Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ligonier Valley Writers to host creativity workshop

Here is a post from Judith Gallagher:

Judith Vollmer to Teach LVW Workshop on Creativity

"Everything in life is writable about if you have the guts and the imagination. The worst
enemy of creativity is self-doubt," wrote Sylvia Plath, who was no stranger to either creativity
or self-doubt. If you're wrestling with how to write something, whether it's a poem, a story, a
memoir—anything, join us for a workshop that will help you conquer self-doubt and access your
most creative self.

Ligonier Valley Writers presents a creativity workshop by award-winning poet Judith
Vollmer at the Ligonier Valley Library (120 E. Main St.) on Saturday, November 9, from 2:00 to
4:00 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public.

The workshop will feature two prompts. “I’m inviting writers to make poems that bring
to life on the page more than one element of craft," says Vollmer. "So, rather than simply telling
a story or describing a set of images, we’ll use a toolkit that holds several kinds of strategies. I
want poets to feel that they can do more than they thought inside a poem, since a poem as it’s
being composed can surprise us with invitations, detours, and mysteries.”

Judith Vollmer is the author of five books of poetry, including most recently The Water
Books, published by Autumn House Press in 2012. Her previous collections have won the
Brittingham, the Cleveland State, and the Center for Book Arts prizes. Her book Reactor, which
explores place and devastation, was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and
was featured in the Los Angeles Times Book Review. Vollmer is a recipient of the Chancellor’s
Distinguished Teaching Award of the University of Pittsburgh. Her web address is http://

For more about any LVW events, publications, and contests, visit www.LVWonline.org.

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