So not only did you teach me about writing memoir, you also taught me about reading and thinking about how others write memoir. Thank you so much! Rebecca
Showing posts with label John Campbell Folk School. Show all posts
Showing posts with label John Campbell Folk School. Show all posts

Monday, July 14, 2014

Karen Paul Holmes to teach weekend class at Folk School August 1 -3

Take note! If you have not attended a class at the John C. Campbell Folk School, where I attended writing classes for the past 19 years, this is an excellent time to come and take a class from poet and writer, Karen Holmes.

Karen Paul Holmes to Teach Weekend All-Genre Writing Class

Your Write Time
Itching to write, but can't find time? Or do you need a jumpstart to get you going? Give yourself the gift of a weekend devoted to writing. The instructor will provide inspiration, encouragement, writing prompts, editing tips, and one-on-one coaching. The Folk School provides the creative energy. Write here, then go home motivated to write more! For prose (fiction, non-fiction, memoir, blogging) or poetry. All levels welcome.

Ask the Folk School about 1/2 price tuition if you live in a near-by county.

Aug 1-Aug 3
For more info on the Folk School website, click here.  
or email kpaulholmesATgmailDOTCOM

Friday, February 17, 2012

                              Don’t Let Your Poetry Reading Send Your Audience to Dreamland

    I often read poetry in bed.  It quiets my mind and helps me fall asleep. Listening to others read poetry sometimes puts me to sleep, but that’s embarrassing when I’m sitting in a group of people.
    I have attended poetry readings where I became involved immediately. What is the secret?  Is it good poetry versus bad poetry? No.  The answer is Performance! Thomas A. Williams says in his book Poet Power, “Every good dramatic performance, as Aristotle taught two thousand years ago, has a beginning, a middle and an end. It builds slowly, reaches a climax, and then comes to a strong and satisfactory conclusion.  Your reading needs to do the same.”
    If you have attended a reading of a professional poet like Billy Collins and were drawn into his performance and hated for it to end, you can bet he planned that reading from the first to the last poem.  He knew just what he was going to say about each poem to lead you into it and help you love it.  He didn’t get up to the podium, stand there in silence and thumb through a stack of papers, trying to make up his mind what to read next while you sat  wondering if you should pick up some milk on your way home.
    Even the best poetry loses me when it’s read too fast, with no expression, or when read without introduction or a break. The talk between poems is what Williams calls patter. He believes in using humor to warm up the listeners. “Kick things off in a light vein, establish a tone of fun from the very beginning” Williams says.
    A congenial personality, a smile and interesting patter goes a long way in selling you and your poetry. The audience won’t feel comfortable with you if you jump into your reading without some comments to introduce yourself first. The reading will be over before they even begin to focus attention on your poetry.    
    Williams also says in Poet Power that he believes in letting his audience know it is perfectly acceptable to clap, laugh, whistle or shout encouragement during his reading. At most poetry readings “there seems to be no socially acceptable audience reaction other than polite Victorian restraint. The poet finishes reading a piece and is met with dead silence. The poet has no idea where he stands with his audience.  If they like it, silence.  If they don’t like it, silence…It is their love of poetry that keeps them (mostly) awake.”
    When you look out at your listeners and see eyes glazed over or heads bowed as though in prayer, you aren’t selling yourself or your poetry.  You might have to wake some to let them know you’re done.

Check out my reading, Thursday, February 16, at John C. Campbell Folk School at 7:00 p.m.  Mary Ricketson, an award-winning poet is the other featured reader for the evening.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Jayne Jaudon Ferrer is teaching at John Campbell Folk School

I hope to get into Jayne Jaudon Ferrer's class at JCCFS this summer. You know Jayne is a poet and delightful speaker. I look forward to getting to know her as a teacher. Jayne is the NCWN West Representative for S.C.

Her books show her humor and her sensitivity to all the subjects we deal with in our daily lives.

See information about her class here.

Harnessing the Power of Words will be taught at John C. Campbell Folk School August 15 - 21. 2010.
Instructor: Jayne Jaudon Ferrer
Class Description:
Each of us has something important to say, but just as we speak in different dialects, we write in different genres. Find your writing niche as we explore the power and appeal of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, journals, letters and blogs.

This class will help you find the format best suited to your voice through creative writing prompts, supportive sharing, and gentle critiques. From business people to retirees, novelists to bloggers...all are welcome.

TUITION for the full week is $527.00. If you have not been to the John Campbell Folk School, you must come and experience the delight of the community , the excellent food served three times a day, the music and entertainment, and best of all, the people you meet here. Lasting friendships are formed in this special place.

Folks who live in the local area are eligible for 1/2 price tuition. But you have to ask.