Jack Ridl at ridl.com

This is poet Jack’s Ridl’s delightful website.  Jack is our dynamic, fun, brilliant guide and mentor in The Landscapes of Poetry (in in other day retreats over the years.)  Sign up to receive notification when his site is updated. That way you’ll receive notice of his poetry readings, his new publications (Practicing to Walk like a Heron is his newest. And is receiving awards and acclaim!)  You’ll often see his poems on Garrison Keiller’s The Writer’s Almanac and other online poetry sites.)  Also on the site – details of other workshops he’s offering as well as good resources, announcements of other poetry events – Like the Ridl Visiting Writer’s Series at Hope College in Holland, MI.


Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer at wordwoman.com

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer is Word Woman and promises herself and us to write a poem a day. It might be three lines. It might be three stanzas of three lines. Or it might be a full throated rush of a poem that came to her that day (often late at night I think – given the hour of her posting.) She is pure inspiration, encouraging us to make doing what we love a priority!


Amherst Writers and Artists at www.amherstwriters.com

I trained with Pat Schneider in 2002, becoming certified as and AWA writing group leader.  The training in Pat’s AWA method is itself  transformational and leading groups was a highlight of my writing life for eight years. 

Here’s what Pat says about the AWA method:  “Whether your purpose for writing is artistic expression, communication with friends and family, the healing of the inner life, or achieving public recognition for your art – the foundation is the same: the claiming of yourself as an artist/writer and the strengthening of your writing voice through practice, study, and helpful response from other writers.”


Erika Driefus at practicing-writer.com

Great source for Erika Driefus’ on-line newsletter about where to publish (I took note of her website when reading an article she wrote in Poet’s and Writers about low residency MFA programs.). And she offers on-line courses as well. I’ve just finished “How to Write a Book Review” – which offers excellent advice and resources about writing book reviews for publication (and pay!). If you are interested here’s the site for updates on courses: practicing-writing.blogspot.com