Location, Location, Location: Writing Poems about Landscape
Poet Kathleen M. Heideman will offer a special poetry workshop at the Cortez Cultural Center, for writers interested in exploring themes of location, landscape, and uncovering our personal connections to the natural world. Landscape images will be used as a foundation for writing exercises — feel free to bring a landscape photo. Locations may include sites visited on vacation, terrains of the imagination, and the landscapes we call home. We’ll explore several techniques for writing about location, considering poems from William Stafford’s Methow River project, embedded directions, way-finding, and exploring the ghazal form, which offers the writer a stepping stones for moving through a poem’s terrain. Heideman will share personal techniques, and her current works-in-progress: poems set in the National Parks, and poems incorporating GPS coordinates.