For the first time ever, the Chautauqua Writers’ Center is sponsoring a fall poetry workshop, led by former poet-in-residence Neil Shepard.

This 12-person workshop will be held from Sept. 28 – Oct. 2.


“Vision and Revision: Seeing Into the Heart of the Poem"

In this workshop, participants will discuss how to see into "the deep heart's core" of a poem, and how to refine that core sentiment and sensibility by heightening attention to several elements of the poem: images, tropes, diction, syntax, line‑breaks, and several other musical features of the language. Participants will use poems from literary magazines to examine specific technical issues, and their own poems as the inspiriting focus and force of workshop discussion. The workshop atmosphere will be convivial but serious in purpose, and participants' poems will be treated with respect. We'll consider writing exercises that might steer you toward new strategies and discoveries in making a poem.

Registrants will receive five two-hour workshop sessions (one each morning Monday through Friday); afternoon writing time; evening musical entertainment (shared with the Road Scholar group — one evening will include a reading from Neil Shepard) and a20-minute personal session with Neil Shepard. Athenaeum Hotel packages and commuter meal prices will be available. 

Tuition is $460.  Athenaeum Hotel packages and commuter meal prices will be available. Call 716.357.6262 for more information. 

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NeilNeil Shepard’s sixth book of poetry, Hominid Up, was published by Salmon Poetry (Ireland) in January 2015. His seventh book, Vermont Exit Ramps II, a full collection of poems and photographs, will be published by Green Writers Press (Vermont) in October 2015. His five previous books include a chapbook, Vermont Exit Ramps (Big Table Publishing, 2012), and four full collections of poetry: (T)ravel/Un(t)ravel (Mid-List Press, 2011), This Far from the Source (Mid-List, 2006), I’m Here Because I Lost My Way (Mid-List, 1998), and Scavenging the Country for a Heartbeat (First Book Award, Mid-List Press, 1993).His poems appear online at Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and Poem-A-Day (from the Academy of American Poets), as well as in several hundred literary magazines. He teaches in the low-residency MFA Writing Program at Wilkes University (PA) and is the Founding Editor of the literary magazine Green Mountains Review.