Spring 2015 Pen in Hand Mini-Conference
Poetry from Page to Stage

Saturday, March 28, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(doors open at 8:30 a.m.)
Midwest Writing Center

To kick off National Poetry Month, MWC hosts an all-day mini-conference exploring writing and performing poetry, from being a first-time poet to taking the stage to share your work with an audience. Featuring four 75-minute workshops, including an introductory Elements of Poetry workshop led by Ryan Collins, a Persona Poetry workshop led by former MWC Poet-In-Residence Aubrey Ryan, and a panel discussion on approaches to performing poetry in different contexts. Other instructors include Farah Marklevits and former QC Poet Laureate Dale Haake.

Cost of workshops for MWC members is $10/workshop, $30 for all four, and cost for non-MWC members is $15/workshop, $45 for all four. The performance panel will be free & open to the public. Scholarships will be available for high school/college students.

Bonus! The first five registrations will also receive a free MWC Press poetry title of their choice. Register via PayPal below or call Ryan Collins at 563-324-1410 to pay by phone.

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 Schedule for Spring 2015 Pen in Hand –
Poetry: From Page to Stage

Doors open at 8:30 a.m.

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Writing the First Poem: Beginnings, Ryan Collins

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Poetic Duet (Part I: Whence the Inspiration? / Part II: Thence to Consummation), Dale G. Haake

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Lunch Break

12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Hearing Voices: Persona Poems, Aubrey Jane Ryan

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – The Luminous Life, Farah Marklevits

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Poetry Performance Panel + Q & A