Monday, June 6, 2016

August Poetry Workshop: Writing Your Life in Verse

“The Best Words in the Best Order”: Writing Your Life in Verse

Saturday, August 13, 2016

“Prose is words in their best order; Poetry is the best words in their best order.” ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Poetry can evoke an emotional response in a way that prose is not always able to do. In poetry, each word (and word choice) is precise and important. Writing, or at least exploring, poetry can be a valuable technique for memoir writers, as it forces writers to condense a feeling or story into its essence. In this workshop, we will read, discuss, and analyze works of published poetry. We will talk about word choice and imagery, and discuss and compare different poetic forms. Using a variety of prompts, we will work together to create images and emotions in poetry, and there will be opportunity to work and share individual works, as well.

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Where: Hilton Garden Inn, 720 Eagleview Boulevard East, Exton, PA 19341

What to Bring: Favorite writing tools

This workshop is open to all members of the Women's Writing Circle.

Please RSVP: Susan Weidener:

Cost is $30 for non-members of the Women's Writing Circle. Workshop includes free coffee and tea. Space is limited for non-members.
Merril D. Smith

Instructor: Merril D. Smith is an independent scholar and poet. She holds a Ph.D. in American History from Temple University. Her published work covers a range of topics from troubled marriage in eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Pennsylvania, to gender roles, sexuality, rape, and food history. She is working on a book of poetry. You can find out more at

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