Pre-Workshop Mini Writing Retreat

Subverting Form: Unruly Poetry Making, a pre-workshop mini writing retreat,  will be facilitated by the Appalachian Writers’ Workshop’s Writer-In-Residence Marianne Worthington. Suitable for all writers who want to make word projects that invite confrontation, challenge, and change, this mini retreat will include fun and collaborative sessions of playing around with words and disrupting forms. Participants will build erasure poems, golden shovels, and centos over 3 sessions. Ample time and space will be afforded to those attending to work on other projects in advance of the start of the 2024 Appalachian Writers’ Workshop.

Saturday, July 20

1-3 p.m.                       Check in

3-5 p.m.                       Session 1

5:30 p.m.                     Dinner

6:30-8 p.m.                 Session 2

Sunday, July 21  

9-10 a.m.                    Continental breakfast

10 a.m.-12 noon        Session 3

12 noon                       Lunch

1 p.m.                          Check in begins for Appalachian Writers’ Workshop

Participation in the mini retreat is available only to those admitted to the Workshop. A maximum of 20 slots are available and will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration information will be provided in your acceptance notification to the Workshop.

Participants attending the mini retreat will use the same housing option and assignment assigned for the Workshop. The cost to attend, which includes one nights lodging, three meals, and sessions, is $125. The cost for commuting participants is $80.

About the Facilitator

Marianne Worthington, the award-winning author of The Girl Singer, grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, and moved to southeastern Kentucky in 1990 where she works as a teacher, editor & writer. In 2009 she co-founded Still: The Journal, an online literary magazine publishing writers, artists, and musicians with ties to the Appalachian region. She received the Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council and the Appalachian Book of the Year Award for her poetry chapbook, Larger Bodies Than Mine. With Silas House she co-edited Piano in a Sycamore: Writing Lessons from the Appalachian Writers’ Workshop. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Oxford American, CALYX, Grist, Reckon Review, Cheap Pop, Appalachian Review, Feed, Ethel, and Chapter 16 among other places.


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