Highlights Poetry Workshop Announcement!


Let it out at this fabulous poetry workshop designed for everyone from budding poets to published veterans. Held at the Highlights Foundation in Pennsylvania and led by everyone’s favorite cowboy David L. Harrison, the “Poetry for the Delight of It” workshop promises to be a hoot and a holler — not to mention a valuable opportunity to hone your skills and pick up pearls of wisdom from one of the top children’s poets in the country.

So why am I announcing the workshop on my blog? Funny you should ask! Apart from the fact that it will be an amazing experience for all who attend, take a look at the list of guest speakers:

J. Patrick Lewis
U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate (via Skype)
Pat will be popping in to read, discuss, and answer questions.

Rebecca Davis
editor at WordSong, the only imprint in the United States dedicated to children’s poetry
Rebecca will talk about what editors look for in a poetry manuscript and answer all your questions.

Renée LaTulippe (that’s me!)
That’s right! I will be Skyping in to help David during his session “Becoming Better Readers of Our Work.” I’ll be on hand to give tips on performing poetry, answer questions, and have a bit of fun with the participants’ poems.

I am honored, thrilled, and generally tickled all shades of pink to have been asked to be a guest at this marvelous workshop. Of course, I would give my left arm (the one I don’t write with) to be there in person and take advantage of all the great sessions David has planned, but that may have to wait another year. In the meantime…YAY!

All the pertinent info is listed here on the Highlights website, but here’s a quick teaser of what will be covered at the workshop:

  • getting ideas for poems
  • rough drafting
  • verse vs. free verse
  • fun firelight readings
  • revising and rewriting
  • poetic techniques
  • marketing tips
  • poetry reading and performance
  • one-on-one critiques with David

And if that’s not enough enticement, repeat participant Joy Acey also tells me that the cabins are fabulous, there’s a gourmet chef to fill everyone’s tummies, and opportunities abound for midnight pantry raids (that’s PANTRY with an “r”).

I want to go! You should go! What a gift.

I’m so excited, I wrote a little ditty about it – just for the delight of it!


P articipate
O bserve
E ngage
T antalize
R evise
Y ank a page.

O utdo
R uminate
K nit ideas
S ocialize
H armonize
O rchestrate
P oetize

 If you have any questions about the workshop or want a complete breakdown of events by day, let me know or contact David through his website.

Hope to see you there!

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