Workshops and Other Offerings

Writing Fiction

Writing Fiction

Susan Campbell Bartoletti is the author of picture books, novels, and nonfiction for children, including the Newbery Honor book Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow, the Sibert Medal-winning Black Potatoes, and Dear America: A Coal Miner’s Bride. Her work has received dozens of awards and honors, including the National Council of Teachers of English Orbis Pictus Award for Nonfiction, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Golden Kite Award for Nonfiction, and the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award.

WORKSHOP:
Let’s Talk Craft
Let’s talk craft. Let’s talk digging deep. Let’s talk revision. Let’s talk about the work that all writers must do. Fiction writers of all genres, at all stages of the process are welcome.

Ancestry

Ancestry

Trebbe Johnson is the author of Radical Joy for Hard Times: Finding Meaning and Making Beauty in Earth’s Broken Places, The World Is a Waiting Love: Desire and the Quest for the Beloved, 101 Ways to Make Guerrilla Beauty, and many articles and essays that explore our human bond with nature and our mythic search for meaning. She is founder and director of the global community Radical Joy for Hard Times, devoted to finding and making beauty in wounded places. Trebbe speaks four languages; has camped alone in the Arctic wilderness; studied classical Indian dance; and worked as an artist’s model, a street sweeper in an English village, and an award-winning multimedia producer. She has led contemplative journeys in a clear-cut forest, Ground Zero in New York, the Sahara Desert, and other places. She lives in northeastern Pennsylvania.

WORKSHOP:
Moving with the Ancestors

In this workshop we’ll tap into the sufferings, successes, and hopes of our ancestors and ask How does Who they were affect Who I am today?

Human beings have been on the move for at least 70,000 years, ever since our very, very distant ancestors began migrating from East Africa. All of us, even Native Americans, are related to women and men who have come to where they settled from someplace else. For many of us, the impetus that “moved” our ancestors to set off into the unknown in search of a better life remains a force in the decisions we make for ourselves.

Together we’ll travel a bit of the path our ancestors tamped down for us by:

• creating an altar or focal point to honor the many places they came from
• choosing one of these ancestors with whom to take a meditative solo walk on the Keystone campus
• sharing the fruits of the walk through spontaneous writing
• and getting back the gift of those words in a memorable way

Writing

Writing

Dana Shavin’s essays have appeared in Oxford American, Psychology Today, The Sun, Bark, Fourth Genre, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Writer, WritersDigest.com, and others. She has been a Lifestyle columnist for the Chattanooga Times Free Press since 2002, and was the recipient of a MakeWork Literary Arts grant in 2008. Her memoir, The Body Tourist, was published in 2014. She is currently at work on a collection of essays called Dinners With Friends: Togetherness as a Radical Act. A complete list of publications is at Danashavin.com.

Workshop: We are All Strangers here:  Finding Story, Finding Voice

Poetry

Poetry

Ilya Kaminsky was born in Odessa, in the former USSR, and came to America in 1993, when his family was granted asylum by the US government in order to get Ilya treatment for deafness. His most recent book, Deaf Republic, will be released in March, 2019. He also is the author of Dancing In Odessa, which won the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award, Whiting Writers Award, Lannan Fellowship and other honors. That book was translated into Dutch, Spanish, Chinese, Romanian, Russian, French and several other languages, and various editions appeared all over the world. Ilya has also co-edited Ecco Anthology of International Poetry (Harper Collins) which is widely used as a textbook in universities in the USA and abroad. He has also co-edited and translated a number of other critically acclaimed volumes. Ilya currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

WORKSHOP:
Textures of Poetic Language
How do the poets learn from other poets? Who should be our models? How do poets, across many time-periods and traditions, speak to each other? What can we learn about tools of poetic craft from overhearing their conversations?
In this workshop, we will ask these and many other questions while paying very close attention to each other’s work. Please purchase and read Ecco Anthology of International Poetry (Harper Collins) & bring it with you to class. It will serve as a guiding text for our conversation. Also, please bring  12 copies of your poem to our first class session.

Historical Fiction

Historical Fiction

Gail Carson Levine, best known for Ella Enchanted, a novel that won a Newbery honor in 1998 and was made into a motion picture in 2004, has written 24 books for children. Her first historical novel, Dave at Night, takes place in 1926, is loosely based on her father’s childhood in the Hebrew Orphan Asylum in New York. She is currently working on a historical novel that reaches into her ancestors’ distant past, to the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492. She will talk about this novel (due for publication for older children in 2019) about a 15th Century Refugee Crisis, what brought it about, and the genesis of European anti-semitism.

WORKSHOP:
Writing the Past, Weaving Fact and Fiction
We’ll look at resources for non-historians (and the tricks and secrets!), ponder what draws a writer to the past, what’s called for to address it, and why it may be easier (in one way at least) than writing other genres. We’ll consider questions like, How much time has passed? What’s known and who knows it? Why fiction? Where do we focus? What are the known biases? What are our biases? Who has the right to write history? Whose history? What are the ethics? Is the writer of historical fiction entitled to an opinion? Should we slant it? Can we avoid slanting it? How faithful is it possible to be? Participants should come prepared to consider and write notes about eras and figures they’re drawn to. If you have a smart phone or a laptop, bring it!

Dance

Dance

Sujata Nair Mulloth is an adjunct professor in communications at Keystone College. She received her M.A. in mass communication from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom, and M.A. in History from the University of Delhi, New Delhi, India. She has been a professional classical dancer since 1978. She has performed at Asian Games, the Cultural Festival in Amsterdam, in Pyongyang, North Korea, and at the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales. Sujata has performed for several shows hosted by the President of India for foreign dignitaries visiting India. She taught Bharata Natyam in India, and in Cambridgeshire in the UK. She is the founder and artistic director of Kala School of Indian Classical Dance based in Clarks Summit, PA. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts appointed her as a Roster Artist, and has taught Indian Classical Dance at the Conservatory at Wilkes University for the last sixteen years. As a choreographer, Sujata uses Indian Classical Dance as a medium to create thought provoking work that transcends cultural boundaries

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.