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Rosemerry & Meredith conspire to create writing and visual art workshops.

Rosemerry & Meredith conspire to create writing and visual art workshops.

COLLAGE – POETRY ON PAPER – SUNDAY JUNE 1st from 9AM – 4PM

The medium of collage, traditional and contemporary, lends itself to a poetic interpretation. In this hands-on class we will work back and forth
between creating a collage that inspires a poem, ekphrastic poetry, and then writing a poem that is the visual and emotional inspiration for a collage.
$135 includes all supplies.
Ages 14-Adult

http://www.weehawkenarts.org
970 318 0150

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Hey Moms, come play! It’s free, but you do need to sign up!

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SUNDAY, MARCH 10
Ridgway, Colorado
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
970-318-0150

Motherhood changes things. Amidst the blessings and the challenges, we transform. As one mother put it, “With my first child, I lost my interests. With my second child, I lost my identity.” How do we lean into motherhood’s paradoxical blend of miracle and loss? Writing can help. As James Pennebroke writes in Opening Up, writing “clears the mind” and helps us “understand and reorient our complicated lives” and “helps keep our psychological compass oriented.”

In this program, mother and writer Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer leads other mothers in a writing practice that includes a lot more than just writing. What happens when we ask, “Who am I?” As Ramana Maharshi says, “The purpose of that question is not to find an answer but to dissolve the questioner.” What’s that supposed to mean? Come play.

Every kind of mother is welcome-from prenatal to step to great grandmother. No previous writing experience necessary.

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, mother of Finn (8) and Vivian (4) and stepmother of Shawnee (29), is the award-winning author of numerous poetry collections. Her work has appeared in O Magazine, Prairie Home Companion and Mountain Gazette. For 10 years she directed the Telluride Writers Guild. Her favorite one-word mantra: Adjust.

For more information, visit https://activenet006.active.com/weehawkenarts/servlet/adet.sdi;jsessionid=WbRpyZzd0ScL1Ly+P+TNxTgsR2M?activity_id=899&show_all=&pagenum=3&paid=&online=trueMom & Kids

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Leaping: How to Wildly Advance Your Writing
A five-week adventure in growing your voice
led by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

Wednesdays February 1-February 29
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

When a stranger on the corner asked, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” pianist Arthur Rubinstein famously replied: “Practice. Practice. Practice. “

What’s true for the pianist is true for the poet. If you want to improve, it takes practice. In this five-week class, participants will be asked to write a poem a day for a month.

A poem a day?!

Mmm hmm. You can do it even if you’ve never written a poem outside of English class. All participants will receive a 30-day inspiration booklet with 60 possible prompts written by the workshop leader. This year will also feature experiential prompts. But her prompts are merely suggestions. You can scribble a late-night haiku about your cat or type a 14-line sonnet in rhymed iambic pentameter. It doesn’t matter. Nor does it matter if the writing is “good.” It matters that you write. It matters that you play. It matters that you try new things. More than poetry as product, we’re exploring a poetic life—poetry as path and lens and anchor and kite.

These just might be 30 of the most fun, creative, door-opening, writer’s-block-busting, voice-changing, provocative days of your life. Let’s play.

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Passionate about language and writing, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer earned her master’s degree in English Language and Linguistics, and for 10 years, she directed the Telluride Writers Guild. Her poems have been featured in O Magazine and on A Prairie Home Companion. Her books include Holding Three Things at Once, a finalist for the Colorado Book Award, and most recently The Miracle Already Happening: Everyday life with Rumi. For seventeen years, she’s taught in libraries, schools, businesses and universities. Clients have included Camp Coca Cola, The Aesthetic Education Institute of Colorado, Think 360, Business and Professional Women and the National Endowment for the Humanities. You’ll find her own poem-a-day practice at ahundredfallingveils.wordpress.com

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www.weehawkenarts.org * Questions@weehawken.org * 970-318-0150

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Why Look Like a Dead Fish?
A Day of Reading and Writing with Rumi

Saturday, January 28
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Weehawken Arts, Ridgway, CO
$85 member/$93 non-member
10 percent discount before January 20

“With passion pray. With passion make love. With passion eat and drink and dance and play. Why look like a dead fish in this ocean of God?”
Jalaladin Rumi (1207-1273), trans. Daniel Ladinsky

And with passion, we’ll read and converse and write. Rumi, a Sufi poet, theologian and teacher born in Persia, has been the best selling poet in America since the 1980s. His is a universal voice for cosmic, Divine love, not limited by religious beliefs, not embroiled in dogma. Into our modern, synthetic, technological world starved for real ecstasy, Rumi spills ecstasy.

For six hours, we’ll talk about Rumi’s life, read his poems from multiple translators, and write our own poems in response to his words. All are welcome, regardless of poetic experience. As Rumi would say, “It’s rigged—everything in your favor. So there is nothing to worry about.”

Passionate about language and writing, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer earned her master’s degree in English Language and Linguistics, and for 10 years, she directed the Telluride Writers Guild. Her poems have been featured in O Magazine and on A Prairie Home Companion. Her books include Holding Three Things at Once, a finalist for the Colorado Book Award, and most recently The Miracle Already Happening: Everyday life with Rumi. For seventeen years, she’s taught in libraries, schools, businesses and universities. Clients have included Camp Coca Cola, The Aesthetic Education Institute of Colorado, Think 360, Business and Professional Women and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit her website, www.wordwoman.com for writing exercises and essays on the art of writing.

to register, call Weehawken, 318-0150
or visit weehawkenarts.org

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