Award-winning Poets Lead a Day of Workshops at MWC’s Pen in Hand “Poetry: From Page to Stage” mini-conference on March 28

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April is National Poetry Month, and we’ve lined up a terrific slate of four poetry workshops, and a panel discussion, for our bi-annual Pen In Hand mini-conference March 28th to get everyone ready and writing.

Award-winning poets Farah Marklevits, Aubrey Jane Ryan, and Dale G. Haake will join MWC Executive Director and poet Ryan Collins in leading four workshops that will look different aspects of poetry, including getting started, finding inspiration, writing in persona, and writing about the everyday; then they will finish the day together in a panel discussion and Q+A which will look at different possibilities available for poets when performing their work for different audiences.

 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

Participants are responsible for their own lunches.  Pricing for the “Poetry: From Page to Stage” Pen in Hand mini-conference is as follows:

-For members: $10 per workshop, $30 for all four

-For non-members: $15 per workshop, $45 for all four

The “Poetry & Performance” Panel + Q & A is free and open to the public

Registration bonus—the first five people to register for the entire conference (all four workshops) will receive a free MWC Press poetry title of their choice.

Click here to register online.

Please contact Ryan Collins at the MWC more information: (563) 324-1410,

Pen in Hand is made possible with the support of the Riverboat Development Authority and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.