Date and Time Details: Begins Sunday, August 27, with dinner, and ends Thursday, August 31, with lunch, followed by an optional tour of Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press at 1:30 p.m.

  • $699.00 – Program Price

A Retreat For Poets 2017

With Eileen Spinelli and Kathleen Hayes

August 27 - 31, 2017

A gathering for writers who enjoy playing with rhythm, rhyme, and the poetic form.

When You Are Happy
Eileen Spinelli

When you are lonely,
I will show up
on your doorstep
with my heart in
a basket.

I will whisper
“I love you”
until your loneliness
grows wings
and flies off
like a silken bird.

Join Eileen Spinelli, author of When You Are Happy and numerous other poetry collections, for a poet’s retreat in the woods. You will begin each day with a short writing exercise, followed by hours of individual writing time. In the evenings, you will gather again to share work and discuss the craft of writing poetry. There will be time to talk about wordplay, word choice, writing process, and how to find ideas.

Special guest Kathleen Hayes will offer a few points about how poetry fits into today’s marketplace. This retreat serves all poets, writing for any audience.

About the Leaders

Eileen Spinelli

Eileen Spinelli

Eileen is an award-winning author and poet whose work includes the 1991 Christopher Award winner, Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch. Eileen has published over 30 books for children. Some of her recent titles include The Dancing Pancake, Polar Bears and Arctic Hares, The Best Story, Miss Fox’s Class Earns a Field Trip, and Jonah’s Whale. […]

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Kathleen Hayes

Kathleen Hayes

Kathleen Hayes, currently editor of Highlights High Five™, has taught graduate courses in early childhood education at Bank Street College, has worked as a staff developer with New Jersey and Albuquerque public school teachers, and was the primary consultant and project manager of Bank Street’s collaboration with Macmillan/McGraw-Hill’s 2008 science program (PreK–Grade 2 materials) and […]

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