"Into the Words"—LVW's Summer Retreat and Member Showcase!
Read all about the event in the June Edition of League Lines
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General Overview: In the earliest days of the League, programs for members centered around gathering to share ideas and to spend time together. In efforts to build a stronger community and bring LVW back to “its roots,” a special Summer Program Planning Committee has worked to orchestrate a day-long retreat that pays homage to LVW members.
Purposefully named “Into the Words” playing off the hit-musical and movie Into the Woods, event planners wanted to create that feeling of getting lost in the thing that you love (words) with people who share that adoration (writers). The day will be comprised of members showcasing their skills and talents by leading a variety of ½-hour and hour-long sessions (from craft to publishing to the writing life) and exhibiting their work in a designated “Member Showcase” area.
There will also be a lunch break (this is a bring-your-own!) mid-day that will feature a reading of the 10-minute play, Fish and Game, written by member Marge Sharp, and a reading from our host, Jerry Johnson. Johnson will read from his books Up the Creek Without a Saddle and Noah’s Song. The rest of lunch will be devoted to time to mingle.
After several more sessions during the afternoon, LVW is offering an ice cream and watermelon social. During this time, member Mark Pendergast, accompanied by Sophia Donforth, will sing some his poems that have been set to music. And, once again, the remainder of the time will be spent in socializing and community building.
Throughout the day there will be a fundraising tag-sale and a storytelling open-mic lead by member Recille Hamrell. This won’t be a traditional open mic, so don’t come with anything prepared. In addition, it’s important to note that as part of the ambiance of the day, no one is required to go to any of the sessions, but this is strongly encouraged so that attendees can see what other members of LVW are doing and can meet new folks. But if people would rather slip away to a quiet corner and just write or talk with a fellow writer, that is okay, too!
A full schedule of the day will be provided at check-in that morning. If the program is successful and everyone raves about it at the end of the day, LVW may just make this event a new biennial tradition to happen during the years Writers Meet Agents isn’t happening. So, if you come and enjoy yourselves, please let someone at the Welcome-and-Registration table know. As always, members’ feedback is important.
A Select List of Presenters:
Amy Kolb Noyes
Joy (J.P.) Choquette
Pat Goudey O’Brien
A Select List of Workshops
What is Your Fictional Voice?
Poetry and Music Coming Together
The Importance of Literary Mentors
Performance Techniques for Writers
Poetry into Song
A Venue for True Stories Told Live: Open-Mic
Treat yourself to an afternoon session of shared personal stories. Come just to listen or to tell. Prompt sheet provided to trigger memories. 7-minute story limit. No reading from writings. To sign up to tell your story--see Recille Hamrell. Find out more at the event!
Showcase Your Work: SIGN-UP!
TAG SALE OF THE ARTS: PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT LVW
If You're Planning to Attend, Keep in Mind:
Coffee, tea, bottled water, and light snacks will be provided by LVW, but not lunch; please bring a bagged lunch (if refrigeration is needed, bring your own small cooler)
Plan for any kind of weather; dress appropriately
Please be sure to bring:
writing utensils and paper
pieces of your work, in-progress or finished (some sessions might require work)
a voice recorder (if you have one); there’s at least one session where this may be useful
a lawn chair or blanket for sitting outside
DATE: July 18, 2015
TIME: 10:00am - 5:00pm
LOCATION: Jerry Johnson’s Residence, 870 Creek Road, Albany VT (physical location); 870 Creek Road, Irasburg, VT (mailing address). If using Mapquest, use the above mailing address to get directions that will bring you right to Jerry’s door. If using a GPS, please use Jerry’s physical address. Directions from the common in Irasburg: Pass Ray’s Market on your left with Irasburg’s common on your right. You are now 3.3 miles from Jerry’s schoolhouse. Just after Ray’s Market, you will pass a church on your right. Continue straight ahead down Creek Road. (It may not have a sign.) About 100 feet past the church you will come to a road that forks to the left. Do NOT take it. Continue straight. After about 3 miles you will come to a blinking light at a 4-way intersection. Continue straight. Jerry’s schoolhouse is the 2nd place on the right, about 0.2 miles after the blinking light. Look for “870” just below the mailbox. Park along the road. If you get lost, you can ask people in Ray’s Market or anyone on Creek Road, “Hey, how do I get to Jerry Johnson’s schoolhouse?” Jerry’s number: (802) 754-2265.
Register using the Shopping Cart link in the right hand column ["Sign Up Today" box], or fill out the DOWNLOADABLE REGISTRATION FORM HERE and mail with your check to:
Mary Muncil, LVW Vice President: 148 Dunbar Rd. Cambridge, NY 12816
The price is $28 for members and $35 for non-members.
Make check payable to: LVW Summer Program