Workshop | Poetry in the Foothills

Date: Oct 6, 2019

Deadline: Nov 10, 2019 - 9:30 am

Poetry in the Foothills with Top Canadian Western Poet Doris Daley
Diamond Willow Artisan Retreat in Turner Valley, Alberta
Saturday, November 9, 2019, 9.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Cost: $155

Do you love language? Do you want to turn your prose into poetry?

“Here is what I know to be true about poetry. Poems catch us off guard, throw us unexpected images and slow us down in surprising ways. Poems can sometimes do what prose can’t. More isn’t always better.
The best artists/chefs/sculptors/architects/writers/musicians know what to leave out as much as what to put in and the same holds true for poets. Fewer words sometimes say more than more words. Imagery helps us see old things in new ways. Poetry is meant to be read slowly, with pauses and long breaths and soft voices. Or bellowed from mountain tops, shouting into the wind- that’s good too! And sometimes, only a poem will do.”

Doris Daley

Registration includes:

  • A Full-Day Poetry Workshop with top Canadian Western Poet Doris Daley
  • A Catered Lunch
  • Pen & Notebook
  • 10-15 maximum in the group
  • Alone time to scribble a few lines, ponder the universe, go for a walk, drink tea, hurl your thesaurus into the Sheep River, write an ekphrastic poem…lots of choices.

Schedule:

  • 9.30 a.m.: Arrive at Diamond Willow Retreat
  • 10 a.m.: Workshop begins
  • 12.30 p.m.: Break for a catered lunch
  • 2 p.m.: Workshop continues
  • 4.30 p.m.: Workshop ends

The Workshop

This is a workshop for people who love language, are eager to share and learn, who find inspiration in the unplugged outdoors of the west, who promise to cheer for one another and who hope to drive home with a few more tools in their poetry writing toolbox. If you write in a traditional rhymed-and-metered style, this is the workshop for you. If you write in any style, this is also the workshop for you.

In one day we will tackle: story, pacing, originality, revision, technique and sparkle as we explore all styles of poetry including rhyming, haiku, free verse, sonnets, experimental, even limericks.

Doris promises a fun experience that blends the graceful and gritty components of poetry (pattern, meter, figures of speech, much more) with the inspirational. With over 20 years of experience, Doris will share tips/stories on creativity, craft and how to perform a poem in public.

The Location – Diamond Willow Artisan Retreat

The workshop is going to be held at the Diamond Willow Artisan Retreat nestled in the heartland of Alberta. Diamond Willow is a large country home set on 11 forested acres less than one hour from Calgary along the Cowboy Trail. The surrounding countryside is where CBC’s Heartland is filmed, drawing visitors from around the world! The property is secluded and peaceful, just west of Turner Valley. There are lovely walking trails throughout the land featuring moss covered shady trails, aspen groves, creeks and brooks. Occasionally a moose or deer may wander past. https://www.diamondwillowbandb.com/

About Turner Valley

Snuggled against the base of the Rocky Mountains, Turner Valley is one of the gateways to the Kananaskis and a town rich with history. Known as being the birthplace of Alberta's petroleum industry, this cool little town offers a variety of exciting experiences.From eclectic food and artisans, to agritourism, brewing and distilling, the backdrop of Kananaskis and the Rocky Mountains inspires artists, cottage industry, and farm-to-table entrepreneurs to set up in town.
The town slogan is 'Back to Nature', so it's a great place to bring your bike, kayak, horse, fishing rod, hiking boots or cross-country skis. Unparalleled scenery and friendly locals make this an ideal location to make part of your foothills story. www.foothillstourism.com

Doris Daley – The Poet

Twice named best female Cowboy Poet in North America, Doris has published two books of her own poetry and has contributed poems to other anthologies, most recently ‘Vista’s of the West,’ a collection of poetry and visual art that celebrates the beauty and spirit of the Rocky Mountains, Western foothills, prairie landscapes, and the natural inhabitants of these beautiful environments, for which she also wrote the foreword.

Doris was also recently the subject of a documentary film called I Found My Tribe...a look at the origins of the creative process, where poetry DNA comes from, what makes a poet and storyteller in the 21st century.

Doris has been an emcee and featured performer at every cowboy festival in Canada as well as many in the United States, including Texas, California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Montana and Oregon. Previous performances have been with the Saskatchewan Opera company in Regina, the Philharmonic Orchestra in Reno and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC.

Born and raised in southern Alberta ranch country, Doris Daley writes cowboy poetry that celebrates the humour, history and way of life of the west. Her great grandfather came west with the North West Mounted Police in the 1870s; her family has been ranching in the Alberta foothills for five generations. She is at home reciting her rhymes in convention halls, around campfires and everywhere in between.

"She has the uncanny ability to take an everyday occurrence and make it shine in a bright new light...and she does it with panache," says top Montana singer songwriter DW Groethe.

"We had nothing but positive feedback about Doris's performance at our Farm Women's Conference," adds Brenda Moon of Airdrie, AB. "She delighted the entire room and they were hanging on every word."

When she's not on the road, Doris hangs her hat in a small western town in southern Alberta.

Optional Extra’s:
Accommodation from $145 at the Diamond Willow Retreat if you would like to arrive the night before or stay the night after the workshop. https://www.diamondwillowbandb.com/

If you are staying around town then on Sunday, November 10, there will be a poetry reading at the Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond.

What should I bring to the event?

The workshop will be indoors however you might want to venture outside for some fresh air at lunchtime so please bring warm clothes and walking shoes.

What are my transportation options for getting to and from the location?

Diamond Willow is located in Turner Valley, an hour south of Calgary. The exact address is: 224133 Highway 546. You can use your GPS to get to Turner Valley (the prettiest way is south on highway 22). From the 4-way stop proceed west on Sunset Blvd. It becomes highway 546 as it winds up and out of town. The retreat is 5 km from the 4-way stop, on the left. There is a tipi in the front yard. Come around to the main house, the entrance is on the left.

What is NOT included in the event?

  • Transportation to and from the event
  • Travel & Medical Insurance