Teen Poetry Retreat


Saturday, October 8
9:00 – 5:00
Lunch and afternoon snack included
Limited to 10 participants
See below for details and/or
to pay in installments, and for
scholarship information.




On Saturday, October 8, 2016 Sundog Poetry Center Inc. will host its first Teen Poetry Retreat for high school youth. Poets and teaching artists Tamra Higgins and Lizzy Fox will engage students in reading, discussion, and writing of literature in an off-campus setting modeled after college writing workshops.

Geared toward sophomores, juniors, and seniors, the retreat will focus on contemporary narrative poems and be held at in Jeffersonville, Vermont.

The event will run from 9:00-5:00 pm. click for more The retreat is limited to 10 participants in order to ensure a high-quality experience. As a follow-up to the retreat, students will be invited to participate in Poetry People on Tuesday, October 11 at Jeffersonville’s Varnum Library to share their work if they wish.

The retreat program is a great way to meet students’ Personalized Learning Plans as well as several of Vermont’s Common Core Standards:
• Reading Standards for Literature, Grades 11 – 12, # 4 and #7
• Writing Standards for Writing, Grades 9 – 12, #3, in particular sections b and d
• Speaking and Listening Standards for Grades 11 – 12, #1
• Language Standards for Grades 9 -12, #3 and #7

Learning objectives of the retreat include:
• Students will be able to analyze and practice figurative and connotative language in poetry
• Students will be able to integrate multiple sources and approaches into their original work.
• Students will be able to utilize narrative techniques in crafting original poetry.
• Students will be able to exercise precision in the selection of words, phrases, details,and sensory language.
• Students will be able to participate effectively in discussions of literary craft.
• Students will be able to make effective stylistic decisions in their original poetry.

Tuition: The cost for each student is $200, which includes lunch and afternoon snack. Please email sundogpoetry@gmail.com or call 802.598.0340 to discuss payment options. Due to generous donations by Vermonters who believe in the power of poetry, Justin Marsh and Ann B. Day, and due to a grant provided by the Cambridge Arts Council, partial scholarships are available and even a full scholarship is a possibility. Please inquire about the possibility of a scholarship to info@sundogpoetry.org.

Continue Tamra J. Higgins holds an MFA from the Stonecoast Writing Program, University of Southern Maine and a M.Ed. from Johnson State College. In addition to being a teacher in the Vermont public schools for 20 years, she is a teaching artist with the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). Tamra is the founder and co-president of Sundog Poetry Center, Inc., a nonprofit 501c3 organization that promotes poets and poetry throughout Vermont and is Past President of the Poetry Society of Vermont,finishing a three-year term in October, 2015. Her work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Passagers, Modern Haiku, Avocet, The Aurorean, The Mountain Troubadour, Vermont Magazine, and other publications. She is the author of Nothing Saved Us: Poems of the Korean War and co-editor of Tasteful Traditions: A Collection of Cambridge History, Memories, and Family Recipes. She lives in Jeffersonville, Vermont.
dating a philly girl Lizzy Fox is a poet and educator whose work has appeared in the Burlington Writers Workshop 2013 Anthology, The Southern Tablet, The Mountain Troubadour, and the Helen Day Art Center’s Exposed Exhibition. She is a recipient of the Laura J. Spooner Prize and the Corrine Eastman Davis Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of Vermont. Lizzy teaches writing and performance workshops in partnership with the Vermont Arts Council’s Poetry Out Loud program, Flynn Arts, The New England Young Writers Conference at Bread Loaf, and countless schools. She is currently an MFA in writing candidate at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.


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