TAOS WRITERS CONFERENCE


THE MAGIC OF THE POETIC LINE: A generative workshop in which we explore the craft of line breaks and other visual and auditory experiences

  • Date: Friday, March 10 (Part I) ; Saturday, March 11, (Part II)
  • Times: 10am-5pm, March 10; 2pm-5pm, March 11
  • Location: SOMOS, 108-B Civic Plaza Drive, Taos, NM, 87557

DescriptionPart of what makes poetry a magical art is the poet’s ability to orchestrate language in a way that creates an unforgettable experience in a reader. Line breaks, spacing, and punctuation provide cues intrinsic to that orchestration. How do we determine when and why to break the lines in our poems? How might visual cues and punctuation further reveal a poem’s meanings? In Part I of this workshop (Friday), we’ll focus on lineation. We’ll write, we’ll consider an array of exciting possibilities available to us in the shaping of our poems, and we’ll write again, making new poems in which every turn of the line is a turn toward deeper meaning. In Part II (Saturday), we consider the ways in which visual spacing and punctuation further reveal a poem’s meanings We’ll write, we’ll arrange, we’ll erase, we’ll cut and paste.  Writers at all levels of writing experience are welcome. Bring paper and writing instrument, as well as your laptop, if you have one. (Part I and Part II are independent workshops, it is not necessary to participate in one in order

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Venice, CA, Poetry Reading at Beyond Baroque


  • Sawnie Morris reading from Her, Infinite_(New Issues Press, 2016)
  • Elena Karina Byrne reading from Squander_(Omnidawn, 2016)

Readings followed by Q&A and book signing

  • Date:  Sunday, January 29, 2017
  • Times: 4pm
  • Location: Beyond Baroque Literary Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA, 90291
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Venice, CA, Writing Workshop at Beyond Baroque


THE MAGIC OF THE POETIC LINE: A GENERATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP IN WHICH WE EXPLORE THE CRAFT OF LINE BREAKS & OTHER VISUAL AND AUDITORY EXPERIENCES

  • Date: Saturday, January 28, 2017
  • Times: 10am – 3:30pm
  • Location: Beyond Baroque Literary Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA, 90291

Description:  Part of what makes poetry a magical art is the poet’s ability to orchestrate language in a way that creates an unforgettable experience in a reader. Line breaks, spacing, and punctuation provide cues intrinsic to that orchestration. How do we determine when and why to break the lines in our poems?  How might visual spacing or punctuation further reveal a poem’s meanings? We’ll consider a sampling of exciting free-verse possibilities available to us in the shaping of our poems and we’ll write, keeping in mind that every turn of the line is a turn toward deeper meaning.

* This workshop will include a break from 12:00 to 1:30 pm.

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The 4th Annual “Mind of Winter Springs Open! : Poem-A-Day Poetry Writing Workshop”

  • Dates: Monday, January 9 – Sunday, January 15
  • Times: Daily, 12 noon – 3 pm, for One Week
  • Location: Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico

Description This poetry-writing event is meant to help us create, as poet Robert Hass says, poems that are “stronger and truer than ever before.” We will meet each day to share poems written within the previous 24 hours. At our first meeting, you’ll be offered a series of prompts toward the creation of a new poem. After that, you’ll bring the first draft of a new poem to our workshop each day. At the end of each workshop you’ll be provided with a magic packet to draw from, if you wish, for the inspiration of your next poem. You will be free to use the suggestions from the packets in whatever way you wish, or not at all. We’ll engage in a craft discussion of hand-out poems each day and you’ll be eligible for one 10 minute private session with Sawnie to discuss your poems. Writers at all levels of writing experience are welcome.

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The 4Th Annual “Mind of Winter Springs Open! : A Poem-A-Day Poetry Writing Workshop”

  • Dates: Monday, January 9 – Sunday, January 15
  • Times: Daily, 12 noon – 3 pm, for One Week
  • Location: Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico

Description This poetry-writing event is meant to help us create, as poet Robert Hass says, poems that are “stronger and truer than ever before.” We will meet each day to share poems written within the previous 24 hours. At our first meeting, you’ll be offered a series of prompts toward the creation of a new poem. After that, you’ll bring the first draft of a new poem to our workshop each day. At the end of each workshop you’ll be provided with a magic packet to draw from, if you wish, for the inspiration of your next poem. You will be free to use the suggestions from the packets in whatever way you wish, or not at all. We’ll engage in a craft discussion of hand-out poems each day and you’ll be eligible for one 10 minute private session with Sawnie to discuss your poems. Writers at all levels of writing experience are welcome.

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Permian Basin Writers’ Workshop

  • Dates: Monday, January 18 – March 4th
  • Times: an online workshop
  • Host:  Sponsored by the Rananim Project: an online writers’ community of the University of New Mexico, in connection with the D.H. Lawrence Ranch

Description:  Each of us at any given moment has a poem coiled at the center of our lives, a story that must be told. What that story is or how it is revealed may appear to shift, but the story is always there, at times urgent under pressure, at other times rising as quietly and mysteriously as mist from the pond of our being. During this 8 week workshop we will plumb the depths for that which only the letting loose of words on the page can reveal. Our focus will be on writing narrative poems based on what Galway Kinnell termed, “the intimate personal experience of a life” – allowing each of our individual voices and concerns to spring into shape from the concert of heart, mind, and body, with an ear to the music – however subtle – that is intrinsic to poetic dimension. We’ll read the narrative poems of a range of exciting contemporary poets, as well as insightful prose pieces on craft, and we’ll participate in routine peer discussions – all of which will provide us with inspiration and guidance on the way to writing as many poems as our muse allows and our spirits dare. While writers at all levels of experience can benefit, this workshop is primarily designed for beginning and intermediate poets who wish to expand their range of expression and knowledge of craft, while generating new poems and having fun.

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BOULDER BOOKSTORE POETRY READING


Sawnie will read from Her, Infinite, followed by Q&A, book signing, and reception

  • Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016
  • Time: 7:30pm
  • Location: Boulder Bookstore,Pearl Street Mall, 1107 Pearl Street, Boulder, Colorado

Poetry Writing Workshop:  

Sawnie will offer a poetry writing workshop on Thursday, November 3, 10am-1pm, upstairs at the Boulder Bookstore

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BRAZOS BOOKSTORE, HOUSTON, TEXAS

Sawnie will read from Her, Infinite, followed by Q&A, reception

  • Date: Friday, November 18, 2016
  • Time: 7pm
  • Location: Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX, 77005

A POETRY WRITING WORKSHOP, with Sawnie Morris

Saturday afternoon, November 19th. Location & exact times to be announced!

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