Workshops, Poetry Talks, Readings
For currently scheduled workshops, click HERE. For upcoming readings, click HERE
Jennifer Freed is happy to do readings or conduct writing workshops for your library group, book club, or classroom. She has lead writing workshops in elementary schools and community writing clubs, as well as workshops at the Worcester Public Library, the Gale Free Library (Holden MA), The Stanley Kunitz Home Summer Writing Program, and the Booklover's Gourmet, and has been a featured reader in Worcester area poetry venues such as Street Beat, the Thirsty Lab poetry series, and the Fourth Saturday Poetry Series at Barnes and Noble. She has many years of classroom teaching experience both in Adult Education and with elementary school kids, in the US and abroad. If you'd like to schedule a workshop, please use the CONTACT page of this website.
SAMPLE TOPICS for Adults and Children (Other talks or workshops can be developed according to your needs. Writing workshops need not focus on poetry)
Grades 1-3 -- Introduction to Poetry -Includes dramatic performance of narrative poems, clapping and chanting exercises, alliteration games, and fun for little learners.
Grades 4-6 or Grades 7 and up --What is Poetry, and What's it Got to Do with my I-Pod? - Relates poetry to today's life, and helps kids see what poetry can (should) do, and how, without realizing it, they are already enjoying poetry (as favorite songs). This presentation includes readings of published poetry written by real kids of today, as well as samples of good poetry that doesn't rhyme, and bad poetry that does. The presentation can be modified depending on age/knowledge of the audience.
Grades 10 - Adult Economy of Language -- Already like to write, but not sure how to improve? Ever wonder about what is meant by "economy of language?" See how a well-placed adjective – or a well-placed absence of a word – sometimes can convey more than a whole page of flowery description. This workshop will include writing exercises as well as readings and discussion of writing samples by established authors. It is appropriate for writers of fiction, poetry, essays.
Adults - Struggle and Loss -- As the writer Marie Howe has said, "Poetry holds the knowledge that we are alive, and that we are going to die." It is this awareness that can lead to greater attentiveness to (and appreciation of) the every-day life. This workshop will feature poems by Mary Oliver, Jane Kenyon, and others that bring our attention to themes of illness, struggle, healing, and attentiveness. Jennifer Freed's poems on illness and healing have been published in medical journals (JAMA, CHEST), literary journals associated with medical schools (The Healing Muse, Hospital Drive), in The Cancer Poetry Project 2, and in her chapbook.
Adults - Now What? So you’ve finished your manuscript, but how do you go about the process of getting it into print? The first part of the workshop will cover the general submission process, including query letters, cover-letters, the "slush pile," formatting your manuscript for submission, and more. The second part will review common mistakes in submissions, and how to be sure your manuscript is as good as it can be. This talk will focus on traditional publishing, not self-publishing, with time for Q and A.
Click HERE for Writing Tutor (best for students)
click HERE for Editing/Proofreading/Consultation