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Brattleboro: Reading the River, Poetry Workshop Series

Register here for Vermont River Conservancy’s free river-themed poetry workshop! This is a month-long series of workshops that is part of the series we are doing in Windham county this spring.

Event Details:

Date: Tuesdays: March 26, April 2, April 9, April 16, and April 23

Time: 12 – 2 p.m.

Location: Brooks Memorial Library (224 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301)

Details:

In Vermont, we know that rivers, like people – like communities – are complex. Calm pools, churning riffles. Steady periods of baseflow; floods that inspire awe and grief. Meanders, bends, sandy shores and rocky ones, floodplain forests, peaceful coves, rushing waters and trickling streams.

Rivers are places to wander solo and to gather, to process and to play, to think and to empty our minds, to steady ourselves and to embrace change. We’ve put together this five-week workshop to create space for connections with nuance and depth – both within our community of readers and writers, and between us and our riverlands.

We’ll read pieces from diverse styles, cultures, and time periods, including many from our own neck of the woods. We’ll share the reflections that these poems provoke for us, and talk through the poetic craft moves that make them tick. Then we’ll set off to write. What will you discover when you let the words flow?

For this special expanded workshop series, we will meet five Tuesdays in a row from 12-1 p.m. with an option to stay afterward and write or continue the conversation for an additional hour. All five days will have a different set of poems and prompts. This workshop is best enjoyed as a full set, but you are welcome to drop in for the days that you are free. Bring your own lunch! There is a kitchen on-site for washing up, heating water, etc.

Remember to bring: notebook, pen or pencil, water bottle, lunch

Photo Release (Optional via yes/no, answer in form)

  • Yes: I grant Vermont River Conservancy, its representatives and employees the right to take photographs at this volunteer event of me and any minor participants for which I am the parent or guardian. I authorize Vermont River Conservancy, its assigns and transferees to use such photographs, with or without names, for any lawful purpose, including for example such purposes as publicity, illustration, advertising and web content and to copyright, use and publish the same in print and/or electronically
  • No: I do not grant Vermont River Conservancy, its representatives and employees the right to take photographs at this volunteer event of me and any minor participants for which I am the parent or guardian.

Use this form to register for the Brattleboro workshop series