Of parties and workshops

Hi everyone,

Some reminders.

On the 10th of this month, which is one week from tomorrow, I’m holding a virtual party so I hope you are planning to be there. This is my third such party and we always have a fine time. Dozens of people will attend so it’s a good opportunity to greet old friends and meet someone you’ve wanted to talk to. It’s a lively crowd with folks coming and going all day, sometimes into the second day, and I’m kept busy greeting new arrivals and introducing them around. The setting will be in my back yard around the pool and overlooking Goose Lake. I hope some of the resident creatures show up, too, so you can see for yourself why I keep going on about them. All you have to do to attend is click on the comment balloon on my post that day and leave your note(s). There will be hundreds of them. You can come early and keep checking back all day to see what’s happening.

Also, the folks at Highlights Workshops just sent out a reminder about my upcoming poetry workshop. Sorry I can’t duplicate their artwork but here’s the message. We still have people signing up to attend so if you’re thinking about it, here’s a nudger. There’s more at http://tinyurl.com/poetspublish

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Find answers to your poetry questions
The publishing world can seem murky and impenetrable, especially if you write poetry. Aspiring poets may wonder:
• Why do publishers accept some poems over others?
• Why were my poems turned down, while poems in a similar vein were published?
• What do publishers want?
How Do Poets Get Published? Learning What It Takes (August 21-24) will demystify what goes into the decision to publish poetry. Poet David Harrison, author of over 70 published books that have sold more than five million copies, will lead the workshop, which will include:
• Presentations by guest editors.
• Writing time with prompts.
• One-on-one time with faculty.
• Mock editorial review meeting.
• Genre study: free verse, unrhymed verse, short form rhymed verse, and long form rhymed verse.

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BLOG PARTY! BLOG PARTY! BLOG PARTY!

BULLETIN: WE’RE HAVING A VIRTUAL HOLIDAY PARTY AT MY HOUSE TODAY. SPREAD THE WORD. THE MORE THE MERRIER. READ ON!

Hi everyone,

DAY TWO AND GOING STRONG. TOO MANY REFRESHMENTS LEFT OVER. TOO MANY GUESTS WHO HAD VIRTUAL FLIGHT DELAYS. TOO MANY REASONS TO KEEP THIS PARTY GOING TODAY. SO HERE WE GO!

Back in June, thanks to encouragement from Joy Acey and Matt Forrest, I threw a virtual party in our back yard here at Goose Lake. Here’s a link to remind you of the event. https://davidlharrison.wordpress.com/2015/06/19/see-you-at-the-grill . We partied on for three days.

Now another friend, Sara Johnson, Content Director at Shell Education, suggests that it might be time for a holiday party, this time indoors. I don’t know if we can last three days again, considering how busy folks get this time of year, but we’ll start today, hope for a great turnout, and see how it goes. I think we have enough chairs and conversation groupings.20151215_121907_resized You can also sit on the floor or the hearth. The carpet’s new and the candles won’t burn you so move them aside.20151216_120949_resized
You don’t need to bring anything but if you have a favorite recipe to share, that would be lovely. Well okay, I suppose some holiday tidbits or perhaps a drop or two of something festive would be appreciated by all, so let your conscience be your guide. By the way, there’s nothing wrong with bragging on your kids/grandkids or sharing a poem if you’re brave enough to stand up and present it. This IS a party after all!20151215_122018_resized

And not to go all syrupy on you but I feel blessed to be surrounded by friends and family today and want to say so. Thank you. Thank you for taking time to be here and share in the pleasure of one another’s company. Most of us talk back and forth all year but we’re almost never all together at one time. Is this nice or what!
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That’s it. I don’t know who will show up today but if you have a specific question for anyone in particular, I’ll do my best to get it to him or her.

So come early, drink deep from the cup of friendship, and stay as long as you like. Spread the word far and wide. Tell your friends and tell them to tell their friends. Let’s party!

David