High School Poetry Workshop

High School Poetry Workshop at the Endangered Wolf Center Spring 2017

Creative Writers find their inspiration everywhere, but the Endangered Wolf Center’s Poet-in-Residence and 2016 TEDx Presenter Travis Mossotti says that the secluded woods of the EWC are one of the absolute best places to look for it. This spring, high school writers will have the unique opportunity find inspiration right alongside Mossotti and other award-winning poets.

Travis was selected as a TED Speaker in the Gateway Arch TEDx Series.

“Poetry and the inspiration are built into the creek beds and canopies here at the Endangered Wolf Center,” Mossotti says, talking about the upcoming Poetry in the Woods Writing Workshop. “This workshop will give students the chance to come here and find it for themselves.”

Enrollment is limited to just forty students—those who are interested should register soon, before the seats fill up (CALL 636-938-5900 TO REGISTER or EMAIL [email protected]). Sign up for four classes, each are four hours long. Students can choose the morning or afternoon session. The first workshop will be held on Saturday, April 29th, 2017, and the remaining three workshops will be held on consecutive Saturdays (4/29, 5/6, 5/13, & 5/20).

The focus is on a holistic approach to developing the individual poet’s unique talents—“university-level craft lectures, writing exercises in the woods, discovery hikes, poetry performance lessons, all led by award-winning faculty members; the goal is to foster a quiet, safe space where poets can engage what matters most to them,” Mossotti says.

Travis assisting his wife Regina, a biologist, while she was catching and collaring mountain lions (the mountain lion in the photo was asleep) in the red wood forests of California

Session time starts at 9:00 a.m. and goes to 1:00 p.m. each Saturday. Students will be greeted at the gatehouse and led down a winding, wooded path to Washington University’s Living Learning Center where Mossotti and other guest instructors will lead students through creative writing exercises, poetry lectures, and performance lessons—all geared toward developing student writing portfolios and culminating with a student poetry reading on the final day, Saturday, May 20th, 2017 (family members are welcome to attend the final reading event). Click here for driving directions to the Endangered Wolf Center.

Years in the making, this spring’s 2017 high school workshop is the first of many such sessions to come. Plans are already in the works for a fall workshop, and faculty members from across the country are lining up to become a part of this one-of-a-kind opportunity.

Travis reading in Los Angeles, California while he was on his Field Study National Book Release Tour