From Deep Within

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The author draws on her ten years of experience leading a poetry workshop in a nursing home to provide this step-by-step guide for writers, activity directors, and volunteers interested in leading similar workshops. From Deep Within includes over 30 specific writing projects, complete with numerous examples, and discusses situations that are unique to a long-term workshop—getting the class started, its special requirements, as well as a look at specific challenges and rewards that you are likely to encounter ...
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Overview

The author draws on her ten years of experience leading a poetry workshop in a nursing home to provide this step-by-step guide for writers, activity directors, and volunteers interested in leading similar workshops. From Deep Within includes over 30 specific writing projects, complete with numerous examples, and discusses situations that are unique to a long-term workshop—getting the class started, its special requirements, as well as a look at specific challenges and rewards that you are likely to encounter along the way. Learn to think of fresh writing ideas for every class, to keep a project easy enough for the hesitant first-timer yet challenging for the sophisticated workshop veteran, and many other helpful tips.
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A step-by-step guide for writers, activity directors, and volunteers interested in leading poetry workshops in nursing homes. Peck draws on her 10 years of experience leading similar classes to provide more than 30 specific writing projects, complete with numerous examples. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Contents Preface
  • Chapter I: Beginnings
  • My Responsibilities
  • Who Came?
  • Where and How Did We Work?
  • Getting Started: Priming the Pump
  • Stimulating Without Suffocating
  • Taking Dictation
  • A Richness of Poems
  • What They Wrote
  • Follow-up to Writing
  • Chapter II: Special Challenges
  • Unpredictable Class Size
  • Insecurities
  • Disrupters
  • Nontalkers
  • Speech Difficulties
  • Veering From the Topic
  • Frail Population
  • Challenging the Pros Without Scaring Off Newcomers
  • Chapter III: Writing Projects
  • Come to Your Senses
  • New Visions of the Familiar
  • Forms and Organizing Forces
  • Remembering the Past
  • Looking to the Future
  • Special Occasions and Other Specifics
  • Afterword
  • Bibliography
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