Poet, Playwright, Workshop Facilitator
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Aim for Astonishing Three Week Course (Online)
Jun
13
to Jun 27

Aim for Astonishing Three Week Course (Online)

Aim for Astonishing Three Week Course (Online)
175.00 250.00

EXTENDED SALE! Register before June 10, 2109 to receive the discounted price of $175. After June 10, the prices is $250.

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You need this workshop because

you know what you want.

You want to develop your creative writing.

You’re ready to experience a highly

rewarding & unique workshop – inspired by

your personal photos.

“Kelly is an amazing mentor. . . she creates a supportive atmosphere of respect and encouragement where we can experiment and develop the strength of our own writing styles.”  ~ Farm Pond Writing Workshop Member 2019

“Kelly is an amazing mentor. . . she creates a supportive atmosphere of respect and encouragement where we can experiment and develop the strength of our own writing styles.”

~ Farm Pond Writing Workshop Member 2019

Whether you’re writing prose, poetry, memoir or family stories, you want a workshop experience led by an expert facilitator you can trust who listens deeply, responds empathically, and inspires confidence in your writing and creative impulses.

You want an intimate group experience where you’ll generate new, fresh, original, powerful, well crafted writing you’ll feel confident about.

You want to share your writing in the company of writers who deeply listen and attend to your writing with respect and meaningful reflections.

You want fresh ideas, expert advice, individual attention, sensitive, precise and insightful guidance for your writing.

You want an aesthetic experience. Devoting attention to beauty and what moves and mystifies you enlivens you, helps you feel grateful, restored and uplifted. You breathe better, you cope better, you smile more and you feel more hopeful when you invest in your creative process in a writing workshop like this one.

Reserve your spot now.

Registration is limited.

Our workshop on Zoom will bring us all together - we’ll feel as if we’re in the same room together.

Our workshop on Zoom will bring us all together - we’ll feel as if we’re in the same room together.

Join me LIVE for this three week photo-inspired creative writing course (online):

Three Thursday Evenings, June 13, June 20, June 27, 2019, 7:30-9:30 p.m. (Eastern)

LIVE Via Zoom Videoconferencing with Kelly DuMar

COST: Register now for a special $175 price. Early bird 30% discount expires June 5, 2019. Price is $250 after June 5.

Here's what participants are experiencing:

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Kelly facilitates sanctuaries where writers can experience the individuality and uniqueness of their own expressions and thereby reconnect to their innate power of creation. The effects go way beyond written or spoken words, reverberating through all aspects of life. ~ Claudia D.

Kelly provides an amazing space for heart-centered discoveries through her multi- strategy approach to writing using photos and personal inspiration. I trust her implicitly whether we are doing warm up movements, drawing, reading poems/ prose, and writing from very specific, engaging prompts designed to awaken truths behind the words  and themes I choose to use. She provides constructive feedback for  how to not only improve a draft, but for how to build a better writing writing practice into my own life.  Kelly's teaching style is suitable for all levels of writers wanting to explore and improve their craft. ~ Peggy G.

Kelly's workshop process expands both the range and depth of the themes I tackle in my writing. Her facilitation skills keep our group on track and, at the same time, allow each member to fully participate. . . I appreciate Kelly's magic touch. ~ Karen E.

Kelly is a masterful teacher who can guide the participants into transforming challenging life experiences into a work of art that may not only heal the writer but the reader as well. ~ Pavlina G.

Please read my bio & all about me here.

REGISTER BEFORE JUNE 10 TO GET YOUR DISCOUNT

Questions about the course or registration?

Email me at kellydumar@kellydumar.com

I’ll get back to you immediately!

Here's my guarantee:

You’ll discover that writing from your personal photos will be creatively stimulating, personally transformative, surprising and gratifying. I look forward to writing with you!

Upon registration, you will immediately receive a ZOOM link to our live session on June 13 and a link to the course introduction.

Aim for Astonishing Three Week Course (Online)
175.00 250.00

EXTENDED SALE! Register before June 10, 2109 to receive the discounted price of $175. After June 10, the prices is $250.

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Jun
8
2:00 PM14:00

Making it New on Monday - Poetry Reading in Cambridge June 8, 2019, 2-4 p.m.

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On Saturday, June 8, 2019, I’m excited to be reading new poems with writing friends from our weekly poetry workshop led by Tom Daley in Cambridge.

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Our free event will take place at Outpost 186, 186 1/2 Hampshire St, Gallery at the Rear, Cambridge, MA 02139

Making It New on Mondays

Six poets from the March-April session of Tom Daley’s advanced poetry writing workshop read from their work.

Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 2 pm

at Outpost 186
186 1/2 (Rear) Hampshire St 
(near Inman Square) 
Cambridge, MA 02139.

Admission free

Readers:

Bob Carr
Eileen Cleary
Kelly DuMar
Jenny Grassl
Cathy Morocco
Paul Nemser



OUTPOST 186 is a new arts, media and performance space at 186 1/2 Hampshire Street in Inman Square, Cambridge. Outpost 186 hosts several ongoing series of experimental & improvised music performances, multi-media events, poetry readings and film, seven days a week, as well as periodic art exhibits. 

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May
10
to May 11

IWWG Boston Conference : Writing The Heroine's Journey, May 10-11, 2019

Writing The Heroine’s Journey with Susan Tiberghien, Maureen Murdock, Vanessa Gabb, & Kelly DuMar

Writing The Heroine’s Journey with Susan Tiberghien, Maureen Murdock, Vanessa Gabb, & Kelly DuMar

International Women’s Writing Guild ~

Boston Area

Writing The Heroine’s Journey:

In Memoir, Poetry, Prose & Drama

Friday & Saturday, May 10-11, 2019

 Boston & New England area writers — please join us for our 4th annual creative writing retreat with four outstanding IWWG instructors. Our Writing Heroine’s Journey Writing Retreat offers you professional and personal insights into writing memoir, myth & monologue in crafting prose, as well as exceptional enrichment of your creative life. Experience the gifts of the Guild community during our annual regional event in MetroWest Boston!

WHAT:     Writing The Heroine’s Journey: In Memoir, Poetry, Prose & Drama 

WHERE:   The Montrose School, 29 North Street, Medfield, MA

WHEN:     Friday, May 10, 2019, 6:00-9:30 p.m.

                  Saturday May 11, 2019, 9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m.

COST:     Includes snacks on Friday & lunch on Saturday 

                  $130 IWWG Members / $150 Non-members / $95 Full Time Student w/ID

                  New Member Special:   $185 (includes one year $75 membership!)

                         

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My Psychodrama & Writing Workshop for the ASGPP Annual Conference May 2019
May
5
9:45 AM09:45

My Psychodrama & Writing Workshop for the ASGPP Annual Conference May 2019

To register or learn more, go    here.

To register or learn more, go here.

I’m looking forward to presenting a creative writing & psychodrama workshop as part of the 2019 ASGPP Annual Conference in Manchester, NH, Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 9:45-12:45 p.m. For more information about the conference, go here. Crafting Meaning, Truth & Beauty from Your Photo Stream: Psychodrama & Writing

The photos we save & the photos we take show what we care about and hope to preserve, what moves and mystifies us, the people, places, stories and experiences that bring meaning into our lives. In this workshop, we’ll write creatively from personal photos that arrest our attention and unpack why they do. Writing stories from photos allows us to approach our pictures as works of art – no matter the quality of the photo, we can approach them with an artist’s perception and awareness of powerful hidden meanings and revelations worthy of development into creative prose. Writing from photos allows us to express the truth of what we feel - and know - and haven’t said, as we capture the beauty and deeper meaning of an image. Each participant will bring 1-3 photos to explore, as we shape images into poetry and prose that reveals personalities, identity, relationships, conflicts, and universal truth and beauty. Participants may choose to bring photos specifically relating to current or prospective projects in poetry or prose.

 

Kelly DuMar is a playwright & poet who facilitates creative writing workshops for writers across the US. Her poems are published in many literary magazines, and her award-winning poetry chapbook, “All These Cures,” was published by Lit House Press in 2014. Her new chapbook, Tree of the Apple, will be published in January 2017 by Two of Cups Press. A past president of playwrights’ Platform, Boston, Kelly has been involved in facilitating new play development for many years. Her award winning plays have been produced around the US and Canada, and are published by dramatic publishers. She founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 10th year, and she moderates, Let’s Talk TLA, a bi-monthly teleconference and poetry open mic for members of the Transformative Language Arts Association. Kelly serves on the board of the IWWG. Visit her website at kellydumar.com

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Presentation of Playback Poetry Reading at the Solidarity Salon
Apr
27
7:30 PM19:30

Presentation of Playback Poetry Reading at the Solidarity Salon

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Saturday, April 27

Third Life Studio in Somerville, MA:

Produced by Lisa DeSiro

7:00–9:00pm (doors open 6:45pm)

Third Life Studio
33 Union Square, Somerville MA

Featuring:

Paintings by Andrea Lynne

Poetry by Robert CarrFrances Donovan, and Kelly DuMar (with members of Playback Theatre)

Music by Robin Ginenthal (soprano) and Lisa DeSiro (piano)

Hard Stones, a song cycle written by Griffin Candey with texts by Lisa DeSiro, 
performed by Ann Moss (soprano) and Lois Shapiro (piano)

Admission $5.00

Reception afterward including refreshments

Books, CDs, and art available to purchase

Directions and parking information: https://www.thirdlifestudio.com/directions


What is the Solidarity Salon? A mixed-genre event that provides an opportunity for various creative people (writers, musicians, visual artists of all kinds, dancers & other movement artists) to gather and share their creations with the community. This idea grew out of the political and social turmoil of our country, as my personal act of solidarity/resistance. My goal is to provide a platform especially for women, people of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ folk. Participants are encouraged to bring their books, CDs, or artwork to offer for sale. Collaborations are also welcome. Thus far these gatherings have been held in the evening, with free admission.

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My Interview with Poet Cynthia Manick, IWWG Member Book Talk, April 18, 2019
Apr
18
8:00 PM20:00

My Interview with Poet Cynthia Manick, IWWG Member Book Talk, April 18, 2019

To Register    (free)

Please join me online in the IWWG Digital Village for this FREE literary event!

REGISTER HERE even if you may not be able to attend "live," so that you can receive the webinar recording.

Please join us on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 8 p.m. (Eastern) for an intimate, in-depth discussion of poetry with IWWG member Cynthia Manick. She will read from and discuss her poetry collection, Blue Hallelujahs. Cynthia will be interviewed in our IWWG Digital Village online by longtime IWWG member, Christine Graf.

Praise for Blue Hallelujahs

“Cynthia Manick's Blue Hallelujahs bring us to a broil like Koko Taylor's "white-toothed love coils on repeat." Here, we have a gospel of womanly sharpness, a kitchen sinked and hot combed diary of the way Blues grinds into the 21st century. Gifted with the ability to smolder into surprise and swelter, Manick's reflections on discovery and loss will bring you to a "slow applause under the skin." Thank you for this bouquet of sheet music filled with church organ and pistol smoke, Ms. Manick. We gone need it to get to the other side.”
—Tyehimba Jess, author of leadbelly, winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series

“When writing we create a different type of language; an escapism or body underneath the words. That body is filled with stories both imagined and factual, fanciful images and sometimes real human monsters, all created to shed light on something.”
—Cynthia Manick, from her PEN America PEN TEN interview. You can read the entire interview here: https://pen.org/cynthia-manick-pen-ten/


Cynthia Manick
 is the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). A Pushcart Prize nominated poet with a MFA in Creative Writing from the New School; she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, the MacDowell Colony, Poets House, and the Saltonstall Foundation of the Arts among others. Winner of the 2016 Lascaux Prize in Collected Poetry and the 2018 Elizabeth Sloan Tyler Memorial Award; Manick is Founder and Curator of the reading series Soul Sister Revue. Her poem "Things I Carry Into the World" was made into a film by Motionpoems, a organization dedicated to video poetry, and has debuted on Tidal for National Poetry Month and Reel 13 Shorts. Manick’s work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day SeriesBone Bouquet, Callaloo, Kweli JournalLos Angeles Review of Books (LARB)Muzzle MagazineThe Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
https://www.blacklawrence.com/blue-hallelujahs
http://www.cynthiamanick.com

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Mar
3
2:00 PM14:00

I'll Be Reading Poetry & Prose at Sarasota's Bookstore1 March 3, 2019 2 p.m. with Lucia Blinn

Poetry LocalMic is a series that presents the best of Sarasota’s local poets. This month we are featuring poets Lucia Blinn and Kelly DuMar.

REGISTER (FREE) HERE

Date And Time

Sun, March 3, 2019

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

Bookstore1 12 South Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

Lucia Blinn is storyteller/poet who writes of things you know then surprises you into knowing them more deeply. Suddenly, what’s funny or sad, annoying or powerful, feels fresh and newly observed. 

Her stories have the rhythms of natural speech and thought patterns of a quick-thinking mind.

Lucia’s poems have been described as “razor-cut slices of the human condition bow-tied with a smiling lagniappe that clears the palate like a shot of gin.”

Her 6th and most recent book, is Sonoma.

Kelly DuMar is a poet, playwright and workshop facilitator from the Boston area who is pleased to be living in Longboat Key for the winter. She’s author of two poetry chapbooks, All These Cures and Tree of the Apple. Her poems, prose and nature photos are published in Bellevue Literary ReviewTupelo QuarterlyCrab FatStorm Cellar and more. Kelly is on the board of the International Women’s Writing Guild, and she founded the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 13th year. Her blog, #NewThisDay Writing From My Photo Stream, is at kellydumar.com.

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Feb
6
5:00 PM17:00

Meet, Greet, Write & Eat: IWWG Florida Regional Open House

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As a Board member and membership chair, I’m pleased to be hosting this Open House for women writers at Bookstore1 in Sarasota, Florida on February 6, 2019 at 5 p.m.

 

Meet, Greet, Write, Eat! A Florida Regional IWWG Open House

REGISTER: (FREE!) HERE:

Join local International Women’s Writing Guild leaders & members

for wine, cheese, conversation, networking & creative writing.

All are welcome - come learn about our international community

women writers!

 

About The Guild:


Over forty years ago, the International Women’s Writing Guild was created to encourage women too often silenced in traditional roles to write their stories and speak their words aloud. We exist so that women may find their voices and learn the art and craft of writing in community with other women. We exist to witness the stories of other women expressed through any genre, to let them know their words and stories are not only encouraged but honored. Offering some of the only women-focused, face-to-face and online writing conferences in the country, The Guild brings together women of most every age, race, and ethnicity, working in most every genre, to learn, share, risk, and grow in a community distinguished by generosity of spirit, unconditional acceptance, and collaboration.

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Jan
16
to Feb 26

How Pictures Heal - Honoring Memory & Loss Through Expressive Writing

I'm looking forward to leading this online expressive writing course again for the Transformative Language Arts Association in Jan. 19 - all are welcome! Bring your personal photos, we'll write together in an intimate, supportive, transformative and setting! Writers of all levels are welcome!

“Thank you so much for guiding us all into a most wondrous experience . . . and your attentive intelligence in keeping us on track and focused as each shared and bared depths.”

~ Workshop Participant

Your class was awesome, inspiring and so very insightful. What gifts you bring and give. Thank you!

~ Workshop Participant

***NOTE: This is a 6-week online class, beginning Wednesday, January 16th and ending Tuesday, February 26th. Please ignore the set times listed -- weekly modules are engaged with on your own time (FB just requires a time for events).***

We all take, save, and inherit photographs of the people, places, and things that bring meaning, mystery, hope, and connection into our lives. These treasured personal archives will be the source of inspiration for writing as a means of restoring meaning, purpose, hope, and resilience during and after loss. Expressive writing prompted by personally chosen photos can help loved ones cope with what Pauline Boss calls the “ambiguous loss,” associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

In this course, we’ll use expressive writing, in poetry and prose, to help build resilience, restore meaning and purpose, and honor and celebrate relationships through legacy stories. TLA practitioners and writers at all levels of experience will imaginatively encounter personal photos sparked by questions that generate remarkable and uplifting writing experiences.

Starts 16 Jan 2019, Ends 26 Feb 2019

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  • Members – $210.00 $35 per week

  • Non-Members – $240.00 $40 per week

TO REGISTER go HERE.

  • Objectives & Goals:

    1. Participants will use personal photos as prompts for creative writing - poetry, memoir, or stories that capture the personalities, relationships, rites of passage, cultural identity, and family history evoked by personal photos. 

    2. Participants will recognize the healing aspects of storytelling from photos to build resilience and restore a sense of meaning, purpose, and value to life after loss.

    3. Participants will use photos to probe and preserve memories, find purpose and meaning amidst loss and change, and express truth and beauty from relationships after loss.

    4. Participants will explore the expressive benefits of writing from landscape and nature photos to connect with aspects of spirituality, safety, comfort, beauty, and transcendence.

    5. TLA practitioners we will explore specific applications in your work with individuals and groups, such as coping with memory loss, Alzheimer’s, and dementia, and the healing power of telling end-of-life or legacy stories.

    WEEK BY WEEK

    Week One: Entering the Three-Dimensional World of Photographs to Stimulate Meaning, Surprise, Delight, and Possibility

    Week Two: Embracing The Imaginative Wonder of Exploring Role Reversal & Altered Point of View in Photos

    Week Three: Writing Truth & Beauty – Telling Relationship Histories, Exploring Significant Rites of Passages, and Recognizing Gifts that Keep On Giving

    Week Four: Exploring Nature, Landscape, & Favorite Places Photos to Stimulate Curiosity, Spirituality, Comfort, Relief, & Aesthetic Satisfaction & Transcendence

    Week Five: Crafting & Revision: Developing Your Raw Material (Exploring forms, including Portraits, Essays, Poems, Monologues, [Unsent] Letters, Dialogues, and Creative List-Making)

    Week Six: Applications for TLA Artists, Writers, and Loved Ones – Ways to Share The Healing Power of Generating Legacy Stories from Photos

    WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS CLASS

    This course will serve writers and TLA practitioners at all levels of experience, as well as anyone interested in personal and artistic development. Professionals and para-professionals who work with memory challenged seniors, as well as family members of those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s, and caretakers of those with memory challenges, will find dynamic creative outlets for personal and professional development. Writers and artists with an interest in exploring the healing aspects of personal photos may also be quite interested.

    FORMAT

    This is an online class with (optional) weekly video-conference. Each weekly “workshop” posted online will consist of engaging content designed to spark personal reflection, sharing, discussion, and dynamic writing to be shared in the group forum online. Each week, participants will (1) upload at least one personal photo to share with others that they will use as the foundation of their weekly writing exploration; (2) review writing in progress of classmates and respond & reflect in discussion forum; (3) be invited to participate in a (recommended but optional) live Zoom video-conference presentation and discussion (these will be recorded and posted for others).

    Participants should expect to spend 3 hours or so on the weekly writing prompt, revisions, reading and commenting on the work of others, viewing and participating in live discussion, and sharing works in progress live. We’ll create a safe and supportive environment, offering respectful support that inspires the development of every writer’s voice.

    ABOUT THE TEACHER

    Kelly DuMar, M.Ed. is a playwright and poet who facilitates Writing Truth & Beauty workshops across the US, including The Mass. Poetry Festival, The International Women’s Writing Guild, The Power of Words Conference, Southern Writers Conference, and Winter Wheat Conference. Her poems are published in many literary magazines and her award-winning poetry chapbook, All These Cures, was published by Lit House Press in 2014. Kelly’s award winning plays have been produced around the US and Canada, and are published by dramatic publishers. Kelly is a certified psychodramatist and former psychotherapist. She founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 10th year, and she moderates, Let’s Talk TLA, a bi-monthly tele-conference and poetry open mic for members of the Transformative Language Arts Association. Kelly serves on the board & faculty of The International Women’s Writing Guild. Her upcoming poetry chapbook, Tree of the Apple, about her father’s Alzheimer’s, will be published soon by Two of Cups Press. You can learn more about Kelly, her nature photography and writing at her website, www.kellydumar.com

TO REGISTER go HERE.

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Dec
9
1:30 PM13:30

IWWG FREE ONLINE Member Book Spotlight: Kelly Interviews Co-Editors of Xeixa: Fourteen Catalan Poets, Dec. 9, 2018, 1:30 p.m.

I hope you'll join me for this upcoming IWWG Member Book Spotlight in the IWWG online Digital Village on Dec. 9 - note the time zone listed is ET, 1:30 p.m. I’m thrilled to host this truly international event featuring Francisca Esteve & Marlon Fick, co-editors of the newly published poetry anthology, Xeixa, by Tupelo Press, featuring 14 Catalan poets - join us for this compelling discussion and readings by two Catalan poets from the anthology who will join us on the call - Rosa Font Massot & Celia Sanchez-Mustich! Register here, even if you can't attend so that you will get the recording!

During the post-civil war era, General Francisco Franco’s fascist government forbade the people of Spain’s Catalonia region from speaking, reading, and writing in Catalan, a crime punishable by imprisonment or execution. Throughout these years, the work of Catalan poets could only be found via the underground. Marlon L. Fick and Francisca Esteve traveled to meet each of the poets featured in this anthology, embarking on the long road of joy, pain, and friendship that is the work of translation. These fourteen poets, like fourteen blackbirds, provide keen angles of perception in beautiful and lyrical poetry, sometimes ecstatic, sometimes nostalgic, and always engaging, until now almost entirely unknown to U.S readers. TO LEARN MORE

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Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Farm Pond Writer's Collective will be Gallery 55 poetry feature, Natick, MA Oct. 18, 7 p.m.

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The Farm Pond Writer’s Collective is delighted to be the poetry feature at Gallery 55, 55 South Main Street, Natick, MA, on Thursday night, Oct. 18, to read from our new anthology/chapbook, On Farm Pond.

Thanks to Third Thursday host Molly Saccardo for inviting us. Please join us at 7:00 p.m. for wine and cheese. The reading will begin at 7:30 and will include collective members:

Elizabeth Sheehan

Claudia Duchene

Megan Walls

Karin Stanley

Leanne Labelle

Karen Edwards

Mary Beth Hines

Sue Kennedy

Peggy Gavin

Deborah Marshall

Founder & Facilitator: Kelly DuMar

All sales of our chapbook, On Farm Pond, will be donated to Care 2 Communities, a local nonprofit co-founded by Farm Pond Writer’s Collective member Elizabeth Sheehan. C2C brings Self-Sustaining Primary Health Care to Communities in Need.

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Sep
30
7:00 PM19:00

Our Voices 12th Annual Festival of Boston Area Women Playwrights

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The 12th Annual Our Voices Festival Presents 8 New Plays by Boston Area Women Writers, including: 

Fabiola Decius, Caution

Jane Knox, Call Me Sheela

Cassie M. Seinuk, No One Talks About It

Susan Huggans, The Smoker

Kelly DuMar, Your Casting Call

Lynda Vernalia, Moth-erly Love

Suzanne Bolos Westhues, Church

Ana Candida Carneiro, Wild Caught

 

The twelfth annual Our Voices Festival, supporting new plays by Boston area women playwrights, will present an evening of staged readings, FREE and open to the public on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 at the Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre, Alumnae Hall, Wellesley College. A reception to meet the playwrights begins at 7:00 p.m. with refreshments. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. The Our Voices Festival, founded and produced by Kelly DuMar, has helped 150 women playwrights develop their plays for the stage by presenting short plays and monologues in process with talented actors and directors in front of an audience. There is free parking and the theatre is wheelchair accessible. No advanced reservations or tickets are required. For more information, contact Our Voices founder & producer, Kelly DuMar, at (508) 647-0596 or e-mail kellydumar@gmail.com.

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Sep
20
to Nov 8

Your Pictures As Poetry & Prose: Writing From Your Photo Stream, 8 Week Workshop at Unity Farm Sanctuary, Sherborn, MA

Registration is now open for this 8-week creative writing workshop with Kelly DuMar at Unity Farm Sanctuary in Sherborn, MA! Writers of all levels are welcome. We will meet weekly to focus on generating new drafts of poetry and prose in any chosen genre, inspired by your personal photos of all types. We will explore both personal insight and craft elements generated by your photos using Kelly's Guide to Writing Photo Inspired Poetry & Prose. The unique environment of Unity Farm, the animals and access to nature, will be an added element as we explore, through writing and sharing, what it means to offer and experience sanctuary.

REGISTRATION IS LIMITED - Your Deposit of $50 will hold your place.

If you prefer to pay by check: Send $50 deposit made out to Kelly DuMar, P.O. Box 297, Sherborn, MA 01770. E-mail kellydumar@gmail.com to let me know.

About the Workshop

The photos we save and the photos we take show what we care about and hope to preserve, what moves and mystifies us, the people, places, stories and experiences that bring meaning into our lives. In this workshop, we’ll write creatively from personal photos that arrest our attention and unpack why they do. Writing stories from photos allows us to approach our pictures as works of art – no matter the quality of the photo, we can approach them with an artist’s perception and awareness of powerful hidden meanings and revelations worthy of development into creative prose and poetry. Writing from photos allows us to express the truth of what we feel - and know - and haven’t said, as we capture the beauty and deeper meaning of an image. Each participant will bring, weekly, 1-3 photos to explore, as we shape images into poetry and prose that reveal personalities, identity, relationships, conflicts, and universal truth and beauty. Participants may choose to bring photos specifically relating to current or prospective projects in poetry or prose. 

About Kelly DuMar

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Kelly is a poet, playwright and workshop facilitator from Sherborn. She’s author of two poetry chapbooks, All These Cures, (2014) and Tree of the Apple, (2017). Her poems, prose and photos are published in many literary journals including Tupelo Quarterly, Poydras, Tiferet, Kindred, Bellevue Literary Review and more.

Kelly’s plays are produced around the US and are published by dramatic publishers. She founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 12th year, and leads a variety of workshops for writers across the US, including: The Mass. Poetry Festival, The International Women’s Writing Guild, The Power of Words Conference, the New England Theatre Conference, and Playback Theatre North America.  Kelly’s on the board & faculty of The International Women’s Writing Guild and produces their Summer Conference Play Lab as well as the annual Boston Writing From Your Life Retreat, now in its 4th year. She also founded a weekly writing workshop for women, the Farm Pond Writer’s Collective, now in its 4th year. Kelly blogs her daily nature photos from where she lives on the Charles River at #NewThisDay Writing From My Photo Stream. She looks forward to establishing an ongoing writing community in the inspirational, beautiful and unique environment of Unity Farm Sanctuary.

E-mail kellydumar@kellydumar.com if you have any questions!

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IWWG Webinar - Submission Panel - How to Get Your Words Out Into the World Part I: Literary Journals
Aug
26
7:00 PM19:00

IWWG Webinar - Submission Panel - How to Get Your Words Out Into the World Part I: Literary Journals

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Webinar:  Submission Panel: How to Get Your Words Out Into the World: Part I: Literary Journals

Sunday, August 26

7:00–8:30 PM Eastern / 4:00–5:30 PM Pacific

Arielle Silver (creative nonfiction & journal editor)

Kelly DuMar (theater & poetry)

Katherine Kulpa (fiction)

Donna Baier Stein (journal editor; can speak about submitting poetry and fiction, too)

Marj Hahne (moderator; can speak about submitting poetry, too)

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Write with me on Martha's Vineyard - 4 Writing From Your Photo Stream Workshops Jul 26-Aug. 16 at Featherstone Center for the Arts
Jul
26
to Aug 16

Write with me on Martha's Vineyard - 4 Writing From Your Photo Stream Workshops Jul 26-Aug. 16 at Featherstone Center for the Arts

http://www.featherstoneart.org/summer-classes-2018#TOC-WRITING

Your Pictures as Poetry: Writing From Your Photo Stream

Days: Thursdays

July 26, August 2, 9, 16
Time: 3:00 - 5:00PM
Location: Featherstone Center for the Arts, Martha's Vineyard
Fee: $125 for the four class series
To Register: Call Featherstone at 508-693-1850
To Learn More: Featherstone Summer Writing Workshops
The photos we save and the photos we take show what we care about and hope to preserve, what moves and mystifies us, the people, places, stories and experiences that bring meaning into our lives. In this workshop, we’ll write creatively from personal photos that arrest our attention and unpack why they do. Writing stories from photos allows us to approach our pictures as works of art – no matter the quality of the photo, we can approach them with an artist’s perception and awareness of powerful hidden meanings and revelations worthy of development into creative prose and poetry. Writing from photos allows us to express the truth of what we feel - and know - and haven’t said, as we capture the beauty and deeper meaning of an image. Each participant will bring, weekly, 1-3 photos to explore, as we shape images into poetry and prose that reveal personalities, identity, relationships, conflicts, and universal truth and beauty. Participants may choose to bring photos specifically relating to current or prospective projects in poetry or prose. 

About Kelly DuMar

Kelly DuMar is a poet and playwright who teaches creative writing workshops across the US, including The Mass. Poetry Festival, The International Women’s Writing Guild, The Power of Words Conference, the Our Voices Festival and Playback Theatre North America Conference. Her poems are published in many literary magazines, including “The Bellevue Review,” “Corium,” “Cape Cod Review,” “Storm Cellar,” “Crab Fat,” and “Tupelo Quarterly,” and she’s author of two poetry and prose chapbooks, “All These Cures,” published by Lit House Press, and “Tree of the Apple,” published by Two of Cups Press. Her award winning plays have been produced around the US and Canada, and are published by dramatic publishers. Kelly founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 12th year, and she founded the Farm Pond Writer’s Collective, now in its third year. She serves on the board & faculty of The International Women’s Writing Guild. Learn more at kellydumar.com.
 

The photos we save and the photos we take show what we care about and hope to preserve, what moves and mystifies us, the people, places, stories and experiences that bring meaning into our lives. In this workshop, we’ll write creatively from personal photos that arrest our attention and unpack why they do. Writing stories from photos allows us to approach our pictures as works of art – no matter the quality of the photo, we can approach them with an artist’s perception and awareness of powerful hidden meanings and revelations worthy of development into creative prose and poetry. Writing from photos allows us to express the truth of what we feel - and know - and haven’t said, as we capture the beauty and deeper meaning of an image. Each participant will bring, weekly, 1-3 photos to explore, as we shape images into poetry and prose that reveal personalities, identity, relationships, conflicts, and universal truth and beauty. Participants may choose to bring photos specifically relating to current or prospective projects in poetry or prose. Cost is $125 for the 4-week series: Thursdays from 3-5 p.m. - July 26, Aug. 2, 9, 16

The photos we save and the photos we take show what we care about and hope to preserve, what moves and mystifies us, the people, places, stories and experiences that bring meaning into our lives. In this workshop, we’ll write creatively from personal photos that arrest our attention and unpack why they do. Writing stories from photos allows us to approach our pictures as works of art – no matter the quality of the photo, we can approach them with an artist’s perception and awareness of powerful hidden meanings and revelations worthy of development into creative prose and poetry. Writing from photos allows us to express the truth of what we feel - and know - and haven’t said, as we capture the beauty and deeper meaning of an image. Each participant will bring, weekly, 1-3 photos to explore, as we shape images into poetry and prose that reveal personalities, identity, relationships, conflicts, and universal truth and beauty. Participants may choose to bring photos specifically relating to current or prospective projects in poetry or prose. Cost is $125 for the 4-week series: Thursdays from 3-5 p.m. - July 26, Aug. 2, 9, 16

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My Poetry Feature with Lisa DeSiro, Jennifer Martelli, Anne Pluto & more
Jun
23
7:00 PM19:00

My Poetry Feature with Lisa DeSiro, Jennifer Martelli, Anne Pluto & more

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I'm honored to be included in this upcoming poetry and music event, hosted by poet Lisa DeSiro, on Jun 23 in Somerville. Please join us for a reading/performance/exhibit featuring six local women artists. Books and handmade creations will be available for purchase. Admission is free. Hope to see you there!

Solidarity Salon: a reading/performance/exhibit

Saturday, June 23, 7:00–9:00 pm

Featuring:

Lisa DeSiro, poet and pianist

Kelly DuMar, poet and playwright

Darci Hanna, artist

Jennifer Martelli, poet

Kay Patterson, soprano

Anne Pluto, poet

WHERE & WHEN:

Third Life Studio

33 Union Square

Somerville, MA

http://www.thirdlifestudio.com/directions

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SPARKS! My June 10 Webinar/Interview w/ Poet Jennifer Jean for TLAN
Jun
10
8:00 PM20:00

SPARKS! My June 10 Webinar/Interview w/ Poet Jennifer Jean for TLAN

https://www.tlanetwork.org/event-2935485

We’re thrilled to welcome special guest, Jennifer Jean, to be our next SPARKS! feature on June 10. Jennifer is a poet, educator and activist who has been teaching poetry workshops to human trafficking and trauma survivors in order to empower them to tell their own stories in their own way. Kelly DuMar will interview Jennifer about her transformative language arts work with survivors, as well as ask Jennifer to read some of her own poems. This is an opportunity for TLA practitioners to learn and share best practices for working with survivors in writing groups and be introduced to Jennifer’s model for facilitating free2write workshops for survivors. Please bring a poem, story, or song to share in our open mic following the interview.

REGISTER (free!) HERE

Sparks is a free bi-monthly webinar moderated by Kelly DuMar, interviewing notable Transformative Language Artists on their work, followed by a poetry, story & song open mic.

About Special Guest Jennifer Jean

Jennifer Jean is a poet, educator, activist, and consummate "literary citizen." Her debut poetry collection is The Fool (Big Table); her poetry chapbooks include: The Archivist, and In the War. Jennifer’s newest manuscript, titled Object, was a finalist for the 2016 Green Mountains Review Book Prize. Other honors include: a 2018 Disquiet FLAD Fellowship; a 2017 Her Story Is residency, where she worked with Iraqi women artists in Dubai; a 2016 Good Bones Prize; and, a 2013 Ambassador for Peace Award for her activism in the arts. As well, her poetry has appeared, or is forthcoming, in: Poetry Magazine, Waxwing Journal, Rattle Magazine, Crab Creek Review, Denver Quarterly, Mud City Journal, Solstice, Pangyrus, and more. She is Poetry Editor of The Mom Egg Review, Managing Editor of Talking Writing Magazine, and Co-director of Morning Garden Artists Retreats. Jennifer teaches Free2Write poetry workshops to trauma survivors, and she teaches writing at Boston-area universities

Poetry Open Mic

And there’s more to share. Bring an original poem! This unique discussion and networking opportunity will be followed by a Poetry Open Mic. Everyone who participates in the teleconference is welcome to share an original poem. Whether you’re reading your poetry aloud for the first time, or you’re a seasoned reader, this is a chance to share your writing in the supportive presence of appreciative listeners. It’s a remarkably fun and moving experience.

Format of the Gathering

  • Kelly will interview Jennifer Jean for 30 minutes about her work with sex trafficking survivors and her poetry.

  • We'll then have 10-15 minutes to ask questions and discuss TLA, your own practice, goals, or vision.

  • We’ll devote the next 15 minutes to the open mic

  • You don’t need to be a member of TLAN to participate!

Joining the Call on Zoom

Kelly will arrive on the video conference at 6:45 P.M. CENTRAL and 7:45 P.M. EASTERN so you can connect early & work out any glitches! You will receive links and numbers in your email after RSVPing.

About Kelly DuMar

Kelly DuMar is a poet, playwright and workshop facilitator from the Boston area. She’s author of two poetry chapbooks, All These Cures, (Lit House Press), and Tree of the Apple, (Two of Cups Press). Her poems, prose and photos are published in many literary journals including “Bellevue Review,” “Tupelo Quarterly,” “Poydras,” “Tiferet,” and more. Her award winning plays are produced around the US and are published by dramatic publishers. Kelly founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 12th year, and leads a variety of workshops for writers across the US, including The Mass. Poetry Festival, The International Women’s Writing Guild, The Power of Words Conference, Mass. Poetry Festival, the New England Theatre Conference, Playback Theatre North America Conference, and Winter Wheat.  She’s on the board & faculty of The International Women’s Writing Guild and produces the IWWG Summer Conference Play Lab and the Annual Boston Regional Writing From Your Life Retreat. Closer to home, she facilitates a weekly writing workshop for women, the Farm Pond Writer’s Collective, now in its third year. Kelly is a certified psychodramatist and a Fellow in the American Society for Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama. You can follow Kelly’s daily nature blog, “#NewThisDay Writing From My Photo Stream,” and join her mailing list at kellydumar.com

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NEW! Monthly Meeting: Write Your Monologue or Solo Show Play Lab Online
May
17
8:00 PM20:00

NEW! Monthly Meeting: Write Your Monologue or Solo Show Play Lab Online

Kelly’s monologue workshop taught me the power of my own story. Her guidance on creating effective drama, her concrete feedback on improving my work, the nurturing environment she created for participants and the excellent resources she brought to the table opened a whole new world for me. This was one of the most effective online classes I’ve taken.
— 2016 Workshop Participant
Actor Sally Nutt

Actor Sally Nutt

Registration RE-OPENS for 6-month PLAY LAB

PLAY LAB, May 17 -Oct. 18, 2018 - Meets Monthly, Scenes & Monologues

A Six-month Online Workshop with Kelly DuMar via Zoom

Register by e-mail KellyDumar@gmail.com

Cost: $165

Writing Dynamic Dramatic Monologues for Performance with Kelly DuMar

A Six-Month Online Play Lab via Zoom
Starts Thurs, November 30, 2017 8:00-9:30 p.m. (ET)
Meets monthly, 3rd Thursday of the month (except Nov.)
COST: $165.00 (for the entire 6 month series)
REGISTER: E-mail Kelly kellydumar@gmail.com to arrange payment or ask questions

Whether or you’re interested in developing a single monologue for performance or a one-person show, this online Play Lab facilitated by playwright Kelly DuMar, will provide a group process that will help you develop powerful dramatic monologues that are personally meaningful, artistically satisfying, and relevant and engaging for an audience. Everyone will participate through Zoom videoconference from your computer, where you’ll present your monologue and discuss with participants. Our lab discussions & feedback process will explore elements of dramatic structure, including theatricality, the role of conflict, plot, communicating subtext, voice, narrative, and the importance of set-up and how to get your monologue produced. New writing will be generated in and out of the play lab, shared in our monthly meetings, and aspects of revision will be presented.

ABOUT KELLY DUMAR

Kelly is a poet, playwright and workshop facilitator from the Boston area. Her award winning plays are produced around the US and are published by dramatic publishers. Kelly founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 11th year, and leads a variety of workshops for writers across the US. Kelly teaches Your Memoir as Monologue online for the Transformative Language Arts Association. She’s on the board & faculty of The International Women’s Writing Guild and produces the IWWG Summer Conference Play Lab and the Annual Boston Regional Writing From Your Life Retreat. She’s author of two poetry chapbooks, All These Cures, (Lit House Press), and Tree of the Apple, (Two of Cups Press). Her poems and prose are published in many literary journals. Closer to home, Kelly facilitates a weekly writing workshop for women, the Farm Pond Writer’s Collective, now in its third year. Kelly is a certified psychodramatist and a Fellow in the American Society for Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama and a Playback Theatre practitioner.

What Inspires Kelly to Teach Monologues -

An Interview with the Transformative Language Arts Blog

What inspires you to teach this lab:

I love monologues. Listening to them, helping others write them, and writing them myself. First person narratives are gripping invitations to audiences, particularly when they present a dramatic journey, and moments of survival of someone – a person, a character – who has enlisted my compassion and concern.

Don’t you love the invitation to enchantment? The theatre, darkened, the stage lit. Whether I’m in the audience or the playwright, I’m involved and transported by possibility. The theatrical question, What if. . . is an invitation to be enlightened, and changed through storytelling.

I love helping writers tell powerful stories on the stage – particularly those whose voices and stories have been unheard, silenced, trivialized or marginalized. Eleven years ago, I founded a play festival, Our Voices, for new and experienced women playwrights to have a uniquely supportive place to develop their stories for the stage. Our Voices is an all day play lab that has supported nearly 150 women playwrights to develop plays with actors and directors. I love how one participant last year describes her experience in Our Voices, because she nails why writing monologues based on life experience can be so validating:

“Writing is my solace and joy, coming to me in bursts of laughter or darkness.  I have stories to tell yet, at times, I shrink from sharing, doubting my own voice.  Through more workshops and conversation, I hope to strengthen that confidence in my point of view and reinvigorate the process to write the things I don’t yet dare to consider.”

How is writing for the page different from writing for the stage?

Collaboration with other artists is illuminating, joyful, and challenging – and writing for the stage requires it. Sitting day to day at one’s desk can be lonely. But writing for the stage invites us into a theatre – a rehearsal, into a relationship with actors, directors, and audiences. Here’s what an Our Voices participant shared about writing for the stage:

“One of the things I love most about writing plays is the possibility of witnessing one’s words and dramatic vision come alive on stage.”

Writing monologues for the stage makes the healing power of writing visible, visceral and accessible – not just for the playwright, but the audience as well. People are so amazingly resilient! Writing monologues for the stage is a natural way to find out how resilient you are – and sharing what you write inspires other people to feel hopeful and resilient.

What are some of your favorite dramatic monologues? 

My favorite is definitely Emily Webb’s “Goodbye,” monologue in Thornton Wilder’s classic play, Our Town. What moves me in a dramatic monologue is when a character goes on a compelling emotional journey and takes me with her – she begins in one place and ends in another – she’s more awakened, and so am I. Watch these Youtube videos of two different performances of the Emily Webb role – the first is from a movie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCLHkaHOO80

Here’s the same monologue in a recording of a stage performance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmCnzU5uZUY

What can students in this class expect?

We need spaces where we can give ourselves permission to un-silence our deepest truths and most authentic self. In Memoir as Monologue, I facilitate a safe, supportive, healing environment for writers to tap into their deep feelings and beliefs and find the courage and skill to share them for personal growth and craft them for performance. Participants can expect to express ordinary and extraordinary life experiences, and feelings and construct powerful, dramatic stories with universal appeal.

Praise for Kelly’s Monologue & Playwriting Workshops

“Memoir as Monologue taught me the power of my own story. Kelly's guidance on creating effective drama, her concrete feedback on improving my work, the nurturing environment she created for participants and the excellent resources she brought to the table opened a whole new world for me. This was one of the most effective online classes I've taken.”

“Kelly provided excellent resources, offered valuable, timely feedback, sought our feedback as the course progressed and created a nurturing atmosphere. The opportunity to both write and hone monologues and then hear our work performed by a professional actress exceeded my expectations of the class. I learned the freedom monologues offer in contrast to writing.”

“[I learned] better ways to approach monologue than the ways I'd been trying; liked that I cracked open a tough nut of a story in a new way, identifying the core problem Narrator needed to solve (which was different from the problem she was trying to solve).”

“Thank you so much for guiding us all into a most wondrous experience . . . and your attentive intelligence in keeping us on track and focused as each shared and bared depths.”

“Your class was awesome, inspiring and so very insightful. What gifts you bring and give. Thank you!”

“Your memoir-to-monologue class has inspired a whole new project. Thank you. And thanks to my classmates. I learned so much from each of you.”

 “Thank you for creating such a collaborative atmosphere of mutual support.”

For more information or to register, please use the form below and Kelly will get right back to you! Thanks!

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IWWG Boston Writing From Your Life Retreat 2018
Apr
28
9:30 AM09:30

IWWG Boston Writing From Your Life Retreat 2018

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Mark your calendar now for the 3rd Annual IWWG (International Women's Writing Guild) Writing From Your Life Retreat

April 28, 2018 Metrowest Boston (Medfield, MA)

Produced by Kelly DuMar

Featuring Writing Workshops with IWWG Faculty: Susan Tiberghien, Maureen Murdock & Kelly DuMar

 

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  • When

    Saturday, April 28, 2018

  • 9:30 AM - 5:15 PM

  • Location

    The Montrose School, 29 North Street, Medfield, MA 02052

  • Boston & New Englandarea writers — Please join us for our 3rd annual day-long writing retreat with three outstanding IWWG instructors. Our Writing from Your Life Retreat offers you professional and personal insights into writing memoir, myth, and monologue, as well as exceptional enrichment of your creative life. Experience the gifts of the Guild community during our annual regional event in MetroWest Boston!

The Zen of Writing: Clear Seeing, Clear Writing
Susan Tiberghien

To enter into the mystery of Zen, we need to let go of all the distractions that surround us. We need to lift the lid of our conscious minds and open our eyes. What we see clearing, we will write clearly. We will focus first on journal writing, looking for seeds for life stories. Then on how to write our stories, focusing on both personal essays and memoir. In reading excerpts from C.G. Jung, Thich Nhat Hanh, Natalie Goldberg, Annie Dillard, and Suki Kim, we will let the practice of Zen inspire and illuminate our own writing. 

Writing The Heroine’s Journey
Maureen Murdock

Now, more than ever, women are speaking their truth as the feminine demands healing. In this workshop, we will explore the stages in The Heroine̕s Journey, which redefines the heroic quest for women. The journey entails an initial separation from feminine values, seeking recognition and success in a patriarchal culture, experiencing spiritual aridity and death, and turning inward to reclaim the power and spirit of the sacred feminine. As women claim their voice and name their experience, this workshop will provide a framework for their voice to be heard.

Your Memoir as Monologue:
Crafting Dynamic Monologues for Performance & Publication
Kelly DuMar
There’s beauty and meaning to mine from your life story, and this workshop will help you artistically express and creatively share your life experiences through the medium of theatre. You’ll learn how to write successful dramatic monologues that are personally meaningful, emotionally satisfying, and relevant and engaging for an audience. Beginning and experienced writers are welcome!

  • Registration
  • Member – $95.00
  • Nonmember – $120.00
  • Registration with Membership – $135.00

    This registration includes membership to IWWG for one year ($55 value) for first-time members.

  • Student (with ID) – $45.00

    YOU MUST PROVIDE STUDENT ID at check-in.

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Riverwood Poetry Series Workshop: Your Pictures as Poetry: Writing From Your Photo Stream, West Hartford, CT
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

Riverwood Poetry Series Workshop: Your Pictures as Poetry: Writing From Your Photo Stream, West Hartford, CT

April 12th: Kelly DuMar Presents “Your Pictures as Poetry”

Riverwood Poetry presents poet and writer Kelly DuMar. On Thursday April 12th, Kelly will lead a workshop called Your Pictures as Poetry, Writing from your Photo Stream. In this workshop, we’ll write creatively from personal photos that capture our attention and unpack why they do. Writing from photos allows us to approach our pictures as works of art and use them as inspiration for writing. Bring 1 to 3 photos if possible.

Universalist Church of West Hartford (in the Program Center)

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433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT 06107860.233.3669

  • Admission is free, though donations are gratefully accepted

April is National Poetry Month so we hope you can celebrate and write poetry with us!

For more information go to Riverwood Poetry

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New Author Panel - IWWG Spring Big Apple, Poets House, NYC
Apr
15
8:30 AM08:30

New Author Panel - IWWG Spring Big Apple, Poets House, NYC

New Author's Panel, Poets House, NYC, April 15, 2018

New Author's Panel, Poets House, NYC, April 15, 2018

Wondering what's involved with publishing a poetry chapbook? That's what I'll be sharing on April 15 in NYC, as part of the annual International Women's Writing Guild Spring Big Apple Writing Conference in NYC at Poets House. Delighted to be on this new author panel with IWWG member friends, Cathleen O'Connor, Julie Maloney, Lisa Irish, Janet Lombardi, and Andrene Bonner - discussing the publishing of books on flash fiction, memoir, nonfiction and novels.  I'l be sharing about my poetry chapbook, Tree of the Apple, published by Two of Cups Press, in February 2017.

There's a whole day of writing workshops to enjoy as well, in fiction, poetry, publishing and pitching, with Yun Wei, Paula Scardamalia, and Cathleen O'Connor. To learn more about registering for the event, please see below and go to IWWG.org/events.

Hope to see you at Poets House!

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Monthly Meeting: Write Your Monologue or Solo Show Play Lab Online
Mar
15
8:00 PM20:00

Monthly Meeting: Write Your Monologue or Solo Show Play Lab Online

Kelly’s monologue workshop taught me the power of my own story. Her guidance on creating effective drama, her concrete feedback on improving my work, the nurturing environment she created for participants and the excellent resources she brought to the table opened a whole new world for me. This was one of the most effective online classes I’ve taken.
— 2016 Workshop Participant
Actor Sally Nutt

Actor Sally Nutt

Monologue & Solo Show Play Lab: Begins Nov. 30, 2017 

Writing Dynamic Dramatic Monologues for Performance with Kelly DuMar

A Six-Month Online Play Lab via Zoom
Starts Thurs, November 30, 2017 8:00-9:30 p.m. (ET)
Meets monthly, 3rd Thursday of the month (except Nov.)
COST: $165.00 (for the entire 6 month series)
REGISTER: E-mail Kelly kellydumar@gmail.com to arrange payment or ask questions

Whether or you’re interested in developing a single monologue for performance or a one-person show, this online Play Lab facilitated by playwright Kelly DuMar, will provide a group process that will help you develop powerful dramatic monologues that are personally meaningful, artistically satisfying, and relevant and engaging for an audience. Everyone will participate through Zoom videoconference from your computer, where you’ll present your monologue and discuss with participants. Our lab discussions & feedback process will explore elements of dramatic structure, including theatricality, the role of conflict, plot, communicating subtext, voice, narrative, and the importance of set-up and how to get your monologue produced. New writing will be generated in and out of the play lab, shared in our monthly meetings, and aspects of revision will be presented.

ABOUT KELLY DUMAR

Kelly is a poet, playwright and workshop facilitator from the Boston area. Her award winning plays are produced around the US and are published by dramatic publishers. Kelly founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 11th year, and leads a variety of workshops for writers across the US. Kelly teaches Your Memoir as Monologue online for the Transformative Language Arts Association. She’s on the board & faculty of The International Women’s Writing Guild and produces the IWWG Summer Conference Play Lab and the Annual Boston Regional Writing From Your Life Retreat. She’s author of two poetry chapbooks, All These Cures, (Lit House Press), and Tree of the Apple, (Two of Cups Press). Her poems and prose are published in many literary journals. Closer to home, Kelly facilitates a weekly writing workshop for women, the Farm Pond Writer’s Collective, now in its third year. Kelly is a certified psychodramatist and a Fellow in the American Society for Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama and a Playback Theatre practitioner.

What Inspires Kelly to Teach Monologues -

An Interview with the Transformative Language Arts Blog

What inspires you to teach this lab:

I love monologues. Listening to them, helping others write them, and writing them myself. First person narratives are gripping invitations to audiences, particularly when they present a dramatic journey, and moments of survival of someone – a person, a character – who has enlisted my compassion and concern.

Don’t you love the invitation to enchantment? The theatre, darkened, the stage lit. Whether I’m in the audience or the playwright, I’m involved and transported by possibility. The theatrical question, What if. . . is an invitation to be enlightened, and changed through storytelling.

I love helping writers tell powerful stories on the stage – particularly those whose voices and stories have been unheard, silenced, trivialized or marginalized. Eleven years ago, I founded a play festival, Our Voices, for new and experienced women playwrights to have a uniquely supportive place to develop their stories for the stage. Our Voices is an all day play lab that has supported nearly 150 women playwrights to develop plays with actors and directors. I love how one participant last year describes her experience in Our Voices, because she nails why writing monologues based on life experience can be so validating:

“Writing is my solace and joy, coming to me in bursts of laughter or darkness.  I have stories to tell yet, at times, I shrink from sharing, doubting my own voice.  Through more workshops and conversation, I hope to strengthen that confidence in my point of view and reinvigorate the process to write the things I don’t yet dare to consider.”

How is writing for the page different from writing for the stage?

Collaboration with other artists is illuminating, joyful, and challenging – and writing for the stage requires it. Sitting day to day at one’s desk can be lonely. But writing for the stage invites us into a theatre – a rehearsal, into a relationship with actors, directors, and audiences. Here’s what an Our Voices participant shared about writing for the stage:

“One of the things I love most about writing plays is the possibility of witnessing one’s words and dramatic vision come alive on stage.”

Writing monologues for the stage makes the healing power of writing visible, visceral and accessible – not just for the playwright, but the audience as well. People are so amazingly resilient! Writing monologues for the stage is a natural way to find out how resilient you are – and sharing what you write inspires other people to feel hopeful and resilient.

What are some of your favorite dramatic monologues? 

My favorite is definitely Emily Webb’s “Goodbye,” monologue in Thornton Wilder’s classic play, Our Town. What moves me in a dramatic monologue is when a character goes on a compelling emotional journey and takes me with her – she begins in one place and ends in another – she’s more awakened, and so am I. Watch these Youtube videos of two different performances of the Emily Webb role – the first is from a movie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCLHkaHOO80

Here’s the same monologue in a recording of a stage performance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmCnzU5uZUY

What can students in this class expect?

We need spaces where we can give ourselves permission to un-silence our deepest truths and most authentic self. In Memoir as Monologue, I facilitate a safe, supportive, healing environment for writers to tap into their deep feelings and beliefs and find the courage and skill to share them for personal growth and craft them for performance. Participants can expect to express ordinary and extraordinary life experiences, and feelings and construct powerful, dramatic stories with universal appeal.

Praise for Kelly’s Monologue & Playwriting Workshops

“Memoir as Monologue taught me the power of my own story. Kelly's guidance on creating effective drama, her concrete feedback on improving my work, the nurturing environment she created for participants and the excellent resources she brought to the table opened a whole new world for me. This was one of the most effective online classes I've taken.”

“Kelly provided excellent resources, offered valuable, timely feedback, sought our feedback as the course progressed and created a nurturing atmosphere. The opportunity to both write and hone monologues and then hear our work performed by a professional actress exceeded my expectations of the class. I learned the freedom monologues offer in contrast to writing.”

“[I learned] better ways to approach monologue than the ways I'd been trying; liked that I cracked open a tough nut of a story in a new way, identifying the core problem Narrator needed to solve (which was different from the problem she was trying to solve).”

“Thank you so much for guiding us all into a most wondrous experience . . . and your attentive intelligence in keeping us on track and focused as each shared and bared depths.”

“Your class was awesome, inspiring and so very insightful. What gifts you bring and give. Thank you!”

“Your memoir-to-monologue class has inspired a whole new project. Thank you. And thanks to my classmates. I learned so much from each of you.”

 “Thank you for creating such a collaborative atmosphere of mutual support.”

For more information or to register, please use the form below and Kelly will get right back to you! Thanks!

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Monthly Meeting: Write Your Monologue or Solo Show Play Lab Online
Feb
15
8:00 PM20:00

Monthly Meeting: Write Your Monologue or Solo Show Play Lab Online

Kelly’s monologue workshop taught me the power of my own story. Her guidance on creating effective drama, her concrete feedback on improving my work, the nurturing environment she created for participants and the excellent resources she brought to the table opened a whole new world for me. This was one of the most effective online classes I’ve taken.
— 2016 Workshop Participant
Actor Sally Nutt

Actor Sally Nutt

Monologue & Solo Show Play Lab: Begins Nov. 30, 2017 

Writing Dynamic Dramatic Monologues for Performance with Kelly DuMar

A Six-Month Online Play Lab via Zoom
Starts Thurs, November 30, 2017 8:00-9:30 p.m. (ET)
Meets monthly, 3rd Thursday of the month (except Nov.)
COST: $165.00 (for the entire 6 month series)
REGISTER: E-mail Kelly kellydumar@gmail.com to arrange payment or ask questions

Whether or you’re interested in developing a single monologue for performance or a one-person show, this online Play Lab facilitated by playwright Kelly DuMar, will provide a group process that will help you develop powerful dramatic monologues that are personally meaningful, artistically satisfying, and relevant and engaging for an audience. Everyone will participate through Zoom videoconference from your computer, where you’ll present your monologue and discuss with participants. Our lab discussions & feedback process will explore elements of dramatic structure, including theatricality, the role of conflict, plot, communicating subtext, voice, narrative, and the importance of set-up and how to get your monologue produced. New writing will be generated in and out of the play lab, shared in our monthly meetings, and aspects of revision will be presented.

ABOUT KELLY DUMAR

Kelly is a poet, playwright and workshop facilitator from the Boston area. Her award winning plays are produced around the US and are published by dramatic publishers. Kelly founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 11th year, and leads a variety of workshops for writers across the US. Kelly teaches Your Memoir as Monologue online for the Transformative Language Arts Association. She’s on the board & faculty of The International Women’s Writing Guild and produces the IWWG Summer Conference Play Lab and the Annual Boston Regional Writing From Your Life Retreat. She’s author of two poetry chapbooks, All These Cures, (Lit House Press), and Tree of the Apple, (Two of Cups Press). Her poems and prose are published in many literary journals. Closer to home, Kelly facilitates a weekly writing workshop for women, the Farm Pond Writer’s Collective, now in its third year. Kelly is a certified psychodramatist and a Fellow in the American Society for Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama and a Playback Theatre practitioner.

What Inspires Kelly to Teach Monologues -

An Interview with the Transformative Language Arts Blog

What inspires you to teach this lab:

I love monologues. Listening to them, helping others write them, and writing them myself. First person narratives are gripping invitations to audiences, particularly when they present a dramatic journey, and moments of survival of someone – a person, a character – who has enlisted my compassion and concern.

Don’t you love the invitation to enchantment? The theatre, darkened, the stage lit. Whether I’m in the audience or the playwright, I’m involved and transported by possibility. The theatrical question, What if. . . is an invitation to be enlightened, and changed through storytelling.

I love helping writers tell powerful stories on the stage – particularly those whose voices and stories have been unheard, silenced, trivialized or marginalized. Eleven years ago, I founded a play festival, Our Voices, for new and experienced women playwrights to have a uniquely supportive place to develop their stories for the stage. Our Voices is an all day play lab that has supported nearly 150 women playwrights to develop plays with actors and directors. I love how one participant last year describes her experience in Our Voices, because she nails why writing monologues based on life experience can be so validating:

“Writing is my solace and joy, coming to me in bursts of laughter or darkness.  I have stories to tell yet, at times, I shrink from sharing, doubting my own voice.  Through more workshops and conversation, I hope to strengthen that confidence in my point of view and reinvigorate the process to write the things I don’t yet dare to consider.”

How is writing for the page different from writing for the stage?

Collaboration with other artists is illuminating, joyful, and challenging – and writing for the stage requires it. Sitting day to day at one’s desk can be lonely. But writing for the stage invites us into a theatre – a rehearsal, into a relationship with actors, directors, and audiences. Here’s what an Our Voices participant shared about writing for the stage:

“One of the things I love most about writing plays is the possibility of witnessing one’s words and dramatic vision come alive on stage.”

Writing monologues for the stage makes the healing power of writing visible, visceral and accessible – not just for the playwright, but the audience as well. People are so amazingly resilient! Writing monologues for the stage is a natural way to find out how resilient you are – and sharing what you write inspires other people to feel hopeful and resilient.

What are some of your favorite dramatic monologues? 

My favorite is definitely Emily Webb’s “Goodbye,” monologue in Thornton Wilder’s classic play, Our Town. What moves me in a dramatic monologue is when a character goes on a compelling emotional journey and takes me with her – she begins in one place and ends in another – she’s more awakened, and so am I. Watch these Youtube videos of two different performances of the Emily Webb role – the first is from a movie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCLHkaHOO80

Here’s the same monologue in a recording of a stage performance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmCnzU5uZUY

What can students in this class expect?

We need spaces where we can give ourselves permission to un-silence our deepest truths and most authentic self. In Memoir as Monologue, I facilitate a safe, supportive, healing environment for writers to tap into their deep feelings and beliefs and find the courage and skill to share them for personal growth and craft them for performance. Participants can expect to express ordinary and extraordinary life experiences, and feelings and construct powerful, dramatic stories with universal appeal.

Praise for Kelly’s Monologue & Playwriting Workshops

“Memoir as Monologue taught me the power of my own story. Kelly's guidance on creating effective drama, her concrete feedback on improving my work, the nurturing environment she created for participants and the excellent resources she brought to the table opened a whole new world for me. This was one of the most effective online classes I've taken.”

“Kelly provided excellent resources, offered valuable, timely feedback, sought our feedback as the course progressed and created a nurturing atmosphere. The opportunity to both write and hone monologues and then hear our work performed by a professional actress exceeded my expectations of the class. I learned the freedom monologues offer in contrast to writing.”

“[I learned] better ways to approach monologue than the ways I'd been trying; liked that I cracked open a tough nut of a story in a new way, identifying the core problem Narrator needed to solve (which was different from the problem she was trying to solve).”

“Thank you so much for guiding us all into a most wondrous experience . . . and your attentive intelligence in keeping us on track and focused as each shared and bared depths.”

“Your class was awesome, inspiring and so very insightful. What gifts you bring and give. Thank you!”

“Your memoir-to-monologue class has inspired a whole new project. Thank you. And thanks to my classmates. I learned so much from each of you.”

 “Thank you for creating such a collaborative atmosphere of mutual support.”

For more information or to register, please use the form below and Kelly will get right back to you! Thanks!

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Monthly Meeting: Write Your Monologue or Solo Show Play Lab Online
Jan
18
8:00 PM20:00

Monthly Meeting: Write Your Monologue or Solo Show Play Lab Online

Kelly’s monologue workshop taught me the power of my own story. Her guidance on creating effective drama, her concrete feedback on improving my work, the nurturing environment she created for participants and the excellent resources she brought to the table opened a whole new world for me. This was one of the most effective online classes I’ve taken.
— 2016 Workshop Participant
Actor Sally Nutt

Actor Sally Nutt

Monologue & Solo Show Play Lab: Begins Nov. 30, 2017 

Writing Dynamic Dramatic Monologues for Performance with Kelly DuMar

A Six-Month Online Play Lab via Zoom
Starts Thurs, November 30, 2017 8:00-9:30 p.m. (ET)
Meets monthly, 3rd Thursday of the month (except Nov.)
COST: $165.00 (for the entire 6 month series)
REGISTER: E-mail Kelly kellydumar@gmail.com to arrange payment or ask questions

Whether or you’re interested in developing a single monologue for performance or a one-person show, this online Play Lab facilitated by playwright Kelly DuMar, will provide a group process that will help you develop powerful dramatic monologues that are personally meaningful, artistically satisfying, and relevant and engaging for an audience. Everyone will participate through Zoom videoconference from your computer, where you’ll present your monologue and discuss with participants. Our lab discussions & feedback process will explore elements of dramatic structure, including theatricality, the role of conflict, plot, communicating subtext, voice, narrative, and the importance of set-up and how to get your monologue produced. New writing will be generated in and out of the play lab, shared in our monthly meetings, and aspects of revision will be presented.

ABOUT KELLY DUMAR

Kelly is a poet, playwright and workshop facilitator from the Boston area. Her award winning plays are produced around the US and are published by dramatic publishers. Kelly founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 11th year, and leads a variety of workshops for writers across the US. Kelly teaches Your Memoir as Monologue online for the Transformative Language Arts Association. She’s on the board & faculty of The International Women’s Writing Guild and produces the IWWG Summer Conference Play Lab and the Annual Boston Regional Writing From Your Life Retreat. She’s author of two poetry chapbooks, All These Cures, (Lit House Press), and Tree of the Apple, (Two of Cups Press). Her poems and prose are published in many literary journals. Closer to home, Kelly facilitates a weekly writing workshop for women, the Farm Pond Writer’s Collective, now in its third year. Kelly is a certified psychodramatist and a Fellow in the American Society for Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama and a Playback Theatre practitioner.

What Inspires Kelly to Teach Monologues -

An Interview with the Transformative Language Arts Blog

What inspires you to teach this lab:

I love monologues. Listening to them, helping others write them, and writing them myself. First person narratives are gripping invitations to audiences, particularly when they present a dramatic journey, and moments of survival of someone – a person, a character – who has enlisted my compassion and concern.

Don’t you love the invitation to enchantment? The theatre, darkened, the stage lit. Whether I’m in the audience or the playwright, I’m involved and transported by possibility. The theatrical question, What if. . . is an invitation to be enlightened, and changed through storytelling.

I love helping writers tell powerful stories on the stage – particularly those whose voices and stories have been unheard, silenced, trivialized or marginalized. Eleven years ago, I founded a play festival, Our Voices, for new and experienced women playwrights to have a uniquely supportive place to develop their stories for the stage. Our Voices is an all day play lab that has supported nearly 150 women playwrights to develop plays with actors and directors. I love how one participant last year describes her experience in Our Voices, because she nails why writing monologues based on life experience can be so validating:

“Writing is my solace and joy, coming to me in bursts of laughter or darkness.  I have stories to tell yet, at times, I shrink from sharing, doubting my own voice.  Through more workshops and conversation, I hope to strengthen that confidence in my point of view and reinvigorate the process to write the things I don’t yet dare to consider.”

How is writing for the page different from writing for the stage?

Collaboration with other artists is illuminating, joyful, and challenging – and writing for the stage requires it. Sitting day to day at one’s desk can be lonely. But writing for the stage invites us into a theatre – a rehearsal, into a relationship with actors, directors, and audiences. Here’s what an Our Voices participant shared about writing for the stage:

“One of the things I love most about writing plays is the possibility of witnessing one’s words and dramatic vision come alive on stage.”

Writing monologues for the stage makes the healing power of writing visible, visceral and accessible – not just for the playwright, but the audience as well. People are so amazingly resilient! Writing monologues for the stage is a natural way to find out how resilient you are – and sharing what you write inspires other people to feel hopeful and resilient.

What are some of your favorite dramatic monologues? 

My favorite is definitely Emily Webb’s “Goodbye,” monologue in Thornton Wilder’s classic play, Our Town. What moves me in a dramatic monologue is when a character goes on a compelling emotional journey and takes me with her – she begins in one place and ends in another – she’s more awakened, and so am I. Watch these Youtube videos of two different performances of the Emily Webb role – the first is from a movie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCLHkaHOO80

Here’s the same monologue in a recording of a stage performance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmCnzU5uZUY

What can students in this class expect?

We need spaces where we can give ourselves permission to un-silence our deepest truths and most authentic self. In Memoir as Monologue, I facilitate a safe, supportive, healing environment for writers to tap into their deep feelings and beliefs and find the courage and skill to share them for personal growth and craft them for performance. Participants can expect to express ordinary and extraordinary life experiences, and feelings and construct powerful, dramatic stories with universal appeal.

Praise for Kelly’s Monologue & Playwriting Workshops

“Memoir as Monologue taught me the power of my own story. Kelly's guidance on creating effective drama, her concrete feedback on improving my work, the nurturing environment she created for participants and the excellent resources she brought to the table opened a whole new world for me. This was one of the most effective online classes I've taken.”

“Kelly provided excellent resources, offered valuable, timely feedback, sought our feedback as the course progressed and created a nurturing atmosphere. The opportunity to both write and hone monologues and then hear our work performed by a professional actress exceeded my expectations of the class. I learned the freedom monologues offer in contrast to writing.”

“[I learned] better ways to approach monologue than the ways I'd been trying; liked that I cracked open a tough nut of a story in a new way, identifying the core problem Narrator needed to solve (which was different from the problem she was trying to solve).”

“Thank you so much for guiding us all into a most wondrous experience . . . and your attentive intelligence in keeping us on track and focused as each shared and bared depths.”

“Your class was awesome, inspiring and so very insightful. What gifts you bring and give. Thank you!”

“Your memoir-to-monologue class has inspired a whole new project. Thank you. And thanks to my classmates. I learned so much from each of you.”

 “Thank you for creating such a collaborative atmosphere of mutual support.”

For more information or to register, please use the form below and Kelly will get right back to you! Thanks!

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SPARKS: A Free Webinar For Transformative Language Arts (TLA) Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018
Jan
4
8:00 PM20:00

SPARKS: A Free Webinar For Transformative Language Arts (TLA) Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018

Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, 7 p.m. Central, 8 p.m. Eastern

Folktales, Funding, Erotica & Social Change: 

Transformation Classes for Your New Year!

Featuring: Lyn Ford, Jen Cross, Anya Achtenberg & Diane Silver Moderated: by Kelly DuMar

Sparks is a free bi-monthly webinar moderated by Kelly DuMar, interviewing notable Transformative Language Artists on their work, followed by a poetry, story & song open mic. Join us this month to learn about four exceptional TLA online classes for a presentation & discussion with teachers of four TLA upcoming classes, including:

Fantastic Folktales & Visionary Angles to Transform Our Stories // with Lyn Ford

Claiming Desire: Erotic Writing as Resistance // with Jen Cross

Writing for Social Change: Redream a Just World // with Anya Achtenberg

Funding Transformation: Grant Writing for Storytellers, Writers, Artists, Educators, & Activists // with Diane Silver

Poetry, Song & Story) Open Mic

And there’s more to share. Bring an original poem, song or story to share! This unique discussion and networking opportunity will be followed by an Open Mic. Everyone who participates in the webinar is welcome to share an original poem, story or song. Whether you’re reading your poetry aloud for the first time, or you’re a seasoned reader, this is a chance to share your creativity in the supportive presence of appreciative listeners. It’s a remarkably fun and moving experience.

Format of the Gathering

Kelly will interview Lyn, Jen, Anya & Diane for 30 minutes about their upcoming classes for TLA

We'll then have 10-15 minutes to ask questions and discuss TLA, your own practice, goals, or vision.

·       We’ll devote the next 15 minutes to the open mic  

·       You don’t need to be a member of TLAN to participate!

Register here to get the link attend.

Kelly will arrive on the videoconference at 6:45 p.m. CENTRAL so you can connect early & work out any glitches! You will receive links and numbers in your email after RSVPing. About Kelly DuMar

 

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Kelly DuMar is a poet, playwright and workshop facilitator from the Boston area. She’s author of two poetry chapbooks, All These Cures, (Lit House Press), and Tree of the Apple, (Two of Cups Press). Kelly is author of a non-fiction book, Before You Forget – The Wisdom of Writing Diaries for Your Children. Her poems, prose and photos are published in many literary journals including “Bellevue Review,” “Tupelo Quarterly,” “Poydras,” “Tiferet,” and more. Her award winning plays are produced around the US and are published by dramatic publishers. Kelly founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 11th year, and leads a variety of workshops for writers across the US, including The Mass. Poetry Festival, The International Women’s Writing Guild, The Power of Words Conference, Mass. Poetry Festival, the New England Theatre Conference, Playback Theatre North America Conference, and Winter Wheat.  She’s on the board & faculty of The International Women’s Writing Guild and produces the IWWG Summer Conference Play Lab and the Annual Boston Regional Writing From Your Life Retreat. Closer to home, she facilitates a weekly writing workshop for women, the Farm Pond Writer’s Collective, now in its third year. Kelly is a certified psychodramatist and a Fellow in the American Society for Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama. You can follow Kelly’s daily nature blog, “#NewThisDay Writing From My Photo Stream,” and join her mailing list at kellydumar.com

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