Armand Brint is excited to announce that the 2017 poetry workshop will be the first to use his new book, Bringing Poems to Life: Sixteen Keys to Make Your Poems Sing. This book was developed out of his Art Stay workshops. The book is intended to enrich the residential workshop experience. And, for the first time, workshop participants will be able to take the workshop home (in book form) after the Art Stay concludes.
Bringing Poems to Life workshop will focus on practical writing exercises, focused discussions, and close readings of example poems—in order to illustrate each of the 16 Keys in Armand’s book. The workshop allows plenty of time for constructive critiques of workshop members’ poems. Participants will meet in the morning and afternoon, and there will be ample opportunities to write while enjoying the beauty of the Eel River and Emandal Farm. Workshop members will have the opportunity to read a poem or two to the whole ArtStay group in the evenings.
The Goals of Bringing Poems to Life are to improve craft, deepen understanding of language, enhance the poem’s musical elements, boost the poem’s energy and feel more confident about the poem-making process. While the workshop specifically addresses poetry, it’s applicable to all kinds of creative writing. The workshop is geared to beginners and more experienced poets. All are welcome.
Additional Supply Fee: $15 for a copy of Bringing Poems to Life: Sixteen Keys to Make Your Poems Sing and a package of handouts.
Additional Supplies Participants Should Bring to the Workshop: Along with paper and pencils, it’s useful to bring a laptop. Bring 3-5 poems from your favorite authors (participants will have a chance to read these in the workshop). Also, bring your own recent “finished” poems you’d like feedback on, as well as poems.in progress. In addition we’ll be composing new work in the workshop. (Workshop participants will be able to print out copies of poems on the Emandal printer/copier.)
“Armand Brint’s Poetry Workshop in 2016 was delightful, stimulating, educational and great fun. His teaching and listening skills are superb with just the right amount of push and praise.” — Carlin Diamond
“Armand Brint is well qualified in training and experience to conduct a superior poetry workshop. We were led to surpass ourselves continually. Further, the accommodations at beautiful Emandal Farm will surely exceed even the best expectations.” — Gordon Black
“Inspiring and innovative in his writing prompts, and kind but direct in his feedback, Armand improved all our writing by ArtStay’s conclusion. He is a remarkable poet, and a talented teacher.” – Susan Duncan
About the Instructor
Armand Brint has lived in Ukiah for almost 30 years. He was appointed as the City of Ukiah’s first Poet laureate from 2001 to 2003. Armand is the author of three volumes of poetry, Schools of Light, Linwood Publishers, 1995; The League of Slow Cities, Tenacity Press, 2001; and In the Name of Wonder, Haley’s Press, 2014. Armand has recently completed a new collection of poems, The Book of Second Chances and a book on writing poetry, titled, Bringing Poems to Life: Sixteen Keys to Make Your Poems Sing. Armand is the recipient of the 2013 Jane Reichhold International Prize for Haiku. Armand teaches poetry workshops through the Emandal Farm’s residential Art Stay Program.