Workshops & Presentations

March 2015: Poet in Residence at Dana Gray Elementary School. Working with wild and wonderful young poets who wrote hundreds of new poems this month. Thanks to support from the Dana Gray Parent Group, the Mendocino County Office of Education, and the incredible staff at this school that serves 450 students in grades 3, 4, and 5. Congratulations to the young writers whose wise poems appear in the 2015 California Poets in the Schools Statewide Anthology and the Mendocino County Office of Education 2015 Anthology.

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October 11, 2014: California Poets in the Schools Annual Symposium at IONS Retreat Center, Marin County. Orientation for new poet-teachers. Lesson planning, classroom dynamics and interactive Q & A. How to foster long-term relationships with school districts and organizations in your community. Participants will leave with lesson plans, bilingual resources, and tips for fundraising.

February 28, 2014: Association of Writers Programs (AWP) Seattle. National WITS Alliance panel “Storytelling for a Cause” featuring Featuring Kate Brennan, Karen Lewis, Lisa Murphy-Lamb, Philip Shaw, Robin Reagler.

October 2013 – June 2014: California Arts Council/Artist in Schools Poetry Workshops. Students at Dana Gray Elementary and at Mendocino K-8 School embarked on hundreds of imaginative poetry adventures. As a visiting poet, Karen led a series of curriculum-tied, hands on poetry workshops during the school year. Students stretched their basic creative writing skills and also explored the power of poetry to share profoundly personal connections to community, eco-system and even the universe. The project resulted in thousands of new poems being written, with selected poems featured in professionally published anthologies.

August 2013: California Poets in the Schools Annual Training Symposium, Casa de Maria, Santa Barbara. “Digging for Treasure: How to fund poetry programs at schools and community centers.”

January 2013: Wild Words at Manchester K-8 School. A series of imaginative, hands-on creative writing projects sponsored by Get Art in Schools Program [GASP]. This series is supported by the  Arts Council of Mendocino County, The Community Foundation of Mendocino County, The Mendocino County Office of Education, and the Kaplan Family Foundation. The K-8 students’ poems are featured in a collection called WILDCAT POEMS, published in February 2012.

October 2012 – May 2013: California Arts Council/Artist in Schools Poetry Workshops. Karen and Blake More will visit 4 schools in Mendocino County with imaginative creative writing and multimedia projects designed to inspire creative thinking and poetic exploration. Students K-12 will explore a variety of literary and imaginative tools while they build writing skills and create portfolios of their new work.

Oct – Nov 2012: Capture Your Story with Creative Writing at the Redwood Coast Senior Center. Mondays, 1-3 p.m. Here’s your chance to explore the power of words to shape memory and life experience. We’ll explore different genres: poetry, fiction, memoir, experimental forms. Sign-ups are required, no/low cost to attend. Workshops sponsored by Poets & Writers through a grant from the James Irvine Foundation.

August 2012 Presentation at the Arts Council of Mendocino County day of learning through the arts, The Alchemy of the Creative Process: Poetry Writing and the Natural Sciences. Handouts available for free at this link: Arts Council of Mendocino County.

Spring 2012 workshops for students at Dana Gray Elementary and Mendocino K-8 Schools are supported by the California Arts Council – Artists in Schools Program. This year we will focus on nature poems and poems that map our place in the universe.

January 2012 Redwood Coast Senior Center offers a series of workshops sponsored by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant from the James Irvine Foundation. Here we will explore the power of words to shape memory and life experience. Mondays, January 2, 9, 23, 30, 1-3 p.m. at 490 N. Harold Street, Fort Bragg. For more info call Karen at 937-2241 or email klewis@mcn.org.

Spring 2012 Manchester Elementary hosts poet-teacher Karen Lewis for a Wild Words: Nature Poems & Prints workshop, sponsored by the Arts Council of Mendocino County Get Arts in the Schools (GASP) Project.


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