Past participants say Brittany Deininger’s “prompts were spacious + thoughtful, and her vulnerability in leadership was such a gift” and describe how the whole group’s “trust was built over the week for sharing, so good.”
“It doesn’t have to be the blue iris,” Mary Oliver reminds us. Our prayers can be simple acts of attention, small communications. They can be meditations on the relationship between words and silence, speaking and listening. Our prayers can be as complex as we are: full of protest, doubt, curiosity, delight, chaos, hope, lament, love, loneliness, and desire.
This poetry writing workshop will focus on critically reading contemporary and ancient poetry and playing with poetic form to craft a variety of prayers throughout the week. How does your voice meet the present moment? What do we pray when we don’t know how to pray in the places we stand? How might poetry disrupt and reshape our preconceived ideas about what prayer is or should be? What might it mean to view the divine as conversational and communicative?
• Find juicy new metaphors and names for God
• Refresh the reserves of meaning around dry language
• Create new language that holds sacred experience generously
• Develop our voices as vessels of desire
• Steep ourselves in profound poems from a variety of voices
• Enjoy a long meandering dialogue about what we mean by prayer
• Work through prompts to practice writing poems as prayers
• Build a creative community of trust that fosters risk
All writing levels are welcome, including beginners. Come creatives, liturgists, spiritual pilgrims, poets and writers, pastors, counselors, healers, students, educators; come one, come all. Ages 18+
Note: Students will be expected to do in-class free writing in response to prompts and are invited to share fresh work and discuss ideas. Workshop skills will be taught in the class in order to give kind and constructive feedback on a single piece of writing of the author’s choice. No prior writing workshop experience is necessary.
Class time will be shaped by a varied rhythm of communal engagement and private retreat. Students will enjoy group conversation around class themes as well as time to write in response to several prompts in order to play and generate ideas. (There will be opportunity to write both in the classroom and in the beautiful natural environment.) The latter part of the week will be spent in a workshop format, sharing and giving feedback on a single piece of writing (1-4 pages).
Participants wishing to create complex or ambitious projects should expect to spend additional time working outside of class.
Students will work with writing prompts to explore the themes of the class and produce two items:
1. a working writer’s notebook with observations and responses to the writing prompts
2. a single 1-4 page piece of writing to workshop with fellow students
What should I bring to class?
A notebook and pens will be provided to students. If you want an excuse to buy that yummy journal or pen you’ve been eyeing, by all means bring your own tools. If you prefer to write on a laptop you are welcome to bring it too.
The Full Package covers tuition + materials, all meals (Sunday dinner through Saturday brunch) and lodging.
Full Package: $665-$1195
- Private Room – $1195
- Shared Double Room / Yurt – $880
- Library Dorm: $745
- RV Hookup: $715
- Guild Tent $700
- Own Tent: $665
Commuter Cost: $420
(Commuter Cost includes Sunday dinner, Monday through Friday lunches, and Saturday brunch.)
This class is part of the Grünewald Guild’s Summer 2020 Program: Forest Vision. Learn more about the Summer Program.
July 5-11, 2020
This is a non-refundable deposit.
The remaining balance must be paid in full upon arrival.
Date(s) - Jul 5, 2020 until Jul 11 2020