Writing Workshop for Older Adults with Nevada Poet Laureate Gailmarie Pahmeier

This summer at the Silver City Schoolhouse, any adult 50+ is invited to a series of four writing sessions with Nevada Poet Laureate Gailmarie Pahmeier! The series of Nevada Arts Council-funded poetry writing sessions for older adults will be held on Monday evenings beginning June 20 and concluding on July 18 (no class on Monday July 4 due to the holiday). In addition, there will be a culminating event on Monday, July 25, 2022. There are 12 seats available for this free series. Contact Quest at quest@hcclsc.org to hold your spot.

This activity is made possible by a grant provided by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies in partnership with E.A. Michelson Philanthropy, and supported in part by the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey Counties.

Title: Nevadan to Nevadan: What We Want to Say
A Workshop with Nevada Poet Laureate Gailmarie Pahmeier

In this workshop, we’ll discuss and write about what makes us Nevadan, how we got here and why we stay, and why our individual voices make this place so very rich. We’ll study the art of narrative, of storytelling, by focusing primarily on poetry, traditional forms and the prose poem. We’ll address metaphor, musicality,  how lines move down the page toward meaning, and how writers tell “lies” to reach a larger truth than facts allow. As a community of Nevadans, our thematic focus will be on where we live and how we live: how can we tell our stories so that they resonate with others, particularly those who are unlike us. And as a community, we will treat one another with grace and respect—all voices have the right to be heard.

For the first session on Monday, June 20th, all participants should bring a personal item for “show and tell”! Please don’t bring anything too valuable, just an object that means something to you, an object that is somehow a part of your larger story.

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