Poet, Playwright, Workshop Facilitator
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Upcoming Events


Boston IWWG Spring Writing From Your Life Retreat
May
6
9:00 am09:00

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

 

 

SPARKS - A Free Video-Conference Featuring True Story Theater
Apr
25
8:00 pm20:00

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!

IWWG Florida Writing Conference
Mar
25
9:00 am09:00

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
How Pictures Heal: A Six Week Online Class
Mar
1
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

http://www.tlan.org

http://www.tlan.org

Let's Talk TLA - With Special Guest Caits Meissner
Jan
11
8:00 pm20:00

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: 

Writing From Your Photo Stream - Student Day of Poetry
Dec
15
8:00 am08:00

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

Let's Talk TLA with Special Guest, Storyteller Doug Lipman
Nov
16
8:00 pm20:00

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:

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

Name *
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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
Berkshire Festival of Women Writers
Nov
6
3:00 pm15:00

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

Writing Truth & Beauty 6-Week Workshop - Using Your Personal Photos for Creative Inspiration
Sep
21
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
Our Voices Festival of Boston Area Women Playwrights
Sep
17
6:30 pm18:30

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

Sep
8
7:00 pm19:00

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.