Saturday, January 1, 2011

In with the New - Poets on the Coast this Year!

I am excited to announce that Kelli Russell Agodon and I are embarking on a new project this year, Poets on the Coast: A Weekend Writing Retreat for Women, September  9 -11, 2011,  in Newport, OR. Please think about joining us.

Although we have both taught at many other conferences, festivals, and colleges throughout the country --- this is our first time designing a retreat of our own. We believe in creating community and in providing for the needs of all participants. We believe that geography influences our writing lives. We believe in sharing what we've learned during almost twenty years of publishing, writing, and teaching. Most of all, we believe in having fun as we learn.

One New Year's resolution I have is to make Poets on the Coast the best writing retreat ever. But in order to do that, we need you to come, too! Kelli's book Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room was born at this hotel on a writing retreat a few years ago. We also like the idea of marking the 10th anniversary of September 11th inhabiting a positive and peaceful place, doing what we love best.

Announcing Poets on the Coast on the first of the year seems just right to me. I want 2011 to be filled with new experiences, giving back to others, and continuing to challenge myself. What would be really beautiful would be to have others decide to join Kelli and me in this pursuit. 

Here's to new places and people, new geographies for 2011. 

Here is what we are saying:

Dwell in Possibility                                                         
       ~  Emily Dickinson 

Join Kelli Russell Agodon and Susan Rich for the first Poets on the Coast Weekend Writing Retreat September 9-11th, 2011 at the Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport, Oregon on historic Nye Beach. We will gather to write, read and share our work inspired by the landscape and creative energy around us.
This retreat has been designed for women writers of all levels, from beginning poets to well published. Sessions on creativity, generating work, publication and one-on-one mentoring are included. 
We only have a limited number of spaces available and they will be filled on a first-come basis.

With the Sylvia Beach Hotel, designed to inspire writers with its literary-themed rooms, this retreat will offer you a unique experience to explore your writing and creativity. Come spend a weekend with other women poets. Be ready to be nurtured, inspired and creative. 

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