Appease your passion for the written word with 3 workshops, writing contest

St. George News historical feature writer Reuben Wadsworth instructs students at the South Amphitheater in Zion National Park, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Reuben Wadsworth, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Poets, creative writers and outdoor lovers will have no shortage of opportunities to enjoy honing their craft amid Southern Utah’s beauty this spring. Three workshops – two for adults and one for students – as well as a contest for students, will be available for aspiring authors.

Poetry in the Park – March 1, 9 a.m., Zion Lodge, Zion National Park

Participants in the 2016 Poetry in the Park workshop take a hike on the Grotto Trail, Zion National Park, date not specified | Photo by Reuben Wadsworth, St. George News

Poetry in the Park welds nature and poetry beautifully in its setting at Zion Lodge in Zion National Park before the crowds start coming. Sponsored and hosted by the Utah State Poetry Society and Zion National Park Forever Project, the event will feature award-winning poet and BYU English professor Kimberly Johnson presenting on paying attention to details to improve one’s poetry.

The experience will also include a guided nature hike, silent poetry writing time and time to share the very poetry participants wrote that day and receive feedback on it. Tuition for the event is $50 for adults and $20 for students accompanied by their teachers. To register and for more information, click here. The deadline to receive a parks pass with registration is Feb. 15.

Johnson will also be giving a free lecture at Springdale’s Canyon Community Center on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.

Redrock Writers Seminar – March 2, 9 a.m., St. George Community Building, 245 N. 200 West

The day after Poetry in the Park, writers can turn their attention to different types of writing at the Redrock Creative Writing Seminar, hosted and sponsored by the Redrock Writers Guild.

Kimberly Johnson, photo date and location not specified | Photo courtesy of Reuben Wadsworth, St. George News

The workshop will focus on writing using the senses, writing heart-stopping historical fiction and writing fascinating feature stories with experts in their fields.

This year’s presenters include BYU English professor and award-winning poet Kimberly Johnson, award-winning historical romance author Amy Jareki and St. George News historical feature writer Reuben Wadsworth.

Registration is $60 before Feb. 15 ($65 after) for the general public and $50 for Utah State Poetry Society Members.

Students can also attend the seminar and are free with a teacher’s recommendation. For more information and to register, click here.

“Landscapes that Inspire” – 2019 Washington County Youth Creative Writing Contest

For students in grades 1-12, the 2nd annual Washington County Youth Creating Contest encourages students to write about landscapes that inspire them.

Entries are now open and being accepted through April 12. Students entering the contest may submit work in two categories: poetry (30 lines or fewer, 12-line minimum) and personal essay (300 words or fewer). The contest will feature four age divisions: 1st-3rd grade, 4th-6th grade, 7th-9th grade, 10th-12th grade.

Each student can submit one entry per category. There will be 1st-3rd place winners in each division for each category. Winners will receive cash and merchandise prizes donated by contest sponsors.

Students should submit entries through the following form.

Youth Creative Writing Workshop – March 27, 9 a.m., Springdale’s Canyon Community Center

This workshop provides students in grades 8-12 the opportunity to enjoy an outdoor classroom for a day and immerse themselves in writing about nature through identifying metaphors, similes, personification, et cetera.

Students will engage in writing activities, go on a nature hike and have free writing time as well as time to share their writing with others. Students can sign up at the following form but will need the endorsement of their teachers.

For further information about the youth contest and workshop, “like” the Washington County Youth Creative Writing Facebook page.

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