03/16 Poetry of the Ages with Annie Mascorro
Beginning poets–explore poetry through the lens of age!
Come play with ideas and words- find joy and wisdom in your voice, build confidence, and embrace your creativity! This poetry workshop is designed for beginner writers. No prior poetry experience is necessary. In this three hour session we will explore the power of writing to understand ourselves and our experiences and to bring healing and wellness to our everyday lives. Participants will be encouraged to express their feelings and write from the heart.
The theme of this workshop will be age. Age is more than just a number- it’s an experience rich with memories, hopes, disappointments, joys, and rites of passage. In this workshop we will explore the richness of our ages- past, present, and future. We will read two poems that celebrate the sense of promise and loss that comes with turning another year older. This will serve as a spring board for a discussion about our own experiences and feelings. Participants will engage in warm-up free-writes, discussion about the chosen poems and will then be prompted to write their own poems based on the self-exploration they have done during the group discussion. Writing as a transformative process will be emphasized and supported through the sharing and discussion of participants’ poems. The atmosphere will be supportive, non-judgmental, and encouraging- the perfect place for beginning writers curious about the possibilities of poetry of in their lives.
Materials: Please bring paper and a pen, an openness to new ideas, and a willingness to share your feelings with the group. Poems will not be posted or distributed before the workshop. A fresh, first reading of the poem for everyone will help us to tap into our initial emotional responses to it.
Annie Mascorro received her B.A. in Latin American Studies with an emphasis on poetry from Pomona College, her M.F.A. in poetry from The University of Montana, and her B.S in nursing from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Her poetry and essays have been published in Calyx, Epilepsy U.S.A., and on Montana Public Radio’s Collegium Medicium. She is the recipient of the 2007 Five Fingers Review poetry prize. She is currently pursuing her certification in poetry therapy through the National Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy. As a psychiatric nurse specializing in chemical dependency, Annie has given poetry workshops in hospitals and clinics in Baltimore, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and currently runs weekly poetry groups at two San Diego hospitals. She also leads non-clinical community poetry workshops in San Diego where she focuses on the writing process as a way to promote wellness. Annie finds joy in sharing the transformative power of poetry with writers of all levels. Her background as a poet, teacher, nurse, and student of poetry therapy helps create a supportive, nurturing, and energetic atmosphere in all of her workshops.
“I never thought I could write poetry but in this class I did. Annie made me feel proud of what I wrote and the feelings I shared.” –Karen S.
“She listened and asked questions that got everyone talking. The poem she used was perfect for what all of us are going through. I was surprised to write a poem that expressed feelings I have that I didn’t realize were inside me. I think everyone should come to this class.”
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