May 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17
Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 pm
Facilitator: Sharon Nesbit-Davis
This class is online Zoom only. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class.
This six-week course expands on the previous two-hour workshop. Empowering yourself in a world that profits from your insecurities is a rebellious act. Living authentically is a beautiful form of rebellion. Writing can help us find our authenticity and release our wild and wonderful selves. Sharon Nesbit-Davis, author of INTENDED — A Marriage in Black & White will lead explorations in writing to reflect who we’ve been, who we are, and who we want to be. Sessions will be held on Zoom. All levels of writing experience are welcome. PLEASE NOTE: We will not critique or evaluate work. Sharing your work will be welcome, but is always optional.
Supplies needed: writing utensil, paper (preferred). Devices may be used if that is more comfortable for the participant.
Sessions will include:
Register by 5/11
Saturday, June 12
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Presenter: Christine Swanberg
Grow your inner poet! Join Christine Swanberg, official Poet Laureate of Rockford, for this special summer series as she brings poetry into a brighter light. She will share many tools of the trade, inspire the group through her stories of perseverance, and guide us in poetry writing. Men, women and highly motivated teenagers are welcomed. We encourage diversity and want to reach as many people as possible. Sign-up for the whole series or individual sessions.
This first kick-off session will involve what it means to "Return to the Garden,"
spiritually and as gardeners (though non-gardeners are welcome). We will also walk the labyrinth to find inspiration deep within ourselves. Christine will share her gardening and labyrinth poems to inspire and guide writers. Participants will have some time for personal writing — poetry, journaling, etc., and will then be invited to read their work in the Pavilion.
Bring your favorite writing materials, and a snack or lunch for noon break. Wear your walking shoes, and dress for the weather! The Womanspace garden will be blooming and the labyrinth will be inviting with the warmth of the spring sun!
Reg by: 6/10
Other sessions in this series:
Womanspace is serving as an advocate for the new official Poet Laureate of Rockford, Christine Swanberg. They have a rich history of workshops, KORONE and RED SILK publication, and other collaborations spanning several decades. Christine ran for the position with women’s empowerment and the theme “Uplifting Rockford Through Poetic Collaboration” in mind.
Saturday, June 19
Join Rockford’s First Official Poet Laureate, Christine Swanberg, as she shares some of the poems that inspired and shaped her writing: Shakespeare, Rosetti, the Romantics, Whitman, Dickinson, Sandburg, Brooks, the Beats, Collins, Mueller, Angelou, Oliver, and others, from formal verse to free verse and back. This is not a writing workshop per se but a discussion. Participants may bring their favorite poem if they like but it is not required. They are encouraged to bring an old or new poem of their own to the next workshop. Also bring a snack or lunch for noon break, and dress for the weather!
Register by: 6/17
Saturday, July 10
10:00 am–1:00 pm
This workshop will begin with a discussion of various “shapes” a poem can take, lifting free verse into something more engaging on the page. Prompts for writing in different shapes will be given and/or the participant may choose to reshape a poem they already have written. What to bring: Your favorite writing tools, a snack or lunch for noon break, and dress for the weather!
Register by: 7/8