Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Poets in Port Townsend, Poets in Seattle, Poets in La Conner--- Poets Everywhere!

Notice the Man Behind the Curtain; He Can Join Us in Port Townsend, Too~

A new year, a new blank page, a new poem. I'm hoping 2014 is the Year of the Poem. I know that I need to work in community with poet friends, with my monthly poetry group, and with my students in order to garner creative energy to keep my writing new. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts with a B.A. in creative writing, I didn't write again for nearly a decade. That's so many poems not written, not learned from, not revised. 

Maybe it's a little irrational but I still live in fear that someday the poem well will run dry. What if I've written all the images, words, and (!) wisdom that I possess. There are days when this feels true. 

One of the best ways I know to jumpstart my work is creating poetry dates with others. Sometimes these happen with a friend but sometimes they happen creating classes for others such as Poets on the Coast and one day poetry workshops. 

There are three different kinds of events that I am working on right now with Kelli Russell Agodon - Here is information on the first two. There is a one day class planned for Seattle on Saturday, February 15th. We can hold a space for that, too. 

Saturday, January 18th, One Day Poetry Retreat in Port Townsend

CLASS 1:  (3 spots left!)

Generating New Poems / Sending Polished Poems into the World:
9 am – 12 pm

For poets who want to write new poems as well as submit their work to literary journals, this is the class for you! We will try a wide array of writing exercises and spend the last half hour discussing the submission process. Hand-outs on submission letters and suggested journals.

Susan & Kelli will also put together a submission packet of your poems to send out for you. $98

CLASS 2: (4 spots left!)
From Manuscript into Book: The Process Demystified:
1 pm – 4 pm

This workshop is designed to help poets put together a full or chapbook length collection. We’ll look at several different options regarding how to structure and order your poems. Finally, you’ll have a chance to begin visualizing your work as part of a larger project. Everyone will leave with an action plan and a handout of resources leading you closer to the goal of a competed book. $98

Or spend the day and take both classes for $189

Number of participants limited to 18. (4 spaces currently remaining)


Click Here for Registration Form

Friday, September 5 to Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Poets on the Coast:
A Weekend Writing Retreat for Women
Sept 5-7, 2014
Country Inn, La Conner, WA


Join Kelli Russell Agodon and Susan Rich for the fourth Poets on the Coast Weekend Writing Retreat September 5-7, 2014 at our new location in La Conner! We will gather to write, read and share our work inspired by the art, 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, a Master Class workshop, and one-on-one mentoring are included as well as morning yoga. 

We only have a limited number of spaces available and they will be filled on a first-come basis.

The relaxing, warm Country Inn of La Conner is designed to nurture your writing self. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Poets On The Coast Writing Retreat

If you're interested in registering click here for the Poets on the Coast Registration Form
and print out the above registration form and mail us your check (made out to Kelli Agodon) to:

Poets on the Coast
Kelli Agodon
PO Box 1524
Kingston, WA 98346

$339 until January 2, 2014 - includes the Anniversary Issue of Crab Creek Review
$359 until February 15, 2014
$369 until May 30, 2014
$389 until July 31, 2014

This year we're including an OPTIONAL Ekphrastic Workshop
Friday, September 5th from 10 am - 1 pm for $95 (plus a $10 materials fee)

***Prices above are if you're paying by check.
If you pay by Paypal the price will be slightly higher due to the company’s surcharge and taxes.


  1. Happy New Year, Susan. Wishing you a wonderful 2014.

  2. And to you the same! Here's to the new language that awaits us~