Spring Poetry Retreat

March 12-15, 2017
Four-day retreat

Creekstone Inn

Faculty: Suzanne Lummis

Sunday evening to Wednesday noon.

All accomplished artistic expression requires a foundation in craft—think of acting, dance, film, painting, and the rigorous attention those artists bring to their work. The same is true of poetry. But why does some poetry strike us more forcibly and endure in our memory? Sometimes it’s the element of strangeness, the unexpected, a certain wildness that sets it apart, qualities that include craft but also transcend it. In this course, you will explore important components of your craft, including the art of the line-break, pacing, choices regarding structure and, particularly, the evolution of imagery and striking sensory details. Along with this, exercises and writing prompts will generate new work and encourage students to push boundaries, to surprise themselves and their readers.

Skill Level: Suitable for those reasonably familiar with a range of contemporary poets and who have had at least one serious writing workshop, one that involves conscientious feedback on student work.

Enrollment limited to 12 poets.

Tuition: $655, includes 5 workshops sessions, on-site breakfast (M, T, W), lunch (M, T), receptions, daily snacks, yoga session. Participants in this Writers Retreat receive a 15% discount on 2017 Summer Program Workshops.


To register, FIRST contact the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program Reigstrar at 951.468.7265, or summer@idyllwildarts.org.

Housing: $345 for a three-night, private room stay. All participants stay at the host inn site. After registering for the workshop/retreat through Idyllwild Arts, call to reserve your room at Creekstone Inn by calling 951.659.3342, or 800.409.2127.

Suzanne Lummis’ collection Open 24 Hours won the Blue Lynx Poetry Prize and was published by Lynx House Press. Individual poems have appeared in time-honored magazines, including Ploughshares, The Antioch Review, The Hudson Review and The New Yorker. She is co-editor of a new imprint of Beyond Baroque Books, The Pacific Coast Poetry Series, and edited its first publication, the anthology, Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, which The Los Angeles Times cited as one of the ten best books of 2015. www.suzannelummis.com