Workshops and Other Offerings

Poetry

Poetry

Jennifer Michael Hecht is a poet, historian, essayist, and commentator. She is the author of Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson. She has also written The End of the Soul: Scientific Modernity, Aetheism, and Anthropology. Her best-known volume of poetry is Funny. She also has written several journals, including A History of Ideas.

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A Poetry Workshop with Jennifer Michael Hecht

There are poems that are too strange to be true, but that ring stunningly true in the world of feeling. How does wild imagination bring us to reverberating gongs of truth? We will read two poems that do this magic, James Tate’s “It Happens Like This,” and Brigit Pegeen Kelly’s “Song.” Yes, they both feature goats, and we’ll talk about that. (Also perhaps take a look at my poem “Anti-Gravity Time Machine” in Plume, online.) We’ll also talk about how such poems let imagination lead us into the emotionally real, and play with how we can bring these insights into our own writing.

Interviewing

Interviewing

Sylvie Simmons has written about music since the late 1970s and is one of the rare women included among the rock writing elite. She is the author of fiction and non-fiction books; the most recent is I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen (2012). The New York Times called it “the definitive Cohen portrait, fearless and smart. Mesmerizing.” Sylvie is also a singer-songwriter and recording artist. She’ll be bringing her ukulele and will sing some Cohen songs.

Presentation:

“I heard there was a secret chord”  A memorial tribute to Leonard Cohen

Workshop: The Rock Chick

An interactive workshop on interviewing a rock star, literary celebrity, or anyone you want to write about. Participants are given limited information about their subject and they adapt questions accordingly to elicit the information they need.

Writing for Children

Writing for Children

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.

Workshop: Writing for Children: a Hands-On Workshop

Memoir

Memoir

Dana Shavin is the author of a memoir, The Body Tourist. A volume of her collected essays is in production. Her work has appeared in Oxford AmericanAlaska Quarterly ReviewPuerto del SolThe SunFourth GenreThird CoastHawaii Pacific Review, and many others. She is a columnist for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, and was a guest essayist on the Chattanooga NPR station for two years. Shavin has a master’s degree in clinical psychology, and makes her living as a visual artist. She has been represented in galleries in Chicago, Roanoke, Atlanta, Birmingham, Chattanooga, and Huntsville, and her artwork has been on the cover of numerous arts, entertainment, and alternative health magazines.

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Workshop: The Trouble With Brains: Writing In Spite of it All

In this workshop, which takes its title from the Tom Tomorrow cartoon of the same name, we will talk about writing thorough adversity: specifically, through negative self-talk, roadblocks, writers block, rejection, distraction, envy, uncertainty. Writing can be a fragile craft, and even the most seasoned writers can find themselves at odds with themselves. Healing the split between the writer and that which stops the writer from writing will be our focus in this supportive, engaging, and thought-provoking workshop.

Dream Work

Dream Work

Kevin Creegan, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist who has over 30 years experience working both as an administer and clincian in the mental health field. He has also taught psychology at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. Creegan has both a professional and personal interest in dream work and has previously taught courses in the use of dream work in therapy, as well as a tool for personal growth.

Workshop: Dream Work

Virtually all human beings struggle with inner conflicts about their emotions and their relationships with others. These conflicts are frequently symbolically represented in dreams. In this workshop, participants will learn methods for recording and interpreting their dreams. The purpose of the latter will be to help participants gain greater understanding of their own conflicts and ways that they can resolve them.

Writing for Racial Healing

Writing for Racial Healing


Constance Garcia-Barrio
writes commentary pieces for The Philadelphia Inquirer.  Her credits include The Christian Science Monitor, Wild River Review, Kerf, Persimmon Tree and other publications.  She won a magazine journalism award from the National Association of Black Journalists.  She has just finished her novel, Blood Grip, based on black history in Philadelphia, where she lives.

 

 

 

Linda C. Wisniewski is a former librarian who teaches memoir workshops and speaks on the healing power of writing throughout the Philadelphia area. Her memoir pieces and essays have been published in literary magazines and anthologies including the Philadelphia Inquirer, Massage, The Quilter, the Christian Science Monitor, gravel and Foliate Oak.  She has won fiction and essay contests from the Wild River Review, the Pearl S. Buck Writing Center, and Mom Writers Literary Magazine, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Linda’s memoir, Off Kilter: A Woman’s Journey to Peace with Scoliosis, Her Mother and Her Polish Heritage, was published by Pearlsong Press.

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Workshop: Writing for racial healing

This workshop encourages participants to identify an activity or project that they can undertake to help heal racism, and then commit to taking that action within a short time.  Since people have led different lives and have varying levels of comfort with persons of other races or ethnicities, the commitments they make will vary.

Other Offerings

Artist in Residence

Artist in Residence

Daryl Thetford works in photography-based digital media and collage. His work has appeared in solo exhibits in galleries around the country, including the Gallery at Penn College, Williamsport, PA; the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City, Indiana; the Coffman Gallery at the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, the Contemporary and Modern Art Fair, San Francisco, CA; and many group shows, including the Annenberg Space in Los Angeles. His work hangs in many corporate collections, including commissioned works for a luxury hotel (Hotel at The University of Maryland in College Park); works for ESA Architectural headquarters in Nashville; and individual pieces in other corporate offices, including Sony Music Headquarters in Nashville.

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Musician in Residence

Musician in Residence

Bill Carter blends his work as a jazz composer and his calling as a
Presbyterian pastor. Walking the dotted line between the sacred and the
secular, he preaches sermons each week at First Presbyterian Church of
Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, and makes music with jazz musicians throughout
the northeast. A graduate of Binghamton University (SUNY) and Princeton
Theological Seminary, he has taught jazz piano at Marywood University in
Scranton, Pennsylvania, for the past fifteen years. Over the course of his
career, he has made music with Phil Woods, Dave Brubeck, Bobby McFerrin,
and David Liebman, among many others. He is the author of eight books, and
travels widely as a speaker, teacher, workshop leader, and jazz pianist.

Morning Yoga

Morning Yoga

Donna J. Fetzko, MS, RYT, offers yoga classes for all levels. She is co-owner of Heart to Heart Wellness, LLC, a studio in Tunkhannock, PA.  She is certified through Yoga Alliance and trained in the Yogafit style. As a yoga instructor and health educator, Donna takes a holistic approach to wellness. She has shared the benefits of yoga in the community for 10 years.

Morning Yoga

Begin the day focused and energized with the ancient practice of yoga.  Yoga is an ideal exercise to promote overall health, strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular conditioning. Classes are suitable for all levels and presented in the user-friendly, demystified, safe, and effective Yogafit style.  Come prepared with comfortable clothes, a mat, towel or blanket, water, and be prepared to enjoy the enlightening experience of yoga.

Panel on Climate Change

Panel on Climate Change

A public lands manager, a farmer, a corporate executive, a scientist and an educator talk about where to look for areas of agreement on the world’s most pressing issue. Or is it just natural cycles of weather — no big deal? Is there common ground?

Bernie McGurl is a fourth generation native of the Lackawanna Valley.  He studied Public Administration at the University of Scranton, Geology and Earth Science at Keystone College and Cabinet Making at Johnson College. Between 1970 and 1990 he served in various occupations in the railroad and construction industries. He was a co –founder of the Lackawanna River Conservation Association (LRCA) in 1987 and has served as Executive Director of the LRCA since 1991. He also serves as a member of the boards of directors of several regional conservation, community development and human services agencies.

 

John F. Pullo, is Vice President, Corporate Development at Gentex Corporation.  In this role, Mr. Pullo is responsible for providing leadership in high-level Business Development efforts and the evaluation of strategic opportunities, with particular focus on international growth and technology acquisition.

A proud 1969 alumnus of Keystone, Mr. Pullo also holds a BA in Economics from Wilkes University and an MBA with a concentration in Operations Management from the University of Scranton.  He is also a graduate of the Executive Master of Science in Technology Management (EMTM) program at the University of Pennsylvania, an advanced degree program in strategic technology management conferred jointly by the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Wharton School.

 

Liska Chan is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon.  She teaches a broad spectrum of landscape related courses including design studios, drawing, and critical art practice for designers. Her own creative practice involves mapping to examine and show the ways places, such as New York City’s Chinatown evolve over time. The work seeks to communicate the multiplicities of cultural and biophysical factors that constrain and direct landscape change.  www.liskachan.com

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Manning is a fourth generation farmer working on his family’s vertically integrated dairy farm. He grew up in North Abington Township, PA and graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Crop Science. Brian is the farm manager at Manning Farm Dairy working for a sustainable future in farming for a fifth generation of Manning farmers.

 

 

 

Dr. Dale Holen is an Associate Professor of Biology at the Penn State University Worthington Scranton campus where he’s taught for 23 years. He is originally from Wisconsin, receiving his B.S from UW-Stevens Point and his M.S. and PhD. From UW-Milwaukee. He is an aquatic ecologist and studies mixotrophic algae in lakes. Courses that Dr. Holen has taught includes Evolution, Microbiology, Lake and Stream Ecology, Cell Biology and The Ecology of Infectious Disease.  He has been actively involved with a grass roots group in the chemical monitoring of streams within a local watershed and is a researcher at the Lacawac Sanctuary, a wildlife refuge, environmental education center and biological field station located in the Poconos.