Photo: Writers and teachers from area high schools gather after their workshops
Last week David and I spent three fantastic days in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, as the Great Lakes Writers Festival's featured writers. The festival was started in 1991, by Karl Elder, Fessler Professor of Creative Writing and Poet in Residence at Lakeland College, and is going strong thanks to his genius for combining a mix of readings, workshops, and open mics that draws college students, community residents, and high school students from around the state. Dawn Hogue, a Sheboygan English teacher and festival participant, writes more about the festival in The Polliwog Journal, a fun blog that will give anyone who reads it much pleasure. Thanks, Dawn!
Of course a writers festival means workshops and we had several. During the combined poetry/prose workshop with community participants and college students, David challenged the group to write acrostic poems using anagrams formed from their names. Here's what the exercise yielded for Lisa Vihos:
-- Lisa Vihos
I'll be feasting on the Great Lakes Writers Festival for a long time and I'm grateful to Karl Elder for inviting me to take part.