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2016 Summer Writing Retreat - "Something Bold, Something New: Best Poetry Exercises from a Decade of the Writers’ Retreat" with Scott Wiggerman

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Sul Ross State University
Alpine, TX 79832

7/18/2016 to 7/22/2016 From 9 am to 4 PM

Retreat Orientation to be held Sunday, July 17, at 6 pm -- Details will be shared with participants in advance of the retreat's start date.

This class is sold out. Please call our offices at 512-499-8914 to be added to the waiting list.


$329 for members (Please log in for member pricing)
$379 Non-Members

Please read both the credit card handling fee information and the refund policy at the bottom of this page before purchasing a ticket.


"Scott is tremendously knowledgeable and a very well organized instructor."

-- 2015 Summer Writing Retreat Attendee on Scott Wiggerman's Class

"The class was amazing, Scott is a great instructor."

-- 2015 Summer Writing Retreat Attendee on Scott Wiggerman's Class


Some poetry is found: you will find it. Some poetry is ekphrastic: you will see it. Some poetry is in forms: you will shape it. Some poetry is informed: you will research it. Prepare to dig out your Personal Universe Decks (or make new ones). Bring your cameras and shoot your way through a haiku/haiga hike. Listen to a poetry reading around a fire pit under the stars. Write in persona and become someone else. Share laughter—and maybe a few tears—with new words and new friends in a close-knit critique session. These are but a few of the exciting possibilities you will experience in Alpine with poet Scott Wiggerman.

To celebrate the milestone of the 10th Anniversary of the Summer Writing Retreat in Alpine, Texas, Wiggerman, who has taught every poetry workshop offered at this event, polled his students from over the years for their favorite exercises. As one student wrote back, “Who could turn down a Best Of course?” This week will be filled with exciting new twists on student and instructor favorites, as well as other generative poetry exercises—all guaranteed to stimulate creativity and produce oodles of new drafts [note to self: add “oodles” to the Personal Universe Deck].

Among the favorites:
• Quickfire challenges on sound and metaphor
• Aping the Masters exercise on structure
• Collaborative group ghazals (get ready to rhyme)
• Short forms: fibs, and sevenlings, and golden shovels (Oh, my!)
• Postcard poems using persona
• Crafting a cento (the best poets “steal”)
• Weird word love poems
• Scissors and gluesticks revisions

You will also get out of the classroom for at least three exercises, including a haiku/haiga hike (more of a stroll, really) a defamiliarization walk, and an ekphrastic outing—no point in being in gorgeous West Texas without enjoying all it has to offer and reaping the benefits of its many sources of inspiration. Expect a week of hard work and hard play. And, of course, the annual evening of wine, dessert, and poetry—exclusively for the members of this class—is already confirmed. This class has something for everyone, old or new. Come out and make this 10th Anniversary the best Summer Writing Retreat ever!

About the instructor: Scott Wiggerman is the author of three books of poetry, Leaf and Beak: Sonnets, Presence, and Vegetables and Other Relationships; and the editor of several volumes, including Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku & Haiga, Wingbeats: Exercises & Practice in Poetry (named in the 2015 Poet’s Market as one of “Six Stellar Sources of Poetry Prompts”), and a forthcoming anthology of Southwest persona poems. Recent poems have appeared in Decades Review, Frogpond, Naugatuck River Review, Red Earth Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, and the anthologies Pushing the Envelope: Epistolary Poems, The Southern Poetry Anthology VIII: Texas, The Great Gatsby Anthology, and the Lambda award-winning This Assignment Is So Gay. Wiggerman is an editor for Dos Gatos Press in Albuquerque, New Mexico, publisher of the Texas Poetry Calendar, now in its nineteenth year of publication.

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(Please read this refund policy closely before registering for the 2016 Summer Writing Retreat; no exceptions will be made):

Through May 1, 2016: 100% refund available.
May 2, 2016 - May 31, 2016: 50% refund available.

All cancellations will incur a $50 cancellation fee.

After May 31, 2016: No refunds will be made, but registrants can transfer their registration to another person as long as advance notice is given to the Writers' League of Texas. If you wish to transfer your registration, please call the WLT at 512-499-8914.