Writing Peace workshop

February 17, 2015

February 28, 2015 - Bellingham

You are invited to participate in a freeWriting Peace” workshop, taught by poet Carla Shafer, on Saturday, February 28, 2015, 10:00 am – Noon, at the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room (104 N. Commercial Street, Bellingham). To pre-register, send an email with Writing Peace in the subject line to worldpeacepoets@gmail.com. Please include your name and a phone number in case of last minute changes. Please bring writing materials. Everyone is welcome!

Workshop Description (edited from the flyer): Writing about peace in a poet’s voice isn’t easy. This is a place to start or hone your skills.

This workshop helps you get your passion on the page in poetic forms that cause readers to feel good about their sense of cause, to think harder about how to represent the changes that must come or are on their way. Through samples and conversations we will briefly consider the conscientious objector camps of WWII and the poets (William Stafford, William Everson and more) who stood by their convictions and lived with peace never far from their hearts. You will be reminded of the peace poets during the Vietnam war: Denise Levertov, Margaret Randall, and Robert Bly. We’ll reflect on where we discovered peace, what we believe about it around the edges or at its core. During the workshop, the poet working on inner peace and/or peace in the world will: find tools to write with, start writing, fill many pages with notes and ideas.

Workshop leader: Carla Shafer, writer, poet, founder of Chuckanut Sandstone Writer’s Theater (Bellingham since 1992), has written several chapbooks, the latest Remembering the Path. She has poems in Whatcom Places II, Poetry Walk: Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest, The First Five Years, and Crosscurrents. She is a collaborator with Bellingham Repertory Dance Company on Phrasings: In Word and Dance. Her poem “Elixir of the Solar Spectrum” was commissioned for a choral piece composed by Reginald Unterseher and premiered by Bellingham Chamber Chorale. She was awarded Empowered Poet by World Poetry Canada. She graduated with a degree in English from Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon, where she learned about writing from the poet William Stafford.

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One Response to “Writing Peace workshop”

  1. Sandra F. Lucke Says:

    Congratulations to Carla, thanks for moving poetry forward over the years…much appreciated. I’m so sure your workshop will be successful.


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