Poetry Intensive for Published Writers: Find Your Muse in the Woods 2020

  • Highlights Foundation Highlights Foundation
  • Pocono Mountains Municipal, Coolbaugh Township, PA, USA
  • Mar 22 - 25, 2020 (4 days)

About This Event

Join Us To:

Find ways to grow your craft, sharpen your voice, and expand your poetic and creative boundaries. Participate in guided workshops, intended to ignite your inner muse through discussion, lecture, and generative writing exercises. Replenish and restore with this creative retreat.

What You'll Learn:

As writers of books for children and teens, we seek ways to grow our craft, sharpen our voice, and reach for magic and muse wherever we can find them. In this intensive, writers will stretch and grow to embrace many poetic forms... and even meet a muse or two!

While we are all creators of children’s content, this workshop will focus on the poetic form itself, not tied to one reader or group. In seven guided workshops writers will learn from poet Gail Carson Levine. Upon acceptance into the retreat, writers will be provided with a common read.

Sample exercise: A Writing Exercise to Ignite Your Inner Muse

Attend If:

You are a published author. If you've been published--in any genre, online, in a magazine, in an anthology, or traditionally--the exercises, discussions and lectures in this course will help you expand your creative boundaries.

You could benefit from a retreat. In addition to the daily discussions and exercises, there will be ample time for you to rest, relax, and write.

You're working on a novel in verse. Maybe you're a novelist who's decided to try their next project as a novel in verse. The exercises and lectures offered in this course will help you!

You're looking for inspiration. This guided retreat will help unlock new words and spark new pathways.

Please note:

During the registration process, we'll ask you to complete the following:

List your most recent publications in the children’s market.

Please share your personal connection to poetry.

Share one (or more) of your recent reads.


Day 1


Arrival and check in

Workshop #1


Appetizers & dinner

After dinner: Workshop #2

Day 2



Tapping Into New Ideas

Workshop #3



Workshop #4


Appetizers & dinner

After dinner: Social Hour with Muse Guests

Day 3



Workshop #5



Workshop #6


Appetizers & dinner

After dinner: creative activity

Day 4



Workshop #7


Lunch & goodbyes

A Note About Highlights Workshop Agendas


Sample exercise: A Writing Exercise to Ignite Your Inner Muse

5 Ways to Reclaim Your Creative Joy

Step Away From Your Manuscript & Shake Things Up With Writers’ Bingo

Breaking Through Those Creative Blocks

From Gail: books about writing poems:

The Teachers & Writers Handbook of Poetic Forms, edited by Ron Padgett

The Practice of Poetry, Writing Exercises from Poets Who Teach, edited by Robin Behn & Chase Twichell

The Art of the Poetic Line by James Longenbach

The Poet’s Companion by Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux

The Poetry Home Repair Manual by Ted Kooser


"Gail is an accomplished poet and writer, but she also has the gift to teach, encourage, and inspire. She made many forms of poetry accessible to us through example, through readings and discussions of form, and through our attempts. She responded to our work constructively, brilliantly, which gave me the courage to write and to share with the group. 5 STARS!"

"I learned so much about poetic meter and how it can be used in my prose writing, as well as in writing poetry."

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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