Poetry workshop in October at Fairview

Margaretville — Writers in the Mountains is offering an introduction to writing poetry workshop entitled, Top Ten Memories Poetry Workshop with Bethany Saltman. It is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fairview Public Library in Margaretville. Tuition is $40.
Inspired by an assignment given by Allen Ginsberg to his MFA students, this workshop will explore the relationship between memory, imagination, and image in poetry. Students will begin the weekend by mining their own experience (real, unreal or somewhere in between) in order to write short poems.
The next step will be to imagine the memories of others; our mothers, children, or favorite trees. Students will come away from the weekend with several short poems as well as fresh perspective.
Bethany Saltman received her MFA in poetry from Brooklyn College, in 1992, where Allen Ginsberg was her advisor. She has published poems in many national journals such as Witness, Nimrod, New York Quarterly, and Spoon River, and her nonfiction appears in many national magazines, such as The Sun and Buddhadharma, and in a monthly column in the Hudson Valley magazine Chronogram. In addition to being an award-winning editor,
Bethany has been teaching writing since 1992 to high school students, college students, graduate students, and “disadvantaged” inner-city girls. Her many years as a Zen student inform her teaching style, creating an intuitive and very beginner-friendly approach. You can visit her Web site at www.bethanysaltman.com.
To register for the class, go to writersinthemountains.org, or call 607 326-7908.