News Release


Center for Active Learners Offers Writers Workshop

Published Date11\6\2013
The Benedictine Institute of Leadership, Ethics and Social Justice's Center for Active Learners program, in cooperation with the Mount Marty College Creative Writing program and the Great Plains Writers Tour, is offering a two-hour writers' workshop on Wednesday, November 20 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The workshop entitled, "Writers' Workshop: the Poet Within, the Poetry of Memory and Place", will be led by guest artist, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, from Hawthorne, NJ. 

The workshop is limited to 25 participants and will use the varied experiences of our daily lives to unearth stories and discover how the places in which we find ourselves affect the way we experience the world. Participants are asked to bring a paper, a pen, and the willingness to take risks. The workshop is free for Center for Active Learners members; membership cost is $25.

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the Director of the Creative Writing Program at Binghamton University - State University of New York, and founder and Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College. Since 2012 she has been on the Honour Committee of IMMAGINE & POESIA, the artistic literary movement founded in Turin, Italy, with the patronage of Aeronwy Thomas, daughter of Dylan Thomas. Gillan's work has appeared in: Prairie Schooner, The New York Times, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Voices in Italian Americana, Kaleidoscope: Exploring he Experience of Disability Through Literature, The Edison Review, Red Brick Review, The Southeast Review, Vivace, Differentia, and The Black Swan Review. Her poetry includes titles, "After School on Ordinary Days", "Love Poem to My Husband of Thirty-One Years", "Public School #18", "The Ghosts in Our Bed", "How Do I Pack Up the House of My Life?", and "Father Always Bought Used Cars".

To save a place in the workshop, contact Sr. Cynthia Binder at cbinder@mtmc.edu or 668-1463; or Andy Henrickson at ahenrickson@mtmc.edu or 668-1495.

Gillan will also present a public poetry reading on Tuesday, November 19 in Marian Auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m for the general public with free admission for all.