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MEETING THE CHANGING NEEDS OF Central Appalachia

HIGH SCHOOL WRITING RESIDENCY

IRONWOOD WRITERS STUDIO:
JUNE 23-28

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Honoring the past, improving the present, and planning for the future of central Appalachia.

Since our founding in 1902, Hindman Settlement School has evolved to meet the changing needs of the region. The Settlement’s work today includes education and service programs that address the critical needs of youth and families while promoting the rich traditional arts of Appalachia.

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In the world of preserving historical treasures, volunteers often stand as the unsung heroes, dedicating their time and efforts to safeguarding invaluable artifacts for future generations. Learn more about their work and how you can get involved in our next volunteer event in todays blog at https://bit.ly/3xtJdPq!

In the world of preserving historical treasures, volunteers often stand as the unsung heroes, dedicating their time and efforts to safeguarding invaluable artifacts for future generations. Learn more about their work and how you can get involved in our next volunteer event in today’s blog at bit.ly/3xtJdPq! See MoreSee Less

All the way home from Hindman, words sang in my brain. Snippets of poems started, and whole essays wrote themselves in the air. After a while, I realized what was happening--Id been inspired by my time at Hindman. I realized that this is what writers live for--to look around at the everyday world and see it coursing with magical life. This hardly ever happens at home. And I firmly believe thats why writers need time away from partners and cooking and routine--to be jumped out of the average rut, and to have that box of rocks in the head jangled around a bit so that patterns are disrupted. Its in that time of creative disruption that good writing can occur. Thats what Hindman did for me. - LuLu

Apply for the 47th annual Appalachian Writers Workshop by May 1 at www.Hindman.org/workshop!

"All the way home from Hindman, words sang in my brain. Snippets of poems started, and whole essays wrote themselves in the air. After a while, I realized what was happening–I’d been inspired by my time at Hindman. I realized that this is what writers live for–to look around at the everyday world and see it coursing with magical life. This hardly ever happens at home. And I firmly believe that’s why writers need time away from partners and cooking and routine–to be jumped out of the average rut, and to have that box of rocks in the head jangled around a bit so that patterns are disrupted. It’s in that time of creative disruption that good writing can occur. That’s what Hindman did for me." – LuLu

Apply for the 47th annual Appalachian Writers’ Workshop by May 1 at www.Hindman.org/workshop!
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Lindsey Branson, Director of Education at the Appalachian Arts Alliance in Hazard, brought the magic of Kindermusik to Pre-K through second grade classrooms at Emmalena Elementary late last month. 

Kindermusik is an interactive music education curriculum that uses the power and joy of music-making and play to help children learn and grow during the years most critical to brain development. Children spent the week singing, learning steady beat and rhymthic skills, and music terminology. Thanks to Lindsey for a great week of music and movement!Image attachmentImage attachment

Lindsey Branson, Director of Education at the Appalachian Arts Alliance in Hazard, brought the magic of Kindermusik to Pre-K through second grade classrooms at Emmalena Elementary late last month.

Kindermusik is an interactive music education curriculum that uses the power and joy of music-making and play to help children learn and grow during the years most critical to brain development. Children spent the week singing, learning steady beat and rhymthic skills, and music terminology. Thanks to Lindsey for a great week of music and movement!
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From the multiple tragedies in the legend of Ida Pearl Crawley in the opening story, to the vandalizing of hillbilly-haired white Jesus, in the last, Ductans cinematically rendered and believable characters in Daughters of Muscadine dare you to look away as they navigate coming-of-age with plenty of expected and unexpected obstacles. These stories are mostly drawn from the same well and work together to offer a satisfying interrogation of all things sacred in small towns across the mountain south, especially attitudes surrounding race and class. -Frank X Walker, author of A Is for Affrilachia

Join Monic Ductan for a week studying short story at the 47th annual Appalachian Writers Workshop this summer. Learn more and apply by May 1 at www.Hindman.org/workshop!

"From the multiple tragedies in the legend of Ida Pearl Crawley in the opening story, to the vandalizing of "hillbilly-haired" white Jesus, in the last, Ductan’s cinematically rendered and believable characters in Daughters of Muscadine dare you to look away as they navigate coming-of-age with plenty of expected and unexpected obstacles. These stories are mostly drawn from the same well and work together to offer a satisfying interrogation of all things sacred in small towns across the mountain south, especially attitudes surrounding race and class." -Frank X Walker, author of A Is for Affrilachia

Join Monic Ductan for a week studying short story at the 47th annual Appalachian Writers’ Workshop this summer. Learn more and apply by May 1 at www.Hindman.org/workshop!
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On this #TeamTuesday, wed like you to meet one of our newest team members: Cherisa!

Cherisa joined our team last month as our Community Agriculture Education Member. In this role, she supports our foodways program by providing education and support to our school-based gardening and nutrition programs along with our community-based Grow Appalachia project.

Outside of her service with AmeriCorps, she stays busy with her graduate work in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education and enjoys kickboxing and watching her kids play sports. Join us in welcoming Cherisa to the Settlement family!

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On this #TeamTuesday, we’d like you to meet one of our newest team members: Cherisa!

Cherisa joined our team last month as our Community Agriculture Education Member. In this role, she supports our foodways program by providing education and support to our school-based gardening and nutrition programs along with our community-based Grow Appalachia project.

Outside of her service with AmeriCorps, she stays busy with her graduate work in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education and enjoys kickboxing and watching her kids play sports. Join us in welcoming Cherisa to the Settlement family!

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Cordia School was filled with the cheerful sound of children singing along with the ukulele last month when Allie Jean Burbrink, a community music educator from Columbus, IN, spent the week with 40 second through fifth grade students as part of our artists-in-residence program. Students spent the week learning to play the ukulele, a great introductory instrument for elementary age children who have no prior musical experience. Throughout the week, students learned to hold, strum, tune, and, in the end, play several songs as a class! See MoreSee Less

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🚨 CREATIVE NON-FICTION FACULTY UPDATE 🚨

While Jeff Mann will no longer be facilitating the creative non-fiction section at this summers gathering, we are thrilled to announce that Jonathan Corcoran will be stepping in as our creative non-fiction faculty member.

Jonathan Corcoran is the author of the memoir, No Son of Mine (April 2024, University Press of Kentucky), and the story collection, The Rope Swing (2016, WVU Press), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards and long-listed for The Story Prize. His essays and stories have been published and anthologized widely, including in Salvation South, Still: The Journal, Best Gay Stories, and the Oxford University Press textbook, How Writing Works. He received a BA in Literary Arts from Brown University and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Rutgers University-Newark. Jonathan teaches writing at New York University and in the low-residency MFA program at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He was born and raised in a small town in West Virginia and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Learn more and apply today at www.hindman.org/workshop!

🚨 CREATIVE NON-FICTION FACULTY UPDATE 🚨

While Jeff Mann will no longer be facilitating the creative non-fiction section at this summer’s gathering, we are thrilled to announce that Jonathan Corcoran will be stepping in as our creative non-fiction faculty member.

Jonathan Corcoran is the author of the memoir, No Son of Mine (April 2024, University Press of Kentucky), and the story collection, The Rope Swing (2016, WVU Press), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards and long-listed for The Story Prize. His essays and stories have been published and anthologized widely, including in Salvation South, Still: The Journal, Best Gay Stories, and the Oxford University Press textbook, How Writing Works. He received a BA in Literary Arts from Brown University and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Rutgers University-Newark. Jonathan teaches writing at New York University and in the low-residency MFA program at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He was born and raised in a small town in West Virginia and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Learn more and apply today at www.hindman.org/workshop!
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Kelly Corcoran Underwood

πŸ“’ πŸ“’ REGISTER TODAY TO BEGIN PROSING YOUR WAY THROUGH POETRY! πŸ“’ πŸ“’

The prose poem as we know it today was β€œinvented” as a type of subversive activity: to escape the rules of strict meter and rhyme that defined most poetry in the 19th century. Today the prose poem, while not broken into lines of verse, uses other techniques unique to poetry such as image, metaphor, and sound. This generative workshop, conducted over three weekly Zoom class periods, will allow us to explore and experiment in writing prose poems and other forms that are constructed using blocks of prose, such as the haibun. The three live class periods will be supplemented with asynchronous readings, lectures, and exercises. Suitable for all writers, these classes can strengthen our skills as a poet, memoirist, and/or storyteller. 

Class begins June 1! Learn more and register at https://bit.ly/3IbjQDR!

πŸ“’ πŸ“’ REGISTER TODAY TO BEGIN PROSING YOUR WAY THROUGH POETRY! πŸ“’ πŸ“’

The prose poem as we know it today was β€œinvented” as a type of subversive activity: to escape the rules of strict meter and rhyme that defined most poetry in the 19th century. Today the prose poem, while not broken into lines of verse, uses other techniques unique to poetry such as image, metaphor, and sound. This generative workshop, conducted over three weekly Zoom class periods, will allow us to explore and experiment in writing prose poems and other forms that are constructed using blocks of prose, such as the haibun. The three live class periods will be supplemented with asynchronous readings, lectures, and exercises. Suitable for all writers, these classes can strengthen our skills as a poet, memoirist, and/or storyteller.

Class begins June 1! Learn more and register at bit.ly/3IbjQDR!
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We have a new course option available through The Makery! If you are looking for a community to support and spur you on in your writing? Our monthly generative writing workshops are what you need! Facilitated by Neema Avashia, these sessions will give you to tools you need to foster creativity in your writing. Sign up for one session or bundle all the sessions at Hindman.org/themakery!

We have a new course option available through The Makery! If you are looking for a community to support and spur you on in your writing? Our monthly generative writing workshops are what you need! Facilitated by Neema Avashia, these sessions will give you to tools you need to foster creativity in your writing. Sign up for one session or bundle all the sessions at Hindman.org/themakery! See MoreSee Less

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