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Upcoming Events

Writing Truth & Beauty 6-Week Workshop - Using Your Personal Photos for Creative Inspiration
Oct
25
to Dec 6

Writing Truth & Beauty 6-Week Workshop - Using Your Personal Photos for Creative Inspiration

Six Week Sessions this Fall with the Farm Pond Writer's Collective  Sherborn, MA:

SESSION 2: Oct. 25 - Dec. 6, 2017

10:00 - 12:15 p.m.    

SPACE IS LIMITED

This workshop is appropriate for writers of all levels. Participants write from prompts, share work, and develop craft and art, as well as writing for personal insight and creative expression in poetry, memoir, personal essay & more. Once per session we have an intimate evening of "Open Readings" & desserts to share work in progress with invited guests - if you'd like to be invited please e-mail me! 

The workshop is held in a private residence on Farm Pond.  Cost: $150 per 6-week session. Please e-mail me about your interest, then mail a deposit of $30 to Kelly DuMar, P.O. Box 297, Sherborn, MA 01770 to hold your place. Contact Kellydumar@kellydumar.com

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
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SPARKS: Seeking Your Own Right Livelihood:  A Talk w/ Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg & Laura Packer
Nov
7
8:00pm 8:00pm

SPARKS: Seeking Your Own Right Livelihood: A Talk w/ Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg & Laura Packer

From Left to Right: Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg & Laura Packer

From Left to Right: Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg & Laura Packer

PLEASE JOIN THE VIDEOCONFERENCE November 7, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. EASTERN; 7:00 p.m. CENTRAL; 6:00 p.m. WESTCOAST

SPARKS! is a free bi-monthly video-conference moderated by Kelly DuMar, interviewing notable Transformative Language Artists on their work, followed by a poetry open mic.

Seeking your own best right livelihood in balance with your life, health, creativity, and community? Join us this time for a cozy conversation with Laura Packer and Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, who are facilitating the first Right Livelihood Professional Training through the TLA Network.

Constellations of Work, Art, Self-Care, and Life:A Conversation with Laura Packer & Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg


Laura and Caryn will share stories, strategies, and tips about how they continually dance with their own constellations of making art (Laura is a storyteller and Caryn a writer), practicing self-care, and evolving ways of making a living. They'll also answer questions about the Right Livelihood Professional Training and how it supports writers, storytellers, performers, educators, coaches, healers, and others in finding their best constellation of work.

ABOUT OUR SPECIAL GUESTS

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is the 2009-13 Kansas Poet Laureate; author of more than 20 books of poetry, fiction, memoir, and anthologies; and founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College where she teaches. She is also certified in poetry therapy.

Laura Packer is an award-winning storyteller, and works regularly as a storytelling coach and as a consultant with many non-profit organizations and businesses. See more at

PLEASE NOTE: WE MEET AT 8 P.M. EASTERN, 7 P.M. CENTRAL


JOIN OUR 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

— Kelly will interview the special guest for 30 minutes
— 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 or so minutes to the open mic poetry readings.
—You don’t need to be a member of TLAN to participate!

JOINING THE CALL

RSVP here to receive Zoom call-in information: https://www.tlanetwork.org/event-2661375

Kelly will arrive on the video conference at 6:45 p.m. CENTRAL so you can connect early & work out any glitches!

ABOUT THE MODERATOR

Kelly DuMar, M.Ed. is a playwright and poet who facilitates expressive arts writing workshops for creative writers 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, including “Lumina Online,” “Corium,” “Cape Cod Review,” “Kindred,” “Apeiron,” and “Tupelo Quarterly,” and her award-winning poetry chapbook, “All These Cures,” was published by Lit House Press in 2014. Her newest chapbook, Tree of the Apple, was published by Two of Cups Press (2017). Kelly’s 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 11th year, and she moderates, SPARKS!, a bi-monthly teleconference and poetry open mic for the Transformative Language Arts Association. Kelly is a certified psychodramatist and a Fellow in the American Society for Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, and a member of Playback North America. Her website is kellydumar.com, and she blogs daily in #NewThisDay Writing From My Photo S

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Student Day of Poetry with Mass. Poetry
Dec
14
8:00am 8:00am

Student Day of Poetry with Mass. Poetry

I'm looking forward to presenting two writing workshops for middle schoolers: Your Pictures as Poetry - Writing From Your Photo Stream

JOIN US THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14 FOR THE STATEWIDE STUDENT DAY OF POETRY FESTIVAL AT UMASS BOSTON

Mass Poetry is returning to UMass Boston for an SDOP Festival for over 1,000 students grades 6 - 12. Students will attend two writing-generative workshops of their choice, led by top poet educators, as well as participate in a performance and an open mic.

Stay tuned as we add poets to the line-up!

Registration is $50 per school. Email sara@masspoetry.org to sign up your students.

MassPoetry.org

MassPoetry.org

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Our Voices XI Festival of Boston Area Women Playwrights
Sep
24
10:00am10:00am

Our Voices XI Festival of Boston Area Women Playwrights

Join Us for This Free Event September 24, 2017 Showcasing Plays & Monologues by Boston Area Women Writers!

The 11th Annual Our Voices Festival of Boston Area Women Playwrights will take place September 24, 2017 6:30 p.m. at Wellesley College in the Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre, Alumnae Hall. This FREE event is open to the public, and we hope you'll join us to support new writing by Boston area women playwrights. We start with a reception (refreshments) at 6:30 p.m., and doors open at 6:50, and seats are first come first served. The new plays and monologues will feature the talents of some of Boston's best actors and directors performing new plays by: 

Anne Marilyn Lucas    My Husband’s Keeper
Zahra A. Belyea   An Editorial
Sue Huggans  The Way Out
Phyllis Rittner Nobody’s Sweetie
Alicia Olivo Flood
Kathleen Miller Blue Socks
Lida McGirr   A House Divided
Andrea Fleck Clardy Forbidden Friend
Hortense Gerardo Virtuous Reality
Kelly, Franci & Perri DuMar Run Aways

(Please note: Not in order of lineup)

Our Voices Mission: Our Voices aims to nourish Boston area women playwrights by providing a supportive, inspirational setting for developing our unique voices and sharing our vision by presenting plays and monologues in process with talented actors and directors in front of an audience. Over the past eleven years Our Voices has supported over 150 women writers to develop work for the stage. The festival is supported by the generosity of Nora Hussey and the Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre, Wellesley College.

Preceding the evening of staged readings, an all-day development workshop for selected playwrights to share works in progress for discussion, features:

Daytime Reading Assignments:

Mickey Coburn The Left Bower

Fabiola Decius  Draped in History

Cass von Braun The Legend of Will o’ the Wisp

Carole Frohlich   Double Jeopardy

Elise Griffin   A Presidency

Geralyn Horton   Vice Presidential

Ann Marie Shea  At Your Service

Rosie Rosenzweig A Ghost

Wellesley College is located at 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA. The Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre is in the basement of Alumnae Hall, which is wheelchair accessible. There is free parking in the garage across from Alumnae Hall.

Directions Link:  https://www.wellesley.edu/sites/default/files/assets/departments/slater/files/incoming/campus_map.pdf

For more information, contact founder and producer Kelly DuMar (KellyDuMar@gmail.com) or call her at 508.647.0596

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SPARKS: A Free Videoconference Interview with Author Gregg Levoy, Moderated by Kelly DuMar & Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
Sep
6
8:00pm 8:00pm

SPARKS: A Free Videoconference Interview with Author Gregg Levoy, Moderated by Kelly DuMar & Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Please join me, Sept. 6, 2017, 8:00 p.m. EASTERN, 7:00 p.m. (CENTRAL) for SPARKS: A FREE Videoconference & Poetry Open Mic with special guest, author Gregg Levoy. 

“Finding & Following Your Passion & Calling” with special guest, Author Gregg Levoy

Moderated by Kelly DuMar & Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg for the Transformative Language Arts Assoc. RSVP here

ABOUT GREGG LEVOY:

Gregg Levoy is the author of Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion (Penguin), and Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life (Random House)—rated among the "Top 20 Career Publications" by the Workforce Information Group. He is also the former "behavioral specialist" at USA Today and a regular blogger for Psychology Today

As a speaker, he has presented at the Smithsonian Institution, Environmental Protection Agency, Microsoft, National Conference on Positive Aging, American Counseling Association, National Career Development Association, and many others, and been a frequent guest of the media, including ABC-TV, CNN, NPR and PBS.

A former adjunct professor of journalism at the University of New Mexico, and former columnist and reporter for USA Today and the Cincinnati Enquirer, he has written for the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Omni, Psychology Today, Fast Company, Reader’s Digest, and many others. His website is www.gregglevoy.com.

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Your Memoir as Monologue: How to Create Dynamic Dramatic Monologues About Healing & Transformation
Sep
6
to Oct 17

Your Memoir as Monologue: How to Create Dynamic Dramatic Monologues About Healing & Transformation

A Six-week Online Class Taught by Kelly DuMar for the Transformative Language Arts Network (TLAN)

There’s beauty and meaning to mine from your life story, and this workshop will help you artistically express what you’ve overcome and achieved, and creatively share your experience to benefit others through the medium of theatre. You’ll learn how to write successful dramatic monologues based on your life that are personally meaningful, emotionally satisfying, and relevant and engaging for an audience. In class, through thematic writing prompts and creative exploration, you’ll develop your ordinary and extraordinary life experiences into powerful, dramatic monologues that can be performed – by you or an actor – with universal appeal. In class meetings will present elements of dramatic structure and explore the artistic qualities necessary for an effective dramatic monologue. We’ll explore the role of conflict, plot, communicating subtext, voice, narrative, and the importance of set-up. New writing will be generated in and out of class, shared in class and aspects of revision will be presented and practiced. Beginning and experienced writers in any genre are welcome! Read an interview here with Kelly on this dynamic class.

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.
— Diane Glass, Class Member 2016

TO LEARN MORE

TO REGISTER

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 “Tupelo Quarterly,” “Poydras,” “Tiferet,” “Kindred,” “The Good Men Project.” 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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Writing Truth & Beauty Weekly Workshop - Fall Session
Sep
6
to Oct 11

Writing Truth & Beauty Weekly Workshop - Fall Session

Writing Truth & Beauty - Using Your Personal Photos for Creative Inspiration

FALL SESSION: Sept. 6-Oct. 11, 2017

10:00 - 12:15 SPACE LIMITED

This workshop is appropriate for writers of all levels. Participants write from prompts, share work, and develop craft and art, as well as writing for personal insight and creative expression in poetry, memoir, personal essay & more. Once per session we have an intimate evening of "Open Readings" & desserts to share work in progress with invited guests - if you'd like to be invited please e-mail me! The weekly workshop is held in a private residence on Farm Pond.  

Cost: $150 per 6-week session. Please e-mail me about your interest, then mail a deposit of $30 to Kelly DuMar, P.O. Box 297, Sherborn, MA 01770 to hold your place. ontact Kellydumar@gmail.com

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Psychodrama & Writing Workshop August 19, 2017, Power of Words Conference
Aug
19
1:15pm 1:15pm

Psychodrama & Writing Workshop August 19, 2017, Power of Words Conference

Psychodrama, Writing, & Imagination: Playful Tools for Healing, Growth, & Change, Ferry Beach, Saco, Maine

Psychodrama is a powerful – and playful - modality for healing, growth, role-training and personal/community transformation. Psychodramatic tools are marvelously creative and can be applied with dynamic results in (1) writing workshops (2) therapeutic relationships, and (3) in the development of your own writing. In this workshop, you’ll be introduced to key elements of psychodrama (role reversal, doubling, auxiliary roles, surplus reality, empty chair & more) and have the chance to practice psychodrama based writing warm-ups for use in a variety of settings. No background in psychodrama is necessary and 1.5 training hours may be earned.

Kelly DuMar, M.Ed. is a playwright and poet who facilitates creative writing & expressive arts workshops across the US. Her poems are published widely in literary journals and her plays are published by dramatic publishers. Kelly’s newest chapbook, Tree of the Apple, was published by Two of Cups Press in 2107. Kelly is a certified psychodramatist and a Fellow in the American Society for Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama. She serves on the board and faculty of the International Women’s Writing Guild and she facilitates Sparks!, a bi-monthly poetry, story, and song videoconference for TLAN. Her website is kellydumar.com. 

To Register for the Power of Words Conference: Go here

More About Why to Attend the POWER OF WORDS Conference, Ferry Beach, Saco, Maine Aug. 18-20

Join us August 18th-20th, 2017 at Ferry Beach in Saco, Maine for our 14th Power of Words Conference: Transformation, Liberation, and Celebration Through the Spoken, Written, and Sung Word, with workshops, performances, talking circles, celebration, and more, featuring writers, storytellers, performers, musicians, community leaders, activists, educators, and health professionals.

The conference, founded in 2003, features workshops in four tracks: narrative medicine, social change, right livelihood (and making a living through the arts), ecological literacy, and engaged spirituality.

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Writing & Producing Your 10-Minute Play or Monologue
Jul
7
to Jul 14

Writing & Producing Your 10-Minute Play or Monologue

I'm pleased to be presenting a weeklong workshop for my 5th summer at the 40th Annual IWWG Summer Conference at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, July 7-14, 2017

Writing & Producing Your 10-Minute Play or Monologue

Have you always wanted to write for the stage, but didn’t know how to begin? Over the past decade, short play festivals have become a regular feature of theatre companies, offering both novice and experienced playwrights the opportunity to see their writing performed. Participants will develop in class (or bring to class) a working draft of either (1) a ten-minute play, or (2) a short monologue or excerpt from a one-woman show. Through in-class writing, discussion, script reading, and revision, we will explore theatrical structure, setup, dialogue, plot, character development, subtext, theme, theatricality, and elements of production. We’ll discuss successful ten-minute plays and monologues, applying tools for avoiding common pitfalls. This workshop culminates in a developmental staged reading on Wednesday evening (open to all conference attendees), where actors will read your play on stage so you can hear your script and respond to feedback. The final session focuses on revision and submitting to play festivals for production. No prior playwriting experience is required. 

TO LEARN MORE & REGISTER for the 40th Annual IWWG Summer Writing Intensive and discover the 30 plus multi-genre writing workshops we're offering - go to IWWG Events and join us!

Play Readings from 2016 Workshop pictured below featuring Chuck Bergman, Karen Devaney and Heather Summerhayes Cariou

About Kelly DuMar

Kelly DuMar is a playwright and poet from the Boston area, whose recent workshop presentations include the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, the Power of Words Conference, True Story Theater, Berkshire Women Writers, Playback North America, and the New England Theatre Conference. She is the author of a nonfiction book, Before You Forget – The Wisdom of Writing Diaries for Your Children, and won the Lit House Press Poetry Chapbook Award for All These Cures. Her newest poetry and prose chapbook, Tree of the Apple, was published by Two of Cups Press this year. Kelly’s award-winning plays and monologues are produced around the US and Canada. Her award-winning one-act play for youth, The Adventures of Rocky & Skye, was published by Youth Plays. Kelly is a past president of Playwrights’ Platform, Boston, where she led play development activities for many years. She founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College. / www.KellyDuMar.com

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Boston Poetry Salon Featured Poet
Jun
23
7:00pm 7:00pm

Boston Poetry Salon Featured Poet

June 23, 2017, 7 p.m. I'm thrilled to be the featured poet at the Boston Poetry Salon. I'll be reading for approximately 30 minutes, both recent and older poems. Please join us at a private home near Symphony Hall in Boston. To RSVP, please e-mail Tom Daley

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Boston IWWG Spring Writing From Your Life Retreat
May
6
9:00am 9:00am

Boston IWWG Spring Writing From Your Life Retreat

Mark your calendar now for the 2nd Annual IWWG (International Women's Writing Guild) Writing From Your Life Retreat

May 6, 2017 Metrowest Boston (Medfield, MA)

Produced by Kelly DuMar

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

http://www.iwwg.org/events

 

 

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SPARKS - A Free Video-Conference Featuring True Story Theater
Apr
25
8:00pm 8:00pm

SPARKS - A Free Video-Conference Featuring True Story Theater

Sparks! with True Story Theatre

True Story Theater Troupe

True Story Theater Troupe

A Free Online Gathering for Poetry, Stories, and Songs, sponsored by the Transformative Language Arts Association

April 25, 2017   7pm CENTRAL, 8pm EASTERN

Moderated by Kelly DuMar, with special guests from True Story Theater

Sparks, formally known as Let's Talk TLA, is a free bi-monthly teleconference moderated by Kelly DuMar, TLAN Membership Chair, interviewing notable Transformative Language Artists on their work, followed by a poetry open mic.

Read more information about True Story Theater

Register in advance here to join the call on Zoom

Also, Sign Up for the Poetry Open Mic!

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 Christopher Ellinger, artistic director of True Story Theater and other members on the call for 30 minutes about their unique form of Playback Theatre..

  • 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 or so minutes to the open mic poetry readings.

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

Kelly will arrive on the video conference at 6:30 p.m. CENTRAL so you can connect early & work out any glitches!

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IWWG Florida Writing Conference
Mar
25
9:00am 9:00am

IWWG Florida Writing Conference

2nd Annual Florida Regional IWWG Writing Conference, Ponte Vedra, FL, co-sponsored by the Riverwood Writer's Group

Registration will open soon - please contact IWWG@gmail.com for more info

Two Half-Day Workshops Featuring IWWG Faculty:

Kelly DuMar – Writing Truth & Beauty: Using Your Personal Photos for Creative Writing in Poetry & Prose

Judith Huge - Making More of Memoir: Tools for Drawing Readers To and Into Your Own Non-Fiction Writing

 

http://www.iwwg.org/events
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How Pictures Heal: A Six Week Online Class
Mar
1
to Apr 11

How Pictures Heal: A Six Week Online Class

March 1 – April 11, 2017

How Pictures Heal – Honoring Memory & Loss through Expressive Writing from Personal Photos – Taught by Kelly DuMar

Kelly will facilitate this six week online class through The Transformative Language Arts Association. Details about how to register will be posted soon. For more information, go to TLAN.

About the Workshop:  We all take, save, inherit and treasure, photographs of the people, places and things that bring meaning and mystery, love and loss, into our lives. Writing from photos allows us to express the truth of what we feel and haven’t said, and capture the beauty and deeper meaning of an image in words. In this course, writers and TLA practitioners at all levels of experience will imaginatively encounter personal photos with questions that generate remarkable writing experiences. You’ll let the images “speak” - writing poetry, memoir, or stories that capture personalities, relationships, rites of passage, cultural identity and family history. You’ll explore stories about your loved ones and your lives that help you honor, probe and preserve memories, find purpose and meaning amidst loss and change, and express truth and beauty from relationships after loss. For 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.

Register Here!

Your class was awesome, inspiring and so very insightful. What gifts you bring and give. Thank you!
— WORKSHOP PARTICIPANT 2015
Fiddlehead, Photo by Kelly DuMar 2016

Fiddlehead, Photo by Kelly DuMar 2016

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Let's Talk TLA - With Special Guest Caits Meissner
Jan
11
8:00pm 8:00pm

Let's Talk TLA - With Special Guest Caits Meissner

A FREE Online Salon & Poetry Open Mic

8 – 9:15 pm (Eastern), 7- 8:15 p.m. (Central)

"The Poetics of Witness: The Ethics of the Writer in Community and on the Page,” with Guest Poet, Artist, and Teacher, Caits Meissner

Moderated by Kelly DuMar, Including a Poetry Open Mic! Register for free here.

We hope you’ll join us for our next TLA sponsored bi-monthly videoconference featuring poet, artist and teacher, Caits Meissner, when we’ll explore her ideas about writing poetry and she will read from her new book.

How does one decide it's okay to write beyond these margins? What questions must the author consider in the act of witnessing? How do we write about our lives, which are entangled with the lives of others, in ways that are fair, loving and ethical? Caits Meissner's new hybrid poetry book, Let It Die Hungry, uses poetry, prosaic notes, illustrations and extensive writing prompts to grapple with questions of identity, crossing cultural lines and teaching in public school, a needle exchange and prison. Poet John Murrillo calls her, "a clear eyed witness with an intense lyric sensibility, her poems illuminate the shadows of self and society that lie outside the margins of acceptable discourse."

About Caits: She's the author of the hybrid poetry book Let It Die Hungry, and The Letter All Your Friends Have Written You, co-written with poet Tishon Woolcock. Her work has won awards and is published or forthcoming in many journals and anthologies including The Literary Review, Narrative, The Offing, Adroit and Drunken Boat. Multidisciplinary by nature, Caits experiments with writing's relationship to illustrations and sound. In 2010 her album, the wolf & me, was released to accolades on platforms such as Okayplayer. "Fresh, honest and loving," Erykah Badu called Caits' blend of poetry and music, naming her, "a delicate heart like mine." With a long history in community arts, Caits currently teaches in prison, public school, and at City College and The New School University. You can help Caits bring free creative writing workshops and collaborative readings to incarcerated writers! Learn more: tinyurl.com/prisonpoetry
or go to www.caitsmeissner.com

Please, join us for this unique discussion and networking opportunity 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. 

This meeting is free and open to the public, and you can join by following the links below: 

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Writing From Your Photo Stream - Student Day of Poetry
Dec
15
8:00am 8:00am

Writing From Your Photo Stream - Student Day of Poetry

Your Pictures As Poetry: Writing From Your Photo Stream
Kelly DuMar

Our photo streams show what we care about and hope to preserve, what moves and mystifies us, the people, places and experiences that bring meaning into our lives. In this workshop, we’ll write poetically from personal photos that arrest our attention and unpack why they do. Writing poetry 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 in words. We’ll shape images into poems that reveal our personalities, identity relationships and creativity. Please bring photos to work from!

Kelly will present two 70-minute Writing From Your Photo Stream writing workshops for middle and high school students,

2016 Mass. Poetry Statewide Student Day of Poetry, UMass Boston

December 15 at UMass Boston for the 2016 Statewide Student Day of Poetry. Hundreds of middle and high school students will gather for writing-generative workshops with established poet educators, a poetry performance, and a student open mic. For more information email sara@masspoetry.org.

Mass. Poetry Student Day of Poetry Assembly

Mass. Poetry Student Day of Poetry Assembly

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Let's Talk TLA with Special Guest, Storyteller Doug Lipman
Nov
16
8:00pm 8:00pm

Let's Talk TLA with Special Guest, Storyteller Doug Lipman

A FREE Online Salon & Poetry Open Mic

Creating Experiences of Social Change through Storytelling & The Arts, featuring, Storyteller & Coach, Doug Lipman

Moderated by Kelly DuMar, Including a Poetry Open Mic!

We hope you’ll join us for our next bi-monthly TLA videoconference featuring storyteller and coach Doug Lipman, when we’ll explore Doug’s ideas about the arts and social change.

We don’t have to talk about social change to create it,” Doug says. “Instead, if we teach and perform in accordance with our values, the process moves people toward change, without relying purely on the content of what we say. Artistic processes like storytelling, singing, dancing, and poetry help us discover and express our highest values and create experiences for others that open them to their true humanity. TLA artists and activists can inspire each other to discover an enlarging web of activities that help people align themselves with currents that will help move us toward a more just, supportive, and enlightened society. The connection between process and change is helping people experience values necessary to a more just society.

Please, join us for this unique discussion and networking opportunity 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 for the videoconference:

  • Kelly will interview Doug on the call for 30 minutes - we’ll then have 10-15 minutes to ask questions & discuss TLA, your own practice, goals, or vision.
  • We’ll devote the next 15 or so minutes to the open mic poetry readings – bring an original poem to share!
  • You don’t need to be a member of TLAN or registered for a class to participate!

ABOUT DOUG LIPMAN:  In 1970, Doug was a struggling teacher of troubled adolescents. He had given up connecting with them when one day, by accident, he found himself telling them a story. They responded! Ever since, he has pursued the transformative power of storytelling. Over the decades of teaching, performing and writing, Doug has noticed how storytelling, language, and the creative process can set in motion the requisites for social change. His ongoing search for effective ways to teach the transformative power of storytelling has led to projects such as a new paradigm for coaching storytellers. To learn more about Doug, go here.

This meeting is free and open to the public, and you can join by following the links below:

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FREE ONLINE WORKSHOP: Writing Truth & Beauty - Using Your Personal Photos for Creative Inspiration
Nov
9
to Dec 28

FREE ONLINE WORKSHOP: Writing Truth & Beauty - Using Your Personal Photos for Creative Inspiration

FREE Wed. Evening Nov. 9, 2016 7:30-9:00 p.m. (EASTERN) via video-conference call

About the Workshop:  We all take, save, inherit and treasure, photographs of the people, places and things that bring meaning and mystery, love and loss, into our lives. Writing from photos allows us to express the truth of what we feel and haven’t said, and capture the beauty and deeper meaning of an image in words. My Writing Truth & Beauty process guides you to explore the unspoken world of your images. By answering prompts, you’ll generate remarkable raw material that reveals insight and emotion you can shape into beautiful, original writing. Then, we’ll explore ideas and suggestions for revision. You may join for FREE via Zoom videoconference using your computer's camera or your phone's audio. More info upon registration. Please choose a photo to write from in advance of the workshop. Appropriate for all levels of writers from beginning to advanced. I hope you'll join me for this powerful writing workshop! 

To Register: Please fill out & submit:

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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 2015
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Berkshire Festival of Women Writers
Nov
6
3:00pm 3:00pm

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

Telling Truth & Beauty: Writing, Telling and Playing Back Personal Stories

A Workshop for The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers - FREE

Sunday, November 6, 3 - 5 p.m., Lean In with the BFWW, Shaker Dam Coffeehouse and Stanmeyer Gallery, 2 Main Street, West Stockbridge. 

Our November Lean In will feature special guest Kelly DuMar, who will offer a lively workshop on taking the risk of sharing your stories and helping other women writers do the same. 

Kelly’s workshop, “Telling Truth & Beauty: Writing, Telling and Playing Back Personal Stories,” will involve writing and improvisational acting, co-creating spontaneous art in an intimate setting with deep listening and creative response. 

Jo Salas, in her description of Playback Theatre from Improvising Real Life, says effective artistic expression is not the exclusive province of the professional… and all of us are able to reach into ourselves to create a thing of beauty that can touch other hearts. 

This workshop will give you wonderful tools to develop new writing and structures and the chance to express the wisdom, truth and beauty of your stories. 

The Lean In sessions are free, with no advance registration needed. Hosted by Anastasia Stanmeyer, editor of Berkshire Magazine, and Jennifer Browdy. Come with some interesting stories from your life to share!

From a Telling Truth & Beauty Workshop at the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, March 2016

From a Telling Truth & Beauty Workshop at the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, March 2016

“Kelly had women dancing on their toes, inspiring each other with personal revelations put into action on the intimate stage of our sitting room. Kelly’s deft handling of tender material coaxed reluctant creators out of their seats and into dynamic compositions that had us laughing, crying and in awed silence. Magic was afoot!” — PARTICIPANT, TELLING TRUTH & BEAUTY WORKSHOP, 2015

“Kelly had women dancing on their toes, inspiring each other with personal revelations put into action on the intimate stage of our sitting room. Kelly’s deft handling of tender material coaxed reluctant creators out of their seats and into dynamic compositions that had us laughing, crying and in awed silence. Magic was afoot!”

— PARTICIPANT, TELLING TRUTH & BEAUTY WORKSHOP, 2015

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Writing Truth & Beauty 6-Week Workshop - Using Your Personal Photos for Creative Inspiration
Sep
21
to Nov 2

Writing Truth & Beauty 6-Week Workshop - Using Your Personal Photos for Creative Inspiration

Openings this fall in Two Consecutive Six Week Sessions this Fall with the Farm Pond Writer's Collective I lead in Sherborn, MA:

SESSION 1: Sept. 21-Nov. 2  

10:00 - 12:15 p.m.     CURRENTLY CLOSED

SESSION 2: Nov. 9-Dec. 21

10:00 - 12:15     LIMITED OPENINGS

This workshop is appropriate for writers of all levels. Participants write from prompts, share work, and develop craft and art, as well as writing for personal insight and creative expression in poetry, memoir, personal essay & more. Once per session we have an intimate evening of "Open Readings" & desserts to share work in progress with invited guests - if you'd like to be invited please e-mail me! 

The workshop is held in a private residence on Farm Pond.  Cost: $150 per 6-week session. Please e-mail me about your interest, then mail a deposit of $30 to Kelly DuMar, P.O. Box 297, Sherborn, MA 01770 to hold your place. Contact Kellydumar@kellydumar.com

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 2015
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Our Voices Festival of Boston Area Women Playwrights
Sep
17
6:30pm 6:30pm

Our Voices Festival of Boston Area Women Playwrights

Our Voices X - Welcome to the 10th Anniversary Celebration of Boston Area Women Playwrights ~ FREE & OPEN to the public - you're invited to an evening of staged reading which starts at 6:30 p.m.in the Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre, Alumnae Hall, Wellesley College, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA. The evening begins with a cracker, cheese & sweets reception to meet the playwrights in the lobby. Seating is first come/first served. Playwright Lineup includes:

Deniz Khateri, Andrea Fleck Clardy, Phyllis Rittner, Griffen Hoyle, Kelly DuMar, Johanna Skouras, Hortense Gerardo, Lida McGirr, Ann Marie Shea & Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro. This exciting line-up of plays will be followed by an audience-interactive performance by Arlington based True Story Theater. 

For more info e-mail Our Voices Founder & Producer kellydumar@kellydumar.com

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Sep
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Let's Talk TLA - Free Video-Conference & Poetry Open Mic

PLEASE NOTE TIME ZONE: STARTS AT 7:00 PM CENTRAL/8:00 PM EASTERN

Location: Tele-Conference RSVP Here

A Free Tele-Conference Interview with TLA Network Online Class Facilitators, Followed by a Poetry Open Mic!

Moderated by Kelly DuMar & Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

We hope you’ll join us in this video-conference (online or phone) preview of 2016 fall/winter TLA workshops! Kelly DuMar, membership chair of TLAN, and Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, TLA Founder, will interview upcoming TLAN instructors to “preview” their workshops and information about TLA certification.

Whether you’re already registered for an online TLA fall/winter class or you’re wondering what’s in store – this is your chance to freely ask questions about what the classes will be like, meet the instructors, and learn about the TLA certification program. Instructors participating on the video-conference include:

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.

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