McHENRY — The 2018 Mountain Maryland Writers’ Institute is slated for July 26-29, with workshops focusing on poetry, fiction/nonfiction, nature journaling, historical research, topic selection, storytelling, and publication.
Workshop sessions will be held at various locations throughout the county, including nearby Grantsville and Friendsville.
“Dreamscape Poetry” is scheduled for July 27 from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Swallow Falls State Park. In her workshop, the following topics and ideas will be covered by poet/author Rose Gordy: an explanation of Waking Dreams as a lead into sharing The Key Waking Dream of My Life; a recounting of The Waking Dream of my Real Birth at 29 at a key historic town in Southern Indiana and the events of the day afterward, and a sharing of how this dream has significantly changed her life in the decades since then.
Additionally, Gordy plans to ask participants in the workshop session to share their Waking Dreams and the subsequent effects on their lives. She will provide an overview on dream workshops, dream journals and waking and sleeping dream awareness; if time permits, Gordy will share several poems from her latest book, “Dream Poetry of Flow.”
Gordy is an inveterate writer and dream workshop facilitator. Her books include two collections of short stories, two novels with a third in progress, a collection of poetry, and her most recent, “The Green That Never Died,” an autobiography of the nearly 13 years she lived as a nun in Pennsylvania. This book is now in the archives of Notre Dame University, where she received her master’s degrees in English and French.
Additional writing workshops are on the schedule for July 27, including “Poetic Landscape” presented by Jack DuBose, “Nature Writing” and “Today’s Present from Nature” presented by Cheryl Womack-Whye.
A meet & greet reception is planned for all participants at 7:30 p.m. July 26 in the Garrett College Art Gallery. Transportation to and from all venues are provided by Garrett College.
Limited workshop registration spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration closes July 20. More information on the Mountain Maryland Writers’ Institute, including the Friday, Saturday and Sunday schedule and presenters’ biographies, can be found online at www.garrettcollege.edu/writers-workshop.php or by calling 301-387-3333.