Sofala – Ryder Homestead Creative Poetry Weekend with Melinda Smith

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Award-winning poet Melinda Smith was born and raised in the Central West and is returning to lead this very special weekend of inspiration, learning, and creativity.

Friday 19 – Sunday 21 October, 2018

Melinda’s work is known for its strong emotion, personal themes, engagement with history and varied use of forms and voices.

We will use the wonderful location of Sofala, its rich history, and its interesting landscape to inspire and give life to new poems. The weekend includes a guided walk, a bush walk, lots of time for exploring, note-taking and quiet writing as well as several face-to-face workshops at Ryder Homestead with Melinda spread over the Friday night, Saturday and Sunday.

The aim of the weekend is to produce several draft poems each, using the inspiring location and our own strong feelings and memories to get the work going. During the workshops we will continually refine our raw drafts, and Melinda will also cover several important tools for writing poems with impact. We will explore how to use sound and poetic form (including inventing our own), how to use emotion without becoming cloying, and some ways to experiment with different poetic voices.

All levels welcome – new poets, emerging poets, established poets, and former poets looking to reconnect

Program Outline

Friday evening – 7.00 to 8.00pm
meet @ Ryder Homestead Wattle Flat
(Meet & Greet with light meal – overview of weekend workshop)

Saturday Morning – 8.30am
Breakfast @ Sofala/ village walk / visit Slado’s bookshop)

Saturday Morning – 11.30 to 1.30pm
Workshop: Using Sound (back at Ryder Homestead)

Lunch: 1.30 – 2.30

Saturday Afternoon – 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Workshop: Using poetic form (including invented ones)

Dinner: 6.30-7.30

Saturday Evening – 7.30pm to 8.30pm
Workshop: Using Emotion

Sunday Morning – 7.00am
Bush walk  (optional)

Sunday Morning: Breakfast 8.00am

Sunday Morning – 9.00 to 11.00
Workshop: Using Voice (s)

Light Luncheon: 11.00 – 2.00

Sunday Afternoon – 12.00 to 2.00pm
Workshop: Intensive work on our drafts with revision of what we’ve learned

Sunday Afternoon: 2.30 to 4.00
Melinda will be at Slado’s Bookshop Sofala to read from and sign her books.

Workshop availability is subject to the registration of ten participants

Weekend Cost: $495 inc gst, accommodation and meals

To Register: Phone 63377462 or Email

Payment: $250 on registration balance of $245 due prior to 13/10/2018

FURTHER INFORMATION:  02) 6337 7462 or 02) 6337 7441.

Image: Melinda Smith