High School Writing Retreat
presented by the Adirondack Center for Writing
October 28th & 29th, 9am-3pm
Paul Smith’s College
Through unique creative writing exercises, students generate poems and essays and learn to read their work to an audience. This program exposes students to diverse writing styles and backgrounds from contemporary writers.
This program is often the first time students have heard contemporary writing from Latino and African-American writers, steeped in tradition and dealing with social and political issues. It’s particularly fascinating to hear how students apply what they hear to their own experiences and emotions living in the North Country. Another role of this program is to create a place where regional students with a common interest can meet and develop friendships based on a mutual love of literature.
This event is made possible thanks to support from the Charles R. Wood Foundation, Cloudsplitter Foundation, Saranac Lake Young Arts Association, Stewart’s Holiday Match and the Adirondack Foundation: Benght Ohman Fund, Evergreen Fund, Saranac Lake Public School Education Fund.
About the workshop leaders:
José Olivarez is the co-author of the book of poems Home Court, and co-host of the poetry podcast The Poetry Gods. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the Program Director at Urban Word NYC. A winner of a 2016 Poets House Emerging Poet Fellowship and a 2015 Bronx Recognizes Its Own award from the Bronx Council on the Arts, his work has been published in The BreakBeat Poets, Vinyl Poetry and Prose, Specter Magazine, and Union Station Magazine, among other places. He is from Calumet City, IL, and lives in the Bronx. Follow him on social media at @jayohessee.
Lauren Whitehead is a writer, performer and MFA recipient in Dramaturgy (Columbia University). Recently she played “Un/Sung” in a workshop performance of the opera “We Shall Not be Moved” (Apollo Theater, Dir. Bill T. Jones). She directed “How Bodies Reclaim Light” (New York Live Arts) and was playwright/adapter of “Three Sisters: Tulsa 1921” (The Secret Theater). Her play, “stunning, still” was read at Naked Angels and her writings have been published in Apogee, Winter Tangerine and Union Station Magazine. Lauren teaches dramaturgy at The New School and facilitates a poetry and performance workshop at Juilliard. She really likes picking flowers, giving gifts and the aura of elephants. Find more info on her here: laurenawhitehead.com.
Jon Sands is a writer known for electric readings, and the author of The New Clean (2011, Write Bloody Publishing). His work has been featured in The New York Times, published widely in various journals, and anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2014. He starred in the award winning web-series Verse: A Murder Mystery from Rattapallax Films, is the co-founder of Poets in Unexpected Places, and a facilitator with the Dialogue Arts Project. He is a Youth Mentor with Urban Word-NYC, and teaches creative writing for adults at both Bailey House in Harlem (an HIV/AIDS service center) and the Positive Health Project (a syringe exchange in Manhattan). He tours extensively, but lives in Brooklyn.
To register as an individual or a class, please contact Baylee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out videos from the High School Writing Retreat on the Adirondack Center for Writing Youtube channel.
2015 Workshop Leaders:
Jon Sands is a writer known for electric readings, and the author of The New Clean (2011, Write Bloody Publishing). His work has been featured in The New York Times, published widely in various journals, and anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2014. He is the co-founder of Poets in Unexpected Places and the Program Director of the Dialogue Arts Project. He is a Youth Mentor with Urban Word-NYC, and teaches weekly creative writing for adults at Bailey House in Harlem (an HIV/AIDS service center). He has represented New York City multiple times at the National Poetry Slam. He tours extensively, but lives in Brooklyn.