Writing Programs

Path to Page 2003

PATH TO PAGE:  A Day of Hiking and Writing

Saturday, July 26 

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Explore your creative muse this summer!  Spend the day hiking around the farms, woods and fields of the lovely Port Oneida historic area with local poet and playwright, Anne-Marie Oomen. With the beautiful surroundings of the farms as your inspiration, along with instruction and learning the history from Anne-Marie you will have the opportunity to sit, reflect, write, and share some creative prose.  For writers at any level, but especially for those interested in creating history-inspired pieces. Meet at the Olsen Farm.  The hike is approx. 3-miles. Participants and instructors share snippets of their writing as the day progresses.

Cost: $70 and includes a picnic box lunch. Participants signing up for both programs (see below) will receive a $15  discount.  Register Now! (adobe pdf) with mail-in form, or online  – see button below.

Bring: A hardcover notebook (so you can write anywhere), your favorite writing utensil, broad-brimmed hats, sunglasses, sunblock, and water bottle, and raingear if necessary.



Monday, July 28  10 am-12:00

Learn to use the landscape of Port Oneida and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as a source for poems and short stories. This workshop invites you to explore and celebrate your relationship with the land, culture, and history of the region by writing about it in poems, stories, vignettes.  This is a workshop that may easily be taken on its own, but if you also take Path to Page, you will be introduced to key aspects of the Port Oneida landscape.

Cost:  $45     Location:  Meet at the Olsen Farm
Bring:  Writing notebook and utensil. Participants signing up for both programs will receive a $15  discount for enrolling in both.

Register Now! (adobe pdf) with mail-in form or online below.

Writing Programs

 Anne-Marie OomenAnne-Marie Oomen is a poet, playwright and essayist published in small presses throughout the country. Her writing has won a variety of awards and recognition, and her farm memoir, Pulling Down the Barn is published by Wayne State University Press fro the Great Lakes Series. Her play,  Barta’s Path was produced at Old Town Playhouse in Traverse City.  She has taught the Poetry Workshops and Lifestory Writing at Northwestern Michigan College, serves as faculty assistant to Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Steven Dunn at the Stone Coast Writers Conference. Anne-Marie recently stepped down as Chair of Creative Writing at Interlochen Arts Academy where she is faculty editor for the Interlochen Review.

Comments from past participants:

“As we listened to histories, and spied old fence posts, long forgotten apple trees, or the pair of pines that once framed a house no longer behind them, we jotted notes… I don’t know if it was the exercise, the old buildings, the soft veil of rain, or the spirits of the families that spoke to me during the writing workshop, but my pen moved of its own volition from my pocket to the page.”- Marcy Branski 04


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