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We don’t write what we think; we learn what we are thinking through the act of writing.  This workshop is intended for makers of all kinds who want both to write about their work and to gain a greater understanding of their creative process through writing.  Exercises and prompts will draw on memory, imagery, and comparison to engage both ourselves and our readers. 

Activities will include group discussions of participant writings, one-on-one meetings, readings of texts that can inspire us, and lots of time for writing without judging ourselves.

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Instructor: Stuart Kestenbaum

Stuart Kestenbaum is the author of six collections of poems, most recently Things Seemed to Be Breaking (Deerbrook Editions 2021), and a collection of essays The View from Here (Brynmorgen Press). He was the host of the Maine Public Radio program Poems from Here and the host/curator of the podcasts Make/Time and Voices of the Future. He was the director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts from 1988 until 2015. More recently, working with the Libra Foundation, he has designed and implemented a residency program for artists and writers called Monson Arts. Stuart Kestenbaum has written and spoken widely on craft making and creativity, and his poems and writing have appeared in numerous small press publications and magazines including Tikkun, the Sun, the Beloit Poetry Journal, the New York Times Magazine, and on the Writer’s Almanac and American Life in Poetry. He served as Maine’s poet laureate from 2016-2021.