Beware the Jabberwock! Poetry Camp Day 2

Day two of the camp was somewhat less awkward than the first day. As I observed each group I noticed each individual becoming more comfortable with the people they would be spending the next five days with. Jokes were being made and there was a good response of laughter from the others. The workshop today was a representative from Milwaukee’s Repertory Theater. She worked with the two groups during two separate times to find ways to connect poetry to writing, acting and reading. After each group had their chance to work with our guest artist, we said goodbye to her and it was time for lunch! Having lunch seems to be the best part of the day for some students. When lunch was over, it was time for a field-trip. Today’s field-trip was to one of my favorite Milwaukee locations: the Art Museum. While at the museum, students were challenged to find a piece of art that was extraordinary to them. This challenge of course followed this week’s theme, “Be extraordinary, not equivalent.” Our time at the museum went so quick, and by the time students really began to enjoy the art, it was time to return to the bookstore. In my books, seems like another successful day at poetry camp and hopefully the third day is just as great!

 


All poetry camp blogs are written by Nahjai Trotter. Nahjai is a former poetry camp student who has come back as a Social Media intern. She will be blogging and posting to social media each day. Follow her tweets and posts by searching #WPpoetrycamp.

Poetry Camp Kickoff!

Today was the first day of Woodland Pattern’s Poetry Camp 2016, and boy was it a hot one! The participants, along with the instructors for the week had the opportunity to go to Urban Ecology Center (Riverside) and experience nature a little bit. While at the Urban Ecology Center, the group was led on a hike by one of the employees. During the hike, there were several opportunities for students to use nature to inspire and jump start their creative processes. After visiting the UEC, the group came back to the Woodland Pattern Bookstore and enjoyed a nice lunch while sipping water or lemonade from little cute mason jars provided by the camp’s coordinator. After lunch, the groups were split in two, the group of high schoolers and the group of middle schoolers. From that point, each group went to their designated locations where they either worked on poetry or began to create a collage for the group’s anthology that each participant will receive at the end of the week.

 

 


All poetry camp blogs are written by Nahjai Trotter. Nahjai is a former poetry camp student who has come back as a Social Media intern. She will be blogging and posting to social media each day. Follow her tweets and posts by searching #WPpoetrycamp.

Woodland Pattern’s Poetry Camp participants write & record songs

Woodland Pattern’s Urban Youth Literary Arts Program will host a free Inter-Arts Poetry Summer Camp running Monday, June 27 through Friday, July 1 from 8:30-3:30. Poetry Camp is open to students grades 4-12 and features breakfast, writing workshops, guest artist visits, field trips, and lunch.

Students will have the opportunity to develop their writing skills by working with Milwaukee poets and artists from a wide range of literary traditions and cultural and artistic backgrounds. Encouraged to think critically, students respectfully engage with one another’s ideas by creating collaborative poems and critiquing each other’s writings.  Continue reading