Thursday, February 7, 2019

Allegheny Echoes 2019: Making Plans

I am so looking forward to leading the creative writing and storytelling class at Allegheny Echoes in June. 



Allegheny Echoes is held annually the last week of June in the beautiful mountains of Pocahontas county, WV. The week offers bluegrass and old-time music classes, a singing class, and a creative writing class. Music is everywhere during the week, and there are opportunities to meet musicians and writers, dance at a square dance, take part in the wild meat cookoff, and so much more 


photo of porch post detail at the cabin where I stay during Echoes

 Even now I am making plans for the week--field trips, guest speakers, writing exercises, etc. 


Poet Kirk Judd, one of the Echoes founders and board members, telling one of his poems at the Master's Concert during Echoes. Kirk usually teaches this class, this year he invited me to lead it. He will stop by to share some poems from the new book of poems by the late Joe Barret that Kirk worked to get published.

One visitor will be Kari Gunter-Seymour, Poet Laureate of Athens, Ohio and founder of WomanSpeak.




The mill at Millpoint, WV, which has been undergoing renovation, is not far from the workshop site and is a fascinating place to visit. The hours it's open are random, though, as it's being done as volunterr work by one great guy. If it's open, I'd like to take the class there for a tour. What stories and poems would such a place spark?




Scenery abounds in Pocahontas county.


Beauty everywhere the eye falls.



The Bing Brothers Band, some of the best old-time musicians in West Virginia. The Bing brothers are also founders and board members of Echoes.




Me, hard at work at the WV Writers Fall Conference.
 I love to write.


Tell me, what would *you* want to do/learn/experience in such a workshop? 



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