Workshops and Other Offerings

Poetry

Poetry

Best-known for Ella Enchanted, which won a Newbery honor in 1998 and was made into a motion picture in 2004, Gail Carson Levine has written twenty-three books for children.  Her latest—May, 2017–is The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre. Both Writing Magic and Writer to Writer are middle-grade nonfiction about writing stories. Her first book for adults, Transient, a poetry collection, was published by Nightshade Press, an imprint of Keystone College Press.

A Portrait in Data

A Portrait in Data

Giorgia Lupi is an award-winning information designer. She co-founded Accurat, a data-driven firm with offices in Milan and New York, where she is the design Director of the firm. She earned a PhD in design at Politecnico di Milano. She is co-author of Dear Data, an aspirational hand-drawn data visualization book based on postcards that has been acquired recently as part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

Workshop:
Drawing a Self Portrait in Data

Can you paint a picture of yourself in data? In this workshop, you’ll answer thought-provoking questions about your ideas and your thoughts, and you will draw a data-driven portrait of yourself. Thinking beyond the hackneyed forms of data visualization — bar graphs and linear timelines — we’ll dream up other ways to turn statistics into a story. Your hand-drawn data portrait will be your way to begin reclaiming and recycling your personal information. It’s a creative and yet meditative activity that will get you closer to your personal information. This is a creative and meditative activity that will get you closer to your inner self and connect with others in an unexpected way.

 

Myth

Myth

Trebbe Johnson is the author of The World Is a Waiting Lover101 Ways to Make Guerrilla Beauty, and the forthcoming Radical Joy for Hard Times. She is the founder of Radical Joy for Hard Times, a global network devoted to finding and making beauty in wounded places. A lifelong adventurer in inner and outer worlds, Trebbe speaks four languages; has camped alone in the Arctic; led a vigil in a clear-cut forest; and worked as an artist’s model, a street sweeper in an English village, and an award-winning multimedia producer. She lives in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Workshop: The Truth of Myth

Although the word myth is often used to mean “falsehood,” themes from the myths of many cultures can have a profound relevance to our modern lives. In this workshop, we’ll explore how some of the patterns, allies, monsters, and pathways of universal myths can guide us through complex personal and even cultural dilemmas. You’ll construct a myth for a particular challenge in your own life and have an opportunity to share it orally with another person, in the way of the ancient bards.

 Radical Joy for Hard Times

Music

Music

Tim Grimm is an actor, musician, and song writer. After earning an MFA in theater at The University of Michigan, he worked in regional theater in Chicago. He began to write and perform folk songs, and after releasing two cds embarked on an acting career in Los Angeles. He co-starred in the NBC drama Reasonable Doubts, performed with Harrison Ford in A Clear and Present Danger, and in several other productions before returning home to Indiana where he lives on 80 acres with his wife Jan and family. Tim Grimm and The Family Band perform and tour in the United States and Europe. The band includes Tim, Jan, and two sons, all of whom are professional musicians. Tim’s album, THE BACK FIELDS, was named Americana Album of the Year by the Just Plain Folks Music Awards– the world’s largest independent music awards.

Workshop: Finding the Song
Tim Grimm songwriting workshop

Songwriting is often a mysterious process that defies explanation, and in some ways can’t be “taught”. Inspiration is more important than technique. As writers, we draw from experience, observation, prompts (or “assignments”), dreams and literature. We don’t create in a vacuum, we write based on all that we’ve taken in to this point. We must be historians, actors, editors, listeners and directors. Tim will explore these sources of inspiration — and others– as well as the roles we play in writing a song- in this workshop, FINDING THE SONG.

Other Offerings

Morning Yoga

Morning Yoga

Donna Fetzko, M.S., RYT, offers yoga classes for all levels. As an instructor certified through Yoga Alliance and trained in the Yogafit style and in Chair Yoga. She has been bringing the benefits of yoga to area schools, businesses, and the community at large for 10 years. As a yoga instructor and health educator she believes in a holistic approach to wellness and hopes to share her passions well into the future.

Presentation: Morning Yoga

Begin your day centered, calm, and energized with the ancient practice of yoga. An ideal exercise to promote overall health through breath, movement, and inner awareness; classes are suitable for all levels and presented in the user-friendly, safe, and effective Yogafit style. Come prepared with comfortable clothes, a mat, towel or blanket, water, and enjoy the enlightening experience of yoga, ready to embrace your day and all it has to offer.

Musician in Residence – Emirhan Tunca

Musician in Residence – Emirhan Tunca

Emirhan Tunca was born into a family of musicians in Istanbul, Turkey. He began studying the cello at age eight at Istanbul State Conservatory. In 2011, he was accepted into the studio of Professor Marion Feldman at the New York University Steinhardt School, where he received both his Master’s and Artist Diploma in Cello Performance in 2015. Since his debut at age eleven with the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Emirhan has appeared in numerous concerts and recitals in Europe and the United States, as well as national and international competitions. He recently made his debut at Carnegie Hall, performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto as a soloist with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta. His awards and honors include: NYU String Competition, New York, 1st Prize; Associated Music Teachers League, New York, Grand Prize Winner; and International Young Musicians Classical Music Competition, Edirne, Turkey, 1st Prize; International Young Musicians Competition, Bari, Italy, 1st Prize; International Young Virtuosos Competition, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1st Prize. İn 2017 he earned his PhD at the Manhattan School for Music, where he has been asked to join the faculty.