Friday, February 04, 2005

Split Rock Arts

For writers out there who've never been to a writer's retreat, I highly recommend trying it and I highly recommend University of Minnesota's Split Rock Arts Program. I went about three years ago. It was a one-week retreat in Duluth, Minnesota in the summertime. It wasn't a snooty writers' workshop, although there are many of those. It was practical for beginners as well as published writers.

The thing that blew me away was the talent in my group. I learned a lot from all of them.

It was hard work but fun and I met so many interesting people. My roomie, we stayed in the dorms, is still one of my good friends. She is a filmmaker and writes screenplays. I also keep in touch with another, who is just about to have her first book published.

Shay Youngblood was our leader. We wrote to music. Some of the music that we listened to in the workshop, I still listen to today. Shay's written several books including "Soul Kiss" and "Black Girl in Paris." I've also seen some of her work in O magazine. She inspired me to take on a writer's life.

Here's a preview of some of the classes they're offering this summer. I believe the cost is about $600.

June 26-July 2

The Short-Short Story
Kim Addonizio

Fabric Collage and the Stitched Mark
Ilze Aviks

Landscape and Memory: A Workshop in Poetry and Prose
Judith Barrington

Stretching: A Drawing Workshop
Sally Brown and Sally Nystrom

Creating a Dream: Illustrating Children's Picture Books
Ilse Plume

Navajo Weaving
Marilou Schultz

Woodcut Printing: East Meets West
Keiji Shinohara

Knitwear: Exploring Color and Design
Rebekah Younger

Interpreting the Landscape: A Drawing and Painting Retreat at the Cloquet Forestry Center
Christine Baeumler

July 3-9

All I Want To Do Is Paint: A Retreat at the Cloquet Forestry Center
David Feinberg

July 5-9

SPLIT ROCK SHORT: Writing Toward a Just World
Anya Achtenberg

SPLIT ROCK SHORT: Designing Commissioned Textiles
Ilze Aviks

SPLIT ROCK SHORT: Fiber Arts Brainstorm: Ideas and Experiments
Susan Brandeis

SPLIT ROCK SHORT: Photographing Urban Communities
Wing Young Huie

SPLIT ROCK SHORT: The Fiction Writer's Fingerprint
Sheila O'Connor

SPLIT ROCK SHORT: The Expanded Hand: Introduction to Digital Drawing
Scott Stulen

July 10-16

Creating Your Future
Gerald Allan

The Essence of Place: A Watercolor Workshop
James Boyd-Brent

The Complex Cloth
Jane Dunnewold

Intimate Terrain: The Art of Knotting
Ed Bing Lee

Telling True Stories: The Art of the Personal Essay
Scott Russell Sanders

The Alphabetized World: A Poetry Workshop
Emily Warn

Drawing for the Truly Terrified: A Retreat at the Cloquet Forestry Center
Sally Brown and Sally Nystrom

Between Grass and Sky: A Nonfiction Writing Retreat at the Cloquet Forestry Center
Linda Hasselstrom

July 17-23

Art and Design From Nature: A Screenprinting Workshop
James Boyd-Brent

Fashion Design: Function, Form, and Fit
Anna Carlson

Wool Work: Surface Design and Techniques
Carol LeBaron

The Secret River: Mentoring and the Practice of Poetry
Jim Moore

The Third Eye: Painting in a New Century
Cristi Rinklin

Writing the Travel Memoir: Spirit, Place, and Change
Catherine Watson

Writing in New Ways: A Fiction Workshop
Shay Youngblood

The Five Elements: A Mixed-Media Drawing Retreat at the Cloquet Forestry Center
Emily DuBois

Reinventing Reality: A Fiction Writing Retreat at the Cloquet Forestry Center
Sheila O'Connor

July 24-30

Writing the Book-Length Literary Memoir
Paulette Bates Alden

The Anti-Masterpiece: An Alternative Approach to Artists' Books
Julie Chen

Warp and Fabric Painting for Weavers
Emily DuBois

Beneath the Surface: Fabric and Fiber as Expressive Media
Allie Kay

Chinese Brush Painting and Calligraphy
Lampo Leong

Shaping the Page:Playing With Poetic Forms
Joyce Sutphen

July 31-August 6

Transformations and Translations: Surface Design for Art Quilts
Elizabeth Busch

Cheng-Khee Chee

The Geometry of Hand Knitting
Katharine Cobey

Writing as Collage
Lance Larsen

Literary Journalism: Writing Portraits of People and Place
Sara Mansfield Taber

Digital Textile Design
Hitoshi Ujiie

The Recollected Landscape: Painting From Observation and Memory
Dion Zwirner