The Poetry of Place--An Experiential Workshop with Amelia Williams

  • 30 May 2015
  • 02 Jun 2015
  • Room 12
The Poetry of Place—An Experiential Workshop with Amelia Williams
Saturday 5/30, 9—11am; Monday 6/1, 6—8pm; Tuesday 6/2, 6—8pm. In Room 12. Fee: $60/series. How do we respond to the particulars of place when we write? Is place the geography, the street map, the culture and customs, or the phrases and inflections of a location? Participants will receive two short readings before the first class. The three sessions will provide a mix of activities focused on the poetry of place, including walks along Mallory Creek, writing outdoors, guided discussion of the readings, in-class journaling and writing with optional prompts, and a typical “reaction and feedback” workshop. All levels of experience welcome. Pre-registration required—to sign up, contact Amelia at 434-361-2539 or

Amelia L. Williams, PhD is a poet and medical writer who lives in Nelson County. She has long been interested in the synergies among artistic creativity, mindfulness practice and the spirit of place – a nexus made more urgent by her activism against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Amelia received her doctorate in English Literature at the University of Virginia. Her work has appeared in Hospital Drive: A Journal of Word & ImageThe Right Eyed DeerCentrifugal Eye (Spring/Summer 2012), The Blue Ridge Anthology, 2013, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, and The Piedmont Virginian (Summer 2014). A portion of her poetry exchange about the “growing season” with poet Tricia Knoll appeared on the Orion Magazine Tumblr blog on May 15, 2014. She is a fellow of the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences. Learn more about her poetry and art at

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