will offer creative tools he employs in writing memoir and read an excerpt from one of his books, "Tremulous Prism: Our Journey in Dementia." Sandra will lead the group in a writing exercise based on our own stories.
Sandra Fees is a Unitarian Universalist minister who resides in Reading, Pennsylvania. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Shippensburg University and a master’s degree from Syracuse University, where she studied creative writing. She has a Master of Divinity degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary, and is enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry program. Formerly a poetry editor of the Harrisburg Review, she has had poems published in numerous journals. She has been named Berks County Poet Laureate for 2016-18. Her first poetry collection, The Temporary Vase of Hands, is being published by Finishing Line Press in 2017.
Christopher Keith, a former karate instructor and composition teacher, has published Introduction to Asian Long Staff Fighting, a martial arts DVD and workbook; Headhunter: The Blues Odyssey of J.D. Nicholson, the oral history of an influential West Coast blues piano player; Tremulous Prism: Our Journey in Dementia, a memoir of care-giving; and Posh Corps: Peace Corps Philippines, a memoir. He is now at work on Tennessee Alley, a collection of fiction. Previously, he studied creative writing with Raymond Carver at Syracuse University in the 1980s and earned an M.A. from the Writing Program.
Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm
Many inspirations provide the spark that ignites us into language, but one that sometimes overlooked is—language itself! Yes! Reading provides the occasion to set us spinning into our memories, meditations, imaginations. Just as listening to music can set composers off into fresh harmonic journeys, or tasting a delicious recipe can spur a good chef into his or her never-tasted before concoctions, in this workshop, we’ll use selected literary texts as the fuel for our own creative compositions.
Philip Terman is the author of five books of poetry, including Our Portion: New and Selected Poems, The Torah Garden, and Rabbis of the Air. Poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Poetry Magazine, The Kenyon Review, The Georgia Review, The Sun Magazine, 99 Poems for the 99 Percent, and The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary Poetry. As well, his poems have appeared on the PBS show The Writer’s Almanac and on Poetry Daily. A selection of his poems, My Dear Friend Kafka, has been translated into Arabic and published by Nimwa Press in Damascus, Syria, and his poems have provided the text for several orchestral arrangements. He’s a professor of English at Clarion University, where he directs the Spoken Art Reading Series, co-directs the Chautauqua Writers’ Festival, and is the coordinator of The Bridge Literary Arts Center in Franklin, PA.
Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm
Socrates said that the unexamined life is not worth living. Each person’s life is a contribution to the human experience. How we reflect on the events of our lives and find meaning in them was the subject of this workshop. Each person has his or her own unique story to tell.
Harry Serio has recently written a book, The Dwelling Place of Wonder, a spiritual memoir, and encourages persons to explore their own lives. He is working on his next book, The Other Side of Memory.