writing - poetry
The Transcendent Poem:
Unlock your subconscious mind to create work that connects with the universal truths of human experience
A poem is a conscious expression born out of the subconscious mind. This workshop is for people of all skill levels who wish to experiment with poetry as a form of artistic expression and connection. Celebrated Presidential Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco, will lead students through the process of diving deeper into their own experiences and using the power of words and to connect with readers. Students will learn how to "show, not tell" in their writing—the golden rule of poetry.
We’ll examine how it truly works and why, in order to gain a strong and purposeful command of it. In this context, we’ll explore the dynamics between poet, poem, and reader that transform our personal stories into poems that transcend and connect with the universal truths of human experience. We will also explore the equally important subconscious territory of memory, inspiration, and imagination that bear in our poems. By practicing “fever writing” or “automatic writing,” we will tap into that subconscious to mine memories we will share in class as jumping-off points for generating new poems.
Lunch is provided on Saturday and Sunday. If you have dietary restrictions or serious allergies, please email us in advance so that we can accommodate. We pride ourselves on offering healthy meals that use as many fresh, locally-sourced and organic ingredients as possible. Every effort will be made to ensure options are available to students with food limitations.
Accommodations are not included. We recommend booking a local Airbnb, hotel or motel in Camden, Hope, Lincolnville, Rockport or Rockland. Here are links to a few local favorites in the Midcoast Area:
Lincolnville Motel (hip, laid-back, affordable, renovated vintage motor inn)
Drift Oceanside Inn (oceanfront cabins close to the Camden Hills State Park)
Whitehall Inn (boutique hotel within walking distance to downtown Camden)
250 Main (high-end boutique hotel in Rockland Arts District)
Camden Accommodations (vacation rentals in Midcoast area)
Airbnb (Camden, Hope, Lincolnville, Rockport and Rockland are all within a 25-minute drive)
WHAT TO BRING
Please come prepared to class with a note pad and pencils and/or a laptop (if typing is your preferred way of writing)
This workshop is designed for people of all skill levels. Students should have an interest in, and some prior experience writing and reading poetry.
REFUNDs & COVID-19
If you need to cancel, please notify us at least 30 days before the start of the workshop. We will refund your tuition, minus a $125 cancellation fee or you may transfer your full tuition amount to another Workshop at Howe Hill Farm within 18 months. Cancellations made after 30 days prior will result in forfeit of the full tuition amount. If you are traveling to attend a workshop we recommend insuring your trip with Travelex insurance so your trip and tuition can be covered in the event of illness or unforeseen circumstances. We are monitoring Covid-19 closely and have updated our Terms and Conditions to address this virus directly. We will follow CDC guidelines and make the call 30 days prior to the workshop running. If it is deemed unsafe, we will provide full refunds to every student enrolled. Please read our full Terms & Conditions and Liability Waiver for more information.
Class will run from 9am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday with a 1-hour break for lunch
A maximum of 12 students, and a minimum of 6*
*The workshop will be cancelled if minimum enrollment is not met within 30 days of the workshop start. If cancelled, a full refund will be issued to all registered students. We recommend waiting until you receive our confirmation email that minimum enrollment has been met to make your travel arrangements or investing in travel insurance to reimburse your expenses if the course is canceled.
*By registering, you are agreeing to our Terms & Conditions
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Richard Blanco is the fifth presidential inaugural poet in U.S. history—the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban exile parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity and place characterize his body of work. He is the author of the poetry collections Looking for the Gulf Motel, Directions to the Beach of the Dead, and City of a Hundred Fires; the poetry chapbooks Matters of the Sea, One Today, and Boston Strong; a children’s book of his inaugural poem, “One Today,” illustrated by Dav Pilkey; and Boundaries, a collaboration with photographer Jacob Hessler. His latest book of poems, How to Love a Country (Beacon Press, 2019), both interrogates the American narrative, past and present, and celebrates the still unkept promise of its ideals. He has also authored the memoirs The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey.
Blanco’s many honors include the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press, the PEN/Beyond Margins Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, and two Maine Literary Awards. He has been a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and received honorary doctorates from Macalester College, Colby College, and the University of Rhode Island. He has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and NPR’s Fresh Air. The Academy of American Poets named him its first Education Ambassador in 2015. Blanco has continued to write occasional poems for organizations and events such as the re-opening of the U.S. embassy in Havana. Blanco teaches creative writing at Florida International University and at other learning institutions all over the world. He makes his home in Bethel, Maine with his partner.