Public readings, lecture-demonstrations, workshops, master classes focusing on writing, editing, and gathering creative writing for a magazine, and residencies. Note: Ellen, along with the other literary artists who are on the Touring roster, is part of the Writers, Reading collaborative. Members can perform individually or in a group program focusing on a theme (e.g., "Mothers and Daughters, Fathers and Sons", "The Comedy Connection", "We Go to the Dump Too"). A brochure describing Writers, Reading artists and programs is available by contacting Rebecca Rule at 603/942-8174.
School Residency Activities: Assemblies (student readings of their own and others writing). Meeting in small (12 or fewer) groups or with whole classes. Developing observation skills, journal-keeping, imitating "model" poems in terms of rhyme, rhythm, meter, and writing free verse. Use of props (shoes, hats, fruit, photos) to stimulate student writing. Use of music to generate lyrics. Preparation of student work for a culminating magazine, and many more.
For grades: K-12 and adult.
Geographic Area Served: Prefer 100-mile radius of Bradford, but will consider other areas.
Teacher and Adult/Child Workshops: Through use of model poem or similar exercise or hands-on activities, I can demonstrate to teachers, parents, and children how to write, share their writing, and work effectively with each other.
Community Residency Activities: Opportunities for people of all ages to read or hear me read poems by other poets, then write their own. Suitable for libraries, after-school programs, continuing education sites, senior citizen centers, etc.
Fees: Public readings, workshops, master classes, and lecture-demonstrations start at $200.
Ellen Hersh, a poet, editor, and translator whose work has been published in magazines and anthologies, has a BA from Radcliffe College, a graduate degree from Yale, and an MFA in writing at Vermont College of Norwich University. She takes great pride and pleasure from stimulating the creative impulse in others and from generating enthusiasm for writing. Once aware of what it takes to write well, Ellen claims her students will "become better observers, better dreamers, and better translators of their dreams into the written and spoken language." Ellen uses a variety of props and media plus literature read aloud to stimulate student productivity.