Poetry

June 26-30, 2019

The week will include morning sessions consisting of poetry craft talks and a daily writing prompt, the results of which may be shared on a voluntary basis the following morning. After lunch, participants will have the afternoon to write, reflect, take advantage of the lake and resort amenities, get a massage or take a yoga class, have a personal consultation with LouAnn Muhm, and/or attend an optional afternoon session in which writers will present a poem to the group for  workshopping.

While the cabins will be quiet spaces for writing, there are plenty of outside areas and a community room for impromptu conversations with other writers, including the workshop leader, LouAnn Muhm, who will be onsite and available throughout the week.

Our visiting writer, accomplished Minnesota poet Heid Erdrich, will conduct one afternoon and one morning session, and give an evening reading, followed by an open mic reading of participants and a book signing.

Our goal has been to find a good balance between structured time in workshops and unstructured time to write, relax, and reflect.  The afternoons can be somewhat shaped by the wishes of the group, once we’ve met and discussed.

Detailed Schedule:

June 26:

  • 2 pm: Participants arrive and check in
  • 5-6:30 pm:  Opening reception–wine and cheese
  • 6:30: Dinner on your own, individually or in groups (or one group).
  • After dinner: Free time to unpack, socialize, swim, etc.

June 27  

  • 8-9:30:  Breakfast (provided)
  • 9:30-11:  Morning session
  • 11-12:  Lunch (provided)
  • 12-4: Free time (writing, lake activities, pool, individual consultations, etc.)
  • 4-5:30: optional workshop on submitted poems
  • 5:30: Dinner on your own
  • 8:30 pm: campfire

June 28  

  • 8-9:30:  Breakfast (provided)
  • 9:30-11:  Morning session
  • 11-12:  Lunch (provided)
  • 12-4: Free time (writing, lake activities, pool, individual consultations, etc.)
  • 2-4: (optional) visit to Itasca State Park
  • 4-5:30: optional workshop on submitted poems
  • 5:30: Dinner on your own
  • 8:30 pm: pontoon cruise

June 29:

  • 8-9:30: Breakfast (provided)
  • 9:30:  Opening activity, craft talk, prompt
  • 11-12:  Lunch (provided)
  • 12-2: Free time (writing, lake activities, pool, etc.)
  • 2-4:30: Heid Erdrich workshop
  • 5:30-6:30: Reception
  • 7:00 pm:  Heid Erdrich reading and book signing, open mic for participants

June 30

  • 8-9:30: Breakfast, check out of guest house
  • 10-12:  Heid Erdrich workshop
  • 12-1 Farewell lunch